When the gauntlet was thrown we had to compete against one another and write seven sinister stories — each based on one of the seven deadly sins: Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth and Wrath.
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Each story also had to be written in flash fiction: fiction of extreme brevity!
With a rush of adrenaline, a flurry of words was forced onto our computer screens — some in a less than gentle fashion. Soon our creativity was polishing the sentences and we hoped the paragraphs told each story in a manner unique to its author. Some stories revealed the entrapment in a single scene, others exposed the characters’ fall from grace over a longer period of time.
Over all, these short stories accomplish their mission and show off the seven deadly sins in a style that is easy to read and hard not to enjoy.
About the Contributors:
Eileen Bell has had a modicum of success getting her work published. She has written three novels (one burned, one under her bed, and one making the rounds), several novellas and short stories, and is hard at work writing a new novel.
Roxanne Felix has been published in Canadian Living magazine and the “Howling at the Harvest Moon” anthology. She is currently writing her first fantasy young adult novel.
Tina Hunter is a researcher and reader for Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy publishing. The two stories included here are her first published works of fiction.
Billie Milholland has been writing for most of her life. Her first publishing success was non-fiction followed by short fiction and then a CBC Radio Alberta Anthology. She is currently experimenting with both flash fiction and long fiction.