We had really good turn out this week, with 83 stories reported in the Collector. Three of these were debuts. Please welcome Chris Kelly, Jason Sullivan, and Amalia Dillin to the Friday Flash experience. Be sure to visit and leave a comment on their stories. If you posted a Friday Flash and it does not show up in the listing, please visit the Collector where you can add your details, then ping me to let me know you’ve added it. I’ll be happy to update the list to include it.

The Stories

Worst Origin Story Ever by Harry Markov @harrymarkov ~ Cross Genre ~

Woman by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Experimental ~

Wilful Misunderstanding by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Humor ~

Why Mabel Stopped Going to Church by Cathy Webster (Olliffe) @Matthiasville ~ Unspecified ~

White Powder Scare by Mark Kerstetter @markerstetter ~ Unspecified ~

When You Wish by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Unspecified ~

Wet Umbrellas by Benjamin Solah @benjaminsolah ~ Literary ~

Wedding Magic by Lauren Cude @NA ~ Magical Realism ~

Walther P99 by Clive Martyn @clivem ~ Slice of Life ~

Very Mild Superpowers by Laura Rachel Fox @LostLibraryGirl ~ Horror ~

Valentia by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Horror ~

Up in Smoke by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Crime ~

Troll Serial #11 – Kreptus’s Explanation, part 1 by Mari Juniper @marirandomities ~ Fantasy ~

The Writer by Mandy K James @akjames61 ~ Slice of Life ~

The Vampire In Times Square by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Horror ~

The UCF Stories #24: Dragonrise by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

The Trials of St. Jerome by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

The Nick Of Time (and other abrasions): Angel Hair And Baby’s Breath by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Horror ~

The new kid, Donny by Jim Bronyaur @jimbronyaur ~ Horror ~

The Nature of Power by Tiffany Herr @herrvoice ~ Literary ~

The Names by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Literary ~

The Mystery of the Witch’s Knickers by Alex Carrick @Alex_Carrick ~ Humor ~

The Lord Of The Manor by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Unspecified ~

The Haunting of Nona by Shannon Esposito @soesposito ~ Suspense ~

The Great Chocolate Conspiracy: Episode 7 by Anne Tyler Lord @AnneTylerLord ~ Crime ~

The Giving by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Unspecified ~

The Elevator by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Horror ~

The Egg by Chris Kelly @IndieChris ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

The Black and White Photograph by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Horror ~

The Benton House by Jessica Rosen @jessrosenbooks ~ Unspecified ~

The Art of Blowing Bubbles by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

The (R)Evolution of Smith by Katherine Nabity @katen ~ Unspecified ~

That Cold, Dark Womb of Stars by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Western ~

Temper by Laura Cummins @jacsmom ~ Slice of Life ~

Tattoo by S. May @yamnasus ~ Slice of Life ~

Swarm by Karen Schindler @karenfrommentor ~ Suspense ~

Starting Over by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Slice of Life ~

SOMETHING BRAND NEW by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Horror ~

Shedding by Emma Newman @emapocalyptic ~ Slice of Life ~

Shape Shifter Assassins by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Science Fiction ~

Reach For It! by Harry B. Sanderford @Harry B. Sanderford ~ Humor ~

Rabbit Ears by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Literary ~

Possible Origins for Him. 7. by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Action ~

Picking up the tab by Steve Green @n/a ~ Horror ~

One Last Visit by Gracie Motley @gracecrone ~ Horror ~

One Last Drink by Nomar Knight @Nomar_Knight ~ Horror ~

Oh Super! by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Humor ~

Nocturnal Omissions by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith @mazzz_in_Leeds ~ Unspecified ~

Night and Day by Virginia Moffatt @VirginiaMoffatt ~ Unspecified ~

Needs Returned by Jason Warden @ShadowCastAudio ~ Horror ~

Necessities by Vandamir Windrider @Vandamir ~ Cross Genre ~

Minister of the Eyrie by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Fantasy ~

