Black Petals Issue #100 Summer, 2022

Editor's page
Editor's Page
Mars-Chris Friend
BP Artists and Illustrators
Baby, You're the Best: Fiction by Hillary Lyon
The Darkest Day:Fiction by Richard Brown
They Feed on Light:Fiction by Kilmo
Step Eight: Fiction by Paul Lubaczewski
Reunion:Fiction by Gene Lass
Highwayman's Trousers:Fiction by Michael W. Clark
The Dutiful Hit:Fiction by Jay Flynn
Flight of Fantasy: Fiction by Martin Taulbut
He Asked Me to Do It: Fiction by R. A. Cathcart
Lagniappe: Fiction by Michael Stoll
No Spark, No Flame: Fiction by Hillary Lyon
The Bathroom Light: Fiction by Craig Shay
Dave Jenkins, Flayed: Flash Fiction by Brian Barnett
Beauty Sleep: Flash Fiction by Simeon Care
Head Games: Flash Fiction by Philip Perry
Hurry Home: Flash Fiction by M. L. Fortier
You'll See, She Said: Flash Fiction by Robb White
Captain Yeah-Way: Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Attic Notes: Poem by Michael S. Love
Exit Strategy: Poem by C. Renee Kiser
You Can Pretend: Poem by C. Renee Kiser
Gold Star: Poem by C. Renee Kiser
Conflict of Interest: Poem by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Recording: Poem by David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Litha: Poem by Christopher Friend
Sleeping Beauty: Poem by Christopher Friend
It Began with Violence: Poem by Donna Dallas
Rocking Zebra Déjà vu: Poem by Donna Dallas
Circle: Poem by Donna Dallas
Love is a Ghost: Poem by Donna Dallas
Together: Poem by A. N. Rose
Silence: Poem by A. N. Rose
Dead at 21: Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
House Centipede: Poem by Daniel G. Snethen

Issue #100, July, 2022


Editor’s Page, Issue #100

Wichita, Kansas, July 6th, 2022


Sometimes milestones are kinda hard to face. June the 27th was a milestone for me, my 78th birthday. Hard to face on a personal level, knowing you may be on your last lap around the track. Even though I’m in good health and still possess all my faculties, I can tell I’m slowing down. I’m not as mentally sharp as I once was. I make up for that by paying closer attention and listening more closely to what others have to say.

This issue of BP is a milestone. This is the end of our 25th year of putting out what has become recognized as a pretty darn good little mag. People have come and gone over the years. There was Danielle Naibert, who edited under the name of D. M. Yorton. She started Black Petals in the basement of an apartment in Manitowoc, Wisconsin one winter, along with four other magazines, as a way of keeping some income coming in and making ends meet. Danielle passed on after giving me the magazine to run.

There was John Gollihar, a personal friend, who helped me edit the mag for several years and he is also gone to his reward.

Anne Stickel is no longer with us and I have heard very little from Watsonville, California. There were health concerns there, as well.

The magazine has gone through many incarnations. It started as a stapled white-sheet thing, made on a copier, then a center-stapled five-by-eight inch mag with covers of colored construction paper, then to a five-by-eight with perfect-bound covers. It finished print with Issue #40, by then an 8 ½ by 11 inch center-stapled actual magazine with glossy covers. Still have a few of those lying around.

Along the way we gave many writers their first publication and encouraged many who were about to say, “the hell with this” and just give up. Even one or two in there who became actual novelists later on.

Both Black Petals and our sister mag, Yellow Mama, have given me an outlet for my own writing, something I intend to keep on with until I die. Then I’ll taper off a little. Cindy Rosmus over at YM has been my best and most honest critic and I try to be hers. We have worked well together since 2008 and have only met in person one time. God bless the Internet.

Anyway, the first 25 years have been fun—let’s just see how far we can run this thing! To all the writers and illustrators who have given so much of your time and talent so willingly, Thank You! I love Black Petals, but it’s really about you folks and what you can do. I love you all…

Kenny Crist, BP Editor

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