Lost Letters to a Lover's Carcass




"In addition to the gorgeous imagery in this collection, Murray's poetry has teeth that'll gnaw at you long after you finish. And you'll be grateful for every bite."

-         Jessica McHugh, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of A Complex Accident of Life.

Lost Letters to a Lover’s Carcass is an infected wound where puss seeps out between sutures. As a “spiritual sequel” to Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower, this collection is partly blind pining for dead, false love once given by a monster that even dark magic cannot resurrect. It is the metaphorical justice wrought unto a traitor hanged, drawn, and quartered through its words. And it is, finally, the realization of a new dawn, where sunlight opens the eyes to a wider world.

Now Available from JournalStone, Bizarro Pulp Press.

Praise for Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower

“RJ Murray's first horror poetry collection is one of the stronger debuts I've read -- poetically decadent in its wordplay, using the realm of genre fiction as more of a worldview than a set of literary conventions, conjuring images that will sit with you during those long dark nights of the soul.”

-         Dr. Michael A. Arnzen, Four-Time Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of Grave MarkingsGorelets, and Freakcidents.


 "With lush language and imagery that draws from nature's decay, Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower is a spellbinding poetry collection with a decidedly fairy tale and folk horror flare. Brutal and beautiful in equal measure, this is a breathtaking debut."

-         Gwendolyn Kiste, Three-Time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rust MaidensAnd Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, and Pretty Marys All in a Row.


“A gritty, beautiful, and haunting collection of poetry. The title really does reflect the mood of these pieces -- within each poem, I heard those cries, saw that darkness, and could feel the tendrils of a dark bloom wrapping around my heart.”

-         Sara Tantlinger, Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of The Devil’s Dreamland: Poetry Inspired by H.H. HolmesLove for Slaughter, and To Be Devoured.