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Maggot-Fiction by Max Watt
Redemption for a Lowlife-Fiction by Angelo Gentile
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Trauma-Fiction by Robert Petyo
Fire-Fiction by Tom Barlow
The Bank Robbin' Deacon-Flash Fiction by Walter Giersbach
The Matrix of Love-Flash Fiction by J. Brooke
Huddled and Crying-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
The Mere Four-Flash Fiction by Henry G. Stanton
The Big Hunt-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Family Tree-Poem by Neil Ellman
A Line from Lynynrd Skynyrd-Poem by Mark Young
The End of the End-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Bones-Poem by Christopher Hivner
The Berserker Train-Poem by Christopher Hivner
Contemplating an Unknown-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Lifeless Space Rock-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Our Armored Oxygen Suits-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Like Broken Glass-Poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
Walk at Night-Poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
Terrible Animal-Poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
I Am Borges-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
I Am Hesse-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
I Am Camus-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
The House of Four Senses-Poem by John Grey
At the Complaint Department-Poem by John Grey
My Mighty Pen-Poem by John Grey
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
The Gazing Ball
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Editor's page for April, 2019

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Art by Daniel Valentin © 2019

 Happy-Almost-Easter, you guys!

          Spring is definitely in the air, though that’s old news. Lately, the “newest” news is always bad: mass shootings, political turmoil. Stuff so bad, we can’t make it up. Otherwise, we would run it in Yellow Mama!

          This issue brings you the ultimate noirfest. Max Watt’s “Maggot” is a frustrated artist bar owner with a grisly hobby. Angelo Gentile’s “Redemption for a Lowlife” gives us a PI who thinks twice about double-crossing his boss. In Michael D. Davis’ “Flipping the Frozen Finger Farewell,” we meet Count Whorton, a PI so sleazy, he makes Columbo look like James Bond. (Hint-hint: Stay tuned for more of our beloved Count!) Tom Barlow’s “Fire” features a mercenary who misjudges the scum he works for.

          Other powerful stories include Kenneth James Crist’s “The Gift of Death,” in which a “romantic getaway” ends tragically, intentionally; J. Brooke teaches us “The Matrix of Love” in a way only he (she?) can! YM’s newest artist Henry G. Stanton makes his flash fiction debut in “The Mere Four.” (You might never visit Mt. Rushmore again!) And if you’re claustrophobic, take deep breaths before reading Mark Joseph Kevlock’s “Darker Than Dark.”

           Our poetry lineup features takes on three literary personae by YM’s signature shrink, Dr. Mel Waldman. Also included are kickass poems by regulars John Grey, ayaz daryl nielsen, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, and others.

Full-length and flash fiction stories (also, some poems) are individually illustrated by our awesome artists: Kevin Duncan, Noelle Richardson, Artist Zero, Steve Cartwright, Sean O’Keefe, Ann Marie Rhiel, Daniel Valentin, Hillary Lyon, Henry G. Stanton, Darren Blanch, and our fearless leader, Kenneth James Crist

Also, check out Kenny Crist’s debut cover. If that doesn’t creep you out, nothing will.

If you want to submit full-length fiction, flash fiction, or poetry, check out our guidelines page.

 Also, please sign our guestbook! If you have comments about Yellow Mama or any stories or poems we publish, you may leave comments there.

And check out our revised Archives, to catch recent stories or poems by your favorite writers you might’ve missed.

 Most of all, thanks for reading!

  

Click here to go to Yellow Mama Archives

Special thanks go to our fine group of illustrators:

 

John and Flo Stanton are writers/photographic artists living in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their work has appeared in a variety of publications, from The Indianapolis Star to Not One of Us. You can find out more about them through their website www.3amblue.com.

 

 

Brian Beardsley about himself: "A long time ago, in an ancient land called Illinois, a son was born to two noble people who had to flee to Seattle to escape sheer boredom.

    There, Brian's only friend was a magic pencil. He and that magic pencil would open portals, fight ogres, and travel to distant lands. You can find his lair at: www.studiobmedia.com

 

 

It's well known that an artist becomes more popular by dying, so our pal Steve Cartwright is typing his bio with one hand while pummeling his head with a frozen mackerel with the other. Stop, Steve! Death by mackerel is no way to go! He (Steve, not the mackerel) has a collection of spooky toons, Suddenly Halloween!, available at Amazon.com.    He's done art for several magazines, newspapers, websites, commercial and governmental clients, books, and scribbling - but mostly drooling - on tavern napkins. He also creates art pro bono for several animal rescue groups. He was awarded the 2004 James Award for his cover art for Champagne Shivers. He recently illustrated the Cimarron Review, Stories for Children, and Still Crazy magazine covers. Take a gander ( or a goose ) at his online gallery: www.angelfire.com/sc2/cartoonsbycartwright . And please hurry with your response - that mackerel's killin' your pal, Steve Cartwright.

