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.
Punch, or “The London Charivari,” was a British humor (sorry, ‘humour’) magazine that ran from 1841 until 2002. It still has a Web site and cartoon library.
We were not able to find information about the authors of individual stories, so many authors will have to remain anonymous. Project Gutenberg has the complete text of many Punch magazines, and you can find this issue here.
Jason S. Ridler is a writer, historian, and actor. He is the author of The Brimstone Files, and his latest historical work Mavericks of War was called a “visceral read that is also an important piece of scholarship” by Pulitzer-Prize winner Richard Rhodes. He is a Teaching Fellow at Johns Hopkins University and teaches creative writing at Google, Youtube, and for private clients.
Sylvia Heike is a speculative fiction writer from Finland. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Online, PodCastle, and elsewhere. When not writing, she likes to go hiking and looking for birds. Read more at www.sylviaheike.com or follow her on Twitter @sylviaheike.
Cathy Tenzo is a writer, an artist, and a devoted seeker of joy. Her fiction has appeared in Double Dare Press. Her poetry has appeared in all kinds of places including Asimov’s Science Fiction, Dreams and Nightmares, Typehouse Literary Journal, Mythic Delirium, Tales of the Unanticipated,and many more. She is a member of the Lady Poetesses from Hell, who read at science fiction conventions, and her work appears in their collection, published by Bag Person Press. Although she grew up in New York, she now lives in Seattle where she really wishes it would rain more often. She also draws some pretty fun comics and is proud to be a member of the LGBT community. You can find out more on her website CathyTenzo.com and follow her on Twitter @CathyTenzo
Bryce Heckman is a regulatory analyst and writer of speculative fiction. For the past few years he’s written from West Texas and Houston, but he calls his amazing wife and two canine beasts home. His stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, among other places, and his non-fiction is forthcoming from University of Oklahoma Press. This is his first professional fiction publication. Find him online at bryceheckman.com or on Twitter @BHeckmanWriter.
Floris M. Kleijne finds time to write fiction in the interstices between his family, his career in finance, and his insatiable craving for Netflix binges. His stories have appeared in the Writers of the Future anthologies, on Daily Science Fiction, in Galaxy’s Edge, and in Factor Four Magazine, among others. He likes to claim he prefers writing to Real Life™, but in truth, he loves both with equal abandon. Read more about his stories (including numerous freebies) on his website www.floriskleijne.com, where he also blogs about writing, Real Life™, and atrocious customer service.