I love flash fiction. I love reading it, and I love writing it. The shortest piece I have ever written for publication was 16 words long, entitled 'Bernice". Most of my bits and bobs of flash fiction hover under or around 1000 words, and first drafts take an afternoon to write. But what I love best about them is the crafting that comes after the first draft. I love the minute importance of each word. Nothing can be wasted, and everything has to do more than one job in a sentence to carve the word count down. Constructing plot, character arc, and an entire fictional world is a spectacular challenge. And there are some amazing tales available in online publications. I thought I'd mention a few of them here, to open my readers to a world of writers who share a sense of the uncanny.
'The Molotov Cocktail' is one of my favorites. I won't ignore that part of the reason for that is that they published my favorite of my own stories, 'Moist', available here and here. But there is so much here that isn't mine that I really love. Phillip Webb Gregg's 'This Thing Of Darkness, I' is brilliantly disturbing. 'The Arms', by Jennifer Lynn Krohn has some of the best imagery I've had the good fortune to read in a while. Because I am oddly obsessed with fungus in general, 'Rainbow, Fungus, Rainbow', by Liam Johnson is a delight, in a darkly psychedelic way. And though it isn't technically flash fiction, Erin Kirsch's 'Ten Years Later' is brief, and heartbreaking, and beautiful.
Flash Fiction Online is another great source. They don't have a specific genre, so if creeping horror is not for you, this is a good one to explore. You can sort through them by genre, so if you're in the mood for something in particular, you can find it there. I read, and loved 'Five Times I Have Slept At Your Bedside', by Jared Oliver Adams, a lovely tale of the heartbreak of parenting. Rebecca Birch's 'Eyes of Wood, Heart of Stone', is also short and sweet and rich in fantasy imagery. And 'Excerpt From The Diagnostic and Necromantic Manual, 5th Edition Regarding the Departed', by Stewart C Baker, is funny in the way I find funny. Just read it. No, seriously. Read it.
Finally, I'll add Ad Hoc Fiction. It's not set up to link individual pieces, but to a week's collection of 300 word shorts that you can read and vote on. Winners gain a free entry to their Bath Flash Fiction Awards. These tales are all like tiny fruit tarts at a cocktail party. You intend to have just one, but they're so delicious, you just keep eating. The winners of the Bath Flash Fiction awards are exquisite little perfections. The brevity makes them even lovelier.
There are more. There are so many, and there are new ones popping up. Whatever your tastes in tiny fiction artifacts, there is a field that you can excavate to find something that suits you. Just a quick online search for flash fiction will lead you to all manner of stories to suit your taste and mood. I hope you'll have a look at my recommendations, and find your own.