THE BP #69 EDITORAL, FALL 2014: WARNING
By A.M. Stickel
Walking with the
By Alexis Child
I wear the garb of
for I’ve never really lived.
I’m pleased as a murderer
who has dealt his blow
I walk in the gloomiest
part of town—
black as the grave.
Was I being led by the devil
into this abode of human trash,
vice, and crime?
Could they steal my soul,
my sordid mind?
Who caused me to fall
into this trap?!
A few steps more and
it’s absinthe time.
Temptations of the world
my spirits revived, so
I write a letter to the dead.
This is where I long to be
and feel the shadows move across my skin.
Touch my scarred soul, and I will let you in.
world is a sick one, where Evil seems to triumph. The situation has become so
dire that even the SyFy Channel is backing off on its serious fictional horror,
and sticking to various reality offerings peripheral to the film industry, cons,
gaming, and ‘pro’ wrestling. SyFy’s new Z
Nation zombie series is darkly humorous in its approach (compared to the
thoughtful The Walking Dead), and its
latest (and hopefully final) season of Haven
is more about villainous mental aberration/transmigration. Televised fantasy is
relegated to remakes of fairy tales (Grimm
and Once Upon a Time) and historical
fiction (Outlander, Reign, Sleepy Hollow,
and Spartacus). The Apocalypse, in various guises, has or will put in
brief appearances in such programs as: Ascension,
Believe, Dominion, Resurrection, Supernatural, The
Leftovers, The Lottery,
and Under the Dome—the latter
trio tinged with government conspiracy
overtones. Perhaps the Aliens from Elsewhere have finally been acknowledged, or
even sent packing (Extant, Falling
Skies), and we’ve realized the Real Enemy: us (beheadings, Ebola, the stock market).
Not to forget
werewolves, witches, and vampires (The
Originals, The Strain, The Vampire
Diaries, True Blood); watch for them,
or their reruns, along with Marvel
Comics heroes and too-human versions of Norse gods (The Almighty Johnsons—NOT!),
on channels like the CW, Fox, and good
ol’ SyFy. [This is only a partial list, so apologies if any of your favorite
programs weren’t cited.]
for the decent scare or odd speculation before TV and the movies? They read
stories like those in BP, or told
them around the campfire (the first social medium). The best are to be found at
the source: the Bible. Whatever you read, take something away from it to better
your life, and you can’t go wrong. Trust me. Welcome to issue #69 of Black
Petals…and the season of farewell.