This is the fourth collection of the best international short stories as submitted to the One Million Stories Creative Writing Project at millionstories.net through 2012. It takes a great deal of courage to take a story and put it out there in the world, to try and make a connection. That has happened for all twenty-three of the authors featured here. Some are old hands, others have never had a story published anywhere before. That they chose us is our good fortune, that you now hold this book in your hands, is your good fortune!
You will discover stories of childhood both cursed and blessed, but all fascinating. There are tales from the end of life’s journey too, some prosaic, others quite mad, but throughout, the general flavour is positive, uplifting.
Keep a hold of this book. There are names in here you will read again, perhaps on the spine of a book in your local store, maybe on a blog, who knows?
Another long hot summer is on it's way. Ahh, those lazy days sitting on the porch swing, sunning at the beach or just hanging onto a tree branch listening to grass grow. So, why not grab this book and enjoy a short story or two? No big investment of time or energy, just a pleasant plunge into tales that will keep you interested and you don't even have to wear a bathing suit or bring a towel. Maybe you can read one aloud to entertain picnic guests or your family, after dark, when flashlights and campfires dimly light the deep dark woods and you need a swell story to go with those phantom orbs and burnt marshmallows. This book will keep you captivated and a few may even keep you up at night. Now, close that tent flap, zip yourself into a cozy sleeping bag and read some flash fiction.
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