Volume 9, Issue 3

17 Jun

Issue 9.3 will put a spring in your step.

This issue features festering roadkill, hardscrabble troubadours, and impatient specters of death.

The deadline is creeping up for our 3rd annual Shadow Award poetry contest. Get those dark and offbeat poems turned in. And we’ve also got our animal-themed Flash Beast contest in full swing. 

The Technician

by Caroline Porter

Traveling Riverside

by Henry Hietala


by K.B. Carle

Volume 9, Issue 2

25 May

Issue 9.2 is a real gem.

This issue lurks in tunnels, stashes secrets in ancient texts, and drinks the Kool-Aid.

Our third-annual Shadow Award poetry contest is now in full swing, and we’ve just kick-started our new quarterly contest, Flash Beast. Get crackin’ on your entries.


by Brendan Gillen

The Blind

by Corey Farrenkopf

The Last Sunny Day in November

by Gaynor Jones

Killer Flash

4 May

Kill your darlings.


What We Find in the Guts of the Bodies
that the River Gives Us

by Philip Webb Gregg


What I Am Now

by Alex Sobel


Animal Control

by S.E. Casey



Grief and Gravity

by Barlow Adams


Bird’s Eye View

by Kathryn Burkett


Philosophy of Black Holes and Time Warps

by R.Gene Turchin


Mama Always Said

by Roni Slye


Baa Baa Black Sheep

by Tyler Dunning



by Tom Weller


This House a Home

by Levi Krain

Killer Flash results

1 May

Apparently, you folks are a little morbid. We were thrilled to see so many unique angles taken on this contest’s death theme. Although, with such a strong turnout and such compelling writing, that made for cutthroat competition.

We saw entries pour in from 40 states here in the U.S. (get your act together, Wyoming, et al.) as well as from writers living in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, and Wales.

With such fierce competition, just making the shortlist required clearing quite a few hurdles. 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:

Christopher Allen
Kristopher Armstrong
K.B. Carle
Spencer Chou
Nathan Coley
Joan Cooper
John Cornelius
Dwight Curtis
Tracy Davidson
Alex Ebel
Myles Ehrlich
Jeremy Goun
Ann Graham
Wiebo Grobler
June Guralnick
Timothy Johnson
Gaynor Jones
Sam Jowett
Robert Kaye
Raki Kopernik
Rick Krizman
Jose Medina
MJ McGinn
Chris Milam
Lawrence Morgan
James Murphy
Matt Paczkowski
Robert Penner
Erin Perry Willis
Jon Ross
R.A. Roth
Aeryn Rudel
Ryan Stone
Kaleb Tutt


The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Killer Flash mega-issue, which will drop on Friday. They will also be included in our fourth-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue, to be published in Fall 2018. 

Now check this out:

10th Place – “This House a Home” by Levi Krain
9th Place – “Incandescence” by Tom Weller
8th Place – “Baa Baa Black Sheep” by Tyler Dunning
7th Place – “Mama Always Said” by Roni Slye
6th Place – “Philosophy of Black Holes and Time Warps” by R.Gene Turchin
5th Place – “Bird’s Eye View” by Kathryn Burkett
4th Place – “Grief and Gravity” by Barlow Adams


And now on to those stories that really took our breath away.



3rd Place ($50)

“Animal Control”
by S.E. Casey


2nd Place ($100)

“What I Am Now”
by Alex Sobel


1st Place ($200)

“What We Find in the Guts of the Bodies
that the River Gives Us”

by Philip Webb Gregg


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

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