Flash Fiction

There are no doors on a cocoon
by Lou Rera

A wisecracking bird, lonely people, dysfunctional relationships, and workplace fiascos. Ordinary people just stumbling through their lives in search of the meaning of anything in a world that’s been flattened by apathy.

Author Lou Rera explores these ideas and more in There are no doors on a cocoon, a collection of sixteen Flash Fiction stories of sarcasm and irony. Rera won first place in the ArtVoice Flash Fiction competition and has had numerous pieces published. Lou also has won writing competitions in the UK.

Flash fiction is fiction characterized by its extreme brevity, as measured by its length in words. Most flash-fiction pieces are between 250 and 1,000 words long—one to five pages. The intent that they be read in a single sitting.

Rera’s style is reminiscent of the dark and biting work of Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Survivor, Choke) and cynical writing of Kurt Vonnegut (Cat’s Cradle, Slapstick)

There are no doors on a cocoon features a variety of fictional characters and a moment in their unsettled lives—as in the snobbish art crowd story titled "Art for Art’s Sake" to the story "Help Wanted," where a young boy with a speech impediment is tormented by an old dishwasher in a country diner. A disgruntled social worker goes berserk in the story, "Mr. Muzzy." In "Actors Wanted," a loner in a deserted movie theater uses struggling actors in a way they never expected. This book is a caustic look at humans from the seedier side of existence.

"Lou Rera’s stories have their own twisted take on what it is to be ordinary in a sometimes cold and heatless world. His stories will affect you, disturb you, enrage you, and maybe even make you laugh.”

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