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Soul-Satisfying Bite of…

I have a little game for you this month. It’s a fill-in-the-quote game.

This quote comes from horror film legend, Vincent Price (1911-1993).

“There is nothing more soul-satisfying than the first succulent bite into the juicy….”

I’ll reveal the real answer at the end. Don’t cheat. Don’t scroll to the end without filling in that blank with the very first thing that comes to mind. Don’t Google it.

Post your answer in the comments if you’d like. It might be interesting to see how the minds of our readers work. Mwahahahaha!

I chose that quote because it’s from Vincent Price. Unfortunately, I expect many of our readers have never heard of Mr. Price. If that’s the case (and even if it’s not), check out Vincent Price Reads Poe’s “The Raven.”

Price was the master of the horror film villain. Later in life, he befriended a shy young fan of Classic Horror Films by the name of Michael Jackson, and appeared in and did voice work for that young singer’s music video for a little song titled “Thriller,” from the album of the same name. That album remains the single best-selling album of all time.

Here’s the Thriller Music Video

Why is this important to this month’s issue?

Because we’ve decided to bring you a horror-themed issue.

Before you hit that Back button, because horror just isn’t your thing, I ask you to give it a try with just one of these stories and see if, maybe, you might want more. Because, honestly, many non-horror readers think of Texas Chainsaw Massacre when they see the word ‘horror.’

But horror is SO much more. Really excellent horror doesn’t gross you out, but it does give you the shivers. It’s disconcerting, rather than deeply disturbing, because the truths in horror hit too close to home for us to feel comfortable facing them–which is what makes horror all the more fun! It’s the thing that makes clowns and dolls creepy–the uncanny.

First up, from returning FFO author Paul DesCombaz, “Dos and Don’ts.”

And an FFO THREE-peat from Matthew F. Amati, “To Comfort the Headless Child.”

Next, a wonderful nod to every horror trope, EVER!, “The Girl Who’s Going to Survive Your Horror Movie,” by yet another FFO alum, Barbara A. Barnett.

Last up, our reprint of the month (yes, it’s horror, too!), “The Yankee at the Sitting-Up” by Clayton Kroh–his first publication with us.

And …

DRUMROLL!!

The answer is “FRANKFURTER!”

Gotcha!

Suzanne Vincent

Suzanne Vincent is the editor-in-chief of Flash Fiction Online. That’s what people think anyway. Actually, she’s really a pretty ordinary middle-aged woman packing a few extra pounds and a few more gray hairs than she’s comfortable with. As a writer, she leans toward the fantasy spectrum, though much of what she writes is difficult to classify. Slipstream? Isn’t that where we stick stories when we just can’t figure out where else they go? Suzanne’s first professional publication was right here at FFO, published before she joined the staff: “I Speak the Master’s Will,” — a story she’s still very proud of. While she doesn’t actually have time to blog anymore, she once did. You can still read her ancient posts on writing at The Slushpile Avalanche. Suzanne keeps a house full of kids (3), a husband (1), and pets (too many to number) in Utah, USA. Yes, she’s a Mormon. No, there isn’t another wife. Mormons haven’t actually practiced polygamy since the 1890s. Too bad. She’d love to have another woman around to wash dishes and do laundry.

 

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