Flash Fiction Online – 04/2009
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online
Date: 27 April 2009
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 2009 issue.
"I Foretold You So" by Rod M. Santos is a clever little piece about what happens when "Straven, Prophet of Peekh" and "Asha, Oracle of the Hyperopic Temple" fall in love and get married. How do people who can foretell each other's futures stay together? It's not easy.
In "Discerning Women" by William Highsmith, Earth has been conquered by the Braxian Empire and Alexa is ordered to a center where she is given a very strange test. This was a nicely done little piece.
This being the April issue, we get a Fool Flash 2009, "The Mummy's Curse" by Sheila Crosby. This was a good old-fashioned Feghoot that was amusing the whole way and hilarious at the end.
The Classic Flash for this issue is "Novel, But Not New: A Story of Romance in Town and Country". There is no author credit given for this little playlet but it's a funny little look at a first-time author and his "publisher"
Bruce Holland Rogers contributes an essay on Orson Scott's theory that all stories must have "Milieu, Idea, Character and Event" (acronymed MICE) and writes about Milieu, reserving the other elements for future columns. He also gives us "Unpleasant Features of Our New Address", an amusing example of how to write a short-short about a place and the people who live there.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but #17 will still be available. Check them out at www.flashfictiononline.com.