Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Flashes of Revenge by Darren Sant

One cool thing about the rise of ebooks are collections of flash fiction. Was anybody doing this before? (I'm sure there were a few small presses, but they never made it to my field of vision.)

Darren Sant's got payback on his mind in Flashes of Revenge (Trestle Press) and comes up with creative ways to approach that subject in this entertaining collection. Violent, fast, and surprisingly funny, this is a collection from a writer who's quickly become a regular contributor to crime fiction zines.

I particularly dug "The Ungrateful Dead," about a music critic who trashes a grunge band. When the band becomes famous, he's got to eat crow and go interview them. But they have other things in mind... Sant captures the bitter, cynical critic very well, and anyone whose been the recipient of a bad review will sympathize with the band.

"Unforgiven" tells the story of an old rivalry that hasn't died. The protagonist's deep resentment stretches through the whole piece, one of the more quiet and grim selections in Flashes.

Check it out at Amazon or Amazon UK, only 99 cents.


  1. Sounds like a good anthology.
    Ebooks were made for flash fiction! Should have been, anyway.
    Thanks for the link.

  2. Daz is always worth the read. I'm heading his way right now. Thanks Chris.

  3. Who doesn't enjoy a good revenge story? And a collection of them? I'm there.

  4. Great stuff here Chris. Daz always delivers a great read.