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Editor's Page for April, 2017

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Art by Daniel Valentin 2017


      

Happy Easter, guys!

           And Happy Spring. Nice to know there’s NO chance of snow today. Well, almost none, anyway.

          Though Spring usually means rebirth, I am sorry to announce the deaths of two Yellow Mama contributors: writer/artist JD Sixsmith and writer Lela Marie de la Garza.

          Our prayers are with their families and friends. We are pleased to have featured the work of Sixsmith and de la Garza in past issues. In fact, both had stories in Issue # 45 (August 15, 2014).  Check them out in the YM Archives: <http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/yellowmamaarchives/id503.html> (JD Sixsmith) and <http://blackpetalsks.tripod.com/yellowmamaarchives/id467.html> (Lela Marie de la Garza).

         "Of the Blood,” de la Garza’s last story, a tale of sea-creatures seeking revenge on their half-human descendants, appears in this issue.

          Also featured in this issue is the disturbing “Confidential Report on the Disturbance at Big Echo,” by NY newcomer William Squirrell, and noir god Richard Godwin’s chilling “Liars of the Laughing City.” “Snake Heaven,” Kenneth James Crist’s latest tale of heroic Robby the Animal Whisperer, features Lucille the Snake, in a starring role. Denis Bushlatov’s “Till I Wake Up” will make you glad you already have. (Trust me.)

         Other awesome stories include Oliver Lodge’s poignant “The Bull” and Matthew J. Hockey’s politically incorrect “Three Shots for a Dollar,” in which a sideshow midget gets dunked again, and again, in a tank of water.

          Our poetry lineup includes fine poems by YM veterans ayaz daryl nielsen and Meg Baird and newcomer A.J. Huffman.

          Full-length stories (also, some flash fiction stories and poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin Duncan, LA Barlow, Noelle Richardson, Steve Cartwright, John Lunar Richey, Ann Marie Rhiel, Patty Mulligan, Bill Zbylut, John Thompson, Mike Kerins, and YM newbie Daniel Valentin (Welcome, Dani!).

          Also, check out Patty Mulligan’s mind-blowing Spring cover.

          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 Archives, to catch any stories or poems by your favorite writers you might’ve missed.


Most of all, thanks for reading!







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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 a New York City artist and illustrator. Sean studied at Syracuse University, where he received his B.A. in Illustration. Using a variety of media, Sean’s work transcends traditional illustration, and delves into themes both horrible and fantastic. Fresh out of college, his piece “Self-scape” was featured in Spectrum V a juried competition featuring outstanding works of fantasy art.
His work can be found on his website
www.masterfung.com, and he is currently running a kickstarter campaign to publish an edition of lithographs of his newest painting "The Climber" which ends October 29th! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spokeefe/the-climber-limited-edition-lithograph


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 was born in Bronx, New York and is a recently renewed artist after many years. Starting up again in 2016, she was in her first show in Jersey City, New Jersey and continues to have her work displayed in galleries around Northern New Jersey. She works mostly with acrylic and also enjoys sketching and photography.




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.













In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2017