Christmas, Yellow Mama-style!
I know. The pandemic still rages, with the new Omicron strain, now. School shootings
and political crises haven’t let up. Everywhere we look, there’s something to
freak out about. In spite of all this, let’s stop and chill. Let’s be safe but try
to enjoy the holidays.
YM Issue #89 is a great place to start. As always, we’ve got an awesome lineup,
and even some “Christmas” tales.
Greetings from Roger Johns, with his noir-ish “Manny Dietrich’s Adventure in
the Blighted Kingdom,” in which a trucker attempts a quickie with one of Santa’s
“elves.” In Gary Clifton’s “Priorities,” a cop breaks up a lover’s spat on
Christmas Eve. Jan Christensen’s “All
for One, One for All” features three coworkers who plot to whack their abusive
boss before the holiday party. And Bernice Holtzman’s “The Most Magical Season”
shows us how New Year’s Eve can be the most cheerless of holidays.
his sequel to “Bus Stop” (in YM Issue #86), Jonathan Woods chronicles “Ishmael”
and Robin’s “Bittersweet” Key West reunion. Kenneth James Crist’s “The Lunch
Box” gives us vigilante bomber Crank as a young lad.
powerful stories include Niles Reddick’s “Who’s Going to Pray for Me Now?”, in
which memories of a suddenly-deceased loved one leave the narrator shattered. K.
A. Williams’s “The Burglar” surprises a homeowner in more ways than one. And Don
Stoll’s “Swallow” explores racism in the London P.D.
poetry lineup includes Catholic school memories by YM newcomer Gale Acuff, as
well as fine poems by YM regulars Meg Baird, Hillary Lyon, Judith Nielsen, and
and flash fiction stories (and some poems) are individually illustrated by our gifted
artists: Kevin Duncan, Sean O’Keefe, Hillary Lyon, Steve Cartwright, Ann Marie
Rhiel, Michael D. Davis, Darren Blanch, Henry Stanton, Cynthia Fawcett, AF
Knott, W. Jack Savage, and our newest artist, Bernice Holtzman.
check out Mike Kerins’s chilly Winter cover.
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