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Monday, October 12, 2009

Reader's Diary #532- Richard Dickson: Let Him Dangle


Throughout the year, in my search for online short stories, I come across a lot that I bookmark for later. Halloween and Christmas themed stories have their own folder.

Going through the Halloween ones, I rediscovered Richard Dickson's flash fiction "Let Him Dangle" published on Science Fiction and Fantasy World. I'm not sure if this was recommended to me at some point, if I came across it on one of your blogs, or if I just stumbled upon it. In any case, I'm glad I saved it.

Basically this is Dickson having fun with the old sentence, "hanged by the neck until you are dead." Flash fiction was the perfect format for this tale, as it gets the reader to the point of predictability pretty quickly and any longer would seem anti-climactic. Short and fun, there's the risk of the story coming across too much as a joke, but Dickson is able to walk the line. It reminds me of Tales From The Crypt.

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1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That one was rather fun. I'm glad you saved it too!