Migraine by Sarah Hendrix @shadowflame1974 ~ Unspecified ~

Lunch With a Psychic by Kat Del Rio @katdelrio ~ Slice of Life ~

Larry Runs Away by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Keep The Devil Close by Pamila Payne @mspamila ~ Unspecified ~

Just a Story by Laurita Miller @lauritamiller ~ Horror ~

It’s a Prison by Kat Del Rio @katdelrio ~ Unspecified ~

If You Build It by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

Hysterica by Jason Sullivan @jas_chronicles ~ Unspecified ~ Debut

House-fishing: A Love Story by Carrie Clevenger @carrieclevenger ~ Romance ~

Homecoming by Amalia Dillin @AmaliaTd ~ Fantasy ~ Debut

Hia Breoedd Part 3 by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

Her Smile by Michael J. Solender @mjsolender ~ Fantasy ~

Haf of HERO8 – Episode 3 by Keith Dugger @KeithDugger ~ Unspecified ~

Gnarly (another Claire Morgane tale) by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

Forever by Clive Martyn @clivem ~ Horror ~

Flintlock Roulette by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Adventure ~

Fences by G. P. Ching @gpching ~ Horror ~

Don’t Touch That Dial by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

Departure by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Fantasy ~

Damn Shame by Chris Hayes-Kossmann @ruzkin ~ Crime ~

Curiosity: a fairy tale in two parts (2) by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Fantasy ~

Criminals by J.E. Ignatius McNeill @dreamrock ~ Adventure ~

Cool. by Daine Salmon @Sayer ~ Science Fiction ~

Comfort of Friends by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Clockwork Pumpkins by Kate Frost @frostkat ~ Steampunk ~

Beating the Odds by T.S. Bazelli @tsbazelli ~ Humor ~

Among The Stalks by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Air by Elijah Toten @authoreit ~ Unspecified ~

Adventure! by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Fantasy ~

Accident by A.S. Boudreau @ASBoudreau ~ Unspecified ~

A Bakers Dozen by Brainhaze @brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

In The News

Just two items in the news this week, but they are both good ones.

Laurita Miller’s blog, Brain Droppings, has been nominated in the Best Culture & Literature category for the 2010 Canadian Blog Awards. The polls close at noon tomorrow, October 17th, so skedaddle on over there if you want to have any say in the matter. To vote click on the category title (Culture and Literature) and it will take you to the poll. Congratulations on the nomination, Laurita, you well deserve it. Here’s hoping for the very best.

Laura Eno released her newest book this week: Don’t Fall Asleep: A Dream Assassin Novel (Volume 1). Somehow I managed to sleep through the launch party at her blog, but it looks like everyone had a good time. Laura always throws a nice party. Don’t Fall Asleep  is available on Amazon here. Check it out. Congratulations, Laura!

The wrap

Thanks to all our readers. We love you. And please, if you enjoy a story leave comments when you visit. Writers love feedback almost as much as chocolate. Maybe more! Then go tell your friends to read it too. Help these writers grow.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.


We had 77 stories this week, with one debut. Please welcome Jude to the Friday Flash crew. Drop by and comment on her story, ‘It’s Time.’ Also, be sure to check out the news just below the list of stories. There is some very exciting news this week.

If your story is not included in the list please go to the Collector and add the details. I’ll the add it to the list — if I remember. To help me along on that count, it never hurts to give me a nudge via email or DM. The gray cells aren’t what they used to be.

