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2010 Story 72

Thanks to the ever-thoughtful xjenavivex I have yet another way to quench my unending thirst for short stories (as well as potentially a new place to send my own work!):  Every Day Fiction.  It's a site that publishes a new short story of 1,000 words or less every day.  So, yes, what we used to call "short short stories," although I guess the current terminology is "flash fiction" (which to me sounds like it should feature Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, Bart Allen, John Fox, or anyone else who has been a part of the Fastest Men Alive club at DC Comics, but I digress and show my geekiness).

I found the site thru her link to this story:

72. Billy Boy by Aaron Polson  One of the comments left on the site described the story as "Stephen King-ish," and I guess I can see that comparison in light of the fact that title character Billy and his friends like to tell scary stories to each other while hiding out in a place essentially forbidden to them.  To me, the overall feel of the story was more like the eerier work of Joyce Carol Oates -- moody, dark, with as much unsaid in the end as is said throughout.  Polson has a nice pace for the story, and a nice way of through little details in that slide past you the first time you read it.  Again, it weighs in at around 1,000 words ... so the details are not extraneous.  Definitely enjoyed this one, and found myself on the ride home from work wondering about it.

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xjenavivex
Mar. 26th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.
talekyn
Mar. 26th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! I want to seek out more of Aaron's work now, based on this short sample.
xjenavivex
Mar. 26th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
check out 52 stitches as well.
talekyn
Mar. 26th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I did a search on Aaron Polson on Every Day Fiction because I thought "52 Stitches" was the name of a story, and came across two more of Aaron's pieces: "Inked" and "How To Burn A House."

Then I realized 52 Stitches is another flash fiction blog, and I found that but haven't paged through enough to find Aaron's work yet -- although from the "posted by Aaron Polson," I'm guessing he's actually running 52 Stitches this year.

I may need to recommend 52 Stitches to my friend Eric, who writes more horror than I do.
xjenavivex
Mar. 26th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
He is indeed running it.
aaronpolson
Mar. 26th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the story--thanks for the read.
talekyn
Mar. 26th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I just found "Inked" and "How To Burn A House," and will be reading them tonight. And I'll be investigating 52 Stitches as well.
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