It’s become something of an FFO tradition that our October issue is horror-themed. This year, we went in a slightly different direction. Horror stories are most effective when they tap into universal fears like bodily mutilation or loss of autonomy. Our stories this month contain elements of emotional horror—sadness, anxiety, unmet needs, and most of […]
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Flash Fiction Flashback: How the 576th Annual Pollen Festival Blossomed My Budding Career by Samantha L. Strong
In April 2017, English computer scientist Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee was awarded the A.M Turning Award for inventing the World Wide Web. Ten colorful sarcophagi and numerous figurines were discovered in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the Valley of the Kings, and Sodimejo, an Indonesian man who claimed to have been born in 1870, which would […]
He sent my mother’s ghost to deliver the terms of the bargain. I accepted; there was no choice. When I asked what to expect, she said, Ten good years. The Whipstitch Man had visited me twice, once to take my sister and once to collect my mother. The second time, he caught me tucking my […]
You are four when you decide to swim to the barnacle-covered rock where your brother likes to squat, peeling snails up in between waves. You wade and wade until your toes can’t find sand anymore. Until your eyes can’t find sun. Pink floaties slip from your too-thin arms, and you sink for the first time. […]
A curl of bark, stained meticulously with sapWe listened and watched, root and leaf and stem and bark, and learned the marks and the sounds. We are neighbors. The witch says you are too new to be trusted, but we like the way your sprouts laugh and run, like large squirrels. Welcome. We hope we […]
Let me start this editorial by saying that I can’t grow a damned thing other than a weed or two—and those only by accident. My ability to kill plants isn’t one to be underestimated. I come from a long line of farmers and gardeners who have tried to teach me which plants should be planted […]
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As we wrap up our 100th issue countdown, let’s take a look at our most recent issues! And don’t forget, you still have until DEC 29 to place your votes for your 2021 favorites in the preliminary ballot for our very first FLASHY AWARDS! (Finalists in each category will be announced at our DEC 30 kaffeeklatsch!)Issue […]