Black Petals Issue #95 Spring, 2021

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Blue Meet-Fiction by George Aitch
Dark Alleyways-Fiction by Adam Phillips
Iris' Vanity-Fiction by Tristan Miller
Scalp Cleanse-Fiction by Kajetan Kwiatkowski
The Muscus-Fiction by Stevie Binx
The Wrong Place-Fiction by Ante Caleta
Things That Happen-Fiction by Guido Eekhaut
Tidal Horror-Fiction by Sal Braden
Two Martinis In-Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Vampire-Fiction by Gene Lass
Hypnic Jerk-Flash Fiction by Vismay Harani
Speed Dating-Flash Fiction by Alexander Condie
Step Out-Flash Fiction by Ed Nobody
The Packing Bay-Flash Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Trophy Kill-Flash Fiction by Eddie D. Moore
Occupational Hazard-Flash Fiction by Doug Hawley
The Definition of Crash-Poems by Paul David Adkins
Ghost: A Working Definition-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Vampiric Threnody-Poem by Carl E. Reed
Leelanau Lake Monster-Poems by Richard Stevenson
Ballast-2 Poems by Angelo Letizia
Pit Bull-3 Poems by Pete Mladinic
Shadow of Sleep-Poem by Teresa Ann Frazee
Microcosmus-3 Poems by Daniel Snethen
The Higher Dimensions-Poem by David C. Kopaska- Merkel

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Wichita, KS, 4/5/2021:
    Here we go again, boys and girls, another great issue of Black Petals has gone to press. And in the real world, the pandemic drags on, people live in fear and governments hassle each other. Nothing much has changed there. Last week in Wichita (the "Air Capitol") we had another five or six earthquakes, something we never used to have before the invention of "fracking", the practice of injecting steam and chemicals into depleted oil wells to fracture the rock and release otherwise unrecoverable oil. Apparently, it never dawned on geologists and engineers that fracturing the Earth's crust might promote unusual stresses along fault lines and lead to earthquakes. Hmmm...
    Anyway, the magazine forges ahead with some new writers and some who have been with us before. We seem to be getting more submissions from overseas and when all that used to be done by snail mail, that was a real hassle. And yes, I do go back that far. Now, with the Internet, I get a sub from a writer in India or somewhere on the other side of the planet and I can answer, accept the story and get a signed contract back on it in an hour. We truly are privileged to live in wonderful times.
    We used some of our great artists to illustrate stories this time around and I'd like you to pay particular attention to the illustration on our home page. We did a shift in our format and from this point forward we will have an actual home page, separate from the editor's "blah blah" page...a place to list our writers and artists and brag on the staff just a bit. This first cover is by Keith Coates Walker and we think he did a great job.
    Okay, I'll let you get to it. Any comments? You'll find a link to our email on the domain page at: www.blackpetals.net . Thanks for reading!

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