All The Magic Is Gone by J.J. Campbell

two days after christmas
and you’re busy trying
to find the right time
to kill yourself

one demon on the left
shoulder screams the

and the demon on the
right shoulder mumbles
something about when
the clock strikes midnight

he’s been busy drinking
mixed drinks at the bar

another demon trapped
in the bottom of your
soul offers excuses why
you should wait for a
few months

i look over at all the
empty bottles and figure
at some point my liver
will scream and throw
in the towel

the demon in my head
flips tails and makes
another drink

he’s in control and is
willing to always press
his luck

besides, when you’re
blessed with the genes
of an alcoholic

saying no is not a
fucking option


J.J. Campbell (1976 – ?) has given up the farm life and is now trapped in suburbia. He’s been widely published over the years, most recently at The Australian Times, Horror Sleaze Trash, In Between Hangovers, Mad Swirl and Bad Acid Laboratories, You can find him most days bitching about something on his highly entertaining blog, evil delights. (

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