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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“Aimee’s Alibi”

Aimee Semple McPherson was kidnapped from Ocean Park Beach near Santa Monica on May 18, 1926 by two men and a woman,
2019-10-11 23:51:11
clio

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Flash Audio Series: “From Adam”

The Flash Audio Series features audio
2020-04-08 06:51:44
bharroun

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Flash Audio Series: “Two Strikes”

The Flash Audio Series features audio versions of stories published on our site. In this segment of our series, Matt
2020-04-07 13:35:39
mpaczkowski

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The Story Behind the Story: “The Only Song is the Song of the Self”

This story is a fictionalized version of an experience I had in New York on 29 June 2008. After watching Spain beat
2020-03-31 20:08:08
mark-crimmins

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“The Wade Andrews Story”

Wade Andrews was the king of made-for-TV movies, with 18 to his name. He was best known for starring in “The Alan L
2020-03-31 12:55:11
robertlowes

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“What the Cold May Bring”

It was 1987. We were at Uncle Frank and Aunt Ruth’s house at Sokoki Falls for Thanksgiving. My mother and Ruth were s
2020-03-23 16:15:27
jdkauf

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“The Love for Writing”

I do not know why, but I do not see any demarcation line between classics and pulp fiction: both are, in my opinion,
2020-02-14 09:33:54
ziaul-moid-khan

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“The Academy”

We are born in the trenches. As soon as our legs can carry us and our hands can grip
2019-12-11 11:02:17
michaelferro

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“Soul Purchasing Company”

“I told you man, we’re not buying artists’ souls right now.” The clerk was a middle-aged man in a suit and tie.
2019-12-02 09:42:56
m-hosseinioun

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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.