If you loved sitting around a campfire, as a kid, and spinning quick yarns to scare the ‘bejeezus’ out of your friends, then you’ll really enjoy Flash O’Lantern: 13+ Stories, a collection of flash fiction tales by horror writer/novelist Todd Russell.
Flash O’Lantern presents 13 Flash horror stories interspersed with Russell’s own thematically-related commentaries about memorable October events and trivia. The stories deliver quick, light, entertaining reads, and the commentaries provide plenty of great water-cooler conversational grist. Together they make Flash O’Lantern particularly good reading for people on the go. Here are my four favorite flash fiction offerings from the book:
Brush is the creepy story of a homeless guy who, let’s say, bites off more than he can chew, when he hijacks a kid’s Halloween goody bag. ( I think the National Dental Associationshould purchase reprint rights to this one and distribute them in dental offices nationwide.)
Graveyard Crazies offers a fun, yet spooky, take on working the mid-night (graveyard) shift in a supermarket. (Great atmospherics, and some well-done tension-relieving humor.)
Remdee Gate won me over immediately with the imaginative concept of the gate itself – an altogether new idea that I’ve never come across before in sci-fi/horror fantasy writing.
And finally, I found Rachel’s Number to be a quick, but haunting, story.
Other Important Todd Russell Links:
Mental Shrillness – An earlier collection of Todd’s short stories
Fresh Flesh – Todd’s debut psychological thriller, horror novel
Connect with Todd Russell Online
- Jack O’Lanterns (enjoyingourlittlefamily.wordpress.com)
- Jack O’Lanterns: The Inside Scoop (education.com)
- Fright Night – The Legend of The Jack O’Lantern (jackholesrealm.wordpress.com)
- HorrorAddictsCon: Steven Rose Jr. – Horror and Dark Fantasy II (horroraddicts.wordpress.com)
- Read: Pineapple Puts Pumpkin In Its Place (halloweeninvirginia.wordpress.com)
- Howl is now available on Smashwords! (annalisegrey.wordpress.com)
- FarmVille Huge Jack-O’Lantern: Everything you need to know (games.com)
- Fearsome Friday – Jack O’Lantern (usaukwoods.wordpress.com)
- Halloweensie Blogfest (catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com)
- HorrorAddictsCon: Steven Rose Jr. – Horror and Dark Fantasy III (horroraddicts.wordpress.com)