There are some amazing crime stories on the internet these days, but every now and again one comes along that stands head and shoulders above the rest. This includes Erik Arneson’s latest, over at Flash Fiction Offensive today, which has a kick like a grumpy mule, yet manages to be heart-breakingly sad at the same time.
I loved this story. I loved the original, quirky style of writing, the unusual format, and the twist, which I have to admit I really didn’t see coming. I knew there would be a twist, just… not that one. When it came, it blew my socks off.
Hats off to Mr Arneson for coming up with something hard-hitting, original, and with an important message about the way we deal with mental illness buried away under the entertaining exterior.
You can read ‘Not My Gun’ at Out of the Gutter Online. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (The image is happily nicked from the magazine, too. Sorry guys.)