Oct. 2022 C.M.P. Featured Writers

Happy Halloween!! October is upon us; my favorite time of the year. I’m glad we’re finally there but surprised at how fast we arrived. Funny how time is relative that way. I’m sure the year seems to be dragging along slowly for some of y’all. Either way, fast or slow, time is time and it’s time for the monthly rundown.

Below you’ll find the October featured writers. To submit some work for a featured writer spot, send 1-3 poems to cajunmuttpress@gmail.com with a bio and author photo. I have two spots left to fill in November, then I’ll be reading for December. Featured writer submissions are always OPEN.

Submissions for the Cajun Mutt Press Halloween Anthology Zine #1 are officially CLOSED. Infinite thanks to all who sent work. I’m aiming for a mid-Oct release. Keep your eyes peeled for The Mourning Hour by Frogg Corpse as well!!! Set for release on October 30th. More details about both coming soon.

Our two latest book releases are LEPER MOSH by David Alec Knight, and Layers of Half-Sung Hymns by Aleathia Drehmer. If you grab a copy, please leave a review. You can find links to them here:

Also, C.M.P. logo stickers are still available! $5 each or three for $10. I don’t charge submission fees or anything, so they help grease the publishing wheels. Shoot me a message if you’d like some. I appreciate those who’ve reached out.

Love Y’all, Write On,

C.M.P. Featured Writers, October 2022

The Toilet
by Alex Antiuk

The Wheels of Justice
by Daniel S Irwin

As I give thanks
by Carrie Magness Rand

Graffiti: Wall to Wall Wisdom
by Tony Dawson

Give Up The Ghost
by Will Mayo (R.I.P.)

Ghost Of Chances
by David Alec Knight

A New Indulgence
by Rp Verlaine

God Carries Demons
by Chukwuma Eke Pacella Chioma

by Santasree Chaudhuri

by John Grey

by Dee Allen

Elevator Man
by Melanie Browne

of yew sewn sinew…
by Frogg Corpse

C.M.P. Rundown by J.D.C.IV

Just wanted to give y’all a quick rundown about what’s going on in the Cajun Mutt Press world. September 30th is the Halloween zine submission deadline. Send me a message if y’all want some stickers. Follow the link below to see all available book titles.

Love Y’all, Write On,

C.M.P. Bibliography:

C.M.P. Halloween Zine #1

8 Days left to submit some work for the Cajun Mutt Press Halloween Anthology Zine #1!!! Send 1-3 poems, 1-3 pieces of art, or both to cajunmuttpress@gmail.com along with a short bio. Put Halloween as the subject of the email. Submissions close on Sept 30th. Here’s the lineup so far…

Frogg Corpse, Rob Burton, Will Mayo, Shannon Frost Greenstein, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Tony Brewer, Steve Denehan, Drew Campbell, Cody Grinslade, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, Chuck Harp, Maureen O’Leary, Daniel S Irwin, Evie Groch, Ian Mullins, Jc Rammelkamp, David Alec Knight, Jonah Pearson, Cord Moreski, Danny D. Ford, Jerome Berglund, James D.Casey IV, Mike Zone

Short Story:
Wilfred Hildonen

Artwork & Photography:
Shelly Wyn-de-bank, Danny D. Ford, Ashley Matarama, W.D. Pollard, Tracy Whiteside, David Alec Knight, Daniel S Irwin, Frogg Corpse


Cajun Mutt Press is seeking poetry & art for its first-ever Halloween-themed zine/anthology! Send your dark, morbid, creepy offerings to cajunmuttpress@gmail.com along with a short bio. Put Halloween in the email subject line. 1-3 poems, 1-3 artworks. Paste poems in the body of the email, and send art as JPG files. No docs, please. They will be discarded. The deadline is September 30th. Aiming for a mid/late October release.

Write On,

P.S. We’re always open for regular Featured Writer submissions as well!! Send 1-3 poems with a bio and author photo to the same email address above. I have a few spots left to fill in October, then I’ll be reading for November.

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer Halloween Special

for Jacob Snider

In the depths of my wishing well lies a new monster
who wears a mask made from the flesh of a friend
known famously strange as both the wolf
and the rabbit. A Mad Hatter, a Cas One
from another dimension, where every-
thing is nothing and unlike the truth.
Look into the Fake Jake’s eyes,
they appear to flash hues
yet to be created in
the place called home.
Of all the hip-hopsters alive,
why must this talent make cameos
in the most peculiar interludes sandwiched
between one cranial quadrant and the precious
stem which creates these random artistic projections?
These moments see no Chemical H collaboration
nor do they offer revelations about the future,
premonitions to help stop catastrophe from
entering into our temporary existence.
Instead of miniature cups of tea,
this imposter downs whiskey
and smacks the many asses
his female entourage
offer him before
departing to
give us
Killer egos
make their presence
known with each laugh
as he points to his golden record
hanging on a wall; the game’s spoils.
Before telling me I’ve been home all along,
Cas peels back the seam from underneath the hat
towering carefully atop his grand caricature-sized head
and shows me while I stumble on a painted blonde disguised
as an ottoman with the finest details present on the arch of her back
that the only real monsters there are in this world are the ones hiding within.

©2021 Tim Heerdink All rights reserved.

Tim Heerdink

Tim Heerdink is the author of The Human Remains (Bird Brain Publishing, 2019), Red Flag and Other Poems (Bird Brain Publishing, 2018), Razed Monuments (Finishing Line Press, 2020), Checking Tickets on Oumaumua (Midwest Writers Guild, 2021), Ghost Map (Between Shadows Press, 2021), Sailing on the Edge of Time, I Hear a Siren’s Call (Roaring Junior Press, 2021), (Between Shadows Press, 2021), Tabletop Anxieties & Sweet Decay (with Tony Brewer) (Roaring Junior Press, 2021), Somniloquy & Trauma in the Knottseau Well (Cajun Mutt Press, 2021), the novel, Last Lights of a Dying Sun (TBA), and short stories, “The Tithing of Man” and “HEA-VEN2”. Heerdink is president of the Midwest Writers Guild. He resides in Newburgh, Indiana with his wife, daughters, dog, and two cats.