Flash Fiction Online – 04/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 26 April 2010
Links: Flash Fiction Online / Pub Info / Table of Contents /
Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their April 2010 issue.
"ZigZag Strikes Again" by Jonathan vos Post is a humorous tale about a time-traveler exchanging notes with Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg. As a New Jersey resident I did not appreciate his cheap shot. Remember Einstein was a NJ resident, too! That's just a joke. The story is really fine!
"The Zombie of His Early Days" by Tom Crosshill is another funny piece about Bobby. He's middle-aged, now, but he reminisces about his high school days, his dreams about being a zombie-killer and a particularly powerful zombie named Chuck. Can he reclaim his youth?
"Alligators by Twitter" by John Wiswell complete the April 1 theme for another funny story. This one cleverly tells a story through Twitter entries. I think you can guess what the story is about.
The Classic Flash in this issue is "Bust-Head Whiskey". The author is unknown but it appeared in the Continental Monthly, "a magazine devoted to literature and national policy, published in the North during much of the American Civil War." This story was in the April, 1964 issue and told about how the residents of Shearsville, Ohio, got rid of an obnoxious, copperhead (pro-Confederacy) Pennsylvania legislator. It, too, was quite amusing
All this is rounded out with a nonfiction article, "Small Rebellions: Prose Poems" by Bruce Holland Rogers with two accompanying prose poems.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but the April issue will still be available. Check them out and make a donation at www.flashfictiononline.com.