Volume 8, Issue 18

6 Apr

Just wait till you get an eyeful of Issue 8.18. 

This issue features a murderous mushroom cult, the return of a dead son, and sinister odors.

Less than two weeks left until Killer Flash contest soft deadline, so get those death-themed entries turned in. And our annual poetry contest will be gearing up soon, so keep an eye out for details on that.


Rainbow, Fungus, Rainbow

by Liam Johnson

The Ouroboros

by Bleriana Myftiu

The Outing 

by Suzanne Farrell Smith

Volume 8, Issue 17

22 Mar


Issue 8.17 has a few screws loose.

This go-round we’ve got super-powered transmogrification, ponderous bathers, and sinister raccoons.

Less than a month left until our Killer Flash contest soft deadline, so get crackin’ on your death-themed entries.

The Hero’s Shadow

by Emily Livingstone

Fat Man

by John Holland

Variation on Genesis: The Temptation of Eve

by Carl Napolitano

Volume 8, Issue 16

2 Mar

Issue 8.16 is fun for the whole family! (Just add water.)

This issue features apocalyptic anthills, eel-infested dresses, and disgruntled junkyard employees shooting fireworks at birds. 

We’ve also got our Killer Flash contest up and running at full steam. So send us a death-themed entry if you know what’s good for you.

Bottle Rockets

by Lawrence Morgan

A Taste for It 

by Caralyn Davis


by Katrina Dessavre


Flash Hero

3 Feb

“We can be heroes, just for one day.” – David Bowie


Story of a Witch

by R.A. Matteson


Breaking the Chain

by Faith Currie


Superhero, Hollywood USA

by Heidi Sterling



A Piece of Work (At First Manassas)

by Peter Parsons



by Nancy Dassy



by Aj Jones


Let Me Tell You About Helen

by Lisa Beebe


The Magician Invents Fire

by Bailey Bridgewater


Tiresias in Manhattan

by Jim Nawrocki


Company Man

by Christina Dalcher

Flash Hero Results

31 Jan

Writing hero stories for a lit zine that emphasizes the dark and offbeat can be a tricky proposition. But once again, we were bowled over by the talent on display—your twisted imaginations took us to strange and surreal places. 

This contest involved some stiff competition, with many quality submissions rolling in from all over the globe. We read entries from writers in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, the UK, and the USA. 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 shout-outs go to:

James Agombar
Steve Bertolino
Michael Carter
Matthew Di Paoli
Jaq Evans
GJ Hart
Sean Hooks
Aj Jones
Artyv K
Aaron Katzmarek
Joy Kennedy-O’Neill
Emily Livingstone
Chris Milam
Emma Musty
Fred Nolan
Ville Nummenpää
Geoffrey Philp
Aeryn Rudel
Matt St. Hilaire
James Turner
Kaleb Tutt
Carlen Vigo


The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Hero mega-issue, which will drop within the next few days. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in Fall 2018. 

Now check this out:

10th Place – “Company Man” by Christina Dalcher
9th Place – “Tiresias in Manhattan” by Jim Nawrocki
8th Place – “The Magician Invents Fire” by Bailey Bridgewater
7th Place – “Let Me Tell You About Helen” by Lisa Beebe
6th Place – “Footsteps” by Aj Jones
5th Place – “Hiro” by Nancy Dassy
4th Place – “A Piece of Work (At First Manassas)” by Peter Parsons


And now on to those stories that really stuck the landing. 


3rd Place ($50)

“Superhero, Hollywood USA”
by Heidi Sterling


2nd Place ($100)

“Breaking the Chain”
by Faith Currie


1st Place ($200)

“Story of a Witch”
by Rebecca Matteson


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in Flash Hero. It was a joy to read your work, and we couldn’t run these contests without you. Check back soon for the Flash Hero mega-issue! 

Volume 8, Issue 14

12 Jan

Issue 8.14 will hit you between the eyes.

This issue features grave-robbing fathers, finger-biting ice picks, and Funzone purgatories. 

In other news, our Flash Hero contest will be wrapping up at the end of the month. Soft deadline is January 20th, so get those entries turned in. And our third-annual Prize Winners Anthology has recently been released! Grab it while it’s hot. 

A Cry from the Ball Pit

by Samuel J. Adams

Grave Goods

by Bayveen O’Connell

Delicate Labor

by Marvin Shackelford

Volume 8, Issue 13

11 Dec

Some flash fiction this way comes. Whether its a lab-grown sibling, a monstrous minister, or threats to go get Carl if you don’t hand over the gas can, there’s something especially sinister about Issue 8.13. 

Peruse these strange and surreal stories, and then cook up something of your own for our #FlashHero contest, which runs until January. And keep an eye out for the release of our third annual Prize Winners Anthology, which is in its final proofing phase and will be available shortly. 

Little Sister

by Aeryn Rudel


by Christina Dalcher

Burn Barrel

by Alyssa Striplin