“My Teen Ghost is Hungry” – Fiction by Caroll Sun Yang

Ice Cream – Evelyne Axell, 1964

Until today, Caroll Sun Yang’s vibrant & Proustian experimental flash fiction “My Teen Ghost is Hungry” could only be read in copies of our Spring 2017 issue, FLAPPERHOUSE #13… but now, as a special treat, it’s freely available to read on FLAPPERHOUSE.com ! Dig in…

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Prognosis. Oakland, 1974.

FATHER’S MATE SERVED STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM IN DEPRESSION ERA BOWLS. We prodded lobsters in ten gallon barrels. Babysitter froze colorful fluids in Gerber jars—I chipped away for taste and to birth gemmy shards. Nurse fed me marinated fish on sticky rice. Mother pushed me in a special stroller, post-hospital chocolate cookies leaving muddy smears on me. Picking Froot Loops out of olive shag while loving mangled dolls in heat. I taste/d air, a bustling mid-70’s melting pot with boiling grease, steamy grates and desperate immigrant kisses.

Prayer. Vallejo, 1981.

Fingered globs of Duncan Hines lemon frosting when none noticed. Held stolen Olive Wood rosary beads in my mouth. Balmy winds thrashed as devils chased me on my bike—mouth open to the antiseptic, wild fennel and sour flower fumes. I smoked candy cigarettes. Grandmother fed me bloated Captain Crunch in warmed milk. Fevers. I burned, snuck out in rain, pressed my cheek to a crippled Oldsmobile Cutlass, and lapped up lukewarm raindrops.

Remission. Oxnard, 1985.

Father arrived wielding a fluffy banana birthday cake with a tub of PB&J ice cream. Guzzled grape Slurpees with Randall while watching scrambled sexy movies. Malt-O-Meal quicksand drowning sliced hotdogs blanketed in Kraft Singles. Sunshine frolic with grimy kids, sucking Tang covered ice while wading in muddy backyard ponds. Slabs of Jolly Rancher Fire! Manure fields. Hot. Grainy Orange Metamucil doled by mother frowning.

Relapse. Camarillo, 1988.

We undressed easily, bodies collapsing on heaped clothes, chewing homework pencils and breaking Miracle Whipped bread with Libby’s corned beef that never met my hips. Final rays filtered through pale lavender drapes, faces painted in dreamy shadows, first/ last kisses. Radiant sick eyes, blather about heaven’s boys between sips of Minute Maid Punch in crystalline tumblers. Feverish. Settling sadness. Tongue fade.

Outcome. Here, Now.

Hunger.

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CAROLL SUN YANG earned her BFA at Art Center College of Design, an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, and holds certification as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist. Her work appears in The Nervous BreakdownNew World WritingMUTHA MagazineThe Los Angeles Review of BooksMcSweeney’s Internet TendencyNecessary FictionIdentity TheoryWord RiotColumbia Journal and Juked. She lives and toils over her gestating debut collection while writeressin’ and matriarchin’ in Eagle Rock, CA. She can never have enough personality-disordered friends/ lo-fi anything/ human touch/ sarcasm/ cell photo filters/ art films featuring teens/ Latrinalia/ frosting flowers/ bio changes. She spews forth as Caroll Sun Yang on Facebook.

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FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #17, In Pictures

An orchard-ful of apple-flavored thank-you’s to everyone who helped make last night’s reading so warm and crackly and a little bit dangerous, like an early-Autumn fire: Matt, Amanda, Hafizah, Chris, Mary Boo, and Kim for performing your flappy lits; Alibi for your scintillating singing & gorgeous photography; Pacific Standard for your always-gracious hospitality; and all you beautiful & cultured people who came to witness the weirdness…

We hope we’ll see you all again on 10/25 for our 2nd Annual Halloween Reading!

photos by Alibi Jones 

Matt Patrick tells wonderfully bizarre tales of talking animal heads & cannibalism

Amanda Krupman shares an emotional & sensual excerpt from a work-in-progress

Hafizah Geter wows the crowd with her poignant and powerful poetry

Continue reading FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #17, In Pictures

FLAPPERHOUSE Reading #17 / Issue 15 Flight Party

Our engines’ll be running hotter than a boiling kettle as we celebrate the flight of our Fall 2017 issue with our 17th reading! Wednesday night, September 27, 7-9 PM at the always-hospitable Pacific Standard, 82 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.

starring

MARY BOO ANDERSON
CHRIS ANTZOULIS
KIM COLEMAN FOOTE
HAFIZAH GETER
ALIBI JONES
AMANDA KRUPMAN
and
MATT PATRICK

Admission is FREE, and you can buy copies of FLAPPERHOUSE #15 for the special reading price of $5.

