Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse 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 bringi

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 dissoluteTo 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.Poppy Z Brite dissects the landscape of torture and invites us into the mind of a killer Exquisite Corpse confirms Brite as a writer who defies categorization It is a novel for those who dare trespass where the sacred and profane become one.

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  1. Poppy Z Brite born Melissa Ann Brite, now going by Billy Martin is an American author born in New Orleans, Louisiana.Born a biological female, Brite has written and talked much about his gender dysphoria gender identity issues He self identifies almost completely as a homosexual male rather than female, and as of 2011 has started taking testosterone injections His male name is Billy Martin.He lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Athens, Georgia prior to returning to New Orleans in 1993 He loves UNC basketball and is a sometime season ticket holder for the NBA, but he saves his greatest affection for his hometown football team, the New Orleans Saints.Brite and husband Chris DeBarr, a chef, run a de facto cat rescue and have, at any given time, between fifteen and twenty cats Photos of the various felines are available on the Cats page of Brite s website They have been known to have a few dogs and perhaps a snake as well in the menagerie They are no longer together.During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Brite at first opted to stay at home, but he eventually abandoned New Orleans and his cats and relocated 80 miles away to his mother s home in Mississippi He used his blog to update his fans regarding the situation, including the unknown status of his house and many of his pets, and in October 2005 became one of the first 70,000 New Orleanians to begin repopulating the city.In the following months, Brite has been an outspoken and sometimes harsh critic of those who are leaving New Orleans for good He was quoted in the New York Times and elsewhere as saying, in reference to those considering leaving, If you re ever lucky enough to belong somewhere, if a place takes you in and you take it into yourself, you don t desert it just because it can kill you There are things valuable than life.

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  1. Why didn t I review this one before Probably because I m a leetle bit embarrassed okay, than a leetle bit embarrassed to have read it at all I remember reading this on a jolly family holiday in Dorset, a short walk away from Thomas Hardy s cottage Georgia was making sandcastles and bouncing on trampolines and there was I reading about gay serial killers who eat their victims and then each other It was inappropriate No other word As stupid books go this was insanely gruesome but it was all the k [...]

  2. It appears that 2008 is going to be the year I plunge blindly into the ever growing morass of uninspired and weak drivel that is gay literature Every other book I pick up concerns one recurring element completely unbridled homosexual revelry And I ll be honest I m disappointed One would think that in all that time that the homosexual minority is busy being shunned, alienated, and whatever else they gripe about in their heart wrenchingly honest and unbiased tales of ostracism generally being so s [...]

  3. Favorite book of all time Lucky to have read it because I stumbled on to it by accident I was looking for a book at a book store in Nashville I read the jacket and was intrigued by the serial killer meets serial killer plot I was even interested when I saw that it was written by a women But when I opened it and saw that the author dedicated the gruesome book to her mom I had to get it I wasn t disappointed Some of the most shocking things I have ever read Shocking in a gross, murderous, gay can [...]

  4. I set out to read a horror for the season, knowing nothing about the author, but having his name and some books dropped on several groups What I got was a gay grotesque, horrible I suppose if one were a victim, difficult to identify with the needs of the victimizers thank the gods This is a psychosexual horror without any occult elements It is quite straight forward, requiring little work on the reader s part Others have summarized the plot see below His style is effective, the characters believ [...]

  5. I very, very rarely quit on a book halfway through I always feel guilty and have to slog through it just so I can feel like I gave it a fair chance This was one of the few books I couldn t stand to finish Now, I m not squeamish, so the gore and sociopathy described in the book didn t bother me at all What did was the lack of dimension in the characters Brite seems to think that writing characters who are evil and disturbed will automatically give them some sort of depth it doesn t and the lack o [...]

  6. i read the ultra dark gothic erotic thriller exquisite corpse for the first time in a mad 24 hour fever dream, while hopped up on vicodin and cold medicine and maybe this is the best way to get through the book, in fact, in that this atmospheric yet disturbingly violent tale takes some getting used to don t get me wrong i love this book be aware, by the way, that author poppy z brite has gone through a big change in her career since then she s now much known for a series of funny relationships [...]

