The week’s best online fiction, with recommendations from FictionDaily‘s editors.
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Chemical explosions can sometimes cause big piles of damage, physical and otherwise. They’re disappointing. Ask Paige Ackerson-Kiely. Not only is her last name hyphenated, she’s a poet. I believe the world could indeed “be soothed by…the loving heat of [her] steady machine.” I like what she does with the “ill-fitted plank of his torso.” This story will make you fall down, but you’ll be alright.–Ryan Nelson
If you’re a reader of crime or horror, you must make the acquaintance of the erudite and ever-engaging Paul D. Brazill. SNAPSHOTS is a fine example as to why. Brazill has been a keystone of the online crime community and an acclaimed international author of crime fiction in short form. “Snapshots” is Brazill at his best, focusing his splendid breadth of language as sharp as a tailor’s needle to stitch together painful lines into a trim, vicious narrative. There is no spare weight on this keen account of outlaws sinking into a moral abyss, just devices that Brazill has come to be characteristically in command of: Firm format, tense pacing, fierce imagery, nimble diction and, of course, onomatopoeia. Let “Snapshots” serve as an entree into this rock-solid talent’s work, or as a vivid reminder of why Brazill is so embraced.–Matt Funk