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I love anthologies and flash fiction, but one risk with anthologies is that one or two bad stories can ruin the whole book. Fortunately, that was not the case with Shallow Waters. Mynhardt selected 22 wonderful tales that explore life and all the ups and downs of the journey with a creepy twist.
There wasn’t a “bad” story in the bunch, but there were a few that were okay. They weren’t standouts or spectacular, but they told a nice story. Several of the stories involved children that were not to my taste, but two stories stood out from the crowd.
Tears of Buddy by Patrick R. McDonough, will rip your heart out, stomp on it, and replace it only to do it again and again as you go about your daily life knowing the heart of this tale occurs daily.
Sisters of Loss, by Mark Allan Gunnells, presented a tale that has played out in courts and made headline news but explored the lengths a friend will go to in a personal light–one that will make a few readers thankful they don’t have close friends.
Overall, this is a well-edited and well-organized anthology. It is a short anthology and quick to read that I highly recommend for flash fiction readers who are looking for the darker side of life.
Every story in here was well-written and striking. There were ones I liked better than others but none that were flat out garbage. This was my introduction to CLP and I've got a lot to catch up on. Great work all. Very impressive.
Crystal Lake Publishing has this cool perk for its Patreon subscribers, where you can read and vote on their monthly Flash Fiction Challenge! Which by the way is open to all, that’s right you don’t have to be a subscriber to enter. You should, however, follow Crystal Lake Publishing on social media to see when submissions open each month.
Joe Mynhardt has decided to create an anthology of all the top finalists to date. They may have not been the month’s winner, but they are still winning stories and deserve to be read by all. In Shallow Waters Vol.1 you will find tales of horror, thrillers, suspense, and so much more. Wicked twists and subtle nudges will have you wanting more. Since these stories are all short, I will not elaborate on any one of them, I will say though that I’ve read them all and had a hard time deciding just which one was the better one.
This is a great way to get to know some new authors or perhaps check out what else a familiar author has to offer in the way of storytelling. You really have to appreciate the talent it takes to put together a cohesive tale in just so many words.
Oh, and I do have to mention Ben Baldwin. What a brilliant book cover!
This is a late review (better late than never) relating to vol 1, and also my first Shallow Waters. I've already read: Vol 1, Vol 2, and recently just finished Vol 3. Fourth Vol was purchased before this review. I honestly am entralled in these collections. Inspiration boils to writing more flash fiction then I've been writing for years. Looking forward to submitting soon.
"Shallow Waters Vol.1,is a Anthology Of Stories Filled with the Raw and Brutal Dark Nature of Horror and Sinister Madness. Wade in the Shallow Waters and Descend Into Destruction with a Mixture Of Mayhem,The Sinister,Unknown Horrors and Terror. Includes these Stories,"The Melting of Your Gods",By Mercedes M.Yardley","Closure On a Bed Of Nails",By Chad Lutzke","Pretty Like Butterflies",By Tim Waggoner","S1:E7",By Robert Ford",and Many Others To Enjoy. "A Mustread."