British Flash - a free anthology
A revealing collection of short LGBT fiction to download for free!
Enjoy this entertaining collection of flash fiction stories, each one a short but sweet expression of what it means to be queer in Britain, past and present. All these stories reflect the iconic sights and national character of the British Isles: a taste of our idiosyncrasies and eccentricities, but also an unashamed representation of the love, loyalty and laughter of our people.
Follow the British way of life from historic villages to modern cities, from the countryside to the sea, through history and with a fantasy twist, in gardens, shops, campus and the familiar, much-loved local pub.
The stories cover universal themes of romance, desire, remembrance and reconciliation. The authors range from multi-published to up-and-coming, and they all share a passion for their characters, whether through great drama, erotic excitement, humour—or a combination of all three!
This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love.
Contributing authors: Alex Beecroft, Victoria Blisse, Stevie Carroll, Charlie Cochrane, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Erastes, Lucy Felthouse, Elin Gregory, Mara Ismine, Sandra Lindsey, Clare London, JL Merrow, Josephine Myles, Zahra Owens, Jay Rookwood, Caroline Stephens, Stevie Woods, Lisa Worrall and Serena Yates.
Worst Pub in London by JL Merrow
Josh finds working at the Forlorn Hop duller than ditchwater—until a tall, dark stranger walks in and he's swept off his feet. Literally.
Our Place by Clare London
How can you know someone through short trousers, spots and secondary education, and then when they’re a man and you’re still beside them, find some other yearning for them?
We'll Always Have Brighton by Zahra Owens
Two men meet on a cold and rainy day in Brighton They have a painful history and they have a hotel room—can they forgive each other before they go inside?
Commission and Omission by Charlie Cochrane
Arromanches, 1994. Visits to the D-day beaches have become a pilgrimage for Stephen. He counts his life as starting in 1939 and finishing in 1944. Here.
Paint by Stevie Carroll
Her most successful art has been created on living human bodies, and at last she has found her muse: Layla. Now, working with a different type of pigment, artist and muse can create a work of art for their eyes – and lips – alone.
Ben's New Colleague by Serena Yates
When Ben Imberg's secret crush leaves for Scotland to be with his new boyfriend, Ben is devastated. Meeting Ron Linsley, the new head of the Science Department at the Komlos Foundation, however, gives him new hope...
Giving It Up by Josephine Myles
Gay men can't donate blood without breaking the rules, can they? A student protester caught in the act is mortified to have to explain himself to the bloke he fancies.
Thoughts in Spring by Mara Ismine
Ash is looking forward to a peaceful weekend—but a rook with other things on the brain messes up his plans and his house at the same time. Will Ash survive the weekend with his sanity intact? Will the rook keep its feathers?
Mouth Almighty by Victoria Blisse
Boyfriends Ben and Pete share everything, including their appreciation of good, local cheese—and the delicious young lady in the cheese shop who's more than willing to serve them!
Reunion by Lisa Worrall
Toby had hated every second of school, so why on earth would he want to attend a reunion? Well, there was one reason – Mickey Hayes, the captain of the cricket team. But Mickey hardly knew Toby existed—or did he?
While the Boys are Away by Lucy Felthouse
Amelia's with Toby. Gemma's with Rob. But when the four of them go camping together, it soon emerges that Amelia and Gemma are more than just good friends!
Nessie by Caroline Stephens
The thrill of a mystery no-one's ever solved has kept marine biologist Jude Hannigan in the Highlands for months. Now his time is up and his sunny home in Malibu calls. But quiet and sexy Callum McAllister might just tempt him to stay by the banks of Loch Ness—monster or no monster.
Slap and Motley by Sandra Lindsey
Terry and John are old friends, new lovers. But Terry doesn't know everything about John—as an unexpected gift is about to reveal!
Like a Girl by JL Merrow
Her name's Nina, and she punches like a girl. And what the bloody hell's wrong with that?
Last Client by Jay Rookwood
Jon Brickman is strong. Jon Brickman is independent. Jon Brickman needs no-one's support.
Or so he thinks.
Sunshine Superman by Elin Gregory
In the summer of ’68, Sam Yelf was young, innocent and knew all the words to Donovan’s ‘Sunshine Superman’ by heart. Forty-odd years on he might be a little hazy about lyrics but there are things, and people, whose memory will never fade.
Escape to the Country by Stevie Woods
It wasn’t to escape the pressure of a Season in London that Stephen and Andrew left town for the country. It was for the privacy, the freedom, in which they could express their love for each other.
Prince Charming's Buttons by Stevie Carroll
Ash slides between genders off stage as easily as changing from one role to another on stage. As both Jen's girlfriend and Colin's boyfriend and with their current production of Cinderella drawing to a close, Ash needs to take the next step in managing the two relationships.
Yesterday Upon the Stair by Erastes
Old lovers, reunited. But the years they were apart have marked them both.
Benefits of Peace by Alex Beecroft
In the balmy summer days of the 1930s, what could be more peaceful than punting on the Cam? But punting, Timothy discovers, is harder than it looks. Still, with a handsome English student to befriend, fortune favours the brave, does she not?
They Who Come After the Stories End by Sophia Deri-Bowen
Everyone knows the great love stories: Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, Rick and Ilsa, Scarlett and Rhett. But what of those stories that were thought of, but never written, the ones that lived only in daydreams? Meet Tup and Davies—two characters who might have been.
Edited by: Josephine Myles, Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Clare London and JL Merrow.
Cover artwork by Alex Beecroft
Published by UK MAT Publishing
This anthology is a souvenir of the 2011 UK Meet, an occasion for GLBTQ supporters to get together in a relaxed setting to celebrate and chat about the fiction community they love. Visit the website if you'd like to join in on July 23.
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