 

  

Lonni Lees is a multi-award winning writer in both fiction and non-fiction.  Her stories appear in Hardboiled magazine and on Yellow Mama, A Shot of Ink, Shotgun Honey, Black Petals, Einstein’s Pocket Watch, All Due Respect and in the anthologies DEADLY DAMES and MORE WHODUNITS. She has award-winning stories in both FELONS, FLAMES AND AMBULANCE RIDES and BATTLING BOXING STORIES.  Her short story collection, CRAWLSPACE, and her first novel, DERANGED (which won the PSWA 2012 award for best published novel) are available from Amazon.com as is her second novel, THE MOSAIC MURDER.  It’s sequel, THE CORPSE IN CACTUS, will be out shortly and she’s working on another novel.

          Lonni was twice selected as Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook, a writer’s retreat on Whidbey Island. After living in four states and visiting many countries, she’s settled in Tucson.  Also an award-winning artist, she fills her spare time showing her art in a local gallery, illustrating stories for on-line magazines and dreaming up new tales to tell.

 

 

Kevin D. Duncan was born 1958 in Alton, Illinois where he still resides. He has degrees in Political Science, Classics, and Art & Design. He has been freelancing illustration and cartoons for over 25 years. He has done editorial cartoons and editorial illustration for local and regional newspapers, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His award-winning work has appeared in numerous small press zines, e-zines, and he has illustrated a few books. 

 

 

Paul “Deadeye” Dick is a one-eyed illustrator, writer and sculptor.  Living in Scotland with his wife of 20 years and 3 children. Despite suffering from fibromyalgia, he lives an active life.

      Under the pen name Paul Dick Knight, he is the creator/writer/artist on the Deadeye Samurai comicbook. Mixing epic Japanese mythology and legend with the precepts of the superhero genre.

      Paul's 3D work can be seen on the figurerealm.com site under the name “Deadeye.” His part photorealistic, part painted art features on several current and upcoming Yellow Mama and Black Petals stories. Including his Dick Dice hardboiled SF tales and the Matt Malleus horror tales written by his brother, Earl.  As of November, 2011, Paul is Yellow Mama's new Assistant Art Director.

  

Noelle Richardson comes from a relatively large family and has been illustrating and painting for about twelve years. She writes a little on the side, plays a couple of instruments and dabbles in tattoo design.

 

Sean O’Keefe is an artist and writer living in Roselle Park, NJ. Sean attended Syracuse University where he earned his BFA in Illustration. After graduation, Sean moved to New York City where he spent time working in restaurants and galleries while pursuing various artistic opportunities. After the birth of his children, Sean and family move to Roselle Park in 2015. He actively participates in exhibitions and art fairs around  New Jersey, and is continuing to develop his voice as a writer. His work can be found online at www.justseanart.com and @justseanart on Instagram.


Betty Rocksteady has always found it fascinating how we each have our own internal world of things that resonate with us. Stephen King and EC horror comics got their hooks in her when she was a teenager and have never let go. Most of the things that resonate with her are in the horror genre: darkly beautiful, strange, unusual, or horrifying. She is drawn to the bizarre and disturbing in all art forms. Through her art, she aims to explore her own personal resonances with pen in hand. You can follow her progress at www.facebook.com/bettyrocksteadyart or check out her portfolio at www.bettyrocksteady.com.



Bar Napkin Art is a self-taught fine artist, currently running and participating in gallery shows in the Northern New Jersey area.


Bar Napkin is not only his Moniker but the choice of medium when doing artwork, actually on Bar Napkins.

 

He is also schooled in Graphic Design from NYU, self taught in photography and photo manipulation.

 


Janne Karlsson is an insanely productive artist from Sweden. His dark surreal art is widely spread around the world. Janne's many books are available at Amazon or via his website www.svenskapache.se. He can be reached at svenskapache@gmail.com


John Lunar Richey has writings published in Rolling Stone, Genesis, The Mammoth Book of New Erotica, The Journal of Erotica, and The Best of the Journal of Erotica (the latter two published in the UK). Lunar also works with Lunar Ensemble (word & music projections).

Patty Mulligan’s lifelong passion has been to work with animals in all aspects. She has been a kennel manager for a shelter, a surgical assistant with a veterinarian, and co-founded a local animal rescue organization.
 During her recent years working with animal rescue and doing TNR, she documents and photographs all animals for identification purposes. She carries a point-and-shoot camera with her at all times.
 Patty’s husband Bill recognized a talent in her photography and urged her to exhibit a few pieces at an upcoming art show in the library. She was amazed when one of her pieces won 2nd place in the photography medium. She continues to enjoy photography and has shown her works at the Bayonne Library, the Bayonne Community Museum, The Ferdez Art Gallery, Bee’s Art Studio, Hendrickson’s Restaurant and enjoyed a duo show with her husband at the Jewish Community Center. Patty is a member of The Hudson Artists of Jersey City, the Art Circle of Bayonne, the Core Artists and Beautify Bayonne.


