Flash Tales #23: You Can’t Go Home Again


PROMPT: It was the title of a novel by Thomas Wolfe, but let’s see if we can’t abstract a theme from it. Show us what it looks like when someone tries their very best to recapture their past.


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DEADLINE: 11:59 pm, Thursday, May 21, 2015

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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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5 Comments on Flash Tales #23: You Can’t Go Home Again

  1. Rem Fields Rem Fields // May 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm // Reply

    I’ve been watching too much hockey lately:


    • Evan Henry // May 23, 2015 at 4:28 pm // Reply

      Haha, I liked that a lot. Hockey’s an intense sport in close quarters; makes sense that it has such a violent reputation. Never thought I’d care much for a hockey story, but you have a great feel for action. Nice one as always, Rem.

      • Evan Henry // June 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm // Reply

        I finally remembered what this was reminding me of: the old boxing stories Robert E. Howard used to write for the pulps. They’re fun reads, even if it seems weird in retrospect that that was ever “a thing.”

        • Rem Fields Rem Fields // June 10, 2015 at 11:30 am // Reply

          I’ll have to check them out! I’ve been looking for ways to practice depicting action without resorting to militaristic combat.

          If only I lived in a time when people had to read for entertainment, hah. Who knows what I’d be writing then.

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