Review: Flash Fiction Online, July 2018

Flash Fiction Online, July 2018

Original Fiction:

  • “‘-Good.'” by Sunyi Dean (science fiction short story)
  • “Untimely Frost, Unlikely Bloom” by Hayley Stone (fantasy short story)
  • “Gathering” by Jonathan Louis Duckworth (fantasy short story)

‘-Good.’” and “Untimely Frost, Unlikely Bloom” are two more in the flood of FFO‘s present tense stories about death. In the first, a spineless woman who says “I don’t know” to everything and whose husband fills in the answers for her, is being asked to be the surrogate mother of that husband’s clone now that he’s dying. What will she say to that? In the second, a fairy tale woman involuntarily kills everything she comes into contact with, including guys she invites to sleep with her. What will become of the child she gives birth to? It’s hard to care about any of the characters in either of the stories, or their situations. “Gathering” is actually in past tense and is about death on a much grander scale. It’s a surreal dreamlike (or nightmare-like) piece about birds trying to build a destructive device and an artist whose work becomes real in weird ways coinciding in an unfortunate way. It didn’t click for me but was the most interesting tale of the issue.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Flash Fiction Online, July 2018

  1. Heh, I actually liked Untimely Frost a lot, although I did wonder how she managed to survive from babyhood to 12 if (as an infant) she was potent enough to kill her mother. I realise the word limit is short but was very curious about the part of her life we knew least about.

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