Category: Novel Flash

Novel Flash: My Real Name Is Hanna

It is a good thing for us that it is October and there is no snow on the ground to show our footsteps. It is an especially cold...

Novel Flash: Bull Mountain

“Family,” the old man said to no one. The word hung in a puff of frozen breath, before dissipating into the early morning fog....

Novel Flash: The Watcher

It was late on Sunday evening when Carla was first conscious of a peculiar thing about the lift and its doors. At that point she did not...

Novel Flash: Bring Up the Bodies

His children are falling from the sky. He watches from horseback, acres of England stretching behind him; they drop, gilt-winged, each with...

Novel Flash: Lila

The child was just there on the stoop in the dark, hugging herself against the cold, all cried out and nearly sleeping. She couldn't...

Novel Flash: Goat Mountain

Dust like powder blanketing the air, making a reddish apparition of the day. Smell of that dust and smell of pine, smell of doveweed. The...

Novel Flash: The Shock of The Fall

I should say that I am not a nice person. Sometimes I try to be, but often I'm not. So when it was my turn to cover my eyes and count...

Novel Flash: “I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them”

“Maybe we can get him into luge,” his mother says, thumbing back at her son. Then, tone rising: “How many people can be into luge? A...

Novel Flash: All the Light We Cannot See

Leaflets At dusk they pour from the sky. They blow across the ramparts, turn cartwheels over rooftops, flutter into the ravines between...

Novel Flash: Far Beyond the Pale

As long as I can remember everyone’s always called me Honey Boy. It wasn’t Mama who gave me that name, she just mostly called...

Novel Flash: Yellow Jack

During my destruction of Daguerre’s studio I toppled his prized orchid from its windowsill. Coins pooled on the floorboards when its...

Novel Flash: Island of a Thousand Mirrors

It is 1948 and the last British ships slip away from the island of Ceylon, laboring and groaning under the weight of purloined treasure. On...

Novel Flash: The Lion Seeker

Whatever crouched beyond the lakes and forests of her green life was unseeable as night. She had never studied a map till it came time to...

Novel Flash: The Ten Thousand Things

The times are turning bad again. I have been arrested for going to see a private art collection. Can you believe it? An old man of nearly...

Novel Flash: Red Sky in Morning

Night sky was black and then there was blood, morning crack of light on the edge of the earth. The crimson spill sent the bright stars to...

Novel Flash: Out of the Easy

My mother’s a prostitute. Not the filthy, streetwalking kind. She’s actually quite pretty, fairly well spoken, and has lovely...

Novel Flash: The Moon Sisters

The night before the worst day of my life, I dreamed the sun went dark and ice cracked every mirror in the house, but I didn’t take...

Novel Flash: The Blood of Heaven

When I came again into the bedroom, I found Red Kate sitting up with her lamp lit and belly piling the sheets.  I worried you were...

Novel Flash: Coming Down Again

LACEY’S 747 BANKED DOWN to Heathrow on a late afternoon so dark and drizzly that the dim yellow road lamps on the dual carriageway...