Tuesday, 10 January 2012

An Online Anthology of Flash Fiction?

What are your favourite short-short stories online? I'd like to refer friends and students to them--and read them myself! Of course, there's Dave Eggers' series at The Guardian. What other treats are out there?

7 comments:

Mark for Yaroslav said...

I'd recommend this mini-collection of flash fiction on Amazon.

Three faces of Lenin in the three stages of his life: the little rosy-cheeked Leader, the vengeful brother of a terrorist, and the capitalist pig in the parallel universe.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WDDPCY

Mark

Susie Campbell said...

Found a great short story here:
http://quickfiction.org/read/2112/bobby-kennedy-and-his-sea-lion-sandy/
Extraordinarily some of the most surreal details in this story are based on fact (I had to go to wiki to check). Apparently Bobby Kennedy really did have a managerie at home, including his dog Brumus and a sea-lion. Not much obvious conflict in this story - although one can extrapolate the conflict Bobby is presumably facing with all those "sons of bitches" - but it's such a great, funny, cool and very present dialogue between Bobby and Sandy. No wonder one of the other readers comments that they keep on coming back to this story.

Susie

Susan B said...

enjoyed several stories on the different sites which I recommend. They don't necessarily have conflicts but work anyway.

The Gardener by A. Hammond, six little things, Issue 6, monster enemies.
Joy Buzzer by Michael Mc Cauley " "
Sunday golf by Joseph Mc Laughlin " "

TV by Niles Tomlison, Flashquake , Issue Spring 2011, p 24. lovely atmosphere and tension. Could maybe be shortened by stopping at "God had switched parties". This story is my inspiration for my next flash-fiction.

Ruby by Kate Fallon, same Flashquake, p 27.
liked the realism in this piece, the nicknames...4 children, especially sons, is a handful ! the rhythm had me hooked. The ending could maybe be less soppy; it tends to fall into pathos. Maybe it's to show that Ruby isn't heartless...although I didn't get that impression, being a mother of three !

jennig said...

Really enjoyed my journey into reading short short stories. Particularly enjoyed Wigleaf - Learning About Opposites by Lena Bartone and He did the Opposite by Christy Crutchfield. Many of the stories got me thinking about how people are underneath the surface and why they may be this way. This gave me the prompt for my new piece of flash fiction. Jenni

jennig said...

I thought I'd posted a comment but it didn't appear, so here's my second attempt. Apologies if the first one has got through and I am repeating myself.
I've really enjoyed by foray into reading short short stories and particularly enjoyed He Did the Opposite by Christy Crutchfield and Learning About Opposites by Lena Bertone - both from Wigleaf. It got me thinking about how people really are under the surface and what helped to make them this way. This has been the inspiration for the new assignment. jennig

John Kitchen said...

There are some strange stories out there. I found three that appealed to me:
http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/author/sotirios-fox/theseus-body/
http://www.chester.ac.uk/sites/files/chester/Flash%201%201%20sample%20stories.pdf
Long Wet Glass by Seamus Scanlon – The Fish Anthology 2011
The last one I couldn't get back into the website for some reason, but either that or theseus body will be the base for the next flash fiction

Carrie Etter said...

These suggestions are great--thanks, everyone! Keep them coming!