SEXY FEMALE MURDERESSES
by Eloise Grills
102 pages, Perfect Bound, 12.5cm x 17cm, 2 colour risograph insides, 4 colour risograph cover.
Like a smoke alarm that plays I Believe In Miracles by Hot Chocolate while your house burns down.Like a greased up stripper pole for use in emergencies, only. They say (I say) that death is life cumming, and death by a sexy female murderess is the female climax: slippery, elusive and by the time it finally comes you’ll wish you were never born. Sexy Female Murderesses is a warning to those who would never heed it anyway, and a childlike joy for others, like floating your rubber duck down a river of blood. Grills slices up figures of history, autobiography and speech, in a delightful springtime bloodbath for famously evil and evilly famous women—dead or alive, young and old. Burn your house down, poison your whole family, shoot your lovers point blank: just read this book before you do.
Eloise Grills is a writer, poet and comics artist based in Footscray, heavily invested in the intersection between art, writing and having too many feelings. In 2018 she received the Felix Meyer Scholarship and won the Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for her Scum Mag column, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl. She was a finalist for a Walkley for visual storytpelling (the only queer naked punk lady to ever be shortlisted for a Walkley) and won the Lifted Brow/ RMIT non/fiction Lab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction, also in that year. She tweets and grams as @grillzoid.
Praise for Sexy Female Murderesses
"Tens! Tens! Tens across the board for this insanely beautiful & extremely deadly masterpiece by Eloise Grills. The last year the publishing world has seen an explosion of sanctimonious, pristinely illustrated books of inspirational women throughout history, and this funny, lyrical gem with big windswept illustrations is the perfect antidote to so much good taste! Is it poetry? Is it history? Is it memoir? Stop asking such dumbass questions and just read it already. Grills's work is formally & lyrically daring, and it has heart, soul and thighs for days. Totally, undeniably, pour a bottle of arsenic into your husbands's dinner good. I love it forever, no take backs. "
Hera Lindsay Bird
"Grills’s book isn’t exactly a comedy. She doesn’t lose sight of the seriousness of the crimes, and doesn’t make excuses for the women who commit them. But she does attempt to reclaim their humanity. It’s a pitch black and beautifully written reflection on society’s reappraisal of “evil” women."
Will Cox, Broadsheet Melbourne