Editor’s Page for
Mama Issue #100 – Oct. 15, 2023
Happy Halloween, all!
Welcome to our 100th
issue! Are you excited? We are!
Sure, bad stuff is still going
on, both in our lives and in the world itself. But we’re taking time out to
celebrate Yellow Mama! Since 2007 we’ve been publishing gripping noir
and horror stories and powerful poetry. Most have been illustrated by the best
artists out there. All for the joy of reaching both local and international
readers. Providing distraction from real-life horrors when they’re just too
much to bear.
In honor of our centennial
issue, we’re featuring a flash fiction extravaganza! Sixteen stories by flash
gods and goddesses, such as Fred Zackel, Phil Temples, Ron Capshaw, Liz Zelvin,
and Hillary Lyon. Is there anything more terrifying—or intriguing—than being
touched by “The Charcoal Man”? Or being pursued by the feral “White Nothing”? Vampires
plague in “Castle” and “Head.” Fond (Not!) memories of the Swinging Sixties may
lead you to sample “An Assembly of Assassins.”
also rules in our traditional Halloween lineup. “Do You Know the Pizza Man?”
Beverle Graves Myers asks, in her contemporary take on a well-known tale. In Jon
Park’s “Sibling Rivalry in a Zombie Apocalypse,” a doting dad dares to play favorites.
Too much freak goes on in Harris Coverley’s “Rooms.” And in Kenneth James Crist’s
“The Causeway,” a slick, black mass (with eyes, yet!), envelops a terrified
family’s car. Check out those, and other fearsome tales.
Our poetry lineup includes psychological
horror by YM regulars Rob Plath, John Grey, John Tustin, and others. Also check
out fine poems by Michael Keshigian, Joan Leotta, Charles Weld, and others.
Full-length and flash fiction
stories (and some poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Sean
O’Keefe, Keith Coates Walker, Lonni Lees, Bernice Holtzman, Joseph Richkus, Hillary
Lyon, J. Elliott, John Sowder, Sophia Wiseman-Rose, Wayne F. Burke, Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal, Steve Cartwright, Nancy
Soriano, Michael D. Davis, Henry Stanton, John C. Mannone, W. Jack Savage, Cynthia
Fawcett, and Ann Marie Rhiel.
And check out Mike Kerins’s chilling
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 Archives I
and II, to catch recent stories or poems by your favorite writers you might’ve
And thanks for reading!