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Flash Fiction Online 07/2011
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 27 July 2011

Links: Flash Fiction Online / Pub Info / Table of Contents /

Flash Fiction Online for July 2011 has stories by Melodie Campbell, Kenyon Ledford, Craig DeLancey, and classic reprints from Redfield Ingalls and Dwight M. Wiley.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their July 2011 issue, which is an excellent one.

First up is "The Perfect Mark" by Melodie Campbell. Sasha thinks the old woman whose condo she is visiting is a perfect mark. She will be hired by the woman and, then, steal from her. This has a twist at the end that you might anticipate but there's another that you won't. That last twist makes a nice little story.

Next, is "The Baseball Glove" by Kenyon Ledford. Rick is working the late shift at a convenience store that sells alcohol when three tough-looking Latino youths come into buy malt liquor. Rick worries there might be trouble with them. What happens is unexpected and I will not ruin this fine story by saying any more.

The last new story is Craig Delancey's "A Purple Heart". Patrick McMahon returns home from war not quite alive but still moving around. This is rough on his family. What they do makes for a story that is at the same time poignant and unsettling

Both Classic Flash stories tied for third place in the Life Magazine Shortest Story Contest in 1916.

The first Classic Flash story is. "Business and Ethics" by Refield Ingalls. A. Slivowitz & Co. makes dyes. When Mr. Slivowitz asks his private secretary to engage in some corporate espionage against a competitor, he receives a surprising answer, too him, but maybe not, to us.

The second Classic Flash story is Dwight M. Wiley's "Her Memory". Warrington is angry that his flirtation with a woman at a party has been for naught Then he has another encounter that seems to go better but this one has a beautiful, little twist.

I'm not sure what schedule Flash Fiction Online is now but the July issue will still be available when 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 www.flashfictiononline.com.

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