Susan Parisi

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Susan Parisi
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenreHorror fiction
Notable awardsAurealis Award
Horror division
2007 Blood of Dreams

Susan Parisi (born 1958)[1] is a Canadian-Australian author of horror fiction. Her debut novel Blood of Dreams won the 2007 Aurealis Award for best horror novel.[2]


Susan Parisi was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1958.[1] As a teenager, she moved to Australia with her family because her father was on the run from the law.[3]

Parisi completed postgraduate studies in psychology and has been employed in occupational psychology and university administration.[3]

Currently residing in Sydney, Parisi is married to an Italian-Australian man.[3] She has a passion for Italian culture and frequently travels to Italy.[4]

Parisi is a dual Canadian-Australian citizen.[3]


In 2007, Parisi's debut novel Blood of Dreams was released by Viking.[5] A murder-mystery set in 18th-century Venice during Carnevale, it involves a killer who stalks his victims' dreams and a woman who must confront her past in order to stop him.[6]

Blood of Dreams was awarded the 2007 Aurealis Award for best horror novel and was a short-list nominee for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel.[7]

Parisi is working her second novel Mosaic, a conspiracy-thriller set in Rome and Palermo.[4]



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  3. ^ a b c d "Susan Parisi". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  4. ^ a b Productions, Alessandro Sorbello (2008-04-07). "Susan Parisi". The Official Italian Week Celebrations. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  5. ^ Austlit. "Blood of Dreams". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  6. ^ "Blood of Dreams | Penguin Books Australia". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  7. ^ "aurealis awards, previous years' results" (PDF). Aurealis Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 25 December 2009.