Flash Clash Challenge: Day #4

So after a slight pause in my ‘Flash Clash’ challenge reading (apologies), I return once more with batteries fully recharged. And having not read any flash fiction for a few days now, I’ve got to admit that it was great getting back into it.

It’s odd actually, trying to explain the feeling one gets from reading such a short form. It’s a fleeting reading experience for sure, but it’s also an ultimately satisfying one. Provided the writer is up to scratch, I guess that it’s kind of like the feeling one gets from savouring a single luxury chocolate rather than an entire box of cheaper choccies. And thankfully in the four writers I’ve chosen for this flash fiction challenge (you can read more about the challenge HERE by the way), all the ‘chocolates’ that I’ve sampled so far, have tasted as though they’ve come from the master chocolatier rather than from some back-end industrial estate in Basingstoke (no offence to anyone living in Basingstoke :)). Of course it remains to be seen whether this ‘luxury chocolate’ experience will continue to the end. Ohhhh…the tension! 🙂

Anyway, I digress. Let’s have a look at how today’s flash fiction reading panned out. Oh, before I do though I should mention that the story that scored the most marks today – The Beast of Bethgelart by Alex Burrett – is actually longer than a work of flash fiction, which made me wonder if I should even be including it in the contest. I decided in the end that it didn’t matter, simply because it’s such an exquisitely penned tale:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring Shark Boy Poignant Rating: ★★★½☆
Alex Burrett The Beast of Bethgelart Outstanding Rating: ★★★★½
Etgar Keret A Souvenir of Hell Inventive Rating: ★★★★☆
**David Gaffney When we Left Off
You Know, Quiet
Rating: ★★½☆☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
***Dan Rhodes Clever
Rating: ★★★★☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★★½☆

*Keeping in the spirit of flash I’m limiting myself to only giving single-word comments for each story.
**As they are incredibly short in length, David Gaffney’s stories are being ‘ticked off’ two at a time.
*** Dan Rhode’s stories are even shorter than Gaffney’s and I have t cover three per day in order to finish his collection in time.

Inspired by the publication of Nik Perring’s debut flash fiction collection, the Flash Clash Challenge is a fun contest in which three other experts in the field are compared alongside Nik. You can find out more about it HERE.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).