Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity - Gustave Flaubert

The Mission

Once upon a time there was a a weekly fiction challenge called Flickr Fiction. The remnants of that band of writers have returned, six years later, to take up their cudgels once more and beat the kettle drum. Each week you will find here a selection of short fiction for your enjoyment produced from a shared story prompt.

The Writers

Our crew of writers manning The Cracked Kettle hail from the the damp shores of Ireland to the sunny Pacific west coast of America. Our writers are a mix of professional authors, moonlighting cartoonists and closet amateurs. Each week beneath the pitiless stars they beat out tunes for our amusement. Read More.

The Stories

The Stories you will find here are wide and varied. They will have a flavor of The Weird, the speculative,  dark hints at the deeper meanings of things. They will be fun, they will be disturbing to some, tame to others. They will be riffs and fragments of tunes and rhythms. All produced on a deadline and with varying degrees of success. We hope you find enjoyment and the thrill of discovery here amongst the dancing bears.