Stories I have loved:
The Infill Trait by CC Finlay at Lightspeed.
A really interesting Military Experiment Gone Wrong story with a wonderful, fracturing, freewheeling voice perfectly suited to the increasingly lost and paranoid narrator.
The Finite Canvas by Brit Mandelo at Tor.com
Beautifully-judged story of murder, betrayal and (possible) redemption with both a gripping plot and complex, layered characterisation.
Child-Empress of Mars by Theodora Goss reprinted at Lightspeed
I've never read the 'Mars adventure' stories that this is riffing off (note to self: you should rectify that) but it was still interesting to see this kind of thing done from the aliens' perspective, and I liked the themes of performance and storytelling. The world-building initially seemed random and overwhelming, but quickly became charming.
Final Corrections, Pittsburgh Times-Dispatch by M Bennardo at Daily Science Fiction
This is great fun, with a tremendous dry sense of humour. Original format, and a lovely example of what flash does best: telling you the story without actually telling you the story.
Little Stitches in a Dead Man's Back by Joe R Lansdale - currently
free for Kindle at Amazon
I love post-apoc stories, and this is a wonderfully
visceral, brutal version with lashings of crunchy survivor guilt and some highly
Skin by Peter Kispert at Word Riot
Sharp flash that's a
lovely depiction of refracted grief.
Care of Ma by Lee Hallison at Daily Science Fiction
story about wariness around technology, with an adorable robot 'character' and
an absolutely killer last line.
Magnificent Rife Machine by R D Kuensting at Eunoia Review
I like unusual format, and this sad story about a potential miracle cure
makes good use of news clippings, emails and blog entries as well as traditional
in the Key of Prose by Jake Kerr at Lightspeed
story in an unusual format, this one using the structures and styles of fiction
itself. A full story with plot, worldbuilding and emotional resonance, told
using the hint and snapshot technique that gives good flash its impact. A treat
for readers and writers alike
Poinsettia by L. Lambert Lawson at Every Day
A woman gets an unexpected lover, pot plant and life advice in
this great flash. What I loved most about it is the confident weirdness of the
writing; this is a story that's totally comfortable in its own skin.
Long Con by Megan. R. Engelhardt and Frog/Prince
by Melissa Mead, at Daily Science Fiction.
remixed fairy tales, and these are a couple of excellent examples. The first has
a wonderful psychologically logical core, and the second is a touching and
beautfully played out backstory.
Out of Thin
Air by Kathryn Netzel at Eunoia Review.
a massive fan of second person POV, as I don't find it a natural method of
storytelling. For this, however, with its self-reflective, journalling style, it
works perfectly. A raw, emotional piece.
Zombie vs Ninja by
Lee Williams at Smokelong Quarterly.
I just love
this. Gorgeous, captivating snapshot of a dysfunctional bromance played out
against the backdrop of a disintegrating society. Original and surreal.
Languaging by Jessica George at Every Day Fiction
is *fantastic*. Loved it to pieces. Creepy as hell, with a dystopian vibe that
reminded me of The Handmaid’s Tale. Like #10, I thought there was a lot being
suggested about the silencing of women’s voices. But for all that, the MC was an
engaging and sympathetic character (and equally, so were Bekah and Henri, even
though they oppose/don’t appear!)
The prose and descriptive details were
lush and sensuous, contrasting and complementing the cold, harsh and restrictive
world they painted.
Everyone Gets Scared Sometimes by Ari B Goelman at Daily Science Fiction
A different take on the zombie story, looking at life for a survivor after things have returned -- for most people, anyway -- to normal. Great voice, some compelling ambiguity and unanswered questions, and a wonderfully unsettlling tone: chilling and strangely sweet at the same time.