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Ding-Fiction by JD Baker
The Boy With the Straw Hat-Fiction by Steve Carr
Vickie's Revenge-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
The Confession-Fiction by Joan Leotta
My Affair-Fiction by Elena Smith
Sulfur-Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
The Treehouse-Fiction by Andrew Davie
The Biggest Fans-Fiction by John J. Dillon
Guarding the Koi Pond-Fiction by Cecilia Kennedy
The Only Way to Fly-Fiction by Tom Andes
Written by Slade Stevens-Fiction by Chris Alleyne
Slaying the Siren-Fiction by Dionisio Traverso, Jr.
An Education-Flash Fiction by Jon Park
Don't Move-Flash Fiction by Pam Ebel
Fashion Statement-Flash Fiction by Bill Baber
No Pepsi, Coke-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
Sasha Takes Another Shot-Flash Fiction by Hillary Lyon
Bloody Daydream-Poem by Wayne Jermin
9173, 1803, 0094-Poem by John Doyle
Postfontaine-Poem by John Doyle
The Bullet of the Assassin-Poem by John Tustin
The Monster-Poem by John Tustin
Rely on the Moon-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Trembling Shadows-Poem by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Caught, hooked-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
I'm Swimming and It's Late Autumn-Poem by Gregory E. Lucas
Don't...!-Poem by Harris Coverly
Helios Grimm-Poem by Harris Coverly
Hunter-Poem by Harris Coverly
immobile death mask-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
moonless night-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
moonlit breeze through a forest-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
shadowu-poem by ayaz daryl nielsen
A New Life-Poem by John Grey
Matilda-Poem by John Grey
Moira Walks Home Late at Night-Poem by John Grey
The Head-Poem by John Grey
Cartoons by Cartwright
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Angel of Manslaughter
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Art by Kenneth James Crist 2021



by John Grey



Don't start thinking

I'm a mere parlor trick

performed by the one

who brought me here.


I can see and think

for both of us.

And all this without a damn thing

below my severed throat.


No windpipe of course.

No veins and arteries

flowing back and forth

from the heart.

A machine does the work

performed formerly by my body.


He's placed me on a tabletop

like a vase full of flowers.

But, instead of petals opening,

I provide, for your enjoyment,

lips like mating slugs

mouthing silent sounds.


Some would say

that I am not really alive,

just a simulation,

some electronic wizardry

fronted by a borrowed skull.


But see my eyes blink.

Watch my nose and ears twitch.

Take time to read

what my slave has written here.




John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident, recently published in Penumbra, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Hollins Critic. Latest books, Leaves on Pages and Memory Outside the Head, are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Lana Turner and International Poetry Review.

Kenneth James Crist is Editor Emeritus of Black Petals Magazine and is on staff at Yellow Mama ezine. He has been a published writer since 1998, having had almost two hundred short stories and poems in venues ranging from Skin and Bones and The Edge-Tales of Suspense to Kudzu Monthly. He is particularly fond of supernatural biker stories.

Lately, he has been taking a few cool pictures that are being used in Yellow Mama, but he considers himself no artist…

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021