(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 27 March 2014)
Every art form is a social commentary on its place of origin and its times. The best erotic flash fiction can tell us a great deal about ourselves and the computer age we live in. So it behooves the serious writer of erotic flash fiction to look upon his or her endeavors in the field of the very short story not only as an exercise in the production of art and entertainment, but to also look upon erotic flash fiction as a document of social commentary.
The recent, greatly increased popularity of flash fiction can be directly attributed to the Internet; and so can the greater social acceptance of explicit sex in art and entertainment be attributed to its greater availability via the computer.
Explicit sex as art and entertainment has definitely become mainstream, especially since we can now enjoy it in the comfort and privacy of our homes.
The challenge, as I see it, for the serious writer of erotic flash fiction is to bring the greatest literary craft to this genre, the erotic flash fiction story, to have the genre represent the human experience in its totality even as the genre uses sex as its centre of gravity.
There can be no better commentary on our time and the world we live in than the finite fictional world of erotic flash fiction, the mirror of our sexual behavior.
Hello hello hello, readers and writers of erotic flash fiction everywhere! The Old Soldier just came back from the public library, inspired and re-energized as an advocate for erotic flash fiction.
It’s lovely outside. Overcast, yes; but mild (50s). I checked out two more books on Edgar Allan Poe, one a book of his poems and tales and another book a critical study of his life and work. I guess I’m in my Poe period; but the man and his work inspires me to be a better writer and a better editor and publisher. Poe was a poet, a writer of tales, a well-known critic, a reviewer, an essayist and an editor. There is much I can learn from what I now refer to as “My Poe Studies.”
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, a blog of art, culture, local interest, creative writing and sex as art and entertainment.