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October 11th, 2006, 02:30 PM

This is the voting thread for all the entries in the
Ghost Story Flash Fiction Contest (http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?p=344506#post344506). Please read and vote for the best story.

Meltdown (http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/1966p0.html)
The Tweaker (http://sffworld.com/community/story/1965p0.html)
The Haunting of Henry (http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/1968p0.html)
Ghost Story (http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/1981p0.html)
Bikers (http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/1982p0.html)
Memory and Grief (http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/1983p0.html)
Now I Lay Me (http://www.sffworld.com/community/story/1973p0.html)

If you like, please comment on what you liked and didn't like about each story. Thank you for reading and voting!

October 11th, 2006, 02:38 PM
How long is the ballot open?

October 11th, 2006, 04:42 PM
As it would be a waste of time to vote for my own I have plumped for The Haunting of Henry.

I like the premise and I like the ending. I think it could easily be 200 words shorter, and too be honest I think although the profanity fitted the character a little of it seemed gratuitous.

That being said I wish I'd written it which is about as good a complement as I can give.


October 11th, 2006, 05:09 PM
Read them once, will read them again before making my choice and commenting.

October 11th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Well, certainly not voting for mine, and not Clay's either...

'Meltdown' gets my nod. What the idea lacks in originality it compensates for in mood and punchiness. The 'fate sandwich' (alluding to little Audra's misfortune at opening and close) also worked for me.

Cheers, Steve.

October 11th, 2006, 09:32 PM
Well, thanks.

There are some really good stories here, it's very hard to choose. I ended up having to find a three sided coin to flip.
The Tweaker because of an interesting antagonist and a wicked twist at the end (who was that masked phantom?), Memory and Grief, which lived up to it's name. It's an interesting concept, even the dead have denial. And Bikers, simply because I liked it. Honorable mention to everyone.

Are you sure I can only vote once?

Anyway, I make a motion that whoever wins gets to chose the topic for the next unofficial sffworld flash fiction contest, should they choose to do so.


October 11th, 2006, 11:27 PM
It works best if there's only one contest a month so people don't get burned out too quickly.

I usually poll the authors to find out what they want to do next. Don't forget mainstream, very popular choice.

October 12th, 2006, 06:49 AM
Meltdown I found the final paragraph of the first section confusing, couldn’t figure out who was accusing whom, and did they know each other. Other than that it was a good re-working of an old theme.

The Tweaker is good, more of a short story than a flash fiction. Got the feeling it had been cut down from a longer story and had lost a bit.

The Haunting of Henry I liked; but found it a bit repetitive in the middle. Feel it could be cut and tightened.

Ghost Story, tightly written, but I felt it lacked something. The emotion wasn’t as well drawn as I would have liked.

Memory and Grief, this I liked very much save for the first paragraph, it seemed disjointed from the rest somehow.

Now I lay is very good, but again more a short story than a flash fiction, also it went bit off the rails towards the end, trying to explain things instead of letting the reader sort it out for themselves.

Anyway voted.

October 12th, 2006, 10:28 AM
Bumping the thread so that more folks might vote.

October 12th, 2006, 01:58 PM
Bumping the thread so that more folks might vote.

Six voters, eh?...

Mmm... there's something strange about having more writers in the contest than voters in the poll. Oh, well: maybe next time we should give everyone who votes a cookie or something (this forum does support cookies, no? ;) )