Welcome to Issue #81 of Black Petals. A little history lesson, for those of you who may not be that familiar with the magazine.
Black Petals was the brainchild of a very nice lady who wrote under the pen name of D. M.
Yorton, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. I myself have never seen the first three issues of the mag. I submitted a story, The
Family Business, and it was accepted and published in Volume I, #4, in June of 1998. I became a regular contributor for
some time and also designed many of the early covers, using some fairly primitive graphics software on an old Packard Bell
that was state-of-the-art in those days.
Petals was one of five magazines D. M. Yorton published under the name "Basement Insanities Group" (BIG). She actually cranked
these things out on an old copier, yes, in her basement, and sold them, managing to survive a couple of winters with no other
source of income.
She offered the magazine
to me in 1999, and my first issue was Volume III, #1, which came out in October.
I ran the mag at a loss for a number of years, printing and mailing actually costing more than subscriptions brought
in, and I considered abandoning it many times. My own stubborn nature got in the way, though, and we did turn out some pretty
flashy mags for a while there.
point of all this? Well, the other day I was grubbing around in my basement and I found a box containing the last 34 copies
of some old issues in pristine condition. If you'd like to have one (no guarantee what issue it might be,) send me five bucks
and I'll ship ya one in the mail. I'd like to get rid of them and the fiver will cover the postage.
It's a piece of magazine history you can call your own and if you've
been published here, you really should have one.
As magazines go, especially "small-press" and E-Mags, Black Petals is an old-timer, having been published for ten years on
paper and another ten on the web. Issue #40 was the final print issue, and sadly, there are none of those left, but I have
one copy of #32 and a number of #37 and #39. If you're interested, let us hear from you.
The address is: Fossil Publications
Wichita, KS 67209-1036