Editor’s Page for Yellow Mama Issue #84
– Feb. 15, 2021
Day, you guys!
I know. What’s happy about it? In the midst of this never-ending
pandemic, and lockdown for so many, who feels like celebrating love? Too many
are alone, and miserable, not even allowed to hug, much less . . . And some
locked up with spouses might want to hack up . . . Well, you get my drift.
At Yellow Mama we’re
trying harder than ever to provide escapism from the real-life nightmares we
face every day. As always, our this Valentine’s Day issue features chilling stories
and poems about heartbreak, revenge, and other fun stuff.
Hillary Lyon’s “Hearts in
Retrograde” gives us a psychotic surgeon obsessed with a horror film fanatic. “Her
Passion,” by Kenneth James Crist, ends with retribution for a mobster’s
suicide. In Roy Dorman’s “The Right Tool for the Job,” a homicidal waitress comes
to the aid of a damsel-in-distress. Jan Christensen’s “The Map” leads to a “kidnapped”
Other disturbing “love stories”
include Janet Hartwell’s “Lisa’s Revenge,” where a “payback” website aids a guy
whose coworker rejected him, and Matthew Copes’s “Fat Trucker, Hot Wife,” in
which a neglected husband force-feeds his wife for cheating on him.
For something really different,
check out “Ruby in the Red Hoodie,” Ryan Priest’s urban take-off on “Little Red
Riding Hood,” and K. Marvin Bruce’s tongue-in-cheek “Between the Sheets,” in
which sheets mysteriously change themselves. And for all you cat lovers, M. A.
De Neve’s “Gatophobia” will make you glad whose side you’re on!
Our V-Day “Poetry Extravaganza”
includes twenty-eight poems, featuring touching works from Meg Baird and Luis Cuauhtémoc
Berriozábal, down-and-dirty poems
Middleton. Also check out C. W. Blackwell’s noirish “Daybreak Over I-15,” Otto
Burnwell’s torturous “Scar,” and awesome poems by the Nielsens
(ayaz daryl and his wife Judith
Partin), and others.
Full-length and flash
fiction stories (and some poems) are
individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin Duncan, Hillary Lyon,
Noelle Richardson, Steve Cartwright, Ann Marie Rhiel, Henry Stanton, Michael D.
Davis, A. F. Knott, Keith Coates Walker, Darren Blanch, Sean O’Keefe, Cynthia
Fawcett, Londyyn Thomas, John Thompson, Terry Butler, W. Jack Savage, Mike Knowles,
Jack Real and Lonni Lees.
And let’s hear it for Ann Marie Rhiel’s scintillating V-Day cover!
want to submit full-length fiction, flash fiction, or
poetry, check out our guidelines page.
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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!