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Editorial: The Realms Left Unseen Anna Yeatts

This month’s issue explores the realms often left unseen, those emotional spaces we tend to tuck out of sight. We’ve delved into the messy complexity of life – grief, depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness, and loss. Life is seldom tidy, and arguably, the most compelling fiction is that which lifts the veil to expose what lies beneath.

Our first story, “Dave the Terrible” by FFO alumnus Brent Baldwin, explores the profound strength of the human spirit in grappling with grief. While primarily a literary story, Dave invokes elements of the fantastical as unconventional yet effective vehicles for healing.

In E. M. Linden’s “When the Forest Comes to You,” we witness Keith’s longing for the tranquility he’s only found within a story. If you’re a fan of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” this story might resonate with a familiar echo.

“Patrice” by Meredith Gordon offers a sensitive look into a mother’s journey – the birth of her child, a challenging spinal condition, and the chaotic blend of hope and fear, vulnerability and strength. It’s a beautifully penned narrative that uncovers unexpected answers at the intersection of complex emotions.

Lastly, we’re pleased to present “Café Negro” by Julian Riccobon as our reprint this month. Originally published The Accentos Review (October 2022).


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Anna Yeatts

Anna Yeatts is the Publisher of Flash Fiction Online. Since Flash Fiction Online is a free magazine, she spends a great deal of time over at Patreon, trying to drum up enough money to keep a free magazine in business. But she appreciates all the readers and supporters (including the world’s most amazing staff of editors and slush readers) who make FFO a reality every month. Her short stories appear in Cicada, Daily Science Fiction, Mslexia, Drabblecast, PodCastle, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Penumbra among other publications. She hopes you’ll follow FFO at

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