Flash Fiction Online Issue #51 December 2017

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The December 2017 Issue of Flash Fiction Online Fantasy, science fiction, horror, and literary short fiction for the modern reader.
Our stories this month are about persistence, hope, and ultimately, love—even when it hurts.
Returning to Flash Fiction Online, Charity Tahmaseb brings us “Steadfast,” a beautiful yet modern retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.”
Jennifer Haupt’s “The Girl Waits” is an encapsulated moment in one girl’s life. Yet it has an enormous dynamism not often found in such small, quiet stories, and that’s the underlying tension of hope.
John Wiswell returns to Flash Fiction Online, and no, it’s not April (his usual month for FFO appearances). Read “The First Stop Is Always the Last.” Grief, self-doubt, and hope play out in second chances, all set on a city bus.
And finally, to round out the issue is Stewart C Baker’s “Excerpt from the Diagnostic and Necromantic Manual, 5th edition Regarding the Departed” (previously published in The Sockdolager).
To sum up this issue, I’ll leave you with an excerpt from Stewart’s story.
“(The practitioner) must be willing to accept that pain is universal, and that beauty can, like a sudden surge of snow, be deadly.”
An editorial from Publisher, Anna Yeatts.
Illustrated by Dario Bijelac.
Enjoy!

 

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