7/20/2017 3 Comments
Short Story Review: Flash Fiction
Flash Fiction, as defined by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, is a story up to 1,000 words. One e-zine is dedicated entirely to flash fiction, publishing a story a day. Flash Fiction Magazine also publishes anthologies of the best of the stories to appear on their website. Author Shannon Lawrence noted that most flash fiction ends with a twist. That is true of many of the stories in Flash Fiction Magazine.
I jumped right in with The Other Side of the Window, by Tony Wassom. A recent widow lingers over breakfast, in a definitely melancholy frame of mind. Why? What is she going to do? You find out fast in a thousand word story!
Because the stories are so brief, I immediately read the previous day's offering, Ruby, by Virginia Pye. This story is from a dog's point of view, and it works. Very clever.
The fun of flash fiction is that the author can experiment with characters, literary devices, and themes he or she may be reluctant to pursue for a longer story, or an entire novel.
On a slightly different topic, if you like a little laughter with your mystery, here's an article by author Peter DiChellis on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Murder. Learn why humor works in a genre focused on crime.
7/23/2017 03:02:38 pm
Thank your for mentioning my humor post, Catherine. And thanks for featuring Flash Fiction Magazine. I always enjoy flash fiction. I guess my faves for mystery and crime are Flash Bang Mysteries and Shotgun Honey, but there are plenty more (such Flash Fiction Magazine) for readers like me to check out!
12/28/2017 08:37:28 am
12/28/2017 08:52:14 am
Tony, I'm glad you found my review from earlier in the year. I hope to continue reviewing short fiction in 2018.
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