Temptation Drive-Thru (Flash Fiction)

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For those of you unfamiliar with flash fiction, it is the short version of the short story.  It is also the specialty of Every Day Fiction, a site that delivers daily short fiction to your mailbox (you can also read stories online).  Here is an excerpt from a fantastic story recently published by EDF called Temptation Drive-Thru by Greg Likins:

I pulled up to the window. The girl leaned out, twisting her necklace around a fingernail studded with stick-on gems. I paid, and when she returned my change, that fingernail lingered in my palm. It felt like a condiment packet scratching my skin, and instinctively I squeezed it. She didn’t seem to mind.

Read the entire short story here or visit the author’s website.

Something About L.A. (Flash Fiction)

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Gay Degani has a new story out called Something About L.A. that was recently published over at Litsnack.  Here is an excerpt:

The truck shivers to a stop, dust swirling. The door opens as a small figure slides off the driver’s seat. A boy, just a boy, dark skin and hair, wearing a faded plaid shirt and jeans. Barefoot.

Puts his hands on hips and says, “I ain’t gonna hurt you.”

“I guess not.” I’m feeling better now knowing I’ve got 50 pounds on him.

Read the whole story here.  Gay Degani is a talented writer who has been featured on this blog before:  see Flash Fiction Story by Gay Degani – The London Eye and Flash Fiction: Dani-Girl’s Guide to Getting Everything Right.  Also visit her homepage, Words in Place.

Zombies…A Love Story

Check out this new flash fiction story (less than 1,000 words) at C. Dominique Gibson’s blog called The Forgotten Thing.  Here is an excerpt:

…before he could protest, she brushed a gentle kiss on his lips which were surprisingly intact. He returned her kiss with a passionate one of his own but was careful not to be rough. They were both delicate and any body parts they still possessed were precious.

Go read it now!

Christmas Short Story – Walmart I Love You

I read several online Christmas stories before settling on this one — the best of the bunch.  It was posted by Kathleen A. Ryan over at the Women of Mystery blog.  It’s called Walmart I Love You.  Here’s an excerpt:

The smell of fresh-cut Christmas trees outside Walmart made me wish for a real one instead of the fake one we have at home. The Walmart greeter looked just like Santa Claus. I worried that Santa wouldn’t leave any presents if our tree wasn’t up in time.

We walked straight to the beef jerky aisle where Dad grabbed some Cheez Whiz, Slim Jims, and a box of Ritz Crackers.

“Pick out some crap in a can,” he barked.

Click the link above to read the entire story.

Funny Short Story About What Happens to Displaced CEOs

The latest edition of the literary journal, Word Riot, is out, and it includes a short-story/flash-fiction piece called CEO by Billy Middleton.  I thought this was cleverly written…

“I adopted a corporate CEO from the local shelter. He was let out on the street after his company folded, was picked up rooting through dumpsters, running through busy intersections. The volunteer at the shelter told me he was unfriendly…”

To read the rest of the story or hear the story read to you by the author, go here.

Writing Contest – Flash Fiction – Win Win Win!

If you’re looking to increase your web presence, publish a story online, or just for a quick and dirty writing challenge, check out the String of Ten Flash Fiction Writing Contest at the Flash Fiction Chronicles blog.  Your story must contain at least four of these 10 words or phrases…

Blow Back-Storm-Jaundice-Steam-Tattoo-Sense of Fun-Cantaloupe-Streaked-Umber-Dripping Sweat

Deadline is midnight, Sunday, August 16th.  Visit the link above for more rules and details.

Do you feel the steam coming off your tattoo?  Is your umber cantaloupe dripping sweat?  Then get writing, people!  (Okay, hopefully you will be MUCH more creative with those words than I was. heh heh)

Horror Flash Fiction – A Taste for Life

There’s a new flash fiction story by Patrick Freivald over at Flash Fiction Online that you should really check out, especially if you like it when your stories come with a healthy dose of creepiness.  It’s called A Taste for Life

“And how old were you when you died, Mister Beauchamp?” Joan Rothman asked, leaning back in her chair. The scientists watched her behind the one-way mirror, hands clasped behind their backs.  “Twenty-seven,” the corpse replied, more gurgle than speech, as it gazed idly around the interview room.

