At one point in time I was going to participate in a flash fiction anthology, however, I never got around to writing my piece. Now, I’ve been given the chance to review a flash fiction story and I must say, I am now intrigued. For those of you who have never heard of flash fiction, it is almost like another form of a short story, however, much shorter. Some flash fiction titles are as short as three hundred words and some are as long as one thousand. By the time I finish this review, I may have a large enough word count to give you an idea of how short flash fiction is.
Charles Burgess’, Invisible Thug Lover, is the first flash fiction story I’ve ever read. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect aside from what was mentioned in the synopsis. When I started reading, all I could think was, “Meet the man of your dreams,”−literally. The main character, Hightower, is exactly what the title describes, an invisible thug lover. The CIA tried to tame him, but he escaped their system and now lurks the streets of Chicago, finding female victims who he can seduce and offer unimaginable pleasure. Hightower is the ultimate lover, one who takes his time to discover his victims’ fantasies and likes.
I will admit; I feel a little apprehensive about using the word victim. Hightower is not a rapist, but I viewed him as the man who comes to you in your dreams, the one who you believe is really there, fulfilling your wants and needs. Nevertheless, the real question is, does Hightower actually exist, or is he simply a figment of his victims’ imagination?
With flash fiction and short stories, I often read complaints from readers feeling as if they never get enough of the story. With this particular piece, I believe you get everything you need (including a little bit on Hightower’s background), but the mystery surrounding whether Hightower is real or not, will leave you wanting more. Therefore, I’ve already one-clicked my way to Part II. The only thing I really hoped for in this story was a description of Hightower’s looks. The lack thereof didn’t impact the overall story because I simply envisioned Morris Chestnut to fill the void (LOL).
For those of you who like quick, erotic, and descriptive stories, I highly recommend this work!
Invisible Thug Lover Part I and II are currently available on Amazon’s Kindle for .99.
This flash fiction story was provided by the author for review purposes.
Wow is all I can say-as the author of this piece I wanted to bring something different, after ten full length novels I was afraid to venture to flash fiction thinking I wasn’t going to be able to satisfy my readers-so I had to come up with a concept that would not only satisfy them in so many words but stimulate them, make them act out-I’m sure there are many windows being left open….Storytellah Charles Burgess