Historical Fiction Imbued with the Uncanny:
Obsessions and Racial Guilt on an 1850s Plantation
THE HOUSE OF ERZULIE
2/21/2018, Shade Mountain Press
"Kirsten Imani Kasai makes the macabre beautiful...The House of Erzulie makes you wonder what truly haunts our history, and how, if ever, we can escape it." Foreword Reviews
"The House of Erzulie left me besotted ... Highly recommended."
Historical Novel Society
"This compelling and grim novel is a propulsive read, full of commentary on ethnic identity, mental illness, and power." Booklist
"Kasai explores the horrors of slavery and its legacy in this gothic tale that tingles on the verge of psychological horror." Library Journal
"The pleasures of this ... novel, are exquisite. It sits on the shelf with Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein, the work of Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca: restless ghosts, body horror, dastardly secrets, loves that should not be." The Adroit Journal
Editors' Choice: Historical Novels Review
Reviews: Historical Novels Review; Library Journal; Booklist; Foreword Reviews, The Adroit Journal, Interminable Rambling
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THE ATMOSPHERIC MYSTERIES OF A STEAMING CORPSE
Collected Poems by Kirsten Imani Kasai
Hand-bound and stitched poetry chapbooks on SALE.
1) There is nothing in you that sees me.
2) It is hard to be concerned with that which does not concern you.
3) Sentiment is the enemy of reason.
4) This light recalls you to me — stormy afternoons, pink-tinged. Sorrow.
5) When you look at me like so, rubbing your hands together, I know that you are the fly, and I am the dead meat...