Last July I read and reviewed Small Spirits: Dolls of Darkness by Marge Simon with illustrations by Sandy DeLuca. I have been out of touch since we’ve been resettling in the Midwest and I somehow missed Satan’s Sweethearts, a collaboration from Simon and Mary Turzillo.
I’ve already ordered the paperback from Amazon, but while I wait for it to arrive, Marge Simon has graciously provided me with a post divulging some insights behind the writing of this collection.
From Marge Simon—Mary Turzillo and I have collaborated on Sweet Poison, a collection that won the coveted Elgin award, 2015 and prior to that, a couple of fun poetry and flash collections about dragons: Dragon Soup and The Dragon Dictionary.
So being as we are both adventuresome and full of wicked glee, we determined to compose a poetry collection about the most evil women throughout history. We didn’t know what we had gotten ourselves into, I can promise you that.
I’ll preface this with a short bit I wrote to set the mood for our section on “Mothers Who Kill Their Own.” Though it was not my cat, it did happen. It makes you wonder, because such unexpected behavior, possibly a malfunction of genetic instinct, is found in our own society.
When I was a little girl, my parents got a Siamese cat. They wanted to breed her. So when the time came, that was done. By and by, she had a litter of kittens. But as we watched each born, she wouldn’t clean them, she did nothing. So we did that, and put the tiny ones back into the birthing box with clean towels.
Come the morning, she was cleaning herself. Six small bodies lay mutilated, dead. There was blood on her tongue.
The above is one of my first horrifying life experiences. In writing poems for the rest of the book, we sometimes had to step back and get away from it totally. Why? Read on.
And now, let us got to China for this chiller by Mary:
There are more poems from other centuries, including the 21st century such as Myra Hindley (Manchester, England) and Aileen Wuornos. As I am a Florida resident, what she was all about happened way too close to home. One heartless female, and proud of it.
Aileen Wuornos 1956-2002
“I killed those men, robbed them as cold as ice. And I’d do it again, too. There’s no chance in keeping me alive or anything, because I’d kill again. I have hate crawling through my system…I am so sick of hearing this ‘she’s crazy’ stuff. I’ve been evaluated so many times. I’m competent, sane, and I’m trying to tell the truth. I’m one who seriously hates human life and would kill again.” – Aileen Wuornos
Thank you for inviting me to guest your blog, Angela!