Flash Fiction by Cathbad Maponus.
Reviewed by Gabriel Constans.
If you like short shorts that cross many genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, dystopian, etc.), then definitely get yourself a copy of Flash Fiction. There are trips into the future, into space, present unrealities, and lots of killing, dying, and violence.
Writing flash fiction, also known as short shorts, is a unique endeavor. Having an entire story make sense, grab your attention, and surprise you, all with a few sentences, is not an easy task. At least to do it well isn’t, and Ms. Maponus does it very well.
A couple of my favorites in this well-crafted collection are “The Veil” and “Old Man Jasper”. Some of the titles are as clever as the stories, such as “The Cat Wore Prada”. Here is one that I read twice, and enjoyed both times.
IF SHE REALLY IS…
“Henny Porter, ye are charged of witchcraft. Do ye plead guilty and beg the Good Lord’s forgiveness?” The Magistrate questioned.
“I gladly admit I practice the Craft!” Henny offered cheerfully. “Aye to the first part; Nay to the second.”
His face ghastly pale, Pastor Franken spoke. “Henny! Do you realize what such an admission means?!”
“Do not worry, Parson,” Henny replied, smiling warmly.
The Magistrate pounded the gavel. “Henny, you are found guilty of Witchcraft. Ye shall be burned at the stake at dusk!”
That night, it rained fire. Many bodies were buried; Henny’s was not among them.
After looking around a little on the web, I discovered that there are not that many collections of short shorts, and some of them seem questionable. Flash Fiction, by Cathbad Maponus, is one you can sink your teeth into (perhaps literally).