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Josh Maday, "Acrid Smell"

I love this flash fiction piece at Everyday Genius by Josh Maday, "Acrid Smell".
He’d sit on the small bench inside the door, pull off his thick, grimy boots, and shuffle to the bathroom to clean up for dinner. He washed his hands with lava but even that never got them all the way clean. Black grime lined the gutters of his fingernails and veined the troughs of his fingerprints.
So gritty and visceral, and yet lyrical. Back when I first started writing, I was greatly inspired by Dancing on Fly Ash, the microfiction blog co-written by Maday and his buddy Matt Bell which presented one of their short pieces (< 100 words) every day. I hadn't heard anything from Josh in a long time and am very glad to see he's still writing, and writing well.

September 16, 2012 in Books | Permalink


Thanks so much, Pete! Wow, it's hard to believe that it's been seven years since DoFA...I'm glad to hear that it has stuck with you.

Posted by: Josh Maday at Sep 20, 2012 8:02:12 AM