Flash Fiction Challenge: Subgenre Frankenstein

Last week’s challenge: “Random Story Generator”

This week’s challenge is a fun revisit to the idea of mashing up two different subgenres.

So, look at the list of 20 subgenres below.

Pick two randomly (d20 or random number generator).

Write a ~1500 word flash fiction piece based on that world.

(You’ll note I’ve upped the word count a little bit. FOR FUN WHEE.)

Post at your online space.

Link back here.

Due by Friday the 23rd, noon EST.

The list:

  1. Dystopian Young Adult
  2. Slasher Film
  3. Weird West
  4. Zombie Apocalypse
  5. Paranormal Romance
  6. Ancient Myth
  7. Fairy Tale
  8. Spy Thriller / Espionage
  9. Haunted House
  10. Erotic Horror
  11. Low Fantasy (“Grimdark”)
  12. Dieselpunk
  13. Time Travel
  14. Murder Mystery
  15. Southern Gothic
  16. Noir
  17. Alternate WWII History
  18. Kaiju
  19. Comedic Fantasy
  20. Psychological Horror


134 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Subgenre Frankenstein”

  1. My contribution for this week is entitled: “Robbing the Agua Fria Express”.

    It is supposed to be a cross of “Dieselpunk” and “Weird West”.

    I had some trouble creating a cohesive vision involving both the confined and crowded spaces of Dieselpunk and the open and empty imagery of the West. This is further confounded by the fact that these imageries are associated with oppression and freedom. Oh, well. I hope you enjoy.

    As usual, feedback is much appreciated.

  2. I got:
    9. Haunted House
    17: Alternate WWII History

    I feel it’s important to note that I rolled the d20 on my desk and got the statistically impossible (or near enough) five consecutive rolls of 9 before I got a different number. So I guess I really, really had to do a haunted house story. Math demanded it.

    Anyway, I came up with this:

    “Wind Had Teeth”

  3. Late again. I live in Hawaii, so that six-hour time difference is a killer. Crappy excuse, I know.

    I actually had a 2000-word story but scraped the entire thing on Wednesday. On Thursday I wrote the story posed below and spent this morning editing. I had Ancient Myth and Slasher Film, so I took some liberties and did a retelling of the Cain and Abel story, which I’ve entitled “Cabal.”

    It’s only a little over 700 words, but I wanted to submit something. Please enjoy responsibly.


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