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Of Dads and Randomness

Father’s Day is coming up in the United States. This month we feature a wistful story (“Five Times I Have Slept at Your Bedside” by Jared Adams) of a father who emulates this quote from William Shakespeare: “It is a wise father who knows his own child.” I sat and pondered on that quote for […]

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Phases

*Cue dramatic music*  “It’s the Ciiiiirrrrclllllllllle, the Circle of Liiiiiiiiiife!” I clearly remember the first time I saw The Lion King.  It was July of 1994, me, my toddler, my newborn, and my mother in a classic big-screen theater.  I remember being awestruck by that song, and that stunning opening scene.  Mom?  She said, “It’s […]

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FXXK WRITING: OWN YOUR SHIT, HEROES

So, this column is approaching its third birthday in the fall. If this were a TED lecture, we’d be in the third act of my inspirational journey, where I tell you that I found the meaning of life and made myself wealthy in spirit and cash, and then put my hands in prayer and wait […]

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We Are Not Alone

From H.G. Wells’s tripod-controlling Martians to Douglas Adams’s poetry-loving Vogons, from the cosmic horrors of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos to the scholarly Sorns of C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy, science fiction writers and readers alike have long been fascinated with the concept of aliens. Who are these beings from worlds beyond ours? Where have they come from? […]

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Fantastic Ladies

This month’s issue of Flash Fiction Online features four very talented women and four very stellar fantasy/science fiction stories. Three of the authors have published at least one other story in Flash Fiction Online. You can find their bios with lists of their FFO stories here: Samantha Murray “Duck, Duck, Duck” Rebecca Birch “Eyes of Wood, Heart of […]

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Illustration of man and woman kissing by Dario Bijelac

When a Theme Arises Organically

Over the course of the past ten years we’ve done quite a few themed issues. Often magazines or anthologies will have themes, and often they call for submissions of stories with certain themes. We don’t, really. At most we have a separate submission category for Seasonal submissions–stories that might fit a particular holiday. But we […]

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Flash Fiction Online January 2018

New Year, New Life

This year I’m celebrating my 51st New Year. I have many fond memories of family, food, games, traditions. As a child we would step out our front door and bang pot lids with wooden spoons to ring in the new year. I still watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, at least for those last […]

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A dark woods for the December cover of Flash Fiction Online

A Different Kind of December

This is not your usual holiday issue. There are no jolly elves or mistletoe garlands. No perfectly decorated trees full of fairy lights or any other toothsomely sweet tableaus appear in our stories this December. But this is a holiday issue. In Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami writes: “And once the storm is over, […]

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Art by Dario Bijelac

Love and Monsters!

Perfect for Halloween, because Halloween is all about monsters, and I love Halloween. Halloween for my family is a long-anticipated yearly event. Only Christmas is more anticipated—and just barely. Each year we fry donuts. Dozens of donuts. Nearly 200 last year. Half the neighborhood hangs out at our house Halloween night. No wonder, eh? No, […]

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Wait!  Don’t Go!

In the past we’ve asked you, dear reader, to bear with us, to stretch your minds and hearts, to try new things. For example, last March we asked you to indulge us in a Horror issue. You trusted us, and we gave you four terribly creepy tales that we hope you enjoyed, despite your preconceived […]

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