This is a review of a story in The Crimson Pact: Volume One. While I am the publisher of the book, I do not have a story in the text. I’ve also worked to keep all of these reviews as impartial as possible; I hope you agree.
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“Inside Monastic Walls” by Chanté McCoy is the first flash work in The Crimson Pact. It’s going to be a bit of a tough job reviewing them, as flash fiction is typically defined as 1000 words or less, and these reviews have been around 250-400 words themselves!
“Inside Monastic Walls” takes us away from warriors, and instead shows us the viewpoint of a young servant boy in an ancient monastery. Everything is fine, until…
Well, you’ll have to read it.
I scanned over many of the flash fiction works for this volume, and would occasionally make a small note to Paul Genesse, the editor, should I have had a strong impression about one. This story was sent to Paul with the note “You want to buy this story.” It’s that good, that creepy, and that disturbing… without resorting to cheap visceral tricks. It has the punch that good flash fiction is supposed to have, and lets you know that you’re in for a hell of a ride.