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Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales
Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden
Amazon Digital Services, 91 pages

Jen Wylie
Jennifer Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her two boys, Australian shepherd a flock of birds and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

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Sean Hayden
Sean Hayden's other work includes The Games We Play, Origins (A Demonkin Novel), My Soul to Keep (Rise of the Fallen), and Lady Dorn.

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A review by Trent Walters

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Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales Jen Wylie and Sean Hayden take on traditional genre tropes in their short fiction anthology, Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales. We run into vampires, zombies, hell, and alien zoos.

Each writer brings a personal asset and aesthetic to the collection. Sean Hayden creates vivid characters in various, odd blue-collar jobs whose temperament may be likened to a whistling pressure cooker barely able to hold its lid down. Hayden's strongest work was the horror story, "The Punkin King," where a son warns his mother not to carve the Halloween pumpkin, but she does anyway....

Jen Wylie, on the other hand, has a talent for illustrating a new facet of the tried-and-true vampire trope in her vignettes. Her most powerful concept was in "Forgettable, the Beginning" about a young girl who has the superpower of being forgotten, which ends with a reverse of King Midas' tragedy.

Being a fan of the short short as well as a writer and former editor of poetry, I have my own sensibility and come to the table with expectations of the form: density, compression, flashes of insight into humanity, playfulness, arc, closure, etc. While these stories may not appear in the year's-best lists, this pair of writers is still shiny in their careers. It may be fun to experiment and watch where they may be headed to next. If the foregoing captures your fancy, check out a sample to see if this one's for you.

Copyright © 2012 Trent Walters

Trent Walters teaches science; lives in Honduras; edited poetry at Abyss & Apex; blogs science, SF, education, and literature, etc. at APB; co-instigated Mundane SF (with Geoff Ryman and Julian Todd) culminating in an issue for Interzone; studied SF writing with dozens of major writers and and editors in the field; and has published works in Daily Cabal, Electric Velocipede, Fantasy, Hadley Rille anthologies, LCRW, among others.


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