To read the rest of this short short story, click the link above.

Flash Fiction Story by Gay Degani – The London Eye

Ever felt like you’re being stalked, watched, plotted against?  Then you know how Gay Degani’s character feels in the new flash fiction story, The London Eye (warning, contains strong language), published recently at Every Day Fiction:

“People insist the London Eye is nothing more than a tourist attraction, a Ferris wheel on steroids, a piece of machinery designed to be deconstructed for public consumption on the Discovery channel back home in the States, but I don’t believe it. I’m no fool. No one’s pulling the wool over my eyes. The Eye is stalking me.”

According to the site, Every Day Fiction is a magazine that specializes in bringing you fine fiction in bite-size doses. Every day, they publish a new short story of 1000 words or fewer that can be read during your lunch hour, on transit, or even over breakfast.  You can read from the site or sign up for the stories to come directly to your inbox.

Awesome idea!

If you’re a poetry lover, they offer a similar site called Every Day Poets.

For more information on author and Pushcart Prize Nominee, Gay Degani, see this previous post.

Horror Sci-Fi Fantasy Mag Features Lyn Cannaday

If horror/science fiction/fantasy is your thing, then check out the magazine, Morpheus Tales.  And by “magazine” I mean like a real, hold-in-your-hands magazine published on that medium you might vaguely remember, commonly known as paper

Their website gives you some free previews, so you can get an idea if you want to purchase or not, without just buying it blind.  You can also see some of their artwork, which looks interesting, wonderfully disturbing, and very high quality.

This publication came to my attention because Lyn Cannaday (previously featured here in blog posts Two Random Moments and Tricky Aliens and Bisexual Penguins) had her first story published in Issue 4.  (First as in not soley a web publication, since she has had a number of stories recognized and accepted on various sites across the web.)

Her flash fiction story is called Vampires Suck, and it looks like part of Issue 4, including Cannaday’s story, is now available in pdf format.  So, you can read Cannaday’s story as well as some other flash fiction at that link, although I recommend buying the issue since this is just a small sampling of what you get in the actual magazine.  Here is an excerpt from Vampires Suck:

“Humans give vampires all the awesome powers: mesmerizing eyes, sexy accents, angsting drama, and now they get to be sparkly,” he complained with a huff. “Why don’t humans give us some of those cool powers? I’d love to see a movie where the werewolves weren’t just bad actors in fur suits. I want a werewolf movie with a sexy she-wolf with hypnotic, silver eyes and retractable claws and the strength to tear down mountains.” His eyes grew unfocused and lusty.

(FYI, the pdf link was slow to load for me, so give it a minute before you decide to back out of it.)

Flash Fiction: Dani-Girl’s Guide to Getting Everything Right

Author, Gay Degani, has a great flash fiction story out called Dani-Girl’s Guide to Getting Everything Right.  This short short story starts out:

The minute the nose of my Honda Civic points north on the 5, my hands begin to sweat, my breath goes shallow, and somewhere down in my lower intestinal tract I feel a rumbling similar to distant thunder, just not as pleasant. Don’t Go Home is the first cardinal rule in Dani-Girl’s Guide to Getting Everything Right, and after a lifetime in Lomita with my German-Irish father, Rule 1 is easy to follow. After all, most of our communications begin with him grumbling, “Can’t you get anything right?”

Read this entire flash fiction story at Flash Fiction Online, a flash fiction online literary magazine, or read more short fiction at the Flash Fiction Online homepage.  You can also visit Gay Degani’s homepage or buy one of Gay Degani’s books at amazon.com.

I love it when I discover talented authors previously unknown to me, and I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on this one and looking for more of her stuff to read.