april cruelty 2023

GEtting ready for our 2023 relaunch on April 2nd 2023 which is when submissions will officially open up along with the launch of four other titles…

Also new business plan…as EIC I used to sink about a grand into DFP a year…not anymore…it is now up to the readers to decide how long Dumpster Fire Press runs whether to the end of the year or in a matter of months, as long as readers support the press through purchasing our titles we will remain.

However this doesn’t mean DFP is going to rendered totally extinct, every so often there will collaborations where things need to held to a certain standard (or rather non-standard) you won’t find anywhere or else, so every so often we may rear our ugly trash filled heads.

But enough of that here’s a preview of what we’ve got cooking starting in APRIL 2023



Written by Shannon Lynette and Mike Zone with art by Paul Warren

What started off as a series of back and forth poetry posts in the Dumpster Fire Pess group turned into a TIktok video series described as a schizophrenic love song…or is it? What was each poet working out at the time? Who else made subconscious cameo appearances in this beautiful sickness of poetry painting with words mass psychosis with a shotgun and accompanied by UK artist Paul Warren’s visions from the splinters of a mind’s eye.


Written by Kathleen Yearwood

A memoir? A novel? A slow-burn thriller? Throw all the labels out the window. Call it creative nonfiction or a surreal beat testament of growing up hard, living hard and waiting for death trying to salvage some sort of meaning from all the tragedy. Canadian folk singer/artist peppers this gripping yet contemplative page turner with her very own artistically hautning photography. Think Albert Camus, in Canada without privledged upbringing directed by Alfred Hitchcock.



Written by Matt Borczon featuring art by Dillinger

One of the small press’ heavy hitters Matt Borczon delivers a gut punch to the soul and gives the reader a uniquie psychological trip into the world of being an afflicted veteran. You can’t just come back from combat and start grilling hamburgers like nothing happened. Sometimes group therapy helps, sometimes nothing helps. An illumination into the struggle and the loss of learning how to live once the parade stops and flags stop being waved. Each poem monoku format…a one sentence haiku. A unique journey inot the complex world of combat PTSD Featuring a cover and interior art by DFP cover artist Dillinger.


Written and illustrated by Shane Allison.

We’ve been wanting to do this for a while…Shane Allison one of our most prolific contributors to VOICES FROM THE FIRE, GODS GUNS GLORY & GREED and BEDROOM ANATOMY LESSONS takes the gloves off with giving us one of the most raw, vile and well written literary collections ever to be released from DFP which is saying something. A majority of poetry, a bit of prose and fantastic art by this one man army who will make you believe that you…yes, YOU TOO CAN EAT CHINESE FOOD OFF ANOTHER PERSON’S ASS.



Written by Mike Zone featuring art by Paul Warren

The final collection of poetry and prose from EIC Mike Zone. Burned out from the small press, now content with just giving poetry and prose away randomly on random sites and within random publication as he switches artistic gears. Features a spectacular cover by James Maj

Published by Mike Zone

Mike Zone is the former Editor in Chief of Dumpster Fire Press and managing editor of Concrete Mist Press. The author of Screaming in the End: Poems and Stories, Fuck You: A Fucking Poetry Chap, Shedding Dark Places (almost), One Hell of a Muse , as well as coauthor of The Grind and Razorville. A frequent contributor to Alien Buddha Press and Mad Swirl. His work has been featured in: A Thin Slice of Anxiety, Black Shamrock Magazine, Horror Sleaze Trash, Better Than Starbucks, Piker Press, Punk Noir Magazine, Synchronized Chaos, and Cult Culture magazine.

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