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Sibling Rivalry in a Zombie Apocalypse: Fiction by Jon Park
Dead is Dead: Fiction by Roy Dorman
Rooms: Fiction by Harris Coverley
Do You Know the Pizza Man?: Fiction by Beverle Graves Myers
Testing the Waters: Fiction by Rick McQuiston
Unclaimed Property!: Fiction by Pamela Ebel
The Causeway: Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Witchy: Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
An Assembly of Assassins: Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
The White Nothing: Flash Fiction by Phil Temples
Carmelita: Flash Fiction by Zvi A. Sesling
The Horror of Hidden Pond: Flash Fiction by M. L. Fortier
Kim Philby: Flash Fiction by Henry Simpson
Fear: Flash Fiction by Cheryl Snell
Homecoming: Flash Fiction by Kurt Hohmann
Castle: Flash Fiction by Ron Capshaw
Head: Flash Fiction by Ron Capshaw
Something Wicked This Way Thumbs: Flash Fiction by K. A. Williams
The Charcoal Man: Flash Fiction by Fred Zackel
Tarot Tara: Flash Fiction by Steve Cartwright
Mr. Bunny and $88.01: Flash Fiction by William Kitcher
Don't Think Twice: Flash Fiction by Elizabeth Zelvin
Teasing in the Light: Flash Fiction by Bradford Middleton
Spider: Flash Fiction by Mark Jabaut
Infirmities: Poem by David Galef
Dreaming a Little: Poem by Juan Mobili
The Dead Mingle with the Living: Poem by John Tustin
The Flower in Your Lapel: Poem by John Tustin
May Day: Poem by Partha Sarkar
Procession: Poem by Partha Sarkar
At the Funeral Lunch: Poem by Joan Leotta
Dreaming My Way Home: Poem by Joan Leotta
The Silence: Poem by John Grey
Pacing: Poem by John Grey
Elementary Classes: Poem by John C. Mannone
Rage: Poem by John C. Mannone
Comfort Zone: Poem by John C. Mannone
Serpentine Line: Poem by Charles Weld
William Calley's Apology: Poem by Charles Weld
Steve J: Poem by Charles Weld
Thief: Poem by Michael Keshigian
Sweet Pleasure: Poem by Michael Keshigian
Courtship: Poem by Michael Keshigian
Again, A Bike Left: Poem by Rp Verlaine
Short Cuts to Madness: Poem by Rp Verlaine
Ingrid Leaves Vegas: Poem by Rp Verlaine
A Necessary Poem: Poem by Rob Plath
Last Gesture: Poem by Rob Plath
Carpe Sanguinem: Poem by Rob Plath
The Antitesis: Poem by Rob Plath
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Strange Gardens
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens
Art by Bernice Holtzman © 2023

Editor’s Page for Yellow 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.”

          Horror 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 Halloween 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 Archives I and II, to catch recent stories or poems by your favorite writers you might’ve missed.

 And thanks for reading!


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