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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"Spine-tingling, thought-provoking, nostalgic, surprising, eerie, insightful—a collection of tales from award winning short story writer, Heikki Hietala.

Like filtered light casting shadows in a dense forest, playing tricks with your eyes ... the dark chill lurks.

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Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by PfoxChase Publishing (first published October 1st 2011)
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I first came across Heikki Hietela through his beautiful novel 'Tulagi Hotel'. His latest little volume of short stories is written with the same eye for detail, the subtle plot, the twist in the tale. There is always a hint of the supernatural in his works; it hovers delicately on the edge of his character's lives and thoughts, teasing and tantalising. You feel sure that it must all be true, however strange. These stories are well crafted, filled with amazing and sometimes erudite detail no mat ...more
Bill Kirton
These are beautifully crafted stories which, unlike those in some collections, don’t share themes, settings or characters. What does hold them together and give the collection its unity is the author’s commitment to each. The range of topics he covers and the effects he achieves are impressive. With each one, he guides you into his chosen atmosphere and lets it settle around you as you begin to wonder whether this will be a haunting, melancholy slice of memory or a sly twisting journey into a wo ...more
Annia Lekka
There is something to please every reader in 'Filtered Light & Other Stories': - an air of the mysterious, the spine-tingling and chilling, the magical, but also something held-back and realistic - and all this is infused with a soft and clever sense of humour throughout.

Heikki Hietala has researched different subjects and allows his readers to feel drawn in to every story in a gentle, unhurried and confident way. At times I felt I was reading Edgar Allan Poe, at others Alice Munroe, Elizab
Katherine L.
Heikki Hietala writes fiction in English rather than his native Finnish. I'm guessing that this has filtered haunting Scandinavian atmosphere into his rich narrative. He works with characters from other parts of the world and his Finnish characters often travel. But because they all live in the author's world, a poignant story is often followed with a story that blends humor with the plotline. Many of the plots include the supernatural or the mystical done with smooth transition so that the read ...more
Stephen Gallup
Who says the short story is dead? This collection should put that claim to rest, because every one of these stories is a keeper, worthy of the best literary company.

There’s a surprising amount of variation. Some pieces are very short, some are lengthy. Some are set in the frozen reaches of northern Europe, some in North Africa. Many have a supernatural or at least speculative aspect but others work just as well on the everyday plane. Several wrap up with a startling O Henryesque twist, but as so
Maureen Vincent-Northam
An eclectic collection of short stories with a literary edge. This is detailed storytelling and, whatever the story’s topic, I found the book a joy to dip into, as each tale was quite different from the one before.
Feb 08, 2012 Heikki added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Please note that this book is currently between publishers, and I will soon make it available again.

As the author, I will not review this, but I hope it would find readers among fans of speculative fiction.
Oct 03, 2011 Heikki added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I won't rate this book - I wrote it and I must leave it to others to do that. I would really like to hear what you have to say, though.
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NEWS FLASH 9.9.2014:

Suomenkielinen painos, Hotelli Tulagi nimeltään, on nyt saatavana kaikista kirjakaupoista ja nettikaupoista.

The Finnish edition of Tulagi Hotel is now in all stores and net stores in Finland, published by Sitruuna Kustannus.


Heikki Hietala is a Senior Lecturer at HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences. He holds an M.A. in English Philology from the University of Jyväskylä
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