Floriana Hall as a Short Story Writer

Floriana Hall as a Short Story Writer

A Review of “Out of the Ordinary Short Stories”

(Published by Ist Books, USA, 2002, pp. 200, ISBN 1-4033-6026-X)

Poe understood very well the significance of “invention, creation, imagination, originality” in fictional literature. We notice these characteristics in nonfiction and fictional short stories by Floriana Hall. The stories depict life in its real complexities, and “convey definite inspirational messages. ” The stories are remarkable for their variety. “Of Prayer and Angels” reveals her belief in angels. The story is full of tenderness and pity, as the author illustrates how her faith in God was intensified at the age of seven in the summer of 1934. “The out-of body experience had a definite effect on my life…” “Shaun’s Quest” is a children’s story, which teaches tolerance.

“One Day Later” is about the horror of the terrorist attack on Sept 11, 2001. The most brutal tragedy perpetrated by the air-borne suicide missions shook the very fabric of culture and human values. Floriana, the versatile author, has also included several of her poems. What emerges from her poem “America Under Attack” is the intensity of feeling at the terrorist attack:

The children are having trouble sleeping,

Families of victims are still weeping,

Nightmares of blasts of fire and ashes

Invading their dreams like whipping lashes.



The refrain AMERICA UNDER ATTACK adds to the artistic excellence of the poem. The stirring emotion of the poem is matchless. The stories will “help people cope in similar situations.” Floriana says: “In the scheme of things, I am just an ordinary person like everyone else, but I believe I have been inspired to write to help others. ”

She is an extraordinary painter of life and manners, and there is an inherent moral purpose in most of the stories. Floriana asked herself: “What could I do, other than what I had already done, to help ensure that the world might be a better place for my having walked there?”


Floriana Hall (b.1927) Author, Poet, Editor, Lyricist from Akron, Ohio, USA. Married to Robert E. Hall for 59 years, five children, nine grandchildren. Six inspirational books, four of them poetry. Many short stories and winning poems published online and in five monthly or quarterly magazines. Teacher of poetry for http://www.LSSWritingSchool.com under YOU, ME, AND POETRY. Founder and coordinater of THE POET’S NOOK, a group of talented local poets who promote the art of poetry and help others with a mission each year. They meet once a month at Cuyahoga Falls Library. For a good read, her books may be accessed at http://heartsonthemend.booktreasurehouse.com Contact: HAFLORIA@sbcglobal.net

-Santosh Kumar


About saintjudas

People say I'm: Poet, honest, a good listener Describe Yourself: Santosh Kumar (b. 1946) is a poet, short-story writer and an editor from UP India; DPhil in English; Editor of Taj Mahal Review and Harvests of New Millennium Journals; several awards; member of World Poets Society (W.P.S.); member of World Haiku Association, Japan; presented papers in the seminar, interviews as special guest at international literary festival WORDS – one path to peace and understanding Oslo, Norway in September 2008; attended 20th Annual International Literary Festival Druskininkai Poetic Fall and 5th World Haiku Association Conference in Lithuania, Sept 30 to Oct 5, 2009; published poetry in Indian Verse by Young Poets (1980), World Poetry (1995 & 1996), The Fabric of A Vision (2001), The Still Horizon (2002), The Golden Wings (2002), Voyages (2003), Symphonies (2003), New Pegasus (2004), Explorers (2004), Dwan (USA), Promise (Purple Rose Publications, USA), World Haiku 2008 No. 4, World Haiku 2009 No. 5, Taj Mahal Review (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008). He has also edited sixteen World Poetry Anthologies, and four books of World’s Great Short Stories. He is also the author of a collection of poems entitled Helicon (Cyberwit, India, ISBN 81-901366-8-2), Haiku collection New Utopia (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-0-8), NO NUKES: Brave New World of Beauty, A Long Narrative Poem, Songs of Peace & Haiku (Rochak Publishing, India ISBN 978-81-903812-3-9), and Critical Essays in collaboration with Adam Donaldson Powell (Cyberwit, India, 978-81-8253-110-9). He has also edited The Poetic Achievement of Ban'ya Natsuishi (Cyberwit, India, ISBN: 978-81-8253-149-9). Interests and Activities: Poetry, Peace haiku, Sacred haiku, Literary Criticism, Holistic, alternative therapy, Zen and Yoga, Stress Management
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