Flash Tales #17: “Slaying the Dragon”


Since this prompt came at a particularly busy time of year, turn-out was a bit sparse (by which I mean non-existent!). This one is a bit too promising to let die, though, and quite a few people expressed an interest in writing a story based on it, so I’m breathing new life into the prompt this week!

PROMPT: Marduk did it, Michael the Archangel did it, St. George (pictured above) did it, and now we’re going to do it. This week let’s tell the story of slaying a monster; it might be real or imagined, but in the tradition of the medieval Romance I think there should be an action element to the story. Let’s hew closely to the archetype’s fantasy fundamentals, but a little departure into sci-fi or magical realism is more than okay. To make things interesting, I’m going to impose a new restriction, too: let’s write this story in the FIRST PERSON.

GENRE: Fantasy (slipstream is okay)

LENGTH: < 1,300 words

DEADLINE: Thursday, February 26, 11:59 PM

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Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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2 Comments on Flash Tales #17: “Slaying the Dragon”

  1. Curses! I’m not supposed to do anything else but work stuff and you toss a great prompt like this out! :-p

  2. I have the beginnings of an idea, just need to find time to write it!

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