Editor’s Page for
Mama Issue #95 – Dec. 15, 2022
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Merry Christmas, and Happy
Another strange year, right?
Covid is still with us, a recession is looming, sickos are still shooting up
schools and nightclubs. And, in Ukraine . . .
Still, we’re blessed in so many
ways. Each of us has something to be thankful for, whether it’s friends,
family, a place to live. This holiday season, let’s give thanks for each other.
Our Yellow Mama family is very special.
In fact, YM #95 has a special lineup.
For the first time ever, in addition to our full-length and flash fiction
stories, this issue features eight (Yes, eight!) holiday stories! Picture
a stocking overstuffed with horror and noir tales, all related to Christmas.
In T. Fox Dunham’s “Bless Your
Heart, Babbo Natale,” a wiseguy Santa follows in his old man’s footsteps. The “Bad
Santa” in George Garnet’s “Entitled” seeks revenge on a soulless banking system.
Rick McQuiston’s “Santa’s Playtime” is more like an amusement park ride from
Among other yuletide tales, check
out the nostalgic “A Song for Christmas,” by the late Steve Carr (RIP Steve. We
will miss you.)
Our regular lineup features Lamont
A. Turner’s “The Last Maneuver,” in which a con tries to save his mentally
challenged cellie. JM Taylor’s “Et in Arcadia Ego” is set against the backdrop
of Boston’s 1913 Arcadia Hotel fire. Mike
Kanner’s “The Devil in Paris” will locate anything you want in 1920s “not-so-gay
Paree.” And, in Robert Pettus’s “The Good Folks,” who would believe that hell means
not chowing down on hotcakes?
Other awesome stories include
Sandra Arnold’s moving “A Cackle of Hyenas,” and 12-year-old Adelaide Barker’s noir
debut story, “Where Is Joy Allen?”.
Our poetry lineup gives you
dark winter works by J. J. Campbell, as well as poems by gritty Bradford
Middleton, John Tustin, and others.
Full-length and flash fiction
stories (and some poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted artists: Kevin
Duncan, Darren Blanch (Welcome back, luv!), Hillary Lyon, Steve Cartwright, Michael
D. Davis, Henry Stanton, W. Jack Savage, Wayne F. Burke, Sophia Wiseman-Rose, John
Sowder, Nancy Soriano, Noelle Richardson, Londyyn Thomas, A. F. Knott, Bernice
Holtzman, and our newest artist, Joseph Richkus.
And check out Mike Kerins’s chilling
“Blood Moon” cover.
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.
And thanks for reading!