The September 2016 issue of Flash Fiction Online. No one grasps the intricacies of passionate quite like Anaïs Nin. She wrote, “What you burnt, broke, and tore is still in my hands. I am the keeper of fragile things and I have kept of you what is indissoluble.” This month we explore that tenuous connection between people who love each other — though sometimes love hurts more than we care to admit.
Joy Kennedy-O’Neill brings us “Jericho,” a dystopian science fiction story. Student loans are passed from generation to generation until the burden becomes almost more than a brave couple can bear.
Nicola Belte’s “Muse” is as delicate and beautifully crafted as the Victorian paintings of young women it describes. To what lengths will we go to capture the most exquisite moment of a life? A horror story for the ages.
There is no better exploration of the fragile mother-daughter bond than Maria Haskins’ “Muse.” Pain and suffering combine with magic in this dark fantasy.
For our final story, we bring you one of our favorite FFO alumni, Pulitzer nominee John Guzlowski. Originally published in The James Franco Review, “My Mother’s Death — A Sonnet” is a powerful piece that will leave you wondering what love really looks like. We did.
But that’s not all!
A fellow FFO alumnus, Tom Crosshill, is back with an interview about his new book, THE CAT KING OF HAVANNA!
And don’t miss Jason S. Ridler’s latest column, “FXXK WRITING: THE GLOM OF DOOM.”
Now, off to it. Reading awaits!
All my best,
AnnaArtwork by Dario Bijelac and Lura Schwarz Smith