Facebook event page here

“Drought” – Flash Prose by Kim Coleman Foote

Spirit of the drought – Arthur Streeton, 1895

Our Fall 2017 issue, FLAPPERHOUSE #15, won’t fly until Friday, 9/22, but today we’re offering a taste of all the menacing weirdness we have in store with “Drought,” an eerily surreal & fable-like work of flash prose by Kim Coleman Foote.

(Print copies of FLAPPERHOUSE #15 are available on Amazon for $6US, and digital PDF copies are currently available for via PayPal for just $3US!)

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for Cynthia Graae

THIS YEAR, BEFORE NIGHT RUSHES IN, WE AWAIT THE RIGHT MOMENT. When sky turns cyan and a breeze chants in the air, against our ears. When sky turns grey, erasing sun rays and hinting at rain, which hasn’t appeared in months.

Everyone in the area tenses upon their chairs, hoping to be agents in a new rite, begging Mother Nature to grant us those liquid grains from her atmosphere. We cant and cry, hoping she’ll hear us, when a gay gent strolls amongst us, stroking the cat on his shoulder. He lifts his thin legs like a crane then breaks into a canter. Some gather their young in fright. He tears off his hat, exposing a halo of hair, rants about how in this age, it is our hate that keeps Her from cooperating.

When an old hag jumps from her seat, we grit our teeth. She rages at the man, spittle staining her chin like tinea, her breath stinking of gin. She claims that the gates of the moon shall open to anyone who hasn’t tired of life’s mysteries.

The man grins the whole time. The cat has changed to a hare eating hay (some say it never was a pet but a rat disguised in rags).

Aside: don’t attempt to tag this as fiction; reality, in actuality, is fraught with much more strangeness.

Continue reading “Drought” – Flash Prose by Kim Coleman Foote

What a Wonderful Time to SUBSCRIBE!

Do you have any idea how great of a time it is to subscribe to FLAPPERHOUSE right now? Next week our Fall 2017 issue flies, and boy, is it a monster…the kind of monster that will scare the pants off you at first, but then once you get closer & get to know it you’ll realize that deep down this monster simply needs to be loved, just like everybody else. And while our Winter 2018 issue won’t fly for over 3 months, it’s already got some brain-tingling mind games & other scintillating surreality hidden in its attic, waiting to be unwrapped for the holiday season…

So if one were to subscribe to FLAPPERHOUSE at this time, one would be treating oneself to a cornucopia of marvelous literary weirdness for the rest of 2017, as well as helping ensure that we can continue our pursuit of flappiness well into 2018…

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Digital Copies of FLAPPERHOUSE #15 Now Available!

Inescapable Body Horror, Drunken Gods, Chatty Animals, Killer Candymen, Tyrannical Trumps, Jeff Goldblum’s Sick Abs: FLAPPERHOUSE #15
coming
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
DIGITAL (PDF) copies now available via PayPal for 
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PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately we are currently unable to email PDFs immediately upon order. Delivery of your PDF may take anywhere from several seconds to several hours, but rest assured, we will complete your purchase as soon as humanly possible.

We apologize profusely for any inconvenience or delayed gratification.

(PRINT edition now available for $6US)

FH15coverincluding

“John Wick Pumps Gas,” “Superhero,” and
“So, The Portal To Another Dimension Is Not In The Hudson” – Chris Antzoulis
“The Ribcage Creates the Sound of Settling,” “The Ribcage Explains (Again) Why It Never Votes,” “The Ribcage Dreams of Dancing On a Grave (Or Two),” “The Ribcage Tries to Make a Sextape,” and “The Ribcage Tries to Find a Cure For Catching Feelings” – 
J. Bradley

“My language is so dead & undead” – Kristen Brida
“Drenched Mold” and “Which Alter Ego Will Drown You?” –
Juliet Cook & Michael Bernstein
“Drought” – Kim Coleman Foote
“Existential Ketchup” – James Croal Jackson
“Transformulation” – Serena Johe
“Shinrin-yoku” – Amanda Krupman
“Phantoms” and “Vanity” – Ashley Mares
“Hades in Single Malt” and “Ares Inebriated” – Bernadette McComish
“No More I Love You’s” and “Douchko” – Juan Parra
“Big Game Hunter” – Matt Patrick
“A Bullet for Mr. Sweet” – E.L. Siegelstein
“Ecotone” – Chelsea Laine Wells
“Scent” – Cooper Wilhelm

Our 2017 Best of the Net Nominees Are…

Casting the Net – Suzanne Valadon, 1914

We have submitted our nominations for the 2017 Best of the Net anthology, which honors literary work that originally appeared on the internet between 7/1/2016 & 6/30/2017, and they are:

“How to Vomit Living Creatures” – short fiction by Deirdre Coyle (from FLAPPERHOUSE #12)

“Mission Concept” – short fiction by Peter H.Z. Hsu (from FLAPPERHOUSE #14)

Congratulations & best of luck to all our nominees, as well as our eternal gratitude for contributing their amazing work to our weird little zine!