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Fiction in fewer words.

The world is full of terrors: creatures that stalk and pounce and tear to pieces; perpetrators that prey on the weak and vulnerable; and all those other strange and unsettling things that lurk on the edge of our vision or whisper into our ears. Look back into history, and you’ll find man-eating beasts and ruthless killers and cruel tyrants around the world. And fiction has its own versions of these in its Draculas, dragons, Godzillas, and giant squids. They frighten us because of their seemingly randomness — the impression that anyone could fall victim.

But there’s another set of monsters as well: the ones that don’t choose their victims based on chance or opportunity, but whose victims are, in fact, the very ones responsible for their existence. These are the Frankensteins or the creatures of Doctor Moreau, killer robots or the superintelligent sharks of Deep Blue Sea. These are the monsters that are created through carelessness, through cruelty, and through the hubris of humanity. These are the monsters that never asked to be brought into this world or put into these situations and who, oftentimes, are just trying to survive the best they know how, even if it means destroying the ones who made them.

It’s this second type of monster we’re featuring.

In this month’s issue:

– Editorial: “Monsters of Our Own Making” by Editor-in-Chief Wendy Nikel

– “The Ecology of the Engineered Oyster” by Andrew Kozma

– “I Wrote to My Queen” by Saswati Chatterjee

– “My Lakeside Graveyard” by Peter S. Drang

– “A List of Forty-Nine Lies” by Steven Fischer

Flash Fiction Online offers readers flash fiction stories from more established, award-winning authors and newer writers just emerging in the fiction story-scape. We publish literary, science fiction, fantasy, and horror, in a delicious mix of interesting character, tantalizing plots, and wonderful world-building.

Flash fiction might be small, but each story packs an entire story arc into only a thousand words or fewer. Whether you call this art form a short-short, a micro-fiction, a drabble, or a smokelong, it spans all genres and literary styles.

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