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The Veneration of Monsters

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Suzanne Burns writes both fiction and poetry in Bend, Oregon (and sometimes in Paris, France). Dzanc Books published her first short story collection, Misfits and Others Heroes, and will also publish her second collection, The Veneration of Monsters. Her short fiction has most recently appeared in The Chicago Tribune.


"Burns is an unmissable heir to writers of the peculiar, from Shirley Jackson to Roald Dahl." --Kirkus Review (starred review) "Each story in The Veneration of Monsters turns up a heroine whose instincts have diverged from their natural course, sneaking down back alleys, forging new, often horrifying pathways. Burns's careful eye for the ridiculous details that fill up our modern life delights, but beware the tension that lies just below the laughter." -- Jac Jemc, author of The Grip of It "Burns has her finger on the pulse of desire in these stories. Every story has a slight twinge of unreality to it, but at the same time hums with an inescapable, gritty humanity." --JMWW Past Praise for Suzanne Burns "SWEET AND VICIOUS is an inspired exploration of 'Waldeinsamkeit' and (post)romantic angst that turns the mundane into something beautiful and wild. Burns is a gifted writer." -D. Harlan Wilson, author of The Kafka Effekt "A collection of winningly perverse pleasures. Misfits and Other Heroes is the literary equivalent of Todd Browning's classic film Freaks, which is-in this achingly dull age of worthy fictions-a wonderful and daring thing to be." -Pinckney Benedict, author of Town Smokes "Burns is unafraid to explore the dark territory of human heart, where love and hate are twins for desire and dread. The many brilliant moments of character, language, and startling observations indicate Burns is a keen observer of the wretched and wonderful human creature. In Burns's capable hands, the grotesque becomes achingly familiar: the misfits she writes about are us." -Gina Ochsner, author of The Necessary Grace to Fall "Suzanne Burns is the ringleader of a magical, quixotic, flea circus of words. Magisterial, she sings. I love this collection-its sadness and wonder, its acrobatics, its nerve." -Kate Bernheimer, editor of Fairy Tale Review "Who would have thought that Oregon's misfits could be as deluded and cruel as Flannery O'Connor's Southerners and even more bizarre?" -Tom Whalen, author of Dolls: Prose Poems "Reading Suzanne Burns's Paris Poems is a joy no matter what city you live in. Though set in the City of Love, these are not only love poems, nor are they a kind of travelogue. Burns's poems, in rich conversational lines, light up the mind's sky like the Eiffel Tower on New Year's. These poems are human, fun, and smart. Each page is a passport to a kind of energetic poetry rarely found traveling out of the MFA empires." -American Poetry Review "Suzanne Burns has perfectly captured the powerful strangeness of childhood, the fear and joy and weird rituals we invent to work out our place in the world." - Ben Marcus, author of The Flame Stories "These poems make high art out of extraordinary human experience. Read on, dear reader. You will not be disappointed." -Virgil Suarez, author of Palm Crows "This is a smart, fearless book." -Kelly Cherry, author of Rising Venus: Poems "With this book, Burns announces herself as a major new voice in twenty-first century American poetry's embrace." -Nicole Cooley, author of Resurrection

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