Flash Fiction: Your One-Minute Dose of Horror

Weird Tales is one of the best known and oldest horror magazines in the U.S. and is famous for publishing H.P. Lovecraft at the beginning of his career. I recently got turned onto another of its interesting endeavors: flash fiction. Basically, flash fiction is any extremely short fiction, usually less than 1,000 words long, but Weird Tales takes these pieces and turns them into something unique: video fiction.

As you read the short-short story on the video, the music underscores the themes and tension of the piece. Combining words with thematic music strikes me as an excellent way to get across what you’d like. Want to see what I mean? You should probably check out Shephard Prazak’s awesomely creepy “Hat Tricks” below:

Another one I really enjoyed is “Fences” by Bob Wilson. The eerie sound effects in the background really get you into the spirit of the piece, which jars you right from the first sentence. The end is quite ominous and threatening. Definitely one of my favorites:

“A Visit to the Dentist” by John Walters is also pretty entertaining, mainly due to the sound effects in the background and the playfulness of the writing:

If you want to see more, hit up the Weird Tales website; I guarantee you’ll find something there that you like.

Categories: Literature


  1. Thanks for the kind words and sharing.

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