Flash Reviews – Flash Fiction Online, February Issue

Doing a short review post this week – I’m getting caught up in some really juicy writing projects. I took a look over at Flash Fiction Online and the stories they have up for February:

The Faerie and the Knight on Valentine’s Day by Izabella Grace

My rating: 3.5 / 5

This story uses poetic and poignant language. The love between the two characters is clear and well-described. I especially liked the details about spelcasting and the setting – I could see the environment clearly in my mind. My only complaint is that Sir Magvelyn’s “dragon hunt” is retold through narrative. I think having the story in his words, through dialogue, would have added an extra layer of immersion to the tale. That aside, it was an engaging work with great prose.

Love in the Time of Cthulu by Gary B. Phillips

My Rating: 4 / 5

I loved the descriptions of the Elder Gods in this tale, as well as the light, simple prose. As someone who hasn’t read any Lovecraft (yes, I know I should!), I still found the story accessible. I think most readers (especially fans of horror and darker tales) can appreciate this, with only a passing knowledge of the Cthulu mythos. The only drawback I found was that I couldn’t see the environment very well – I thought the story could use a bit more description of the setting. Otherwise it was a fun and humourous take on speed dating.

Pranked by a Pixie by Matt Mikalatos

My Rating: 4 / 5

This story features a very nice setup and payoff. I had to read through it a few times to realize why Grissom had each item on his list at the end. There is some ‘telling’ about Grissom’s wife and his cancer. I thought that if his wife had called during the meeting with the faerie, the reader could learn more about their relationship through the dialogue. Overall, this story has a wonderful concept and an entertaining execution. I want to watch this reality show!

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