Black Petals Issue #75 Spring, 2016

Mars-News, Views and Commentary
The Big Well-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
The Boxlike Object-Fiction by Charles C. Cole
The Enemy of My Enemy-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Virtuality-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Virtuous Reality-Fiction by A. M. Stickel, Editor
Walking to Class-Fiction by George Economou
Whispering Ghosts-Fiction by George Economou
Churchyard watcher-Two Poems by Chris Friend
August Nights-3 Poems by Dr. Mel Waldman

April 15th, 2016



Idiomatic English by A.M. Stickel, BP Editor



I continue to be amazed by the quality of writing that comes out of the British Isles. Author Edward Payne was kind enough to print me out a copy of his online published (Amazon) comedy horror novella, HELL WEARS A NECKERCHIEF. Since it’s about zombies, I sat down late one night and read the entire manuscript, which kept me up well into the wee hours.

Julia, a Girl Guide (equivalent to Scouts in the U.S) at St. Margaret’s School is about to step into womanhood. In her innocent curiosity, she gets a peek into the seamier side of adolescence. The lesson here is that those close encounters of the lusty teen variety may spread an infection far worse than the usual STDs. Patient Zero is whatever forbidden (and immune) female zone a boy’s fingertip has recently explored. The fun is contagious, as a chaotic campout earns a group of Girl Guides and their escorts many chances for highly unusual merit badges.

The clumsy, even downright stupid (just like in the movies!) attempts of the girls to overcome their foes—mostly each other—give the piece a kind of Monty-Python-esque flair. Although the abuse of the “:” annoyed me, I doubt it would bother most readers. After a while I even felt okay with all the terms only someone living in Gloucestershire (or at least England) would consider everyday lingo. There was enough substance to the copy—descriptive wealth, dynamic plot, and zany characters—to support idiom.

If Ed Payne’s writing had a flavor, it would definitely be my favorite, chocolate, and not the high-milk content kind. I’m aware that a recent movie has been made, wherein Boy Scouts battle zombies, but I haven’t seen it. Given the choice between that movie and reading Ed Payne, movie lover that I am, I’d still prefer this read: 4 (out of 4) Black Roses! Well done, Ed.


      Here’s BP’s fiction line-up for spring of 2016: The Big Well by Editor Kenneth J. Crist presents a wish gone wrong; The Boxlike Object by Charles C. Cole demonstrates a primitive’s solution to a concrete jungle; in The Enemy of My Enemy Roy Dorman provides an endangered time traveler a last-minute ally; Virtuality by Editor Kenneth J. Crist describes a death via info overload; for a glimpse into far future convent life, visit Editor A.M. Stickel’s Virtuous Reality; George G. Economou’s Walking to Class campus nightmare exposes a student’s advanced chemical impairment; Whispering Ghosts by George G. Economou is inspired by the echoes of failed intimacy. In addition, poets Chris Friend (our columnist), with 2 poems, and Dr. Mel Waldman, with 3, round out our repertoire with a flourish. Thanks for reading, and keep writing.

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