Linen Press will be releasing news about my next book, a psychological thriller about the art underworld, this week! Follow @linenpress on Twitter and Instagram for updates…
My story, You Fold Yourself into Tiny Spaces, was longlisted in the Reflex Press International Flash Fiction Competition in 2021. It has just been released in their anthology, In Defence of Pseudoscience: Volume Five, Reflex Press, July 2022. My contributor copy arrived this morning, along with a copy of the London Review of Books. I’m very much looking forward to reading stories from fellow contributors.
You can purchase a copy directly from Reflex Press. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting book information to be released this week from Linen Press. I can’t wait to share news about my latest psychological thriller with you! Pop back soon…
Light flickers through a chink in the window. Moths dance outside in the low evening light, try to find their way inside, the way children scramble to reach the popcorn. You think about how people try to find ways out of things and ways in, and about the constantly changing landscape of life.
Some scramble for the light, leaving at dawn, while others remain. You wonder who controls the opening and closing of windows, the turning of the leaves, the inner turmoil that drives some to make the decisions that they do. You try to fix them but some things are not fixable, not your
responsibility. Three moths have found their way in through the chink and are dancing around the table lamp. You wonder how many more will arrive and how many will stay. Remaining through troubled times, staying in the building, that’s the hard part. Some leave
when it gets too hot, others leave because they are uncomfortable in their own skin. You wait for the moths to leave near dawn, after they have settled in the warmth, then close the window and watch the sun appear, feel its warmth against flesh. And you know that if you travel lightly, allowing the sand to sift through your fingertips
the right ones will remain in first the morning light.
FC Malby is a contributor to Unthology 8 and Hearing Voices: The Litro Anthology of New Fiction. Her work is forthcoming in the Reflex Press Anthology, Vol. 5. Her poetry has been published in Spillwords Press, Sledgehammer Lit and Unpublishable Zine. Her social media handle is @fcmalby.
In Defence of Pseudoscience: Reflex Fiction Volume Five, Reflex Press, 28 July 2022
I have a short story in this anthology from Reflex Press. You Fold Yourself into Tiny Spaces was longlisted in the Reflex Press Quarterly International Flash Fiction Competition in 2021. I’m honoured to be published alongside so many wonderful authors. It will be released on 28 July, but can be preordered from Reflex Press.
In Defence of Pseudoscience contains 176 ﬂash ﬁctions from 152 writers from across the world. These short short stories, each no longer than 360 words, were longlisted for the four rounds of the Reﬂex ﬂash ﬁction competition held in 2021.
Within these pages, the traditional narrative shares space with the experimental. Humour sits alongside tragedy. Each of these page-long stories packs a punch greater than its word count suggests.
In Defence of Pseudoscience is the perfect introduction to readers new to ﬂash ﬁction and essential reading for those already familiar with the form.
Includes prize-winning ﬂash ﬁction from Annette Edwards-Hill, Jeanine Skowronski, Thomas Malloch, Joshua Jones, Kirsteen Ure, Simon Linter, Morgan Quinn, Matt Kendrick, Evelyn Forest, Becca Yenser, Karen Jones, Rosaleen Lynch, Nora Nadjarian, Jo Withers, and Katja Sass.