Scrolls Special: A Little Bit Of Flash

 In Geek To Geek Issue 5 the Scrolls team contributed a little segment on Flash Fiction, defining it and discussing the attraction of this growing form story-telling.
It will surprise none of our regular listeners when I tell you that the conversation went on for an awful lot longer than the 18 minutes previously released.  Here,
for the first time, you can hear the full discussion (clocking in at just under an hour and a half.)  Furthermore, for your listening pleasure, we present recordings of
no less that ten Flash pieces scattered throughout the episode.

Direct Donwload:   Scrolls Flash Fic Special

Listen Online:  Scrolls Special: A Little Bit Of Flash

There is some bad language used by the team and there are elements of horror in several of these Flash pieces, varying from the visceral to the psychological.
Whilst we do not always think to put a Parental Advisory warning on our podcasts, you should think twice before playing this episode in the hearing of children.

I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributing authors here in the order in which their stories appear:

Rebecca Bohn – ‘One Night’ – a tale of mythic wonder – read by Dion Winton-Polak

Lily Childs – ‘A Stitch In Spine’ – an erotically charged delight – read by Lily Childs

Absolutely*Kate Pilarcik – ‘Stop This Merry Go Round, I Want To Get Off!’ – a natty, nuanced noir – read by Brenda Kirk

Anthony Cowin – ‘Corridors Of Meat’ – a visceral fight for survival – read by Phil Ambler

R.R. Kovar – ‘Golden Gate’ – creepy lore from the carny folk – read by Dion Winton-Polak

Phil Ambler – ‘Gone’ – a cry from the aching gulf of grief – read by Phil Ambler

Dion Winton-Polak – ‘A Vampires Salvation’ – a sonnet to love, loss and redemption – read by Dion Winton-Polak

John Xero – ‘Retribution’ – a post-plague chiller – read by Phil Ambler

A.J. Humpage – ‘Naked’ – Hackett displays a terrifyingly artistic side – read by Lily Childs

Lily Childs – ‘Spangles’ – a dizzying murder mystery with a very unusual killer – read by Lily Childs

Click on the author links above to see their home pages and read more of their work.
Brenda did an ace job reading Kate’s story.  Why not pop across to see her at Geektress to support their site as well? (hint Etsy hint)

A few more links you may be interested in are flagged up during the course of the episode, so keep your ears peeled.  A pen and paper may be handy
– if not to write down links then to start working on your own pieces of Flash Fiction.  It’s a joyously addictive hobby!  Join us…

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  1. There were some issues with the link, but it’s all been fixed now.

    Just to drop in those websites for people who may be interested but lacking in pens….

    Thrillers, Killers and Chillers can be found at

    The Writers magazine talkback forums are at

    Pill Hill Press can be found at

    The sizzling Blacksmith’s Wife saga by Sandra Davies is being collected at

    The Flash Fiction Offensive is at

    and Cruentus Libri is at

    You can leave feedback here, e-mail us direct at [email protected] or send general tweets to @scrollscast or personalised tweets to the presenters @Dion_Scrolls @Phlambler or @LilyChilds

    Hope you enjoy it.

  2. That was a lot of fun to listen to! Thank you, Phil, Dion and Lily. And I have to say that you all read stories as well as any audio book I’ve ever listened to. I was quite impressed. You really brought the drama and intrigue of these tiny pieces to life.

    • Thanks Rebecca, we’re glad you enjoyed it and flattered by your comment. I have hopes we’ll be doing more along these lines in the future, though no plans are concrete yet.

  3. Enjoyed listening to your discussion of flash fiction. I don’t read a lot of short fiction, but I listen to two sci-fi short fiction podcasts, Escape Pod ( and The Drabblecast ( Of everything they put out, I enjoy the flash fiction the best, primarily because it doesn’t tax my listening attention span and gets to the point before my mind has a chance to wander too far off course. Also, since I mostly listen to podcasts in the car, I can hear a whole story in one 15-20 minute car trip as I do my daily commuting/errands/etc. Escape Pod is regular short fiction, but they do occasionally put out flash fiction specials that are very good. Drabblecast is all flash fiction of varying lengths – every episode contains a Drabble (100-word story) and a Twabble or Twit-Fic (100 character story – these are always very creative and intersesting) along with a main story that is longer but still flash-length.

    I regularly save blog posts and articles to read later on my nook e-reader – I think I’ll look up some of the websites you mentioned and maybe add some flash fiction to my reading list. Thanks for a great episode!

    • Hello Ann, welcome and thanks for posting! We’re glad you enjoyed the episode.

      I’ve made a note of the podcasts you’ve mentioned here to investigate further. I have the feeling we’ve just skipped across the surface of a very deep pool here. (Loving the words ‘drabble’ and ‘twabble’ by the way.) 😀

      You may be interested to know that the book Lily mentioned – Cabaret of Dread vol 1 – is currently on sale. I spotted it on my Kindle app at the bargainous price of £1.53 today.

      Not sure if you are a regular listener or not, but we have an archive of all our previous episodes at to save you the trouble of searching them out. Most shows are based on a theme but we also have Book Group specials focussing on a specific book each time.

      All the best, Dion.

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