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Flash Fiction Online 10/2010
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 25 October 2010

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Flash Fiction Online for October 2010 is a Halloween issue with stories by Erin E. Stocks, Shannon Connor Winward, and Stephen Smith with classic reprints by Lord Dunsany and H.P Lovecraft along with an article by H.P. Lovecraft.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their October 2010 issue.

"Becoming Normal" by Erin E. Stocks is a typical teen party but in a world where zombies have taken over. Nancy meets a boy named Marco, but he has a secret. So does Nance in this clever little piece.

"When She's Ready" by Shannon Connor Winward features a woman who is quite determined to go on the journey that life lead her to. Her determination makes for a particularly chilling story.

"Childhood Fears" in the story by Stephen Smith are not always easily dispatched but Charles and his daughter, Cory, do their best in the wonderful, little story.

There are two Classic Flash stories in this issue. The first is "The Day of the Poll" by Lord Dunsany, which has an amusing Election Day theme. The second Classic Flash is H.P. Lovecraft's "Despair" which is actually a poem on that subject. The issue is rounded out by Lovecraft's "Notes on Writing Weird Fiction" which contains some interesting ruminations about one of our favorite forms of literature.

Flash Fiction Online is going to a mid-month schedule so the October issue will still be available by the time you read this. If not, you should still be able to find it as a back issue. Check them out and make a donation at

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