Black Petals Issue #82 Winter, 2018

Mars-News, Views and Commentary
A Nowhere Friend-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Broken Image-Fiction by Andrew Newall
Monster-Fiction by Paloma Palacios
Salvation_Fiction by Scott Dixon, Featured Author
Scream-Fiction by Anthony ('Tony') Lukas
Surviving Montezuma-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist, Chapters 13 & 14
The Foundling-Fiction by Roy Dorman
The Girl Who Isn't Talked About-Fiction by James Gallagher
Beggar's Curse-Poem by Alexis Child
Marco-Three poems from Christopher Hivner
In Line at the Terminal-Four poems by Michael Keshigian
Ghost Poets-Four Poems by Jerry McGinley
Killer Clowns-Four Cryptid Poems by Richard Stevenson

Featured Poem

Copyright 2018, Alexis Child


Beggar’s Curse


He managed to sneak in somehow through

the restaurant door. The resident filthy beggar,

I assumed. A gaunt, ragged scarecrow of a man,

tattered clothes hanging loose as the skin on his

face. He smelled of old sweat, booze, and broken

dreams. Coughing and spitting, his mouth was

coated in a black substance as if he’d swallowed

tar or something alive that wanted out.


Dirty hands a tangled mess of bones and veins

desperately reached out as if controlled by one

thought: to keep himself alive. The beggar leaned

over to spit in my spaghetti, knowing I’d lose my

appetite and give him my food. But that wasn’t

what he was after. There was something he wanted

me to have: a taste of fear. Venom dripped from

his cruel eyes, darkening in anger.


Deathly wounded, they had seen too much and

wanted me to see the truth in myself. His eyes

searched for my soul, burning into me, searing

my flesh, scraping against my heart. Bolting for

the door, I ran as much from him as from myself.

Those evil eyes would follow me into darkness

until the sacrifice was understood: he would

soothe my hidden scars by offering his own.


Alexis Child,, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wrote BP #82’s featured “Beggar’s Curse” (+ BP # 72’s poems—“Dead Silence,” “Diary of Death,” “The Art of Losing,” & “Witch Hammer”; and prose poems—“Eyes of Asmodeus,” “In Extremis,” “The Bleeding Medusa,” “The Punishing Ground” (2nd time), and “War Hammer”; BP #69’s  poems— “Remember You Were There,” “The Punishing Ground,” “This Is All I'm Not,” and “Walking With the Dead”; BP #68’s poems—“A Rose Has Died, “Ashes,” “City at Night,” & “Lay Me Down”; BP #65’s 6-poem set, Dark Dreams—consisting of “Broken Dreams,” “Galaxy of Grief,” “My Life Without Me,” “Stay,” “Symphony of Shadows,” & “Walking with the Dead”; BP #62’s poems, “Close My Eyes,” “Heart of Stone,” and “The Undoing of Death”; BP #60’s poems, “Only the Lonely,” “The Ghost in You,” and “The Victim Game”; BP #58’s poems, “Back to the Asylum,” “Death Watch,” “Living with the Dead,” & “The Devil’s Plan”; the BP #55 poems, “Corpse Shroud” & “The Dreaming Skull”; “Angelus Mortis,” “Deadly Voices,” and “Into the Labyrinth,” for BP #53; “Daytime Atheism,” “Fatal Flaw,” & “Shadow Game” for BP #52; “Song of the Blind” for BP #51; and for BP #47: “Ancient Cults of Vice” and “Dialogue between God and the Ghost”). She hails from Toronto, Canada, and considers horror in its purest form a calculated crime against both the aspirations of the soul and affections of the heart. She worked at a Call Crisis Centre, befriending demons of the mind that roam freely amongst her writings, once lived with a Calico-cat child sleuthing all that went bump in the night, and is haunted by the memory of her cat. Formerly signed to Nostilevo Records:, she has had a small measure of underground success with 3 gothic rock and dark wave bands in the past. Her fiction has been featured in Aphelion Webzine, Lost Souls, Screams of Terror, SinisterCity,, The House of Pain, The Official Nephilim Site, and U.K.’s Dark of Night Magazine. Her poetry has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Black Petals, Blood Moon Rising, Death Head Grin, Estronomicon eZineMidnight Lullabies Anthology, Sein und Werden, The Horror Zine, and elsewhere. Her first collection of poetry, a dark and sinister slice of the macabre gothic, horror, surreal, & supernatural—DEVIL IN THE CLOCK—is available on

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