  7. Grossest book I ve ever read After not finishing Asylum, I wanted something scary Brothers and sisters, that s what I got with Poppy Z Brite s Exquisite Corpse I have an exceptionally weak stomach, which is why I usually avoid gore I ve never seen the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies I ve never seen the Freddy Kruger films Gore s just not my thing I m of a psychological terror guy Horrors left offscreen are effective on me This book is quite scary psychologically, but it also revels in blood and [...]

  8. Well this was different.Four characters, each with their own POV, make up this little book of gore and death It begins with Andrew s story, a necrophiliac serial killer from London We follow him as he shrewdly escapes prison and makes his way to New Orleans to start over Next, it s Tran and Luke, an estranged gay couple dealing with the aftermath of an HIV diagnosis and renouncement from a very traditional Vietnamese family Last is Jay, an attractive and very sophisticated cannibal who preys on [...]

  9. This book is demented It s the most obscene and grotesque thing I have ever read Like looking at crime scene photos and being unable to look away And yet I enjoyed it so much it made my teeth ache But I very much feel the need to wash out the inside of my skull now It is definitely not for the squeamish.

  10. Casi todo el libro he estado pensando que le dar a sus buenas 4 estrellas porque estaba muy bien desarrollado y me gusta mucho la forma de escribir que tiene Brite, pero, que coj n s se lleva las 5 estrellazas Intento no ser demasiado benevolente con las estrellitas, pero es que se lo ha merecido.Los ltimos cap tulo, pese a que se sabe lo que va a pasar, te dejan sin aliento, sin poder dejar de leer.Han habido veces que hasta me he encogido de dolor como cuando ves que alguien se parte algo en t [...]

  11. wow I honestly don t know what to think with this book or where to start.I spent most of the book wondering how many stars to even give it because in all honesty I am not even sure I liked it The best way to describe this book its to liken it to a pile up on the M1, you don t want to keep reading watching but you have to you hope its not to gory but you keep reading when it it.Sometimes I was likeen I was.However the story line plot was fantastic and the way poppy tells the story really takes yo [...]

  12. I am trying to think how to write this review I don t like using profanity in my book reviews, but I am about to tell you that this is the most FUCKED UP book I have ever laid eyes on I don t consider myself to be sheltered in any way I am not shocked by much But damn I cannot believe this book was ever published anywhere Yay for freedom of expression But HOLY SHIT This book kept me reading an entire day when I was home due to Hurricane Isaac I would like to say that I was so offended by the ser [...]

  13. I first read this book aout ten years ago I had read two other books by Poppy Z Brite, and was a big fan of them Lost Souls and Drawng Blood Exquisite Corpse took me into a place that was darker than I had ever been, and disturbed me like no book I had read up to that point The writing, as always with PZB, is first rate She is extremely talented, and a master of her craft The book manages to be both violent and sexy the super graphic blood and gore may prove to be turn off for some readers.While [...]

  14. Poppy Z Brite s EXQUISITE CORPSE is darker and infinitely disturbing than any of her previous works This is an unflinching, unapologetic love story between two cannibalistic serial killers.Brite s writing is done so well you can almost smell the scents of the decadent French Quarter Her dialogue is clear, cutting and painfully honest, her imagery so vivid when that first slice is made into the delicate human abdomen you feel your own guts begin to churn The story is made all the chilling becau [...]

  15. This was a brutal read I give the author props for certainly putting me into a murderer s POV, to the point where it was uncomfortable at times I didn t feel much for the characters, except for one whowell, things didn t go well for him If you re into extreme reading, go for it, just know you ve been warned I gave it three stars because it was one hell of an experience and I am glad I read it I may even read it again someday, but I m in no damn hurry ENJOY

  16. When I was 13 I attempted to read this book, and now, I distinctly remember throwing it away in disgust after the first chapter WARNING, WARNING, WARNINGThis novel truly is disgusting , vile, extremely disturbing, putrid Feel brave Come on in This would be equivalent to a scratch and sniff garbage pail kid sticker, labeled bloody fart ButRIOUSLY this retched story sucks you right in, twists and turns you all around, has you writhing in gore, wincing through DETAILED rough gay sex, and squirming [...]

