Never mind all that. Here are some stories I couldn't resist:
Romantic reconciliation can be hazardous. Take a bite out of Anton Gully's mouth-watering morsel of flash-fiction, K heart N, at The Black Dogs of Despair Reading Room, and ask yourself whether you will ever see those Necco wafers in quite the same way as before.
Westerns aren't as in vogue perhaps, as contemporary tales of petty criminals and serial killers, but they fill a particularly American niche within crime fiction. Bill Wilbur's Ghost easily covers western, crime, and paranormal territory. Saddle up and throw a lasso around this ghostly tale at Short Barrel Fiction.
It's brutally cold here in the Midwest just now. Making a five-minute drive to the supermarket means warming up the car for 15 minutes first. But after reading Levi Smock's Life Expectancy, maybe I won't wait for the car to warm up from now on. Grab your car keys and head on over to Thuglit, Levi is ready to roll in Issue #32.
A favorite flash piece so far this year has to be Dana King's Foresight. You must, he tells the reader, be like a Boy Scout: Be prepared. This is a darkly funny work that left me chortling. You'll find that story and more at Mysterical-E.
And in the winter issue of Scalped Magazine, Albert Tucher will introduce you to The Only Amateur, a highly polished tale about a writer accused of murdering his wife. I wish I had written this one.