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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published May 21st 2020
How many words do you need to tell a tale?
55 Slightly Sinister Stories, Racha Mourtada, short fiction, flash fiction, flash fiction anthology

If you fancy a very quick read, perhaps with a sting in the tail, these little pieces of microfiction might be just what you are looking for. 55 Slightly Stories is a collection of flash fiction, in which each story is exactly 55 words long. They tend towards the macabre, and many are darkly funny tales of lost love and deaths both deliberate and accidental. Each story is also accompanied by an illustration by artist Lynn Atme. Some of these line drawings have a bit of an Edward Gorey vibe, which I like.

I admire the skill that has gone into creating an actual story in so few words, over and over. Managing to have a satisfying ending in 200-300 words (the length of most flash fiction I have come across) is hard enough, but to do it in 55 is truly impressive.

55 Sinister Stories is a quirky collection of very short stories that have no less impact for their brevity. It's easy to dip in and out of, so it would be suitable for reading while travelling or on a coffee break.

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Andrews McMeel Publishing, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

June 2, 2020
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