Flash Fiction Online Issue #49 October 2017

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The October 2017 Issue of Flash Fiction Online Fantasy, science fiction, horror, and literary short fiction for the modern reader.
Yet again, this issue proves that flash fiction can wield a large force. The short stories in this issue are powerful, dark, and gripping.

The October issue of Flash Fiction Online starts off with an editorial, “Love and Monsters!” from Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Vincent. Her family’s love of classic literary monsters takes pumpkin carving to a whole new level. In the same way, love elevates this month’s stories into something more than merely monster tales. These short horror, dark science fiction and fantasy stories bring heart … and all the feels.

Returning Flash Fiction Online author Steven Fischer gives us “A Siren Song for Two,” a science fiction flash that’s beautiful in a cold, bone-chilling way only found in space. Planetary miners are sung to their dooms by mysterious voices. But can anyone be saved?

“Claire Weinraub’s Top Five Sea Monster Stories (For Allie)” by Evan Berkow is part love story, part heartbreak, and all around beautiful with a dash of monster thrown in for spice. Though list stories don’t often win us over, this one is worth reading. We’ll take this set of book recommendations any day.

What does a word mean? How much does language affect the way we shape our thinking? And how would an alien language change humankind forever? All this and more is explored in “Fluency” by Matt Mikalatos in his return to Flash Fiction Online. This science fiction story first appeared in Daily Science Fiction but we’re pleased to reprint it.

Sometimes there are monsters that even the greatest love can’t stop. “Monsters” by Edward Ashton, yet another FFO alumnus, tackles this kind of love between a brother and sister.

Finally, a new FXXK WRITING column from HEX-Rated author, Jason S. Ridler, “THE GUTTERS: STINK LESS, STINK BETTER.” Check it out for writing advice from the trenches with a healthy left hook of sarcasm.



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