The #FridayFlash Report – Vol2. #52

Wow, has it been two full years already? This week marks the end of year two. Next week we start it all over again with The Friday Flash Report — Vol 3, and you know where that will likely lead. We closed out the year in fine form with 66 stories and 5 debuts this week. Our debut participants are Dominic Perry, Stacey Larner, Matthew S Williams, Timothy Collard, and Syd Gill. Please give them a warm welcome to the Friday Flash community.

This is the last week you can enter a story for consideration in the Best of Friday Flash – Volume Two. Any story presented as a Friday Flash from the beginning up to and including the ones in this report are eligible for consideration (except if they were in BOFF 1, of course). So if you have not done so already visit the submission guidelines and get that story in before midnight tomorrow night! (Yes, I still need to submit my own – I put the “pro” in procrastination).

As usual, if your story is not in the week’s listing it will be included next week if you visit the Collector and add the details. Speaking of the Collector, you may want to check out my previous post, Heads Up. Someone is obviously using zombie computers to spam the Collector and you may want to see if your computer matches one of the profiles. If so, please take corrective action. I’d hate to have to ban anyone.

I heard from several sources last week that we made the London Evening Standard. Be sure to check out Twitter Inspires Flash of Genius by my new most  favorite journalist in the world, Jasmine Gardner. Yes, if you couldn’t tell, I am a little pleased. Be sure to check out the community news below the listings for more news. If one of the entries looks vaugely familiar, we’ll…

Thanks again to everyone who helps make Friday Flash a weekly success.

The Stories

“Jenna” by Kat Del Rio @katdelrio ~ Romance ~

1313 Faces by Magaly Guerrero @PaganCulture ~ Slice of Life ~

A Common Purpose by Tony Noland @TonyNoland ~ Science Fiction ~

A Day in Paradise by Pamela Jo @Theresjustlife ~ Suspense ~

A Voice to be Heard by Brainhaze @Brainhazewp ~ Slice of Life ~

Again by Kat Del Rio @katdelrio ~ Unspecified ~

Alone by Danielle La Paglia @Dannigrrl5 ~ Horror ~

Beauty Suspect by Sonia Lal @soniawrite ~ Science Fiction ~

Because You Pay Me by Stephen Book @StephenBook ~ Literary ~

Bedtime for Bedlam by Monica Marier @lil_monmon ~ Slice of Life ~

Between the pages… by Helen A. Howell @Helenscribbles ~ Fantasy ~

Bliss Junkies by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Magical Realism ~

Bloggin’ Brimstone: Hell’s Reach by Jason Coggins @JaseCoggins ~ Science Fiction ~

Blush of the Undead by W. J. Howard @by_wjhoward ~ Horror ~

Candy World by Hannah Hatch @cookme25 ~ Unspecified ~

Caritas by Marc Nash @21stCscribe ~ Literary ~

Choice by Peter Domican @PeteDomican ~ Slice of Life ~

Consent Forms by Kari Fay @morganafiolett ~ Science Fiction ~

Cops and robbers (Part 2) by Steve Green @n/a ~ Unspecified ~

Dragon Sparking Problems by Anke Wehner @Anke ~ Fantasy ~

Experience by Jen Brubacher @jen_b ~ Horror ~

Fair Game by Deborah Bundy @DeborahKBundy ~ Cross Genre ~

FANTASMIC!® VACATION by Peggy McFarland @peggywriter ~ Slice of Life ~

Five-Hour Charisma by Matt Merritt @1block ~ Humor ~

Forever by Melissa L. Webb @melissalwebb ~ Horror ~

Gandalf, Ira and Solitude by Dominic Perry @dominicperry01 ~ Unspecified ~ Debut(Yes)

Grin (100 word horror) by Daniel Ritter @reginaldgolding ~ Horror ~

He’s Back by Eric J. Krause @ericjkrause ~ Fantasy ~

House Cemetery by Stacey Larner @WriterStacey ~ Magical Realism ~ Debut(Yes)

House Hunting by Icy Sedgwick @icypop ~ Science Fiction ~

Hungry by Sylvia van Bruggen @sylviavbruggen ~ Fantasy ~

Immersion by Orjan Westin @Cunobaros ~ Science Fiction ~

Joe’s Garden by Rachel Carter @rachcarter ~ Slice of Life ~

Liability by Matthew S Williams @storybywill ~ Action ~ Debut(Yes)

Lichen Cave by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Slice of Life ~

