2021 Edition Five Flash Fiction: Dark Comedies


content warning: animal cruelty, death, murder


In my dream

Written by Izma Haider

You ate the dog in the kitchen
under the moon like a warning light
You cupped her head like water
I took a picture
You raised your head,
told me to get your good side.

When you ask me how I slept,
what can I say?
The morning is peacetime
It is made of steel
I make a threat I will not carry out.


Dancing to Death

Written by James Gordon

When Judy was having a bad day, she cheered herself up by giving her least favourite patient an air embolism. It was the only way to find joy in the cold and soulless ward. She killed about fourteen patients in this way. The worst day in her life came when the hospital called for an external inquiry and her job was on the line. She picked herself up that day by killing 150 of her patients, timing each of their deaths so they flatlined to the rhythm of Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. And she danced to her song by herself one final time in that dark and lonely ward.


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