After graduating from the New York School of Visual Arts with a bachelor of fine arts degree, Bill Zbylut found various freelance illustration work, such as Woodlawn Books, Amedeo Petti in Manhattan, creating personalized caricatures for the WE crew apparel who conducted internet live safari drives in Africa for Wildearth TV, album covers for various NJ musicians, and numerous cartoons for a local newspaper. Though Bill usually worked with ink and watercolors, he started paintings in oils and acrylics feverishly since 2005. He continues to try new mediums including pastels, scratchboards, and lithographs. He discovered the Hudson Artists on New Jersey as a new motive for creating a great opportunity to show his many works. In recent years, Bill has won several awards for oils, acrylic, and stippling in the mixed media category and was named Artist of the Year by the Hudson Artists in 2012. Bill has had the pleasure of showing his talent in many locations in his native Bayonne: the Bayonne Community Museum, the Ferdez Art Gallery, Bee’s Art Studio, All Fit Studio, and Hendrickson’s Restaurant. He and his wife Patty showed their many works in a “couples” show at the Jewish Community Center. He was also included in the 25th annual Cathedral Arts Festival in Jersey City. Bill is a member of The Hudson Artists, The Bayonne Art Circle, Core Artists, and Beautify Bayonne.


John L. Thompson currently lives in New Mexico with his wife of twenty-five years. 
When he is not searching for lost remnants of the old west, he can be found working on several writing projects. Thompson is known to have worked as a truck driver, heavy line diesel mechanic, armored truck guard, corrections, body guard, and a host of other professions.
His true passion is writing, collecting vintage books and is the current cover artist for the Casca the Eternal Mercenary series.  His novel 'Truck Stop' is due out 2017-18 by Dusty Desert Press.


Mike Kerins is a writer/artist based in the UK. His artwork has been exhibited in various galleries and he has written articles, stories and illustrated for various publishers including: Yellow Mama, Dark River Press, Black Petals, Tartarus Press, The Horrorzine and the BBC. He is currently working on his first novel. The magnificent depravity of his illustrative work can be experienced at: www.darkartgallery.com  <http://www.darkartgallery.com/>


L. A. Barlow is a visual artist and photographer based in Houston, Texas. Her pursuit of imagery has taken her from the quiet macro universe of a single raindrop to the last vast open wilderness areas of the world. The visual intelligence and artistry of her art are born of curiosity and appreciation for the many moods of life, nature and a passion for the depicting the "what is" of being. This passion shines throughout Barlow's work and has attracted a wide audience around the world.


Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.


Bryan Cicalese was born in Newark and currently resides in Bloomfield NJ With his wife Marina. He began drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil and is self-taught. Bryan’s major artistic influences are mainly comic book artists including Jim O ’Barr (The Crow) Barry Windsor Smith (Weapon X) and Alex Ross (DC’s Kingdom Come) His preferred medium is Black Micron pen but he often incorporates color pens and markers for effect. Bryan’s artistic endeavors focus on his interests which are the Occult, science fiction and fantasy. From an early age, Bryan was interested and curious about the hidden things that go bump in the night and always wanted to know the truth about such urban legends as the Mothman and the Beast of Gevaudan among others. This is reflected in his work. His work is personal and part of who he is.


Marina Cicalese  (nee Rodriguez) was born in Elizabeth and currently lives in Bloomfield with her husband Bryan. Marina’s talent for painting wasn’t realized until one rainy July 4th in which she could not go to the beach. In what began as her husband’s attempt to keep Marina occupied on the rainy holiday quickly became something much more. With a set of acrylics and a paint brush Marina began to produce a number of paintings that featured an amazing command of color and a raw talent that she continues to sharpen to this day. Marina has been showcased in a number of local art shows and has sold many of her paintings. Marina’s influences are both musical and visually inspired by the gothic subculture and brings that dark sensuality to all of her work.


KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her latest photography portfolio is 20/20: KJ Hannah Greenberg Eye on Israel. Her most recent poetry collection is Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties (Unbound CONTENT, 2017). Her most recent fiction collection is the omnibus, Concatenation (Bards & Sages Publishing, 2018).

M.R. Sonntag is a writer, editor and artist from CT who enjoys reading and photography.


Native New Yorker Elise Daher, an Art Producer in NYC, spends most of her time reviewing other peoples' beautiful photos. Sometimes she ventures off to take a few of her own. Her passion for photography combines well with her love of all things Brooklyn, beaches, and furry felines. @lebaneezblonde



Rich MacNeill is a digital designer living in Brooklyn NY. When he is not designing websites, he can be found around town drawing or creating music.


