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Black Petals: Up from the Ashes

There's good news to report for fans of the horror/science fiction magazine Black Petals. Despite a grim pronouncement of its possible demise being posted on the Web site for several months, it now appears that former editor Kenneth James Crist has successfully passed the reins over to one A. M. Stickel, who we all hope will lead the ten-year-old publication into another golden age.

And in the interest of full disclosure, I'll take this opportunity to admit to having a vested interest in the longevity of Black Petals. A short story of mine will be appearing in its pages sometime in the future (watch this space for updates). The way it was looking, I was likely to end up in their final issue, which I'm guessing would have been read by fewer people than usual. So it's with a glad heart that I extend my congratulations to all at Black Petals.--Pete Mesling


Posted by Pete on May 10, 2007 7:27 PM
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At this time, co-editor Tim Ramstad of Kansas City has bailed and Anne (Stickel) doesn't want to continue the mag in a print format, so we plan on taking it fully electronic. Hang in there, Pete...everything we have accepted will be published and new guidelines are up...I figure we'll about triple our readership by going strictly to the Internet...kinda leaves out those who don't do computers, though...Kenny =)

-- Posted by: Kenneth James Crist at October 28, 2007 7:28 PM

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