Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Countdown: Two Weeks to 365 Days of Flash Fiction

Science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, speculative fiction and a touch of horror, this collection plays with just about every genre it can lay its hands on. C.M. Simpson explores new worlds, new settings and lets loose some ideas that just needed to be gotten out of her head.

If short stories are your thing—and the shorter the better—you can find tiny tales from a wide variety of genres in 365 Days of Flash Fiction.

Here’s another taste of the kinds of tales you’ll find:

Storm-Riding Raiders

Written on Sunday, September 15, 2013, for this collection. Another battle, but not with swords.

They came in the clouds, riding the wings of a storm. Mighty predators, they struck, driving fear deep, driving it through bone, triggering bladder and bowel, making those who faced them feel fuelled by ice with innards to match. How could we hope to face them, defeat them, when our limbs trembled and sweat slicked our weapon hands, making grips tricky.
“Your families need you to stand!”—a healthy bellow—“Archers! Fire!”
Arrows whistled, upwards-falling rain, matching them shriek for shriek. The sky turned black, and not from clouds—the second volley. The third volley brought them down, saved us.

365 Days of Flash Fiction is scheduled for release on October 4, 2014.

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