The Story Behind the Story: “The Kidnapper’s Journal”

This flash fiction was initially written as a poem in 2003 after Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, and survived. Imagining the mindset of a man who would do this kind of thing was the hardest part about writing it, but as I did, I found lust to be less the impetus than the desire for possession, and the power that comes with that. I have written narrative poems for years – and just recently discovered I can morph some of them into a flash fiction format. That is what transpired with this one.

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“The Kidnapper’s Journal”

             Sketched on page 1, her route home from school, cross-streets shaded:
2016-08-24 08:57:07
shoshaunashy

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“Two Flash Pieces”

Linger The alien at the foot of my bed
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“Unhinged”

So how did I get here…well, okay, where do I start? The strippers. I’m going to start with the strippers. The
2019-05-31 07:55:44
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“Doorkijkje”

Tess walks from the Met through Central Park. It is Saturday morning and the park is crowded with a fun run. The
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melgoode

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“My Apologies”

I will start by saying that I do not have to explain myself to you.  Then I will go
2019-04-12 07:58:47
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“Tweaking Personhood”

“How many of you are interested in volunteering for algorithm-tweaking?” asked Jim, the division manager. “And let me
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The Story Behind the Story: “The Hunted”

The genesis for “The Hunted” is somewhat foggy now, though I believe the story came from a friend’s anecdote about de
2019-03-29 08:22:51
horn1dus

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The Story Behind the Story: “Ablution”

Where does romance end and abuse begin? What baser forces come into play when men are attracted to women and vice
2019-03-07 11:49:14
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“The Gathering Before the Storm”

Against her better judgment, Gladys takes a moment to notice that the sky looks deceptively banal through the
2019-03-04 11:51:03
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“But Why?”

One forthcoming novel. Two in-print poetry collections. A slew of online and print publications. A full-time
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About Shoshauna Shy

Shoshauna Shy has had her flash fiction recently published by 100 Word Story, Sou'wester, Literary Orphans, A Quiet Courage and Prairie Wolf Press Review.



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