Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Serial Killer" - Flash Fiction

by Kathleen Powers-Vermaelen

The punk behind the register snorted when Dave dropped his grocery bag. Dave picked it up and looked the chain-wearing youth in the eye. "What's your name?" he asked.

"Rick Stone," the kid said. "Why?"

Dave left the store without replying.

That night, Dave wrote a graphic short story about the murder and dismemberment of a teenaged punk named Rick Stone.

Thursday evening, he read it to his writers' group. The newest member was the first one to comment. "Sounds like you're struggling with some adolescent angst," she said.

"What's your name again?" Dave asked.

First published in Beginnings, Spring 2004, p. 12. Accompanying image courtesy of Ambro/


  1. Whoa! Dave's temper is like a hand grenade - scary to think there's so many crazies out there like him. Kathleen, this piece is Very effective and stops you cold when you read it. Chills....

  2. Thanks, Janet! I was hoping it might make you laugh, too.