Flash Fiction Funny (Paperback)
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Tom Hazuka has co-edited the short story anthologies Flash Fiction, Sudden Flash Youth, You Have Time for This and A Celestial Omnibus, and published the novels The Road to the Island, In the City of the Disappeared, and Last Chance for First. He teaches fiction writing at Central Connecticut State University. Tom Hazuka's Flash Fiction Funny is a delight. Comical, silly, absurd, slapstick, quirky and always fun, it tickles. Well-crafted flashes by established and up-and-coming authors find humour in a wonderful array of characters and scenarios: waitresses, teachers, musicians, dentists, gynaecologists, Barbie dolls and superheroes; first dates, sexual fantasies, walks with ABBA and swimming with chickens. There are also porcelain wiener dogs. Some flashes reboot Shakespearean tragedy, Bible stories and fairy tales, others refresh the on-screen world of Google and PowerPoint. Ranging from Prince Charming's shoe fetish to a male model's emotional investment in yoga pants, this endlessly surprising anthology is light-hearted but also warm-hearted; its humour doesn't mock or belittle but offers moments of insight into growing up, growing old, loving and living. Enjoy -Peter Blair and Ashley Chantler, Editors, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (Chester, UK) You know those sketches on Saturday Night Live that go on too long? None of these stories do. The secret of comedy is timing, and Flash Fiction Funny is comic perfection. -Wesley Stace, novelist and (as John Wesley Harding) musician and host of NPR's Cabinet of Wonders It's no surprise that Tom Hazuka, one of the originating and still best editors of flash fiction, has produced another great collection-and these flashes are very, very funny. -Robert Shapard, co-editor of Flash Fiction Forward, Sudden Fiction Latino and the forthcoming Flash Fiction International.