Editor’s Page for Yellow Mama Issue #86
– June 15, 2021
Summer is here . . . almost! We’ve had some
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
Other awesome stories include Serena Jayne’s
“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
If you want to submit full-length fiction,
flash fiction, or poetry, check out our guidelines page.
Also, please sign our guestbook! If
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.
of all, thanks for reading!