When Nick and Ashlea first meet, they’re just two drunk seventeen year olds at a house party. He’s a binge-drinking redneck; she’s a wild party girl. And every weekend in a country town like Geraldton is an alcoholic’s dream.
It’s a perfect match – until it isn’t.
When tragedy strikes, Ashlea grows up fast. But Nick can’t pull himself away from the booze – or the ghosts of his childhood that echo through every part of his life.
With Nick’s addiction threatening to destroy their young love, Ashlea delivers an ultimatum – but it has deadly consequences.
THE BLACK FLOWER is a raw, emotional portrait of two teenagers trapped in the chaos of anger, vulnerability and trauma. This story was originally published in the Melbourne-based anthology Page Seventeen.
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About the Author
A graduate of Edith Cowan University's Creative Writing program, in 2015 Holden was awarded a prestigious ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. The following year, he undertook a mentorship through the Australian Society of Authors, developing his debut novel. He is a committee member of the Peter Cowan Writers' Centre in Joondalup.
In 2017, Holden's e-book THE SCROLL OF ISIDOR achieved some success in the international market, charting at #3 on the iBooks Epic Fantasy Chart and #19 on Barnes & Noble Fantasy Short Stories Chart.
Holden is a discordant confluence of identities: a geeky rocker; a bogan who learned to speak French; and a gym junkie who has played Pokémon competitively. He may be the only writer to switch to decaf and live to tell the tale, and he's quit smoking more times than he cares to admit.
Table of Contents
The Black Flower paperback includes:
- The Black Flower (short story; 2017 revised version of the 2015 work originally published in Page Seventeen)
- A Man (bonus short story; originally published in Indigo Journal in 2009)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent read. Your writing is fantastic and I love the way the story builds to reveal more about Nick's life and put his situation into context.
I really liked the way you wrote this story. It made me feel a lot for the character and what drove him to do what he did.