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Badass Ted's Christmas Adventure-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
As Good on Him as on a Dead Man-Fiction by Jeff Esterholm
Using Your Kit-Fiction by Andrew J. Hogan
The Apathetic Tide-Fiction by Alan Edward Small
Christmas Karma-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Salt Lake City Slaughterhouse-Fiction by J. Brooke
Mean Mama-Fiction by Tom Barker
All You Can Drink $5.00-Fiction by D. L. Shirey
Shell Shocked-Fiction by M. A. De Neve
The Present-Mark Joseph Kevlock
Red Christmas-Flash Fiction by Morgan Boyd
Samurai Santa-Flash Fiction by BAM
Guns and Rose-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
Christmas Eve Blow and Doll Houses-Flash Fiction by Luke Walters
Holly, Jolly-Flash Fiction by Mandi Rose
Pineapple-Poem by Cindy Rosmus
Life is Weird-Poem by Meg Baird
Appendages-Poem by Samuel Cardinale
The Means of Production-Poem by Robert Beveridge
Suicide of Living-Poem by John D. Robinson
It's On My List-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Hoarding Life-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Homeless in NYC-Poem by Michael Keshigian
Death Speaks-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Time Stops-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
House of Un-Reality-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
The Ghosts of Borges-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
The Bitchers-Poem by David Spicer
Voltaire and the Literary Guerillas-Poem by David Spicer
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
The Gazing Ball
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
ALAT
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Editor's page for December, 2018

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Cindy Rosmus © 2018


Season’s Greetings!

Guess that covers everything: Christmas, Chanukah, etc. It’s the time of year we feel most grateful for the awesome people in our lives. Or, maybe some feel a lack of love, and connection. Well, here at Yellow Mama, we’re here for each other. Writers, artists, and especially staff (That’s us three, Ken and Ann Marie!), have a special bond. This holiday issue is dedicated to that bond.

Who doesn’t love Christmas noir? This batch really kicks ass. In a reprint of Mark Joseph Kevlock’s Spinetingler award-nominated “The Present,” suspected incest drives a teen crazy on the year’s holiest night. In Morgan Boyd’s “Red Christmas,” crooks learn that the mob never takes a day off. Luke Walters’ “Christmas Eve Blow and Doll Houses” features a thief who is forced to play Santa. Mandi Rose’s “Holly, Jolly” gives us a pedophile Kris Kringle. BAM’s “Samurai Santa” carries a big sword. And in Kenneth James Crist’s futuristic “Badass Ted’s Christmas Adventure,” a notorious serial killer gets whacked before he reaches his prime.

Other fine stories include J. Brooke’s “Salt Lake City Slaughterhouse,” in which stunning assassin Mandal takes down homicidal hypocrites. DL Shirey’s “All You Can Drink: $5.00” tells of a seedy bar that somehow nobody wants to leave. Artist Sean O’Keefe’s “The Storm” pits man against wolf, in a debut story that would make Jack London proud.

Our poetry lineup includes excellent poems by YM’s favorite shrink Dr. Mel Waldman, Meg Baird, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, David Spicer, and others.

Full-length stories (also, some flash fiction stories and poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin Duncan, Hillary Lyon, Noelle Richardson, Steve Cartwright, Sean O’Keefe, John Thompson, Ann Marie Rhiel, Daniel Valentin, KJ Hannah Greenberg, artist zero, and YM newcomers Darren Blanch and Sheilah McGuckin.

Also, check out Mike Kerins’ creepy Christmas cover! (And we thought nothing could top last year’s!)

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!


  

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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 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/









































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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