Reviewed by Paula Limbaugh
Crystal Lake Publishing has this cool perk for its Patreon subscribers, for just $5 a month you can read and vote on their monthly Flash Fiction Challenge! Which by the way is open to all, that’s right you don’t have to be a subscriber to enter. You should, however, follow Crystal Lake Publishing on Facebook or Twitter to see when submissions open each month.
With that out of the way, Joe Mynhardt has decided to create an anthology of all the top finalists to date. They may have not been the month’s winner, but they are still winning stories and deserve to be read by all.
In Shallow Waters Vol.1 you will find tales of horror, thrillers, suspense, and so much more. Wicked twists and subtle nudges will have you wanting more. But, not to worry. Volume 2 is already in the making. Since these stories are all short, I will not elaborate on any one of them, I will say though that I’ve read them all and had a hard time deciding when it came to voting.
This is a great way to get to know some new authors or perhaps check out what else a familiar author has to offer in the way of storytelling. You really have to appreciate the talent it takes to put together a cohesive tale in just so many words. Just check out the TOC below…
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
“Closure on a Bed of Nails” by Chad Lutzke
“Fast Car” by Tracy Fahey
“Tears of Buddy” by Patrick R. McDonough
“Puzzle Pieces” by Armand Rosamilia
“Pretty Like Butterflies” by Tim Waggoner
“S1:E7” by Robert Ford
“Pain is Your Teacher” by Michael Harris Cohen
“Memory Lane” by Red Lagoe
“The Silence of the Sirens” by Loren Rhoads
“It’s Me Not You” by Jonathan Winn
“Sisters of Loss” by Mark Allan Gunnells
“Talisman” by Jezzy Wolfe
“The Melting of Your Gods” by Mercedes M. Yardley
“Charms” by Dino Parenti
“Not Your Average Monster” by Kenneth W. Cain
“Where the Children Run in Darkness” by Guy Medley
“Tunnels” by Tom Over
“The Truth about Dani” by Joe Mercer
“Baby Savannah” by M.J. Sydney
“Rats Scratched in the Linen Cupboard” by Dani Brown
“Raining” by John Boden
“The Death Experience” by L.A. Story
Of course, I must mention Ben Baldwin for executing another fantastic book cover, so fitting for the stories within. For only 99c, you can pick up your copy HERE!