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A Bad Place to Be-Fiction by Lamont A. Turner
If the World Never Knows Our Names-Fiction by Craig Fishbane
I'm Not Antonio-Fiction by Garr Parks
George's Personal Big Bang-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
When the Omen Follows You Home-Fiction by Alyson Tait
The Pie Room-Fiction by Dave Kunz
On the Matter of Hennessey-Fiction by Ed Nobody
Proud to Be a Pig-Fiction by Bob Ritchie
Marmalade and Mayhem-Fiction by Bruce Costello
Check Out-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
The Stanton Harbor Grocery Massacre-Flash Fiction by Roy Dorman
Seizing Power-Flash Fiction by Tim Frank
Frog Huntin'-Flash Fiction by Gary Clifton
Best Friend Forever-Flash Fiction by Serena Jayne
Bus Stop-Flash Fiction by Jonathan Woods
Doing Without-Poem by R. Gerry Fabian
Another Day-Poem by Ann Marie Rhiel
Don't Say You'll Play the Game If You Don't Know the Rules-Poem by David Centorbi
Why I Stopped Being Me-Poem by John Sweet
Something About Her-Poem by Meg Baird
Only the Good-Poem by James Lilley
Bill's Otherworldly Cafe Across from Cafe Bizarro-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Eating Catfish on the Bank of the Sankuru River-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Post Mortem-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Deer in the Headlights-Poem by Brian Rihlmann
I, Cartographer-Poem by Brian Rihlmann
I'll Paint You a Picture-Poem by Brian Rihlmann
beside wild roses-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
sitting quietly-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
lifetimes-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
All the Way Home-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
like a poem written-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
So There-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Sugar Wolf-Poem by Judith Partin-Nielsen
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Editor's Page for June, 2021


Editor’s Page for Yellow Mama Issue #86 – June 15, 2021

Summer is here . . . almost! We’ve had some hot weather, but at times it felt like winter was creeping back.

Slowly, the pandemic is going away. It’s great to work out—and eat out—without wearing a mask. See people’s faces! To smile and be smiled back at. Hang out with my family again (See pic above!). I’m dying to torch a whole pile of masks. Actually, tossing them for good will be enough. We hope all of you out there get safely through this nightmare.

And, at Yellow Mama we’re still giving readers the best of noir/crime fiction/psychological horror. Sometimes supernatural horror (like our parent ‘zine Black Petals), sometimes mainstream fiction. And an occasional surprise!

Antihero Crank constructs a superior bomb in Kenneth James Crist’s “George’s Personal Big Bang.” In Craig Fishbane’s “If the World Never Knows Our Names,” revolutionaries plot a mass murder at a polling site. A mentally challenged man witnesses Roy Dorman’s “The Stanton Harbor Grocery Store Massacre.” Bruce Costello’s “Marmalade and Mayhem” will teach you new “assertive-training” skills. And Dave Kunz’s tale features a scrumptious gold-coin heist . . . in “The Pie Room”!

Other awesome stories include Serena Jayne’s epistolary “Best Friend Forever,” about two unlikely frenemies, Alyson Tait’s Poe-esque “When the Omen Follows You Home,” and Lamont A. Turner’s “A Bad Place to Be,” where a witch sics an avenging zombie on the guy who crossed her.

Our poetry lineup includes a new Bizarro County piece by Dr. Mel Waldman and touching poems by Meg Baird and R. Gerry Fabian. Also check out  powerful poems by Ann Marie Rhiel, John Sweet, Daniel G. Snethen, and others.  

Full-length and flash fiction stories (and some poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin Duncan, Hillary Lyon, Steve Cartwright, Ann Marie Rhiel, Michael D. Davis, Keith Coates Walker, Darren Blanch, Sean O’Keefe, Cynthia Fawcett, KJ Hannah Greenberg, W. Jack Savage, Mike Knowles, Kenneth James Crist, and Lonni Lees.

And check out our enchanting summer cover by Keith Coates Walker!

If you want to submit full-length fiction, flash fiction, or poetry, check out our guidelines page.

Also, please sign our guestbook! If you have comments about Yellow Mama or any stories or poems we publish, you may leave comments there.

And check out our revised Archives, to catch recent stories or poems by your favorite writers you might’ve missed.

 Most of all, thanks for reading!

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In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021