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Scary Short Story Contest – “Player Four” by Dan Diehn

The following story won 3rd place in our Scary Short Story Contest. “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary,” the three boys intoned within the darkness, the flicker of a solitary candle flame casting dancing shadows upon the walls. They peered into the bathroom mirror, awaiting glowing eyes and outstretched arms, but none came. She had…

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The Rising Son by Gordon White

The following piece received 1st Place in our 2013 Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest. Congrats, Gordon! The Rising Son Donna and I weren’t married, which is probably just one reason we didn’t go up into the sky with most other folks in Despin Creek. Donna set to bawling that we’d missed The Rapture, but I wasn’t…

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Not Finding Our Hallowed Mam by Douglas Bruton

The following piece received 2nd Place in our 2013 Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest. Not Finding Our Hallowed Mam Da says as how things’ll be different and we’ll have to get used to it and we’ll need to help out. That’s what being a family’s all about, he says. Then his voice shrinks small as a…

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Extraordinary Machine by Jan LaPerle

The following piece received 3rd Place in our 2013 Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest. Extraordinary Machine The last time I saw Jack Kite alive he was sitting by the river. He was watching the silver fishes flowing beside him, easing like currents through a wire. Jack was the sort of man that only vain and beautiful…

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Atavism by Ryan Werner

The following piece received Honorable Mention in our 2013 Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest. Atavism Melanie thought that humans descended from birds. Back in the middle of her snap, she paid an old man strung out on heroin fifty bucks to read her past lives, to do a palm reading on the place where her hand…

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Seventeenth of December by Raul Palma

The following piece received Honorable Mention in our 2013 Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest. Seventeenth of December Pedro’s dog killed two of the neighbor’s pigs and so it was agreed that it had to die. But nobody could agree: should it be shot, poisoned, have its neck snapped. As his parents and the neighbors argued about…

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Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest Winners!

We have the winners for our 2013 Hallow/Hallowed Flash Fiction Contest! Stephen Graham Jones let us know that it was a crazy tough decision since all the stories were so spectacular, but here are the top three: First: “The Rising Son” by Gordan White Second: “Not Finding our Hallowed Mam” by Douglas Bruton Third: “Extraordinary…