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Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales [Kindle Edition]

Jen Wylie , Sean Hayden
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An anthology of the strange, bizarre, and just plain weird.

Zombies, vampires, ghosts, and …crickets? Try a taste of writing from two very different fantasy authors. Flash stories are super short and perfect for when you ‘just have a minute’. This anthology contains 15 stories from authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. Run the rampart of emotions in this exciting mix of tales. From humor to twisted, there is something for everyone.

Editorial Reviews


Non-stop humour, shivers, and a damn good read. ~Author Katy O'Dowd
I don't read that many short story collections, but this one is one of the best out there right now. First off, the cover is amazing... and so are the stories. If you don't know who Jennifer Wylie and Sean Hayden are, grab the collection, and find out. ~ Author Jim Bronyaur

From the Author

Other works:  Jen Wylie
Ring Around the Rosie-YA fantasy
Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales Vol 1 & 2- A paranormal anthology of the strange and bizarre.
Sweet Light- Romantic Fantasy novel
Broken Aro- Book 1 of the Broken Ones, Fantasy novel
Broken Prince- Book 2 of the Broken Ones, Fantasy novel

Product Details

  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Untold Press (March 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q33YB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Collection of Tales June 23, 2012
By Blu
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this fifteen-story collection of tales by authors Sean Hayden and Jen Wylie. So much so that I completed it in one sitting. Initially, I was tempted to compare the authors' writing styles but quickly discarded that notion and let each story speak for itself.

When reviewing anthologies, I like to give each story its own rating with a rating of five stars being ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT, 3 stars being Meh, It Was Okay and 1 star being Could Have Went Without Reading. My ratings for the stories included in Flashy Fiction are as follows:

Zombies at the Meat Market - 4 (I would have liked to have read more about this particular story and since I felt a bit "cheated" at the end, I initially gave it a rating of 3. However, I am a zombie enthusiast and for this reason I gave it a 4. This short story would be a great beginning to a zombie novel.

The Sweetest Vampire - A Sappy Story - 2 (A different kind of vampire. Unfortunately, this story didn't appeal to me very much)

Every Time I Walk Into A Room - 4 (Good story with a slightly twisted ending)

The Sweetest Vampire - Bitter Sweet Memories - 3 (Author seems to contradict certain aspects of her main character at times but this story is much better than the first)

Why You Should Always Wear Clean Underwear - 4 (The main character of this sci fi short is not very likeable. In fact the author stated he always loved the main characters of his stories with the exception of this fellow. However, I liked him. Sure he had some troubling habits (driving while heavily intoxicated, attempting to leave the scene of a
major accident) but there was something wickedly endearing about him to me. The fate of this likeable protagonist was very fitting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! March 21, 2013
By tlt
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I bought the book because it sounded like a fun read. It was a little quirky and off the wall but I did enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flashy fiction February 20, 2013
By melody
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Weird collection of short stories! Nicely written, they catch and hold your attention to the last word. Subject matters are interestingly twisted! Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contrasting styles make for a fun reading experience! February 7, 2013
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I enjoyed this collection of flash fiction from Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden. It was an interesting juxtaposition of styles. Wylie's style is almost ethereal; descriptive and beautiful. Hayden's style is in-your-face, always humorous and 'cool', and often with a dash of cynicism. Sort of like being tickled with a feather, then being smacked with a hammer. It kept things moving for me. Not too much of any one good thing.

Not every story is perfect, but all of them are enjoyable and some of them made me want to read more of a particular story by the author. I'm happy to recommend this short story collection...
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Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales
Jen Wylie & Sean Hayden

An anthology of the strange, bizarre, and just plain weird.

With 15 short stories, there's bound to be something you enjoy. I love the idea of flash fiction, gives an insight into how twisted the author is with where the stories go. I enjoyed all the stories to some degree (my sense of humour is quite twisted itself) but the ones that stand out at were "Zombies at the Meat Market" and "Forgettable the Beginning", but I'm also intrigued by the Echo concept in "Echoes of Darkness". All were well written, made me laugh, think twice and were thoroughly enjoyable ~ definitely worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Little Oddity September 3, 2012
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This was a fun, relaxing read. The short stories are VERY short, more like vignettes. Each one sets up a mood and a bizarre alternate reality. I could have just kept reading more, the authors seem to have endless ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book contains 15 short stories. This is the 1st time I've read anything written by Jen Wylie or Sean Hayden and their storytelling is amazing. Each story is written by one or the other of these two authors. Personally, I liked most of Sean Hayden's stories more than Jen Wylie's stories. Although, both writers are wonderful.

It is difficult to pick a favorite as the stories are really good and well written. I look forward to reading more published works by both authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more! July 22, 2012
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Its hard to believe some of these are only short stories! While i liked some more than others, each is well written and leaves you wishing they were longer! My favourite stories are probably The Unexpected Echo (can't wait to read more about this guy!) and Forgettable: The Beginning, they each have potential to be novels if they aren't already! overall Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales is a gripping read and perfect for people who have an imagination but can't read a full novel.
(Laura Hunter, Addicted-to-Books Paranormal book club)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Started out promising...
Got through 3 stories and one paragraph before I quit...the first one was well written and had an ok story but they just went down hill from there
Published 11 months ago by Dawn Linke
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Twilight Zone Meets Tales From The Crypt! This book of short stories was so good I read it twice.

Brilliantly written by two very clever authors, Jen Wylie and Sean... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Orchard Book Club
2.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't grab me
The stories seemed kind of repetitive, then I stopped reading. But interesting enough if you just want to kill time.
Published 16 months ago by Regina Rodriguez-Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
I didn't like the book only because it isn't my favorite genre. It wasn't my to my taste, that's all.
Published 17 months ago by L. Lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stories
Some of the stories were great, some so-so. I enjoyed the stories by Sean Hayden the best. The ones by Jen Wylie were very good but would be more for a younger audience than me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donna Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
I chose this book because it looked fun and I wasn't disappointed. Each story is a quick read so you can fill short intervals with an entire story and each one is a joy.
Published 18 months ago by Dorothy Ingle
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun, interesting read!
This was actually a really neat book. Both authors are very talented writers and they even put a little note at the end of each story letting the reader know what the inspiration... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Hillary
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