"Zabrisky's rapturous prose delivers four piercing tales of the lovely and lost. IRON is a mesmerizing, vicious dream—the kind you never forget."
"Zabrisky's stories are like tracer bullets: this here is dark, dangerous, and delicious fiction, folks. One can only ask: where's she been all this time? Where could all this fire and light have been hiding?"
"Reading Zabrisky's stories is like being held in the arms of a mother grizzly. One moment they are coddling you in their furry bear arms, the next they are mauling you with a literary ferocity unmatched."
"There's a unique cocktail to Zabrisky's prose, an elusive combination of elegance and ferocity. All these stories have a staccato rhythm that seduces the reader into flipping pages long into the night."
"Zabrisky's stories tend to be strange and terrifying, hilarious and sad, very often all at once. Above all else, they always feel true. She translates life into literature in a unique and unforgettable fashion, and her work is filled with a fierce energy and a twisted imagination that is to be jointly enjoyed and envied."
—William Taylor Jr.
Forthcoming from Numina Press in November 2013
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Reading at Roar Shack Reading Series | VIDEO |
A story of a soccer mom who moonlights as a dominatrix.
A Ukrainian courtesan and a KGB spy at eighteen is a Californian housewife at thirty eight. She's a gentle mother. She's also a dominatrix, savage and sweet Mistress Rose.
Only one man in the world knows her secret: her bondage client—a dashing sadist and—she suspects—a celebrity psychologist. What he doesn't know is that a cat-and-mouse game means death.
In my writing I draw on my life experiences: At nineteen, I was solicited by a KGB agent to become a prostitute-spy for the infamous Soviet institution and flirted with the idea. As an MFA student at Leningrad State University (the "Oxford of the East"), I chose to pursue a career in business. Years later, I wrote We, Monsters
, the story of what could have happened, while juggling my motherhood responsibilities with a San Francisco dungeon dominatrix job. We, Monsters
is forthcoming November 2013 from Numina Press