49 Flash-Fiction Stories

From Scout Media comes A Flash of Words—the fifth volume in an ongoing short story anthology series featuring authors from all over the world, but the first in which the stories are exclusively flash-fiction pieces.


In this installation, no limits were set on genre, allowing the authors to lead the reader to destinations unknown; from ghosts on a flight line, to not-so-cuddly poodles, to finding love in the most unexpected of places. Within these moments of retribution and redemption—along with a slightly confused bear—these flash-fiction length stories will warm your heart, send shivers down your spine, and tickle your funny bone.


Whether to be enlightened, entertained, or momentarily immersed in another world, these selections convey the true spirit of flash fiction.

William Thatch

Author Highlight

There's always a hush whisper that befalls a room when William Thatch enters. People can usually be heard asking, "where is that man's pants?" To which there is no good answer. Usually they're left in his writing room, where he slaves away creating stories of both dramatic and comedic value. But, so long as you don't make eye contact, he'll wander back to his room to write and to put his pants back on. If you'd like to remind him to wear pants, or get a hold of him for other non-pants and possibly writing related comments, he can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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William Thatch





What is your story in A Flash of Words? What's it about?

It is titled 'Barely a Story'. It's an absurdist comedy following Basil the Bear as he breaks into someone's home. Wacky hilarity ensues.

What was the inspiration behind Barely A Story?

A song by comedy songwriter Trevor Moore, "Maybe It's Because." It's the only time I've ever written a story based off of a song. The song starts out as if it's about a couple in love and having a bit of a rough spot, and then the twist is revealed to be that the narrator is actually a bear.

How often do you write? Do you make yourself sit and write even if you aren’t in the mood or if an idea hasn’t immediately come to mind?

A lot of factors go into when I write. If all is going well in life I can sit down and write three times a day, averaging 750 words each time. But, as any writer will attest, sometimes life gets in the way and once the routine is broken it's so hard to get back into the routine. The worst thing for me is to be in a bad mood because it's a mountain that I can't overcome a lot of the time. But I can usually jump start the mood if I just read a little bit of someone else's book. That's part of my routine, actually. I read some, then I write some. See how it's done, then do...uh, how it's done.

What do you think are the elements of a good story?

Relatability. The more relatable the character or the setting is, and the better developed they are, the more likely a reader can disappear into a world and lose hours at a time reading. It's easy for one thing to be off and take us out of a story. If you can't relate to what's going on and who is on the page, then it's hard to care and personally my mind will begin to wander.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

I have carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand, so every story I've had published has been written one handed. It takes a little longer, but that actually works out for me. It means my fingers aren't going faster than my brain, so there's less pausing to think of what comes next.

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