Artist Zero lives in an underground bunker somewhere in Colorado or someplace else with Promise, a rescue Australian Shepherd with an appetite for corn-on-the-cob and peanut butter.

Darren Blanch, Aussie creator of visions which tell you a tale long after first glimpses have teased your peepers. With early influence from America's Norman Rockwell to show life as life, Blanch has branched out mere art form to impact multi-dimensions of color and connotation. People as people, emotions speaking their greater glory. Visual illusions expanding the ways and means of any story.

Digital arts mastery provides what Darren wishes a reader or viewer to take away in how their own minds are moved. His evocative stylistics are an ongoing process which sync intrinsically to the expression of the nearby written or implied word he has been called upon to render.

View the vivid energy of IVSMA (Darren Blanch) works at: www.facebook.com/ivsma3Dart, YELLOW MAMA, Sympatico Studio - www.facebook.com/SympaticoStudio, DeviantArt - www.deviantart.com/ivsma and launching in 2019, as Art Director for suspense author / intrigue promoter Kate Pilarcik's line of books and publishing promotion - SeaHaven Intrigue Publishing-Promotion.

Sheilah McGuckin is a Brooklyn girl who enjoys writing and photography in her spare time.

Daniel Valentin is a young artist born in the Bronx, but raised in Jersey City. He has been in a number of musical theater productions throughout his academic career, from the 5th grade all the way up to college. Daniel has been in a few choirs and has even competed in the World Choir Olympics. He currently sings with Saint Peter's University Schola, the Saint Peter's University Choir. Having been a founding member of the choir, he has since been in 2 albums that are available on both Spotify and iTunes. At Saint Peter's University he received a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Daniel has been interested in the arts since very young, and particularly became interested in drawing, painting, and sculpting since having taken classes at Saint Peter's Preparatory School. He considers photography as a hobby, but hopes to one day get more involved with the art.

Hillary Lyon is an illustrator for horror/sci-fi and pulp fiction websites and magazines. She is also founder and senior editor for the independent poetry publisher, Subsynchronous Press. An SFPA Rhysling Award nominated poet, her poems have appeared in journals such as Eternal Haunted Summer, Jellyfish Whispers, Scfifaikuest, Illya’s Honey, and Red River Review, as well as numerous anthologies. Her short stories have appeared recently in Night to Dawn, Yellow Mama, Black Petals, Sirens Call, and Tales from the Moonlit Path, among others, as well as in numerous horror anthologies such as Night in New Orleans: Bizarre Beats from the Big EasyThuggish Itch: Viva Las Vegas, and White Noise & Ouija Boards. She appeared, briefly, as the uncredited "all-American Mom with baby" in Purple Cactus Media’s 2007 Arizona indie-film, "Vote for Zombie." Having lived in France, Brazil, Canada, and several states in the US, she now resides in southern Arizona.  https://hillarylyon.wordpress.com/



Maddisyn Condora is a full-blooded Italian girl, born and raised in Jersey who speaks her mind with no filter or regrets. Loved by her friends and family, as well as the center of obsession for some of her exes. But what else could be expected from a Scorpio whose hot mom and role model is none other than Cindy Rosmus?


Henry Stanton's fiction, poetry and paintings appear in 2River, The A3 Review, Avatar, The Baltimore City Paper, The Baltimore Sun Magazine, High Shelf Press, Kestrel, North of Oxford, Outlaw Poetry, PCC Inscape, Pindeldyboz, Rusty Truck, Salt & Syntax, SmokeLong Quarterly, The William and Mary Review, Word Riot, The Write Launch, and Yellow Mama, among other publications. 

His poetry was selected for the A3 Review Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Eyewear 9th Fortnight Prize for Poetry.  His fiction received an Honorable Mention acceptance for the Salt & Syntax Fiction Contest and was selected as a finalist for the Pen 2 Paper Annual Writing Contest.

A selection of Henry Stanton's paintings are currently on show at Atwater's Catonsville and can be viewed at the following website www.brightportfal.com.  A selection of Henry Stanton’s published fiction and poetry can be located for reading in the library at www.brightportfal.com.

Henry Stanton is the Founding & Managing Editor of The Raw Art Reviewwww.therawartreview.com.


Christopher Goss, longtime Black Petals and Yellow Mama contributor, has recently made some lifestyle changes, moving from Del Rio Texas, where he made his living building and servicing radio and TV towers, to Spearville, Kansas, where he now works on giant generators on a 300-unit wind farm. He has also started dabbling in some photo art, along with his dark fiction and poetry.






































































Check it out! STILETTO-HEELED, SWITCHBLADE's all-female noir anthology, will be out in November. Kindle version first, followed by paperback at the end of the month. Both will be available on Amazon.

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