What better way to put all my angst into short stories. Born in a commuter belt city called Reading and like many a middle or upper class child of such times I was shunted off to an all-male boarding
school aged eight, away from my parents for periods of up to twelve weeks at a time, until I was 17.
While at my first Art college through a friend I met a writer called Rupert Thomson, who was at the
time in the process of writing his first book “Dreams of leaving”. He was a bit older than myself, me
being fresh out of school, but his personality and wit resonated, despite losing contact with him. I
had a stint living in Austria, where I began writing. It wasn’t until I moved to Paris, that my writing
began to truly evolve. I discovered a magazine called Rat Mort (dead rat) I sent off a short story, in
the hope it would match the seemingly dark world the magazine seemed to embroiled in. I got no
answer. Not put off I sent two more stories. Finally I got an answer. It seemed the magazine editor
was a busy man, a man prone to travelling. It seemed my first story really hit the right note with him.
His name was Alan Clark. I began writing more and more short stories, some published on the
internet. A bit later my anthology Flight of Destiny slowly evolved, published April 2015, by Savant
A collection of 22 short stories about misfortune characterized by unexpected twists at the end of each tale.
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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Flight of Destiny is an anthology of short stories by Francis H. Powell. This collection features many characters who find themselves in unforeseen situations that often test their sanity. “Only a mother could love a child like this,” and she does display her true affections in Bug-eyes. In Seed, Captain Spender’s wife will do anything to have a child. Louisa’s indiscretions come to light in Mutant. Little Mite is an attention seeking girl whose pranks leave lasting impressions. See the villagers’ reactions when hideous Gomford weds beautiful Clarissa. Mercedes’ memories of her late husband will haunt her forever in Black Widow. Bitch is the story of a mobster who cajoles a coward to put his beloved mangy mutt into a dog fight to spite him.
Francis H. Powell has written an exceptional collection of stories bordering on the dark side. Each tale is not only original but pensive too, as the thought that ran through my mind while reading was “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” It would be hard to select a specific one to consider my favourite since I found delight in reading all of them. Francis H. Powell's writing is strong, bold, and he does not lack creativity. He is inventive and weaves his stories so well that I looked forward to his endings. These always had great twists that showed a biting sense of humour. Flight of Destiny is an anthology worth having when you need varied stories to give enjoyment while relaxing.
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