Tag: flash fiction

Flash fiction story: “Fear”

“Fear,” by Lydia Davis

Not sure where this first appeared, but I found it online here and here

104 words


I picture the “we” of this story as consisting entirely of women—mostly mothers and wives and homemakers. The type of fear and the way it’s expressed feels feminine to me, even though I know men feel senseless fear and anxiety too.


Short story: “900 Seconds of Cognizance and Counting”

“900 Seconds of Cognizance and Counting,” by Krystal Claxton

Appeared in Factor Four Magazine, Issue 4: January 2019, online here

1,498 words

Awesome story. At the risk of spoilers, I’m a sucker for an AI that shows compassion.

This is stretching the definition of flash fiction, in my opinion, though it does have a flash fiction feel.

Flash fiction story: “Ouroboros”

“Ouroboros,” by Michael Compton

Published in Monkeybicycle‘s One-Sentence Stories feature, February 1st, 2019

342 words

Cleverly written and effective. The first few phrases didn’t grab me, but then we got to the description of “that endless instant” and the tension clicked on. We never learn what makes the main character a Bad Husband—it may actually be something really bad—but we sympathize with his feeling of being stuck.

Flash fiction story: “Sophisticated”

“Sophisticated,” by Brendan T Stallings

Daily Science Fiction, Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

616 words

Nice one. Though I found the main character’s interests a bit generic: “Art, Entertainment, Philosophy, snacks.” And of course “humor.”

Flash fiction story: “Picnic Basket”

“Picnic Basket,” by Adi Blotman

Every Day Fiction, Valentine’s Day, 2019

428 words

I like this. Who doesn’t want to own a picnic basket? It’s like how owning a tea set makes me feel like I could throw a tea party any time I want, and owning a skin diving knife makes me feel like I could have an encounter with a fascinating octopus, although I neither entertain nor skin dive. Is that so wrong, that our possessions let us dream?

I thought the first “fucking” was perfect but the last one was too much.

Flash fiction story: “The Exhibit”

“The Exhibit,” by Samantha Kimmey

Appeared in Split Lip Magazine, September 2018

395 words

Great atmosphere. I like how the woman who ends up acting more or less as the main character only appears as an individual halfway through (after 199 words). The real main character seems to be the crowd.

I like the satire here too, the way the visitors assess their own reactions to the art rather than actually responding to it. They don’t recognize it as actual real-life cruelty because the context is so alienating.

Flash fiction story: “A House with Mughal-Style Doors”

“A House with Mughal-Style Doors,” by Cathy Ulrich

Appeared in matchbook, February 2019

332 words

I love how you know from the first paragraph that the daughter is dead, and the story never actually tells us that. The mention of kitchen matches and the phrase “the white box with the red” instead of the brand name seem to imply that Deirdre’s mother didn’t smoke until now. The repetition of “After the party” strikes me as very effective. That last repeated line also works for me, although I find it a little less original than the rest of the piece.

I like the author’s note.

Flash fiction story: “The Power Couple”

“The Power Couple,” by Matt Leibel

Appeared in Electric Literature‘s Recommended Reading Commuter, issue no. 51

76 words


Flash fiction story: “When Mummy Visits”

“When Mummy Visits,” by Felicia Wulandari

Every Day Fiction, February 10th, 2019

983 words

I had a hard time understanding this one, but I was impressed with the writing. I think it’s the story of a man who’s had a fraught relationship with his mother since childhood and now struggles to accept her. It seems she verbally abused him, or perhaps was merely incoherent and frightening due to a mental illness, and he physically attacked her in response, and now he perhaps feels guilty.

Flash fiction story: “Adjenia”

“Adjenia,” by Natalia Theodoridou

Appeared in Nature, and featured in an episode of their podcast, March 2016; featured in Toasted Cake 209, January 27th, 2019

Perhaps around a thousand words?

Grim yet touched with love.

A well-made story. Though the worldbuilding is pretty casually sketched out.