Flash Clash Challenge: Day #11

Day #11 in my Flash Clash Challenge and what a day. I’m not saying that I’ve not thoroughly enjoyed every day of this flash fiction readathon so far, but today almost every story seemed to hit the spot. Take the Nik Perring offering – Lump, where a guy discovers a lump in his girlfriend’s breast. Powerful stuff! Or there’s Alex Burrett’s story, Damson Jam, in which God’s ex-wife trawls around church fetes selling fruit jams. It’s pretty damn funny stuff.

Talking of Alex Burrett I was honoured with his presence on the blog last night. He was thanking me for supporting him and the other flash writers by doing this challenge, and he offered to be moi a pint the next time he’s in Scotland. What a great guy eh? But in reality it should be me buying Alex and Co. the pints, for all of the wonderful entertainment they’ve given me.

More importantly though Alex was also telling me that he’s been approached by a literary agent at last, who’s interested in his finished, yet still unpublished second story collection. So hopefully there’s going to be some great news soon for all Alex Burrett fans.

Anyway I digress. Let’s have a look at Day #11 of the Flash Clash Challenge:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring Lump Crushing! Rating: ★★★★½
Alex Burrett Damson Jam Jammy Rating: ★★★★☆
Etgar Keret Missing Kissinger Disturbing Rating: ★★★½☆
**David Gaffney Little Jan
A Good System
Splendid
Fair
Rating: ★★★★☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
***Dan Rhodes Herself
History
Hobbies
Comical
Acceptable
Amusing
Rating: ★★★½☆
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 to ensure that I finish his collection in time, I have to cover three per day.

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

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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).