Monday, November 30, 2020

Review: Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors' Choice Flash Fiction Anthology by Various Authors


Genre: Flash Fiction/Varied Genres/Short Story Anthology


The Indies Unlimited 2018 Flash Fiction Anthology features a year’s worth of winning entries from the weekly flash fiction challenge. These stories were hand-picked by judges and editors. This collection contains 57 stories by 32 different authors from around the world, with full color pictures by award-winning photographer K. S. Brooks. From a soul-eating jack-o'lantern to a man's unexplainable shadow, there are a myriad of genres and stories to appeal to every taste.”


“Authors with stories in the anthology include: Dana Adams, Allen Alright, Mary Kay Bonfante, Robert K. Blechman, E. Carr, E.J. Cooke, Rachelle Cory, Alyssa Devine, Bill Engleson, N.T. Franklin, Rutger Galtiarii, Diana Garcia, Judith Garcia, Dusty May Jane, A.L. Kaplan, Pharrel Katz, Dale E. Lehman, T. McGrath, Tamara McLanahan, Kevin P. Michaels, Antonia Overstreet, Mr. Pish, Diane Selby, Lou Silvestri, Jeremy James Smith, Lexi Storm, Stephannie Tallent, Ken Talley, Dana Vacca, Morgan Winters, JB Wocoski, and Ann Zimmerman.”

To learn more please visit the authors’ Amazon Author pages.


Thirty-two authors from around the world contributed fifty-seven Flash Fiction stories in this 2018 Editors’ Choice Anthology edition. These are the best of the best, the cream of the crop, Flash Fiction submissions in Indies Unlimited weekly challenge.

The genre’s run the gamut from sci-fi, coming of age, paranormal, ghosts, evil spirits, thrillers, psychological games, miscommunications, and women fed up with men… Wanna know which were my favorites? Honestly, it would be hard to choose. I think we all know I love a good paranormal story, so aside from those Mary Kay Bonnfante’s, Sam the Ram made me giggle. I raised two girls so I appreciated the miscommunication. I also have a soft spot for kids so in Dale E. Lehman’s, Forest of Giants I should have seen the end coming. Rutger Galtiarii has a creative story with seven-year-old Max in, Secret of the Cave. Also, in A.L. Kaplan’s, Twin Stacks the kids are a little older and the end made me shiver. Ann Zimmerman’s, Little Dog, Big City was heartwarming and shows the powers of a pet.

All of the stories contained in this edition are great and everyone is bound to find their favorites. There are also twelve Honorable Mentions included. But wait there’s more! The photos, taken by K.S. Brooks, for Prompts without Winners are also included, perhaps they will inspire you to join in the weekly Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. There are also about sections for the editors, and the authors all with active ToC links.

These Flash Fictions are only two-hundred and fifty words of less, so you can squeeze in a story or two in your busy schedules.

Buy now from:            Amazon US        Amazon UK


Indies Unlimited 2018 Editors' Choice Flash Fiction Anthology is the 9th book in the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Anthology series. Best viewed on a full-color eReader to appreciate the photos provided by KS Brooks as writing prompts.

Format/Typo Issues:

None that I noticed.

Rating: ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Approximate word count: 10-15,000 words


K.S. Brooks said...

Thank you for taking the time to read and review the Anthology! So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the great review.

?wazithinkin said...

Thank you for dropping in and commenting, Ms. Brooks. This Anthology is a great collection of stories, the pleasure was all mine.

Dale E. Lehman said...

I second Ms. Brooks' thank you. I'm gratified, too that you enjoyed "Forest of Giants" enough to mention it. Everyone in this collection deserves a mention, of course, if only there were enough space. I'll be posting a link to your review on my social media accounts. Thanks again! --Dale E. Lehman

Unknown said...

I am thrilled to be included in this anthology...a grand collection of authors, photographs and tales...

Unknown said...

oops, I am unknown...Bill