"Along with the reference to famous people, every vignette in this collection also refers to food or drink. The dead, it seems, revel in coffee and sauerkraut, ice cream and whiskey, much like the living. The Skyscraper Queen herself indulges in lists of food until it seems she would burst. Food and drinks are sensuously described, but the consumption of them is the key element tying these stories together. The characters consume foods and drinks the way the Skyscraper Queen consumes their stories and identities (and, perhaps, the way readers consume details of the lives of famous celebrities)."
Our guest editor, Kaitlyn Purcell, introduced herself in an earlier blog post, but we thought you might want to read some of her creative writing. Follow this link to read her interview with Metatron Press, and find two flash pieces at the end of the interview.
Has a huge ball ever entered your life tangentially and unexpectedly? If so, you should check out this flash story by Marc Cinanni. It won't offer any advice for dealing with the huge ball, but it will let you know you aren't alone. If this hasn't happened to you, then you should definitely listen to… Continue reading soundbite Preview: “Huge Ball” by Marc Cinanni
Tasnuva Hayden is an emerging Canadian writer of Bengali descent, residing in Calgary, Alberta. She studied creative writing, linguistics, and engineering at the University of Calgary. Her creative writing has appeared in NōD Magazine, J’aipur Journal, chapbooks, and anthologies. She is also the Fiction Editor at filling Station—Canada’s experimental literary magazine. Lose yourself in the… Continue reading antilang. Preview: Tasnuva Hayden’s “Low Tide”
The longest of our soundbite pieces in volume 2, this story blends prose, music, and cooking into a delicious entree! Stephen Beaumont is from the UK but has spent the last 24 years in North America. A hospitality veteran, he lives on Lake St Clair in Ontario, Canada. http://www.stephenbeaumont.com
I have a champagne flute in my hand. The bubbles have gone flat. The liquid is warm. I scan the modest crowd for my date. He is handsome but I don’t love him. I wear a gold dress like the Goddess Brigid. Sláinte! A man smacks his pint of Beamish into my champagne flute as… Continue reading Contest Winner: Erin Vance’s “Twelve Weeks and the Virgin Mary Cries for Me”
Mind the Gap you say of things that behave in unexpected (unexplainable) ways that they are haunting (haunted). but to haunt is to occupy a place you are not supposed to be, to exist when you should not. a sense of uneasiness, the gap between the expected and the unexpected, the wanted and the scorned,… Continue reading November Contest Winner: Fernando’s “Mind the Gap”!
Our editors got caught up watching Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House and couldn't resist basing the monthly flash writing contest on that show. We gave our Patrons an image of The ALP's home-base in Saskatoon (a character home over 100 years old!) and asked them to haunt the house. Our winning submissions include an… Continue reading November Flash Reveal
I sit, bitter as unwashed and overripe lettuce. I cannot move. My fleshless limbs dig into the bones of the old chair. It creaks beneath me, wheezing like a mucky lung. The moths flutter like angry feather dusters against my hard, plastic eyes. A backdrop of yelping coyotes situates me in this house, a stinking… Continue reading October Contest Winner: Erin Vance’s “Crepuscular Time”