Mass Transit by Thom Gabrukiewicz @tgabrukiewicz ~ Unspecified ~

Max by Lisamarie Lamb @lisamarie20010 ~ Slice of Life ~

Maze by Dominic Perry @dominicperry01 ~ Unspecified ~

My Now by Martha Williams @martha_williams ~ Slice of Life ~

Rapture in the 22nd Century by Annie Evett @AnnieEvett ~ Science Fiction ~

Riding Iron by J. M. Strother @jmstro ~ Slice of Life ~

Rose Cottage by Clive Martyn @clivem ~ Slice of Life ~

Savina’s Nose by Mike Robertson @miker_lazlo ~ Magical Realism ~

Shatter by John Xero @xeroverse ~ Science Fiction ~

Somebody’s kitty went for a swim in my water barrel by Vincent Eaton @VincentEaton ~ Cross Genre ~

STORIES IN THE KEY OF LOVECRAFT: Trochildae by Al Bruno III @albruno3 ~ Horror ~

Telling Dad by John Wiswell @Wiswell ~ Humor ~

Ten to life by Estrella Azul @EstrellaAzul ~ Humor ~

Terms of Sale by Richard Bon @LiminalFiction ~ Unspecified ~

The Body In The Park – Part One by Rebecca L Dobbie @rebeccaldobbie ~ Cross Genre ~

The Boys are Back in Town by James Tallett @t ~ Fantasy ~

The Fall by Sam Pennington @Samtales ~ Slice of Life ~

The Hunter’s Prey by Splintered Lands @SplinteredLands ~ Fantasy ~

The Idiot Proof by Nick Bryan @NickMB ~ Humor ~

The Iris Garden by Timothy Collard @collardtimothy ~ Horror ~ Debut(Yes)

The Naked Jumble by Susan Helene Gottfried @WestofMars ~ Slice of Life ~

The Other Side of the Fence by Emma Kerry @emma_kerry ~ Slice of Life ~

THE ROCKABILLY KITTENS by Anthony Venutolo @bukowskisbaseme ~ Paranormal ~

The Taf Lesson by Tim VanSant @TimVanSant ~ Cross Genre ~

The Tanzanite Manoeuvre (Part 2) by David Robinson @DW96 ~ Crime ~

The Thunder Rolled by Lauren Cude @GraduateRiding ~ Magical Realism ~

THE VILLAGE SMITHY by Absolutely*Kate @AbsolutelyKate ~ Adventure ~

Timeshare by KjM @kevinjmackey ~ Science Fiction ~

Unexpected Guest by Syd Gill @Syd_Gill ~ Mystery ~ Debut(Yes)

Vampire Tracker Part 12 by Lara Dunning @LaraDunning ~ Paranormal ~



In the News

by Estrella Azul
#fridayflash made the News, it’s been mentioned in an article in the London Weekly Standard – just goes to prove what an amazing community we are, rocking the Twitter world. We could almost even consider it an early birthday present as it was out on Wednesday.

John Wiswell’s flash, “Computer Education”, has been picked up for the Best of Every Day Fiction Volume Three, after being featured on their website last year. The anthology is out both in hardcover and paperback on Amazon.

Susan Helene Gottfried will be doing a signing with eight other great writers on June 17th, at the Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA. Anyone in and around Pittsburg (but not only) is most welcome, Susan will be thrilled to see you!

The latest quarterly of 52/250, Thirty-nine, is out and it contains stories by Linda Simoni-Wastila, Catherine Russel, and many other wonderful writers.

Peggy McFarland had her short fiction piece, “Summer heat”, featured in the latest issue of Cannoli Pie, Fresco.

If you want to listen to Emma Newman’s lovely voice narrating a great sci-fi, you should check out “Fall from Earth“, by Matthew Johnson.

Congratulations to all!

Also, Laura Eno is hosting a contest to win a copy of “Tempest Child” which comes out next Tuesday. The contest is open until Monday night, June 6th, and Laura will announce the winners on Tuesday, June 7th. The question she asks from all who enter is fun, so go check it out and try to guess. Break a leg everyone!

~ Estrella Azul


Keep the good news coming! You can send in your news items concerning the Friday Flash community to Estrella at or by contacting her on Facebook or Twitter.


The wrap

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JM Strother (98 Posts)

Founder of the #fridayflash meme and of Friday Flash Dot Org

Jon M. Strother is a writer of fact, fiction, and bad poetry. His passion is fiction, though creative nonfiction and an occasional how-to will creep in now and then. He has written several novels and novellas, so far unpublished, many published flash fiction pieces, and created #fridayflash.

Jon lives in an inner suburb of St. Louis and enjoys cycling, gardening, and wasting far too much time playing Civilization III. Hey, we all have vices. He lives with his two daughters, and a Beagle affectionately known as Psycho-pup. Jon blogs at Mad Utopia.


  1. Profile photo of Deanna Schrayer

    Oh, I hate that I’m so far behind right now, but I’m sure it’s not too late to say congratulations to you all who’ve got so much going on right now, so…congratulations!

    Hopefully, after I get caught up with work, (in order to take vacation the week after next), I can get back into the swing of things. I miss y’all!

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