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Flash Fiction Online – 11/2008
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online  ISBN/ITEM#: FFO200911
Date: 21 November 2008

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Flash Fiction Online's November issue features very short stories by Mercedes M. Yardley, Amanda Yskamp, and Suzanne Vincent along with a classic from Franz Kafka.

Flash Fiction Online is a website with very short stories, updated every month. These are reviews for their November 2008 issue, #8.

"Ray the Vampire" by Mercedes M. Yardley is a typical story of a girl with a boyfriend with a problem. You can probably guess the problem from the title. This was an amusing little story about what it would be like to have such a guy around.

While one is reading "The Scientific Method" by Amanda Yskamp, one wonders what it is driving at. The narrator is a woman teacher at a school for the rich of Costa Rica. She is observing a bizarre scientific experiment. The great thing is that Yskamp winds the tale up in a very succinct and effective way, leaving no doubt as to its intent.

The third story is Suzanne Vincent's "The Cleansing". Tom is the last survivor of a smallpox-ravaged ship called Nautica. All but he have died and their bodies dumped overboard. Even though Tom brought the disease aboard, he has survived it. The ship talks to him and tells him what he must do next in this haunting little tale.

The Classic Flash for this issue is "A Little Fable" by Franz Kafka. This is only 87 words long but keys on a word we heard much in the recent election. It was clever of the editor to include it.

Bruce Holland Rogers contributes an essay on Fairy Stories, along with a story of his called "The Dead Boy at Your Window". A boy is born dead but can still move about and speak. After a while, he finds a place in the world in this nice little example of a Fairy Story.

Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #8 will still be available. Check them out at

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