Black Petals Issue #104, Summer 2023

Editor's Page
BP Artists and Illustrators
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
A Question of Money: Fiction by Eric Burbridge
Behold, a White Horse; Fiction by Spencer Jepma
Crawling Flesh: Fiction by Michael Stoll
Elm Weaver: N. G. Leonetti
Hunger: Fiction by Mark Jabaut
Mr. Fuzzypants: Fiction by Paul Radcliffe
Stop the World: Fiction by Roy Dorman
The Road Less Taken: Fiction by Albert N. Katz
The Washer Woman: Fiction by Sophia Wiseman-Rose
Underneath the Sheet: Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Shining Up Grandma: Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
The Children of 666 Middle School: Flash Fiction by M. L. Fortier
Bleed: Flash Fiction by Liam Spinage
Good Times: Flash Fiction by Ronin Fox
Time Lost: Flash Fiction by Bruce Costello
Unhappy Shadow: Flash Fiction by Paul Radcliffe
Cemetery Road: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
Chasing Desolation: Poem by Joseph V. Danoski
Detroit Jurassic: Poem by Joseph V. Donaski
Colonia Somnia: Poem by Bianca Alu-Marr
The Precipice: Poem by Bianca Alu-Marr
Dread: Poem by LindaAnn LoSchiavo
Home Movies: Poem by Christopher Hivner
Peppermint Twist: Poem by Christopher Hivner
There's Always Tomorrow Night: Poem by Christopher Hivner
Joke: Poem by DJ Tyrer
Ceramic Duck: Poem by Pete Mladinic
Choice: Poem by Pete Mladinic
To Stop the Killing: Poem by Pete Mladinic
Reaper: Poem by David Barber

LindaAnn LoSchiavo: Dread


LindaAnn LoSchiavo

When it arrives, the fatal moment, doubts
Arise. A new dimension’s violet light
Distorts all notions of supremacy held.

What trick bulldozed his breath, destroyed his pulse?

          A voice impels him: walk to the crossroads.

His past, grotesque urges, and sly face
No longer salted with surly pride,
Unburied memories now force themselves
On him, the noose of introspection tight.

Masked, he dismantled locks, left victims stunned
Or dead, throats fenced with purple neck charms,
Tattooing bruises with his savage thumbs,
Blood shrieking, sinking eyelid deep to bone.

Annihilations balanced victories
Against his crippling sense of nothingness.
When questioned by police – their prime suspect –
Cold calculations criminals possess
Helped him evade lax law enforcement’s grip.

          Voices command: approach the finish line.

Strange misty depths confuse his narrative –
That he’s entitled to exemptions, fear
Invading his strong body’s mineral
Swell as familiar faces fast approach.

Identified by intuition, they’re
Newsprinted names bold headlines belched about,
Eyes staring at him from eternity’s
Dustjacket, teeth peculiar – razor sharp. 

Unmentioned will be this mangled tableau.


Native New Yorker LindaAnn LoSchiavo, a Pushcart Prize, Rhysling Award, Best of the Net, and Dwarf Stars nominee, is a member of SFPA, The British Fantasy Society, and The Dramatists Guild. Elgin Award winner "A Route Obscure and Lonely," "Concupiscent Consumption," "Women Who Were Warned," Firecracker Award, Balcones Poetry Prize, Quill and Ink, and IPPY Award nominee "Messengers of the Macabre" [co-written with David Davies], "Apprenticed to the Night" [Beacon Books, 2023], and "Felones de Se: Poems about Suicide" [Ukiyoto Publishing, 2023] are her latest poetry titles.

Twitter: @Mae_Westside

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