Written by: Tim Meyer
I’m really starting to enjoy “flash fiction” nowadays. Often, these brief tales pack a punch in 1,000 words or less. They take minutes to read. You can read them on your lunch break, smoke break, or bathroom break.
D.S. Ullery’s A Strange Taste in Ornamentation is a prime example of a solid flash fiction piece. Just over a page long, Ullery’s story about a very bad man having a very bad experience with some lawn gnomes was poignant and fun. From the first sentence, the story grabbed me. The writer’s strong suit lies within his powerful descriptions, giving the reader all the necessary details to envision the scene vividly. I don’t want to surrender too much of the plot because of its brevity, but just do yourself a favor and go read it. It’s currently free on Smashwords.
There are a few grammatical errors, but they’re very easy to overlook. The style, prose, and literary value are all top-notch. This is my second experience with Ullery’s work and he is a heck of a writer with uncapped potential. With a little work, he could be horror fiction’s next household name.
Tim Meyer lives near the Jersey Shore (but don’t hold that against him). He is the author of ‘In the House of Mirrors’ and several other horror novels. His new zombie novel ‘Less Than Human’ is now available on Amazon.