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Halloween: Flash Fiction Style

pumpkinsHALLOWEEN IS A FAVORITE HOLIDAY AT OUR HOUSE. We do it all. Gravestones on the grass, imitation spider web on the rose bushes, creepy glowstick eyes peering out from the shadows, a minimum of 12 pumpkins usually carved to follow a theme (last year it was classic horror literature, as you can see).  

We even fry donuts for all the neighbors (last year we made close to 200). One year we had to leave town for Halloween. No donuts. Someone tried to show their displeasure by toilet-papering our yard. The house-sitter scared them off. We came home to find a half dozen very large, very soggy rolls of toilet paper strewn about the yard, with only a strand or two clinging limply to the trumpet vine. T.P. Fail.

One of our favorite traditions is to listen to the ultimate Halloween story: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

Several audio versions are available online, including this one.

But one can only tolerate so much “Tell-Tale Heart.”

To mix things up for you, and to enrich your spooky celebration, we’ve put together an amazing Halloween issue for you.  

To begin with, a strange but sweet story by Rebecca Roland, “The Monster on her Cheek.”

Next up, “Three Rules for Befriending Ghosts,” by Benjamin Thomas, in which a ghost becomes a loyal companion. 

Then, an odd little tale of a pregnant house. Yes. That’s correct. “Offspring” by Brenda Anderson.

Finally, our recycled story for the month, “Devil Got You on Speed Dial” by H. L. Fullerton, which originally appeared in DarkFuse’s Horror D’oeuvres.  

Happy Haunting!

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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2 comments
Justice Clarke
Justice Clarke

I would like to know if you are accepting any submissions regarding short horror stories or poems at this time.I have quite a few. Please let me know either way . Thank you .

Justice Clarke
Justice Clarke

I would like to know if you are accepting any submissions regarding short horror stories or poems at this time.I have quite a few. Please let me know either way . Thank you . tI can be reached at lordejus44@gmai.com

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