Josh Pryer

Flash fiction often captures particularly moments in time. Are there moments you find yourself returning to for inspiration?
Often I excavate my most emotionally and psychologically painful moments in an attempt to make them “aufgehoben,” as according to Hegel, through my art.

Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
My poem, Echo, will be published in Boned within the next few months, although I’m not sure of the date exactly. Here is a link to the website:

What do you find to be the hardest about consolidating and writing stories as flash fiction?
Primarily I write poetry, and so I try to condense anything I write to its bare essentials. Although I don’t find it to be too difficult, perhaps the hardest part is letting go of a beautiful sentence that is not necessary to the piece as a whole.

This story reminded me of the Dyatlov Pass tragedy. Did you know what the noise was while writing the story?  
I did not. Everyone is afraid of the unknown, and so I think it’s important to analyze why we respond the way we do to our fears, and perhaps more importantly, to assume a productive perspective of the unknown. As a poet, I’ve always been a hopeless optimist, paradox intended. I’ll go to my grave, hearing the laughter.

It seems the two characters are hearing the same noise, but differently. Which do you think would be creepier to hear in this situation?
For me, surely the wailing would be creepier, unless, of course, it was the Joker’s laughter.


You can read Josh Pryer’s flash fiction piece, “Poet’s Postmortum” in Issue Six of The Ginger Collect.