Flying on the Ground: An Assortment of Short Fiction
"A book that transports you to fantastic realms, but at the same time keeps you rooted in the familiar territory of our everyday lives... A struggle to protect the similar, understand the different, find the meaning of life, reclaim and rebuild it." Book Review Hub
"Billing is an imagination stoker, a writer cloaked in humanity’s secrets, with a coveted writing style that g...more
This anthology features an assorted collection of Richie Billing’s short stories.
The stories are mostly unconnected (with the exception of ‘The General’ and ‘Forgotten’ which are set in the same world) but there are some commonalities between them.
All of the fantasy stories feature everyday people or underdogs, and their small daily struggles, rather than epic battles, princes and d ...more
Some of the stories in this section are linked in setting if not subject matter. In Noodlin’, Edaw, a fisherman all his life, sees his career coming to an end. After a visit to the pub he guddles for fish and gets more than he bargains f ...more
This collection of short stories reminded me a bit of Raymond Carver. Although different, they belonged to the same universe, you could feel a certain kind of atmosphere. It stroke me the most when I began the second part of the book, it took me a minute to change from the previous fantasy style to the others.
My favorites were The pigeon catchers ( that ending, man , brought tears to my eyes), Soap ( which I could feel how it would end, but it still hit me), Death of Empres ...more
Richie's non-fiction, A Fantasy Writer's Handbook, is a real gem and useful for all kind of information but here in Flying we get a look at his skill with fantasy fiction. ...more
Richie Billing writes fantasy fiction, historical fiction and stories of a darker nature. His short fiction has been published by, amongst others, Kzine, TANSTAAFL Press, Bewildering Stories, Liquid Imagination, The Magazine of History & Fiction, Aether and Ichor, and Far Horizons. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, was published by Of Metal and Magic Publishing on 17th March 2021. He co-hosts the...more