Review, ‘Selections From The Murder Book’

from Tree Light Books

from Tree Light Books

Susan Salverio, author of Selections From The Murder Book, has solidified herself as a master or morbidity. This collection of creepy poetry stalks both the murderer and the victim; it’s full of death and darkness, but the images are so thick with brilliant language Selections From The Murder Book becomes almost impossible to set down.

The cover of this chapbook features a diagram of the human body being peeled of its skin and serves as a spoiler for the poetry inside. The poems in this chapbook will shock you as they are full of unsettling biological information, dissection, and murder.

I wouldn’t recommend it if you get queasy easily.

The textured language in this chapbook will make you squirm but  the exceptional poetry you’ll find inside is well worth the frightening journey. Due to the subject of the chapbook, I was impressed by Salverio’s ability to avoid cliché concepts and keep her poems fresh and exciting.

Her acute awareness regarding how form and concept complement one another is unmatched in any chapbook I have ever come across.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked up this chapbook, but the way the poems are set up (the book is divided into two parts) and the mix of form Salverio used instantly won me over. I read the entire thing in one sitting and several times over again.

If you’re looking for a dark and fascinating journey into the combined worlds of horror and murder mystery, Selections From the Murder Book, is the chapbook for you. Slaverio’s work is grotesque and brilliant. A must read.

Selections From The Murder Book, published by Tree Light Books, may be purchased here.


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