Take a Deep Breath and Dive Beneath the Surface of Shallow Waters—Where Nothing Stays Buried
With 23 Dark Fiction & Horror tales diving beneath the surface of life, death, and the mystery that lies beneath.
Shallow Waters is the official monthly flash fiction challenge hosted by the award-winning Crystal Lake Publishing. Every month a new challenge is posted online, with authors submitting via email. The best submissions are then posted on Crystal Lake’s Patreon page (an exclusive behind the scenes community of readers and authors), where patrons read daily entries and vote for the winner. What you’ll find in these Shallow Waters anthologies include the winners as well as the most popular of our finalists. Stay tuned for more volumes in this series, or find Crystal Lake Publishing on Patreon to enter or vote on future challenges.
Volume seven includes suspenseful stories with themes of isolation, the drive-in, cars, love, tragedy and loss, post-apocalypse, and camp horror.
Introduction by Joe Mynhardt
Cribs by Linda J. Marshall (winner)
Going Home by Lee Smart
Snack Money by Jay Bechtol
First Time at the Drive-in by Mark Allan Gunnells
The Perfect Match by Madeline Mora-Summonte (winner)
The Things You do for Love by Beverley Lee
Back Soon by Michael Patrick Hicks
Ashes by Martin Aguilera
Nineteen Weeks by Theresa Derwin
Cracked Pot by Armand Rosamilia
For Beth… by Derek Odom (winner)
Diversion by RJ Meldrum
Write Time by Robert W. Walker
The Thirteenth Step by Denver Grenell
Red by Liam Hogan (winner)
There is No Bunk #7 by Patrick Barb
The Sower of Second Lives by Ben Norris
Alone on Campus by Mark Allan Gunnells
The Bone Tree by Michael Harris Cohen
Lure by Catherine McCarthy
Sometimes They Die by Michael J Moore
A Bright New Future by Philip Harris
The Little Thief by Esteban Vargas (winner)
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