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Exquisite Corpse

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  • Exquisite Corpse
  • Author: Poppy Z. Brite
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Year: 1997
  • Country: US
  • 240 pages

cannibalism, necrophilia, drugs, pedophilia, torture, you name it, you're warned against it!

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To serial slayer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most intimate art. After feigning his own death to escape from prison, Compton makes his way to the United States with the sole ambition of bringing his 'art' to new heights. Tortured by his own perverse desires, and drawn to possess and destroy young boys, Compton inadvertently joins forces with Jay Byrne, a dissolute playboy who has pushed his 'art' to limits even Compton hadn't previously imagined. Together, Compton and Byrne set their sights on an exquisite young Vietnamese-American runaway, Tran, whom they deem to be the perfect victim.

Swiftly moving from the grimy streets of London's Piccadilly Circus to the decadence of the New Orleans French Quarter, and punctuated by rants from radio talk show host Lush Rimbaud, a.k.a. Luke Ransom, Tran's ex-lover, who is dying of AIDS and who intends to wreak ultimate havoc before leaving this world, Exquisite Corpse unfolds into a labyrinth of murder and love. Ultimately all four characters converge on a singular bloody night after which their lives will be irrevocably changed -- or terminated.

Qvamp says:

An extremely graphic and violent novel. Well written, but the content makes this very, very hard to read. The characters are loosely modeled after Dennis Nilsen and Jeffrey Dahmer. If you have any squeamish bones in your body, this book will overwhelm you.

That said, Brite has stated that she was using the serial killers as a metaphor for the AIDS virus.

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By: Chase ( chase_nothing@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer thriller Rating: A    

Overall, on the queer scale you can't beat Poppy Z. Brite.

If you haven't read her - do it NOW... (and if you have, then you already know her talent).


By: Iasomie Autumnwind ( iasomieautumnwind@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer thriller Rating: A+    

By far, Poppy's best work, in terms of a novel/novella. Wonderfully written, and with every main character being a gay man, it rates high on the Queer Horror scale for me. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, and thoroughly arousing read.


By: Nekokun ( nekokun@lexpress.net )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer thriller Rating: A+    

First book of PZB I read. And although it may be hard to read, it is amazing. Even if it is not my favorite book from her, I can't deny it is her best work so far. And I liked it so much that she instantly became one of my favorite authors, by just reading this.



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