The Stories

A Double Month of Dust in Whiskey Gulch by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Western ~

A Greener Life by Brainhaze @BrainhazeWP ~ Slice of Life ~

A Justifiable Defense by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Science Fiction ~

A Listening Ear by Rebecca Emin @RebeccaEmin ~ Slice of Life ~

A New Hope by Chris Brett @cbrett60 ~ Unspecified ~

A New Horse by Lauren Cude @NA ~ Fantasy ~

a story of my early days by adam keeper @adamkeeper ~ Magical Realism ~

An Origami Crane by Adam Byatt @revhappiness ~ Slice of Life ~

Angered Gods by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith @mazzz_in_Leeds ~ Fantasy ~

Avalanche by Mandy K James @akjames61 ~ Unspecified ~

Belief by Anna Tan @natzers ~ Unspecified ~

Boomerang by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Bring it On by Mark Kerstetter @markerstetter ~ Unspecified ~

Bubbles by T.J. McIntyre @southernweirdo ~ Horror ~

Charmed by S. May @yamnasus ~ Slice of Life ~

City of Statues by David D Sharp @aweeadventure ~ Fantasy ~

Curiosity: a fairy tale in two parts by Valerie Valdes @valerievaldes ~ Fantasy ~

Darklings by Steve Green @N/A ~ Science Fiction ~

Deals With Dragons by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Fantasy ~

Dear Lover by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Horror ~

Dirty Dish by Carrie Clevenger @carrieclevenger ~ Mystery ~

Disciplinary Action by G.P. Ching @gpching ~ Horror ~

Don’t Forget the Donuts by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Humor ~

Dreamers by A. M. Harte @am_harte ~ Slice of Life ~

Economies by Melissa D. Johnston @melissa_djohnst ~ Slice of Life ~

Every Fiber by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Horror ~

Femme Fatale by Catherine Russell @ganymeder ~ Magical Realism ~

Fickle Fame by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Slice of Life ~

Folded Space by Tiffany Herr @HerrVoice ~ Science Fiction ~

Gemini: Pt. 3- The Joining by A.S. Boudreau @ASBoudreau ~ Fantasy ~

Ghost Dancer by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Mystery ~

Haf of HERO8 – Episode 2 by Keith Dugger @KeithDugger ~ Unspecified ~

Hia Breoedd, Part #2 by James Tallett @thefourpartland ~ Fantasy ~

High Cheekbones, Nice Skin by David Garrett @carpedavid ~ Horror ~

Honeymoon Hotel by Cathy Webster (Olliffe) @Matthiasville ~ Horror ~

How I Lost My Head by David Garrett @carpedavid ~ Horror ~

Immaculate conception by Steve Green @N/A ~ Science Fiction ~

In D Minor by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

It’s Five O’Clock Nowhere by Rol Hirst @rolhirst ~ Horror ~

It’s Time by Jude @Judealude ~ Magical Realism ~ Debut

Kratan Goes Wild by Mari Juniper @marirandomities ~ Fantasy ~

Ladies And Gentlemen. . . Larry The Alien! by John McDonnell @McDonnellWrite ~ Humor ~

Lena’s Fledgeling by Aidan Fritz @AidanFritz ~ Science Fiction ~

Lunar Tic by Marc Nash @ExisleMoll ~ Literary ~

Mirrors Don’t Lie by Cathryn Louis @cathrynlouis ~ Experimental ~

Monday Lunch Special by Justin Davies @flyingscribbler ~ Humor ~

Mr. Borhan and Ms. Kendricks Travel by Katherine Nabity @katen ~ Unspecified ~

Older Than The Earth, Younger Than The Stars by Janet Aldrich @tec4_Cleveland ~ Romance ~

Opening: The End by Jason Warden @ShadowCastAudio ~ Unspecified ~

Over the Weather by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Unspecified ~

Pack of Rumors by Deanna Schrayer @deannaschrayer ~ Cross Genre ~

Passage by Rachel Blackbirdsong @RBlackbirdsong ~ Magical Realism ~

Patches by Tomara Armstrong @2maraA ~ Horror ~

Preview by Neil Shurley @thatneilguy ~ Magical Realism ~

Prickly Pears by Harry B. Sanderford @Harry B. Sanderford ~ Humor ~

Pride by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Unspecified ~

Research by Diandra Linnemann @LaCaffeinata ~ Slice of Life ~

Rules for Surviving 8th Grade by Linda Simoni-Wastila @drwasy ~ Literary ~

Secret Resources by Benjamin Solah @benjaminsolah ~ Steampunk ~

Seeking Hamish by annie Evett @annieEvett ~ Science Fiction ~

Shadow Dogs by Crystal Boudreau @beingcrys ~ Horror ~

Six O’Clock News by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Humor ~

Son Plaisir by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Sunlight and Lust by Kat Del Rio @katdelrio ~ Romance ~

