Flash Fiction Online - 08/2009
Edited by Jake Freivald
Review by Sam Tomaino
Flash Fiction Online
Date: 28 September 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 August 2009 issue.
"There Are No Great Truths Here" by D.T. Friedman is a disturbing little piece about a carnival barker who can read odd secrets about you. He charges a nickel for every one but he gets more out of it than that.
"Purpose" by R.W. Ware follows a man who says he is dying but is trying to find food for his son. As the story unfolds, we get a clearer picture of what is going on. Ware tells a pretty full story in very few words.
"Taste for Life" by Patrick Frievald is a zombie tale of the Night of the Living Dead variety. If these kind of zombies showed up, what would we do with them? This was a clever amusing story.
The Classic Flash for this issue is "Death and Odysseus" by Lord Dunsany. This was a delicious little piece of fantasy about the two characters in the title.
Bruce Holland Rogers writes another of his articles "Flash Fiction of Event: Tackling a Problem" and uses a story, "The Lobbyist's Tale" to illustrate it. This was an amusing satire of what a lobbyist does when his favorite bill dies in committee.
Flash Fiction Online will probably have new stories posted by the time you read this, but the August issue will still be available. Check them out and make a donation at www.flashfictiononline.com.