Cajun Mutt Press Halloween Featured Writer 10/31/22

happy halloween

i wanted to be superman or
batman, something badass
or spooky

but growing up in the midwest
in the 80’s, halloween always
came with a winter coat

and no one can look like a
badass bundled up, especially
with mittens on

oh, the fucking mittens

and being the fat kid was
always the worst

i always felt the older kids
were always eyeing my bag

tubby over there has all the
good candy, which i did

eventually, i became one
of those older kids

going to houses well into
my teens, usually drunk

i had a father ask me
what was i this year?

i said your daughter’s
worst nightmare

he didn’t care for how
quickly that line came
out of my mouth

six years later, i was
paying for her abortion

happy halloween

like some fucking sociopath

i remember being bored in class
the day after halloween and i
decided to make up the story
that i found a razor blade in
my halloween candy in an
apple someone gave me

little did i know the principal
would be calling the cops and
they asked me to tell them
all the houses i went to

i started to ramble off addresses
like some fucking sociopath when
my parents showed up and pulled
me aside and asked me what
the fuck was i doing?

i started to laugh and said never
send me to these boring ass
classes again

i told the cops i was lying,
just having fun

they asked my father if they
should arrest me to teach me
a lesson

i told them don’t bother

he’ll try to beat the shit out
of me later tonight

as an adult

halloween as an adult
gets a little tricky

i never got into good
enough shape to play
all the kinky games
my imagination wants
to with some slutty nurse
or some elvira looking
whore that wants to see
how many times her
fishnets can go around
my head

but the darker side of shit

the penchant for death,
chaos, mayhem

that certainly is fucking
appealing

especially now that those
cold midwestern halloweens
of my youth, are now these
summer will never fucking
end, hotter than shit for ohio
at this time of year

i don’t give out candy

and i don’t put up any
decorations around
the house

i do tend to play a little
more slayer in late october
though

©2022 J.J. Campbell All rights reserved.

J.J. Campbell

J.J. Campbell (1976 – ?) is currently trapped in suburbia, plotting his escape. He’s been widely published over the last quarter century, much to the chagrin of many of his detractors. You can find him most days on his mildly entertaining blog, evil delights. (https://evildelights.blogspot.com)

Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 10/12/22

Give Up The Ghost

There’s that phrase “Give up the ghost” that’s been a part of our language for years on end. By “Give up the ghost,” it’s sometimes meant to stop fighting over little things. But more often it is used at the point of death. Seemingly to indicate the departure of a ghost or soul from the body. I think of this phrase often tonight when old ghosts haunt me around every bend. To what end, I do not know.

©2022 Will Mayo(†) All rights reserved.

Will Mayo(†)

Will Mayo(†) authored Dreams Of Mongolia, Hoodoo Voodoo, The Shells Encasing Our Nothingness, Bone Talking, Perfection is Failure and other books of the extraordinary. He lived with his six-toed black cat in Frederick, Maryland. Said by some to be the most haunted city in the state. Most of his writing was done between the hours of 3 a.m. and sunrise.

*Editors Note
In late July, brother Will passed away from a heart attack in his sleep. This was the last featured writer submission I had him scheduled for. He also sent 2 poems for the Cajun Mutt Press Halloween Anthology Zine no.1 before he left us. Rest easy, old friend. I’ll see you in the æther. You are missed by many.

Cajun Mutt Press 2022 Halloween Anthology Zine no.1

The Cajun Mutt Press Halloween Anthology Zine no.1 is officially available! I’ll also have a copy to post some pictures of soon. Glossy cover, 8×11, 165 pages, and premium full-color interior on heavy paper.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHLDFBJZ

I hope y’all dig it!! It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been talking about publishing a Halloween-themed collection for a few years, and it finally happened. Putting it together was a challenge, but I put my heart into it. Doing an anthology zine is a lot different from formatting a regular book. Infinite thanks to all the writers and artists that sent some work!

Love Y’all, Write On,
JDCIV
🤟💀

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The Final Lineup:

POETRY
Frogg Corpse, Rob Burton, 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, Mike Zone, Linda M. Crate, Joe Szalinski, Mark James Andrews, Lee Martinez Soto, Merritt Waldon, Will Mayo

FLASH FICTION & SHORT STORY
Efe Tusder, James D. Casey IV, Wilfred Hildonen

ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY
Shelly Wyn-de-bank, Danny D. Ford, Ashley Matarama, Tracy Whiteside, David Alec Knight, Daniel S Irwin, Efe Tusder, Thomas Campbell, Matt Amott, Frogg Corpse, W.D. Pollard

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BHLDFBJZ

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:
https://cajunmuttpress.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/cajun-mutt-press-bibliography/

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,
JDCIV
🤟🎃

C.M.P. Featured Writers, October 2022

The Toilet
by Alex Antiuk
10/03/22

The Wheels of Justice
by Daniel S Irwin
10/05/22

As I give thanks
by Carrie Magness Rand
10/07/22

Graffiti: Wall to Wall Wisdom
by Tony Dawson
10/10/22

Give Up The Ghost
by Will Mayo (R.I.P.)
10/12/22

Ghost Of Chances
by David Alec Knight
10/14/22

A New Indulgence
by Rp Verlaine
10/17/22

God Carries Demons
by Chukwuma Eke Pacella Chioma
10/19/22

Coma
by Santasree Chaudhuri
10/21/22

LOST SOMEWHERE IN WEST TEXAS
by John Grey
10/24/22

UN-GOTH CONFESSIONS
by Dee Allen
10/26/22

Elevator Man
by Melanie Browne
10/28/22

3 Halloween Poems
by J.J. Campbell
10/31/22

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,
JDCIV
🤟💀

C.M.P. Bibliography:
https://cajunmuttpress.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/cajun-mutt-press-bibliography/