In the stories that make up She Burned Me Alive, Jarod Powell merges the most horrifying, darkest aspects of humanity with the infolding of spiritual energies--a combination that serves as a postmodern deconstruction of the feminine mystique. These are stories of women backing away from - or succumbing to - many variations of existential horror. Only Jarod Powell could convey a mother's monstrous sense of regret by way of conjuring her dead son's ghost through a mirror ("Marianne"). Or could explore the darkest and most hilarious aspects of depression by delineating the suicide of a woman who is simply bored of life ("Asphyxiation"). Or capture the catharsis of a mail-order bride who was sent on a twenty-year mission by her country's government to poison a Manchurian candidate gone rogue ("Melodia"). Each of these stories is both a complete world and part of the Hawthorn canon, at once absurdly surreal and achingly salient.