The Accident by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

The Closet by Shannon Esposito @soesposito ~ Horror ~

The First Night by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Horror ~

The Follower by EllenO @- ~ Humor ~

THE LOCAL HEROES: The Big Leagues by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Adventure ~

The Perfect Silence of the Night, Part 2 by Denise Covey @pichetsinparis ~ Fantasy ~

The UCF Stories #23: Rushalka by Sam Adamson @FutureNostalgic ~ Fantasy ~

Time by Daine Salmon @Sayer ~ Science Fiction ~

To Die For by Laura Eno @LauraEno ~ Humor ~

Too Hot by Johanna Harness @johannaharness ~ Fantasy ~

villa di Pratolino by Laura Rachel Fox @LostLibraryGirl ~ Science Fiction ~

Waning Gibbous Moon by S. May @yamnasus ~ Slice of Life ~

WHO SHOT SAM? by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Literary ~

In The News

Combined Special Edition

Combined Special Edition

I’m very pleased to announce that today marks the launch of the latest Chinese Whisperings anthologies, edited by Jodi Cleghorn and Paul Anderson.  There are two anthologies, The Yin Book, and The Yang Book, broken out by female and male authors, respectively. Many of the authors are regular participants in Friday Flash, including the editors.  I have a story in The Yang Book called ‘No Passengers Allowed.’

All the stories revolve around an unnamed airport based on a central premise. While each story is stand-alone, characters flit in and out from story to story, tying it all together as a whole. Jodi and Paul did a wonderful job of editing and pulling it all together. Congratulations to you both, and to all my fellow authors.

Drop by the Facebook launch party to share your thoughts and congratulations then drop by the the Chinese Whisperings Bookstore to get yourself a copy hot off the virtual presses. Paperback versions will come out later this year.

Laura Eno will be hosting a virtual release party on her blog, A Shift In Dimensions, on Wednesday, Oct 13th for her newest book, ‘Don’t Fall Asleep.’ It is Book 1 in her new Dream Assassin series. Be sure to drop in on the 13th to wish Laura well and partake in the festivities. Congratulations, Larua.

Jason Warden continues his promotion of Friday Flash over at ShadowCast Audio with his Death Match series of polls for best horror story of the week. Check in each week to read the nominated stories,  then vote for your favorite. Winners receive kudos and a nice banner they can display on their blog. The first week resulted in a tie between Carrie Clevenger and Clive Martyn, so they both received the banner. Congrats to you both — great stories. Thanks for helping to promote Friday Flash, Jason. It is much appreciated.

The wrap

Thanks to all our readers. We love you. And please, if you enjoy a story leave comments when you visit. Writers love feedback almost as much as chocolate. Maybe more! Then go tell your friends to read it too. Help these writers grow.

You can subscribe to the #fridayflash hashtag (external link) on Twitter every week for more great flash fiction.

We’re on Facebook (external link) too.


The polls are now open!

Seven stories were nominated for the Reader’s Choice Award for inclusion in The Best of 2009 #fridayflash Anthology. They are listed below, with links to the original story. Please take a moment to read all six, then go to the poll in the sidebar and cast your vote for your pick for the Reader’s Choice.

Fable of the Great Horned Owl, by Barry J. Northern

First Foot, by Sam

Puma and Jaguar Save the Planet, by Maria Protopapadaki-Smith

Slide Into Satin & Gold by Michelle D Evans

Silver Bullet, by Linda Simoni-Wastila

Succubyebye, by John Wiswell

The Touchstone, by Lily Mulholland

The polls will close on Saturday, January 23rd.

Congratulations to the six nominees. Fantastic stories, all.

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