Stingy Jack

378-stingy-jack-294x300.JPG“The term “Jack-O’-Lantern” comes specifically from the Irish. Before it was identified with the pumpkin the Jack-O’-Lanterns was the mysterious balls of light one may encounter on dark nights near swampy areas. They were believed to be the work of spirits and were considered dangerous. The term “Jack-O’-Lantern” specifically refers to the Irish legend of “Stingy Jack” who was too bad for heaven and too good for hell. When he tricked the devil he was made to wander the earth until Doomsday carrying a lump of hell-coal in a hollowed out turnip as his only light.”

-Doc Conjure

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About M. Ashley

Essayist and poet, my work has been rejected by some of the finest journals in America. Fortunately, it also gets accepted from time to time and has appeared in equally fine journals such as Word Riot, Inlandia, Brew City Magazine, and SageWoman among others.. In 2002, I was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize for Vanderbilt University. For no good reason, I possess an unnecessarily dark humor which is why being third generation California Inland Empirian delights me so. My gods are weird. I once received $350 for writing a smartassed essay on “why the wise use of water is important in my daily life”. I am undoubtedly the Greek god Hermes’ special snowflake. I’m pretty sure I got into college via a series of fortuitous clerical errors. When I had to grow up and get a real job, I decided against it and stayed a writer. I have worked many odd—and I mean odd—jobs to support my habit: Commercial writer for country music hopefuls, resume massager, WalMart fitting room attendant and switchboard operator, telephone psychic.
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