Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower

 

WHERE DOES THE CROW GO
WHEN THE CARRION GRIEVES?
TO THE RAGING, TEMPESTUOUS SEA.

Cries to Kill the Corpse Flower is a stomach slit by knives and guts spilled on the pavement. It is the organized chaos of a man on the brink of running, a man gasping for air in those split seconds his head breaks through the surface—a man who’s realized you can’t outrun yourself—told in the narrative arc of a Crow Crowned King and a Corpse Flower Queen in their castle in the suburbs.

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.

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