Black Petals Issue #94 Winter, 2021

BP Artists and Illustrators
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary-Chris Friend
Basement Dweller-Fiction by Justin Swartz
The Beating of Their Wings-Fiction by Brian Maycock
Does the Bogeyman Live Downstairs?-Fiction by Clive Owen Barry
Dark Little Boxes-Fiction by C. M. Barnes
Death by Midnight-Fiction by Charlie Cancel
Forearmed-Fiction by Jan Cronos
Inconceivable-Fiction by Rich Rose
The Wolf's Den-Fiction by J. B. Polk
Treachery-Fiction by Ramon F. Irizarri
Tumour Wakes Up-Fiction by Alexis Gkantiragas
The Opal Ring-Fiction by Michael Dority
Flora and Fauna-Flash Fiction by Roy Dorman
Gnaw-Flash Fiction by Tony Kidd
Mad Money-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Madonna of the Damned-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Special Teeth-Flash Fiction by KJ Hannah Greenberg
The Death Set-4 Poems by Hillary Lyon
Five Haiku-Poems by C. D. Marcum
Misanthrope-Poem by Donna Dallas
The Wish Tree-3 poems by Christopher Hivner
Nebulous-3 poems by Juan Manuel Perez
The Sphinx at Night-5 Poems by Meg Smith
Nameless-Poem by David Barber


Hey, welcome back! 2020 is finally behind us and I say good riddance...I don't know about anyone else, but I'm tired. Tired of the Covid. Tired of the political unrest. Tired of so many great people losing their lives during 2020. Of course, that's part of getting older—watching the herd thin out. Guess I should be glad I'm still here, huh?

Got a pretty strange lineup this time for ya. Couple of monster-in-the-basement stories, one by Justin Swartz about the monster he never knew and one by Clive Owen Barry involving a serial killer. Then we have an elevator story by C. M. Barnes, whose protagonist gets the ride of his life. And there’s even a fairy story. Yeah, I know. Not supposed to take those at BP, but The Beating of Their Wings, by Brian Maycock was just different enough to catch our attention.

Inconceivable, by Rich Rose, is a completely different take on what to tell your kid when they wanna know where babies come from.

Our flash fiction this issue runs the gamut all the way from Roy Dorman’s Flora and Fauna, a strange tale of things that weren’t there just a minute ago, to KJ Hannah Greenberg’s story of a young lass with a strange set of choppers in Special Teeth.

We also have quite a lineup of poetry this time around. We got so many good subs in the poetry department we had to bump some up to the next issue. Hillary Lyon, C. D. Marcum, Donna Dallas, Christopher Hivner, Juan Manuel Perez, Meg Smith and David Barber have provided us with no less than eighteen poems! That’s a bunch for BP, but we like it. We hope you will too.

So, I’ll let ya get to it. Have a good time and if you have a story you think we should see, read through our guidelines and send it on over. We’re here, spending a lot of time at home and we need the distraction and entertainment. Thanks, guys and gals. Have a good read…

Editorial Staff:

Kenneth James Crist—Editor Emeritus

Anne Stickel—Managing Editor

Cindy Rosmus—Art Director

Ann Marie Rhiel—Assistant Art Director

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