Flash Fiction Online – 10/2011
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online ISBN/ITEM#: 1946-1712
Date: 29 November 2011
Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their October 2011 issue, the first one since July. We are told we might have to wait until January for the next issue but may get a Christmas story. I wish then well! I have missed these stories.
First up is "All Mimsy" by Kelly Wright. Mimsy is tiny "no more than a child, a wisp, a gumdrop. A puff of wind would carry her away like a dandelion seed" as she enters the room holding a sword. She is looking for a creature who eventually appears. I can't say more except that this was just exquisite. This is an impressive debut story that you should read more than once.
The another new story is "In an Old Man's Lap" by David Hoing. A visit to a Convalescent Home in London in 1959 by a little girl stirs strange thoughts from her grandmother. This one goes in a surprising direction. Quite good.
The Classic Flash story is "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. A woman is told that her husband was killed in a railway accident. There is concern whether her heart can stand the shock. It does but the story takes an unexpected turn. Great!
I'm not sure what schedule Flash Fiction Online is now but the October 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.