Volume 10, Issue 5

26 Jul

Issue 10.5 is relentless.

This go-round we’ve got arctic abominations, otherworldly lake-dwellers, and aquatic sacrifices. 

Speaking of nature, our Wild Flash contest soft deadline is less than two weeks away. And we’re now open to submissions for our annual dark poetry contest, the Shadow Award. Hop to it.

The Thing That Came with the Storm

by Aeryn Rudel

What Lies Beneath (Thirteen Years On)

by Paul de Denus

The Water Roars

by Steve Campbell

Volume 10, Issue 4

12 Jun

Dive into Issue 10.4. Where else can you find a celestial candidate, a spectral Johnny Cash, and a sexy compound fracture?

Our new quarterly contest, Wild Flash, will officially open to submissions within a few days, but you can scope out the guidelines in the meantime and get working on ideas. Our annual poetry contest, The Shadow Award, will be opening in the near future as well, so keep an eye out for that.

And now, without further ado…

Slip the Collar

by Kelsey Ipsen

When the Man Comes Around

by Emmett Nahil

An Angel Runs for President

by Albert Haley

Flash Legend

20 May



The Night of the Last Dreams

by Donna L. Greenwood


Their Soil Freshly Turned

by Chris Panatier


What You Will And Won’t Do
(About the Man in Your Garden)

by Joely Dutton



The Eyes

by Andrea DeAngelis


Extra Parts

by Rachel Sudbeck


What Happened at Crimson Lake

by Erin Perry Willis


The Man in the Green Hat

by Amanda Pollet



by Maura Yzmore


La Puerta

by Mark Purnell


Revenge of the Ponderosas

by Michael Carter

Flash Legend results!

15 May

Everybody gather ’round…

We’ve always had a soft spot for urban legends and campfire stories. For this contest, you didn’t disappoint, with a strong showing of imaginative takes on unnervingly familiar material along with some truly unique new ways to make things go bump in the night. 

As usual, we saw a heavy influx of submissions from the U.S. and the U.K., and we were pleased to also read work from authors stationed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand.  We also saw a Molotov first, with two people who apparently live at the same address each scoring a slot in the Top 10 (must be something in the water).

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:

Lex Avis
Drew Barth
Steve Campbell
Michael Carter (2)
F. E. Clark
Neil Clark
Samantha Jean Coxall
Paul de Denus
Epiphany Ferrell
Leonard Goulds
James Hohenbary
Gaynor Jones
Janice Leagra
Adam Lichtenstein
Lyndsie Manusos
Rachel McCafferty
Sherry Morris
Janna Miller
Erica Naone
Chris Panatier
Maureen Reynolds
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Alex Sobel
Paul Sohar
Alpheus Williams (2)
Elliott Zee
Tanya Zilinskas


The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming
Flash Legend mega-issue, which will drop on Monday. 


10 – “Revenge of the Ponderosas” by Michael Carter
9 – “La Puerta” by Mark Purnell
8 – “Magdalene” by Maura Yzmore
7 – “The Man in the Green Hat” by Amanda Pollet
6 – “What Happened at Crimson Lake” by Erin Perry Willis
5 – “Extra Parts” by Rachel Sudbeck
4 – “The Eyes” by Andrea DeAngelis


And now let’s give a hand to the three stories
that really bewitched us.


3rd Place ($75)

“What You Will And Won’t Do
(About The Man In Your Garden)”

by Joely Dutton


2nd Place ($125)

“Their Soil Freshly Turned”

by Chris Panatier


1st Place ($250)

“The Night of the Last Dreams”

by Donna Greenwood


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

Check back next week for our Flash Legend mega-issue!

Volume 10, Issue 2

3 May

Issue 10.2 brings vagabond mothers, sentient statues, and unexpected journeys into the dark.

Only a few short days left until our Flash Legend contest soft deadline, so get those urban myths, tall tales, and campfire stories sent our way. And grab a copy of our fourth Prize Winners Anthology while you’re at it.  


This World That Has Taken So Long
To Become Itself

by Sean Hooks


It Follows

by Emily Harrison


Car Ride

by Paul de Denus

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