Volume 10, Issue 1

9 Apr

As The Molotov Cocktail begins its 10th year of existence, we’ve got a few things in the hopper. Our Flash Legend contest is alive and well, so send us some flash that focuses on urban legends, folklore, or campfire stories. Our fourth volume of the Prize Winners Anthology print issue is now available. But most importantly, we’ve got three killer flash pieces in this issue.

Nocnitsa (The Night Hag)

by Andrea DeAngelis

Bog People

by Lydia H. Stucki

Timothy’s Shadow

by Quentin Norris

Phantom Flash

21 Feb


Angels of Purgatory

by Chris Panatier



The Black Cat’s Breakfast

by Chandra Steele




by Phillip E. Dixon




Day Ninety-One

by Joanne Withers


The Places We Go Where Others May Not Follow

by Liz Schriftsteller


Crop Circles

by Christina Dalcher


What the Crows Said

by Erin Fingerhut


The Unopened Bar of Chocolate

by Steve Campbell



by Christina Dalcher


The Last Horizon

by Michael Carter

Phantom Flash results!

13 Feb

Let’s have a look, shall we…


Well, you certainly don’t make this easy on us. We asked you to go real weird with it, and you didn’t disappoint. It feels like we say this every time, but the judging process was an especially arduous one, with a lot of back and forth debate before we finally settled on our strange and surreal Top 10. 

A strong global turnout once again. As always, there was a hearty showing of writers in both the U.S. and the U.K., with Australia bringing the heat lately as well. We also read work from writers in places as far-flung as Canada, France, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, and South Korea. 

But you didn’t come here for a geography lesson…


The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Barlow Adams
Ekagra Agarwal
Jonathan Bennett
Neil Clark
Kristin Cox
Christina Dalcher
Justin Eells
Joaquin Fernandez
Wiebo Grobler (3)
Emily Harrison
Gaynor Jones
Levi Krain
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Lyndsie Manusos
Allie Marini
Sherry Morris
Emmett Nahil
Quentin Norris
Tom Over
Aeryn Rudel
Kelly Schrock
Christopher Stanley (2)
Lydia Stucki
Korey Wallace
Alpheus Williams (2)
Tanya Zilinskas (2)
Maria Zoccola


The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming
Phantom Flash mega-issuewhich will drop within the next week. 


10th Place – “The Last Horizon” by Michael Carter
9th Place – “Threes” by Christina Dalcher
8th Place – “The Unopened Bar of Chocolate” by Steve Campbell
7th Place – “What the Crows Said” by Erin Fingerhut
6th Place – “Crop Circles” by Christina Dalcher
5th Place – “The Places We Go Where Others May Not Follow”
                       by Liz Schriftsteller
4th Place – “Day Ninety-One” by Joanne Withers


And now on to the three stories that really broke through
to the other side.


3rd Place ($50)


by Phillip Dixon


2nd Place ($100)

“The Black Cat’s Breakfast”

by Chandra Steele


1st Place ($200)

“Angels of Purgatory”

by Chris Panatier


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Phantom Flash contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back soon to read these fantastic, uncanny, and otherworldly stories. 

Volume 9, Issue 13

24 Jan

Issue 9.13 is dripping with the dark and offbeat. We’ve got necrotic nuptials, a surreal Scranton, and snakes in seedy motel walls.

The Phantom Flash contest soft deadline is only a week away, so send us something weird. And Vol. 4 of the Prize Winners Anthology will soon be emerging at long last. 

The River Wedding

by Tim Roberts

I Want People to Be Afraid
of How Much They Love Me

by Delaney Saul

The Thrill of It

by Emily Laubham

Volume 9, Issue 12

23 Dec

Issue 9.12 is here to rattle a few chains.

This issue features enticing sirens, huge chompers, and an inner struggle between ferality and humanity.

Thanks to everyone who’s helped make 2018 such a great year here at Molotov, and don’t forget to check out our latest quarterly contest, Phantom Flash

I Sing

by Anastasia Kirchoff


by John Holland

The Kitsune

by Candace Hartsuyker

Volume 9, Issue 11

21 Nov

Wait’ll you get a hold of Issue 9.11. 

Within these pages we’ve got dehydrated demons, peel-away faces, and milk-and-honey executions. 

Our fourth-annual print anthology will be out before year’s end, so keep an eye out for that. And our next contest, Phantom Flash, is now open to submissions. 

And now on to the good stuff…

Jenny Haniver

by Jaq Evans

Winding and Widdershins

by Shannon Phillips

The Persian Boats: A Love Story

by Christina Dalcher

Flash Monster 2018

31 Oct

This is Halloween.



Ursa Major

by Jen Corrigan


The Lamppost Huggers

by Christopher Stanley


Our Immortal Night

by Neil Clark




by Travis Dahlke


I’ve Seen the Other Shadow in the City

by Emma Miller



by Stuart Airey



by Alpheus Williams



by James Turner



by Justin Eells


The Scaredy Men

by S.E. Casey