Flash O' Lantern: 13+ Stories

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 review
Flash fiction short stories are great for reading on mobile devices and when time is limited.

Flash O' Lantern contains 13 strange, eerie flash fiction stories about spiders, snakes and shoes, haunted houses, trick-or-treating costumes gone bad, vampires, ghosts, zombies, aliens + more!

13 historical October horror events are also reviewed + author notes. More
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About Todd Russell

Todd Russell loves reading and writing atmospheric, scary, thrilling stories. He lives in the small city of Orting, Washington overlooking beautiful, active and deadly, Mount Rainier. Mental Shrillness, a collection of horror twist ending short stories, is his first book.

His debut novel, a psychological thriller / horror story entitled Fresh Flesh was published September 29, 2011. He is working on several other books.

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Reviews of Flash O' Lantern: 13+ Stories by Todd Russell

Jon Reisfeld reviewed on Nov. 12, 2011

If you loved sitting around a campfire, as a kid, and spinning quick yarns to scare the 'bejeezus' out of your friends, then you'll really enjoy "Flash O'Lantern: 13+ Stories," a collection of flash fiction tales by horror writer/novelist Todd Russell.

"Flash O'Lantern" presents 13 Flash horror stories interspersed with Russell's own thematically-related commentaries about memorable October events and trivia. The stories deliver quick, light, entertaining reads, and the commentaries provide plenty of great water-cooler conversational grist. Together they make Flash O'Lantern particularly good reading for people on the go. Here are my four favorite flash fiction offerings from the book:

"Brush" is the creepy story of a homeless guy who, let's say, bites off more than he can chew, when he hijacks a kid's Halloween goody bag. ( I think the National Dental Association should purchase reprint rights to this one and distribute them in dental offices nationwide.)

"Graveyard Crazies" offers a fun, yet spooky, take on working the midnight (graveyard) shift in a supermarket. (Great atmospherics, and some well-done tension-relieving humor.)

"Remdee Gate" won me over immediately with the imaginative concept of the gate itself - an altogether new idea that I've never come across before in sci-fi/horror fantasy writing.

And finally, I found "Rachel's Number" to be a quick, but haunting, story.
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