Masterpieces: A Flash Fiction Story

Posted: May 9, 2013 in Scary Stuff, short story, Writing
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I just got word from a magazine devoted to flash fiction horror that they do not want to publish my flash fiction piece. I’m sad, but I don’t hold it against them. In the meantime, I think my short short story, entitled “Masterpieces”, is creepy and full of potential, so I thought I’d publish it on my blog here. And since it’s less than 600 words, you can read it in one sitting and not have to waste any precious time during your lunch break or whatever.

So without further ado, I present “Masterpieces”. Tell me what you think when you’re done reading it…if you’re not huddled in a ball in fear.


She was one of my patients. I always admired her creamy smooth skin. One day I told her that I painted as a hobby and asked her to be one of my models. She resisted at first, but eventually I managed to get her to come with me to my basement.

There I had her pose for me and took several photos of her naked form draped with a silk blanket. I needed the photos, I told her, so that my models could see me work and render them in oils.

I then took the materials I needed from her and prepared the canvas. When the canvas was read, I set up my model comfortably over the drain and began painting on the canvas. It was slow, steady work and I spent many hours at it. And as I worked, I talked to her.

“Painting has always been my hobby, you know.” I told her, looking back at her. “Dermatology is just a day job. If I could, I’d do this every day.” My model just sat there and watched. The models were always so silent, so appreciative of my work.

“And I always select my models based on their skin.” I revealed to her, painting her curves in oils. “The quality of the skin always determines who can be a model for my paintings.” The model’s head drooped. She must’ve been tired.

I quickly finished the painting for her and showed it to her. As all my models were, she was appreciative of my talents. I showed my model out with a complimentary photo for her to remember and then put the painting in the gallery of my basement. Here were my twelve other works, each based on the loveliest models, each painted with the highest quality oils, and each canvas made from the skin of the finest models. Truly they were works of art.

  1. Creepy! Very “Silence of Lambs”-esque!

  2. Chris Peters says:

    Hey, that looks like my painting!

  3. Raymond says:

    I like it. I’ve never tried flash fiction as I’m too darn long winded lol. Good stuff

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