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Flash Monster 2017

31 Oct

This is Halloween.

I

Moist

by Erin O’Shea

II

Full Custody

by Latifa Ayad

III

Goop

by Chris Milam

 

IV

Yetimaker

by Michael Carter

V

This Thing of Darkness, I

by Philip Webb Gregg

VI

I Had a Boneyard in the Dakotas

by Michael Carter

VII

A Warning from the Wood

by Madeleine Ebacher

VIII

The Arms

by Jennifer Lynn Kohn

IX

Comeviatorum

by Emily Livingstone

X

Cut Carve Slice

by Andrew Bourelle

Volume 8, Issue 10

10 Oct

October is here, and we’re burning the candle at both ends at Molotov HQ. Issue 8.10 is packed with dark and offbeat goodness, our Flash Monster 2017 contest is creeping up towards its deadline, we’ve got our third-annual print anthology in the works, and we’re watching 31 horror films in 31 days. 

The flash fiction you’ll find below offers insomniac alligators, larvae leaking from boy-band member’s eyes, and grim meatloaf dinners. Dig in.

I never drink wine.” 

– The Editor

Family Night 

by Kyle Decker

People That Sing

by Okala Elesia

Bank Job

by Brad Rose

Volume 8, Issue 9

17 Sep

Fun fact: Issue 8.9 can lift up to 5,000 times its own body weight.

This issue we’ve got ravenous sugar ants, fingers gnarled and twisted, and a bodies stacked like firewood in a gravel pit. Our Flash Monster 2017 contest is in full swing, so send over those monstrous entries. Looking forward to publishing them on Halloween. And our third-annual print anthology is on the way this fall as well. Stay tuned for release date details.

“Just trying to kill some bugs, sir.”

– The Editor

Lucky

by Omer Friedlander

Appeal

by Alice Benson

All the Kids Go

by Cathy Ulrich

Flash Worlds

16 Aug

At times like these, a little transcendence is in order. We asked you to take us to strange new worlds, and you didn’t disappoint. The ten stories you’ll find below are bleak and beautiful, grotesque and glistening. They transport us to other dimensions, drag us into the sea, push us to the brink of extinction, and discover strange new realms within the familiar walls of home. 

These ten stories will appear in our 2017 Prize Winners Anthology print issue, which is due out in the fall. And details for our next quarterly contest (horror-themed as always in the fall) will be released within a few days.

Until then, lose yourself in Flash Worlds.

Where we’re going we don’t need roads.

– The Editor

1st Place

Listening to the Animals

by Emily Livingstone

2nd Place

Come Away to the Water

by Celia Daniels

3rd Place

Dog Eat Dog

by Christina Dalcher

 

4th

 Stuck in the Bathroom

by John Barrale

5th

Tribe

by Nikolaj Volgushev

6th

The Deceased of 120 Primorsky Street

by Michael Carter

7th

Auroras of Arverne

by Voima Oy

8th

Libation

by Gregory Ariail

9th

This Ape’s on Fire

by Lazarus Gray

10th

A Visitation

by Chloe Seim

Volume 8, Issue 7

7 Aug

Animals have taken over Issue 8.7. We’ve got pet birds flying into walls, death from above pig farms, and mutant-ladybug-afflicted dogs. 

With our #FlashWorlds contest just wrapping up (results August 14th and mega-issue shortly thereafter), keep your eyes peeled for our horror-themed fall contest to coincide with Halloween, a holiday we perhaps enjoy too much around Molotov HQ. And our third annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue is just around the corner, too. 

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

– The Editor

Dig 

by J. Bradley

The Height

by William Stoddart

Epizootic

by Erick Mancilla

 

Shadow Award 2017

17 Jul

Our second annual Shadow Award mega-issue is brimming with dark and offbeat poetry. We may not publish poetry often, but we don’t mess around when we do. Below you’ll find the 10 poems that rose to the top of a record-setting turnout, and primary judge Mary Lenoir Bond toiled long and hard to make sure we published the very best.

The poems you find here will also appear in our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology, due out this fall. Take a look at the results page to check out those poets who made it to the short list, but didn’t quite rise into the Top 10. And don’t forget that our Flash Worlds flash fiction is in full swing, with soft deadline fast approaching (July 31st). 

But enough yammering. Let’s get to the poems…

Shadow Award 2017 Winner

Ten Years Later

by Erin Kirsh

2nd Place

Elegy for Nuestra Señora la Reina

by Matilda Berke

3rd Place

Elements Lost and Found

by Mori Glaser

 

4th – The Message

by Susan Adler George

5th – Soft and Supple Flesh

by Nicholas De Genova

6th – Fingers for the Ferryman

by Dan Diehn

7th – Kitchen, Sinister

by Laura Potts

8th – Why the Coyote Doesn’t Just Order Chinese

by Phill Provance

9th – Disco Vertigo

by Sam Morris

10th – Unsacred Cow

by Christopher P. Mooney

Volume 8, Issue 5

6 Jul

Issue 8.5 takes the road less traveled.

This issue will tap into your lizard brain, give you a whole new perspective on the ocean, and make you snuff out cigarette butts on your arm.

Get cracking on your Flash Worlds contest entries. That July 31st soft deadline will creep up on you. And as of this publication, there’s still a few precious hours left to get in on the action for our second-annual Shadow Award poetry contest with our Procrastinator’s Special.

Don’t ever feed him after midnight.” 

– The Editor

The Unfamiliar Face in the Mirror

by Jeremy Bronaugh

Atlantic

by Amelia Granger

That’s All It Ever Does

by Joshua Murray