Black Petals Issue #83 Spring, 2018

Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Door #2-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Inmate's Asylum-Fiction by Mark Joseph Kevlock
Nature Verses Nurture-Fiction by Donna J. W. Munro
Strange Music Follows Her Everywhere-Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Surviving Montezuma, Conclusion-Serialized Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Corpse Grinder-Poem by Alexis Child
El Cuero-Four Poems by Richard Stevenson

Corpse Grinder


by Alexis Child


Memories chase after him like a murderer’s glove,

bruised and bloodied. Fugitive thoughts are nighttime

shadows springing from an abnormal mind, the wrong

shade of red. Scarcely remembered are the others, like a

child standing with its face pressed, distorted, against glass.


Darkness closes in as a ravenous crow, sadistic urges

within devouring flesh. Emotionless eyes laugh coldly,

“Either way they die.” Driving down the long highway,

he hunts for prey like the hawks he holds in high esteem,

bleeding offerings to the broken moonlight, nothing

less than the blatant face of death embracing itself.



Alexis Child,, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wrote BP #83’s poem, “Corpse Grinder” (+ 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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