Black Petals Issue #96, Summer, 2021

Editor's Page
BP Artists' Page
BP Guidelines
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Dark Resurrection-Fiction by Michael Hopkins
A Dip in the Pool-Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Far Down in the Credits-Fiction by Roy Dorman
Guilt Trip-Fiction by James Flynn
Ky'thagra's Big Day-Fiction by Devin Marcus
Larger Prey-Fiction by Richard Brown
Lover-Fiction by N. G. Leonetti
Sail Away-Fiction by Chris Allyne
Sleeping Again-Fiction by Russ Bickerstaff
The Poison Doorway-Fiction by Dionosio Traverso Jr.
The Tick Bite-Fiction by Robb T. White
Bake Sale Inspiration-Flash Fiction by Samantha Carr
Hotel with Full Amenities-Flash Fiction by William Kitcher
Reincarnation Jeopardy-Flash Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Sex Fiend-Flash Fiction by Karen Bayly
Witches' Sabbath-Poem by Mike Collins
Blood-Poem by Mike Collins
Death's Pornography-Poem by Mike Collins
Temptation-Poem by Mike Collins
Painting Light-Poem by Mike Collins
Dark Waltz-Poem by Marilyn Lou Berry
The Last Victim of Vlad the Impaler-Poem by Mehmet Akgonul
The Bravest Ant-Poem by Mehmet Akgonul
Ain't Alien Spores-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Giant Goldfish-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Igopogo-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Megamouth Has Cavities-Poem by Richard Stevenson



Mike Collins


The dark creatures


In my ear

To shed my skin

And dance

For I hunger

And need to feed

Or one day

I will be ravenous

Never able to stop

Never able to love

Michael Collins is a writer, traveler, marine biologist, and teacher from New Jersey. He went to Ecker College in St. Petersburg Florida where he studied marine biology and creative writing. Afterwards he has has traveled to 34 countries, has enjoyed working with great white sharks, tree frogs, and coral reefs, and loves meeting and being a part of new cultures. His poems have been published in Infernal Ink and Bewildering Stories. The poem “Madhouse Soundtrack” was voted by the publishers of Bewildering Stories into their quarterly review issue for the October to January issue run of the magazine from 2018-2019. He is currently editing his science-fiction novel and teaching in Hungary.

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