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An Accidental Suicide-Fiction by Pamela Ebel
Dead Revival-Fiction by Vinnie Hansen
Deep-Fiction by Jon Park
Four Slugs-Fiction by C. A. Rowland
Note to Self-Fiction by Peter W. J. Hayes
Fool's Paradise-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
One-Armed and Dangerous-Fiction by Zakariah Johnson
Ray's Mistake-Fiction by Elena E.Smith
Shoplifting Lessons-Fiction by M. A. De Neve
Little Jimmy's Special Days-Fiction by Tom Barker
Lorraine's Recipe-Fiction by Alison Kaiser
The Italian Job-Fiction by Joe Surkiewicz
The Gas Man-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Deep Cuts at the Inner Groove-Fiction by Jeff Esterholm
No Reason-Flash Fiction by K. A. Williams
The Tourist-Flash Fiction by Max Thrax
The Rebound-Flash Fiction by Kathleen Bryson
Caveman-Flash Fiction by Ben Newell
This is Nothing. This is Nowhere. September, 2008-Poem by John Doyle
What I Expected-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Thank You-Poem by Meg Baird
She Sings the Rum Song to Me-Poem by Otto Burnwell
Whiskey at the Horseman-Poem by Otto Burnwell
Conversing With Dark Passions-Poem by KJ Hannah Greenberg
Floof-Poem by KJ Hannah Greenberg
Beyond Our Cities-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Rose-Colored Clouds-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Questioning-Poem by Scott Cumming
Running Until We Run Out-Poem by Scott Cumming
Lost Without Knowing It-Poem by Richard LeDue
Unwell-Poem by Richard LeDue
What Are You Waiting For?-Poem by Richard LeDue
All I Ask-Poem by John Grey
Gigolette-Poem by John Grey
The Grave-Robbers in the Distance-Poem by John Grey
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 August, 2021


Editor’s Page for Yellow Mama Issue #87 – Aug. 15, 2021


Summer is raging, right now. Sometimes we feel married to our A/Cs. We bitch about heat, and in the winter, we bitch about snow. Still, as long as the sun’s up till 8 PM, I’m happy. It’ll get dark at 4:30 soon enough.

The pandemic is still with us, with new variants. It’s so frustrating. We take a few steps forward, then back again. Will all this ever end?  

At Yellow Mama we do our best to distract you from real-life horrors with powerful noir and crime stories and poetry. And guess what? In honor of our 15th-Anniversary issue (#90 – Feb. 15, 2022), we’re having a Valentine’s Day flash fiction contest! Check the navigation bar on the Home Page for details.

This issue we have a sensational lineup:

In Kenneth James Crist’s “The Gas Man,” vigilante Crank masquerades as a utilities guy to avenge his niece’s death. Elena E. Smith’s “Ray’s Mistake” pits a trucker against a grieving widower with a secret. In C. A. Rowland’s tale, a man is found with “Four Slugs” in him, four years after his disappearance. And in Zachariah Johnson’s story, a close-mouthed teen is still “One-Armed and Dangerous.”  

Other fine stories include Alison Kaiser’s “Lorraine’s Recipe,” in which a battered wife finds a delicious way to reverse her situation. Jon Park’s “Deep” gives us a new meaning to the term “being neighborly.” And in Vinnie Hansen’s moving “Dead Revival,” a meth head turned Dead Head finds a surrogate mother during an attempted robbery.  

Our poetry lineup includes phenomenal poems by Meg Baird, Richard LeDue, Otto Burnwell, Scott Cumming, and even some pre-Halloween works by the chilling John Grey!

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, Darren Blanch, Henry Stanton, Cynthia Fawcett, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Jack Real, and Mike Knowles.

And check out our “beach” collage 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