Flash 10/2009, #1: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Eating It Too
Her mother had taught her that each meal, each dish made with her own fingers was a gift. You should cook with your loved one in mind, Sophie, her mother used to say, and strive for the best.
So Sophie had. Each meal was a feast, a gift of love.
Harold ate each with gusto, complimenting her, and never missing a meal. Read more: HTML
In This Issue
The approach of autumn brings pleasures that stem from the juxtaposition of opposites, such as smoke carried on a fresh breeze.
Us, too. We have some excellent awfulness for you this month: award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch provides Eating It Too, S. Craig Renfroe, Jr. delivers Death Babies, and Damon Shaw shows us The Door. Plus a Classic Flash from H.P. Lovecraft and an essay on writing by Edgar Allan Poe.
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Flash 10/2009, #2: S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.
Wheee. The death baby goes, wheee. It also gurgles something awful. We have a problem with them in the town, not the town proper but right outside. The death babies have gotten brave in recent years, crawling right up to the gardens and even to the homes.
Nobody knows where they come from, only that when one of us dies... Read more: HTML
Flash 10/2009, #3: Damon Shaw
The smell of wet ash slicked her throat. Jo felt the new skin stretching on her thighs and stomach as she stumbled past pools of plastic that might have been patio furniture. Blackened beams poked out of the rubble and the dead lawn crunched under her slippers. Nothing had survived that heat. Only Jo herself, strangely whole, scabbed and oozing under layers of bandages, still limped into the future. Read more: HTML
For Writers, 10/2009: Edgar Allan Poe
The Philosophy of Composition
This essay details the writing of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, “The Raven”. Although flash fiction isn’t poetry, it strives for the same “unity of effect” that Poe tries to obtain in his work.
Some have said that this is satire, too precise and methodical to be serious; however, I think our own work might benefit from studying its themes. Read more: HTML
Classic Flash #23: H. P. Lovecraft
Nyarlathotep... the crawling chaos... I am the last... I will tell the audient void....
I do not recall distinctly when it began, but it was months ago. The general tension was horrible. To a season of political and social upheaval was added a strange and brooding apprehension of hideous physical danger; a danger widespread and all-embracing,... Read more: HTML