The house of unnumbered stars will be there when you need it, the night cartographer waiting with her pens and silver inks. Do not be ashamed of wanting her to draw you a star map. It’s no surprise that it hurts when the world fails to understand the unfamiliar contours of your human constellation. It […]
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In this part of the world, spring paints each roadside bank and woodland patch a shock of brightest indigo, composed at closer look of delicate bluebells in their thousands. One morning, while taking my customary route through town to my office, a man passed by me with a bluebell pinned to his lapel, glancing as […]
CW: Eating disorder/body dysmorphia Mai covered her bedroom walls with mirrors. The reflections reminded her she was still there, someone worth watching. From every corner, glass gleamed down at her like perfect smiles – she couldn’t see the blades gripped between their teeth. Her body had become parts of parts that couldn’t quite connect. Eyes […]
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 […]
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 […]
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2020 was a tumultuous year, but here at FFO, we kept right on working, bringing you twelve more issues of brief, bold, and beautiful flash fiction! Issue #76 – January’s issue is one of New Year’s resolutions, where the characters in the stories make life-altering decisions. John Wiswell and Rebecca Birch both return in this issue, and Cathy Tenzo* […]