Flashback at Flash Fiction Online: “Beholder

Recently Anna Yeatts, the editor of Flash Fiction Online, reached out to me about featuring my 2013 flash story, “Beholder,” in an upcoming all-reprint issue.  That issue is now live! 

Here’s Anna’s commentary on my oldest and best-loved science fiction story:

When I’m approached by writers new to the craft or readers looking for an example of well-written flash fiction, time and again, “Beholder” by Sarah Grey is the story I recommend.

There are no world-ending catastrophes or serial killers lurking beneath the stairs. But some stories don’t need to jump up and down to get our attention. Sarah Grey’s “Beholder” is a small, quiet story – technically strong, beautiful in its prose, and focused on the smallest of details.

The resonance in this story never fails to knock me on my heels. “Beholder” works, not because our emotions are skillfully manipulated, leaving us feeling used and cheap, but because we recognize the genuineness of a mother’s love – a small, anonymous act of kindness to a stranger.

I dare you to read “Beholder” aloud and not be moved.

Five years after its first appearance, I’m thrilled to see “Beholder” appear in print again.  I hope you’ll take a look at it, as well as the other wonderful reprints featured in this issue.

First Impressions: “A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas”

Charles Payseur over at Quick Sip Reviews has some lovely spoiler-free comments about “A Bond as Deep as Starlit Seas,” which is available right now in Lightspeed‘s August 2018 issue:

It’s a piece that captures the fear of making the wrong decision and the bit of freedom that can come in letting go of that fear in the face of the evidence that there’s really no right decision. . . . [S]ome systems twist everything they touch, and trying to reform those places alone can be impossible. A great read!

I’m so grateful Charles took the time to read this.  You can read Charles’ full review at his website.  And if you haven’t checked out Lightspeed‘s current issue, don’t miss it!  As usual, it’s full of excellent stories.