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Lovers and Killers by Mary Turzillo

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New Poetry Collection from Nebula Award Winning Author

Dark Regions Press is excited to announce Lovers & Killers, a new collection of thirty-seven poems from Nebula Award winning author Mary Turzillo (also known as Mary T. Brizzi)!  The collection includes twenty-five original poems.

“Mary Turzillo sees the bones beneath the skin, and lays bare the nerves. Like shiny scalpels her sardonic and lovely words mordantly reinterpret botany and biology, astronomy and mythologies, crimes and passions, pungently, poignantly.” – Ian Watson, BSFA Award author of The Butterflies of Memory

“In Turzillo's razor-sharp lines, lovers and killers are examined, deftly dissected, and exposed to the world. The lovers and killers that you thought you knew are transformed, viewed from new perspectives. All types are captured in these pages. Even the page and the reader fall under her scrutiny. One can't help but surrender to Turzillo's vision and unique blend of wit and profundity.” – J. E. Stanley, author of Dark Intervals and Intrinsic Night

“Lovers & Killers is another gem-filled collection by a consistently imaginative master. Disturbing, playful, ruthless poetry. Turzillo is an emblem of the speculative poetry genre. She's not afraid to show that Iphigenia, Shakespeare, Fomalhaut, Basho, physics and dragons all exist in the same poetic universe. Her deeply serious irony fills these poems with delightful surprises.” – Timons Esaias, Asimov's Readers Award author, BSFA Award Finalist.

“Mary Turzillo’s exciting new book, Lovers & Killers is a bold series of interpenetrations of various religious and psychological traditions from Europe, India, ancient Greece, North America, and elsewhere. Portals of human experience open and close in these poems, the past melts and stands again in younger tenses, the future shapes content while time keeps the poet's beat. I love these poems. Turzillo spreads her wings so we can spread ours.” – Michele F. Cooper, author of Posting the Watch

“…this morning I opened it up, planning to read a couple poems and send an offer to finish reading and blurb immediately if it was still applicable, but here I am, having read the entire collection in a sitting and letting you know how horribly delicious it was. The blood, the tender death, the vicious love. If the book has already gone to press, this blurb is for you alone. Would that I could have shared it with your readers.” – Laurel Winter, Rhysling and World Fantasy Award winner

"Mary Turzillo's writing is wonderfully, delightfully twisted. The poems found in 'Lovers & Killers' will ignite your imagination with fantastical worlds and scenarios, make your heart ache as tragedy unfolds, cause your stomach to squirm in disturbance, and make your spine tingle with excitement, often all at the same time."
- Vertigo Xi'an Xavier, publisher of The Poet's Haven




Trade Paperback: first 100 copies signed by the author, 5 x 8.5, 12 point full color cover, 60lb. natural vellum stock.


About the Author

After a career as a professor of English at Kent State University, Dr. Mary A. Turzillo is now a full-time writer. In 2000, her story "Mars Is No Place for Children" won SFWA's Nebula award for best novelette. Her novel An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl was serialized in Analog in July-Nov 2004.

Mary's Pushcart-nominated collection of poetry, Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, appeared from VanZeno Press in 2007. Her collaborative book of poetry/art, Dragon Soup, written with Marge Simon, appeared from VanZeno in 2008.


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  1. Elgin award winner 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Mar 2014

    I reviewed this collection in full on Amazing Stories Mag:

    But in case you don't want to go over there, read it and listen to a few examples of full poems, I'll say this: This is a great collection, well deserving of the recognition in the first inaugural Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association

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