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Mother’s Day Issue

To honor brave and loving women everywhere who, through their love and nurturing of children — their own or others — have earned the privilege of calling themselves mothers, we present our special Mother’s Day issue. Ambrose Bierce, one of our favorite Classic Flash Authors, once gave this definition: “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child […]



We at Flash Fiction Online wish to express our condolences to the family of Ray Bradbury who passed away June 5th. He was a true master of the written word. In this issue: Viewpoint. What we see and how we see are seldom the same thing. It’s the glass-half-empty-or-half-full idea. Even a small change in […]


Robots, Rosebuds, and Resurrection

I grew up in the Styx generation, cruising the streets of Salt Lake City with “Domo Arigato, Mr. Robato” blasting from the cheap factory speakers of my friend’s vomit-green Chevy Nova. So when the opportunity arose to publish a good robot story, I was in. How could it get any better? But it did. Rogue […]


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How Did I Get Here, September?

Why is it that the end of summer is the busiest time of the year? For our ancestors it was because the harvest needed bringing in and storing away. For us, here in the north anyway, I suppose August to September is a time of transitions — a change of season, the start of a […]


In This Issue

Our publication timing brought us closer to Halloween, which is great for some scary stories — but it also brought us closer to the Frankenstorm that’s rising in the East. Best wishes to all those affected by the storm as these pages go live. Two great new stories — Zombie March by Brynn MacNabb, and […]


The Power of One

Sometimes a story comes along in which one character captivates you, or one person steers events in surprising and satisfying ways.  Or one act that makes a meaningful difference.  Or one life that, only months before, had not existed but whose story needed to be told for the benefit of the cosmic alignment of stars […]


Hope in the Midst

An ancient Irish carol says, “The darkest midnight in December, no snow, nor hail, nor winter storm / Shall hinder us for to remember the babe that on this night was born.”  Those haunting lines speak of hope in the midst of the the deepest despair.   Our Christmas story this year is just as […]


Death Comes for Flash Fiction

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  ~Benjamin Franklin I read a book recently.  I won’t reveal the title.  But it seemed like an awful lot of people died.  Just when one family finally got a handle on life and things were looking up for them, Wham! the […]


O is for October

O, it turns out, is also for Oddness, and oddness is the prevailing theme of the month. “You know an odd feeling?” said comedian George Carlin. “Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate bar.” What? Where did that come from? Why is that funny? Because it’s odd. Because it surprises you with some ordinary experiences […]


Back-to-School Time

Here in the northern hemisphere it’s back-to-school time.  For some it’s a melancholy time.  For others it’s a cause for rejoicing.  For me, well, it’s business as usual. For the boy in our first story, school means facing hard truths—about himself, about the world, about compassion.  Eli Hastings’ “The Cell I’m In” is a strongly […]


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