  17. Poppy Z Brite s hardcore horror opus is not for everyone This story, while very compelling and dark, also features some rather gruesome imagery and is not for th faint of heart That said, we end up with a really strong character study of four men, in two relationships One is the soon to be victim and his ex, the other, two serial killers If that sounds like a good hook, it is However, this is not really a thriller, so if your looking for a smash bang ening, look elsewhere Still, for those with t [...]

  18. I made it through the entire book I feel dirty I guess thats a good thing While this book is not for everyone, possibly me the writing is solid, with the exception of some pov problems at the end, and the characters are well drawn Exquisite Corpse is definitely of its time mid 80 s I d forgotten how horrified people were about AIDS and serial killers Both subjects seem thoroughly explored even overdone today But I do see why its become a classic of its genre It captures a moment in time.

  19. This is my first maybe last Brite book, especially if they re as uninteresting as this one A co worker explained the book like this It s like a book written by a high schooler who knows how to write pretty well Sums it up for me The writing, while trying to be daring and disgusting, just came off as juvenile.

  20. Una historia de amor muy bestia, no apta para est magos sensibles Me han gustado el estilo y las descripciones, consigue meterte en situaciones muy extremas, a la vez que los personajes transmiten que lo que ocurre es de lo m s normal para ellos.Si te interesan las mentes trastornadas y no te echan para atr s las descripciones gr ficas de sexo y violencia, es una novela recomendable.

  21. This is nightmarish horror, lurid and grisly As the author sayswho amongst us doesn t crane to look at an accident on the side of the rode, to see how bad the damage is And so it is possible to get sucked into the morass In Exquisite Corpse bodily fluids flow freely and the time setting, the early days of the AIDS epidemic, is integral to the general feel of hopelessness.As with Kyle Sullivan s How to Rape a Straight Guy we are invited into the world of the psychopath, people as connected to may [...]

  22. Gay cannibals in love So okay, this is some warped stuff, but if you can get over the serial killing, cannibalism, and necrophilia, all rendered in loving detail, it s a compelling little read.I don t know that it s aged especially well since it was published in 1996 A lot of Poppy Brite s stories from that period explore themes of homosexuality and gay sexuality, and subsequently there s a certain OH MY GOD LOOK HOW WE RE HAVING TEH UBER GAY SEXSSS exuberance that seems kind of quaint in these [...]

  23. Your life collided with mined you simply failed to survive the wreckage I don t even know what to say about this book This is probably the grossest book I ve read maybe , and it was disturbing on all the levels, but oddly enjoyable It s like if Jeffrey Dahmer fell in love If that doesn t sound interesting to you, definitely don t read this book It s graphic, and gruesome as hell, but it was definitely interesting It s even kind of campy yet so so disgusting This was my first Poppy Z Brite book, [...]

  24. The author writes on her website that both her U.S and British publisher turned down this, her third novel, due to its shocking and controversial subject matter I can t help but think both firms also considered it something of a mess.Brite wrote her vampire novel, Lost Souls when she was nineteen It s gloriously overwritten and steeped in perverse atmospherics Then came Drawing Blood, a gay romance with supernatural elements, considerable amounts of blood, and a happy ending Here are the basic p [...]

  25. I love Poppy Z I love that she s weird, and punk, and that she was true to her word and stopped writing goth when she got older This isn t her best work I actually think her short fiction is her best work This one, I picked up because of all the hype about it being based on Dahmer, and Dahmer was one sick bat nut Maybe it was that comparison though, that made the book less effective That it was loosely based on Dahmer is clear And no matter how visceral the prose tried to be, it couldn t really [...]

  26. It s extremely gruesome and truly morbid, but inexplicably charming The relationship of the two serial killers is fascinating Where this felt just a little bit unbelievable was the portrayal of their ultimate victim view spoiler and how he kinda loved it even while they were stabbing him hide spoiler , but even so I have to give it five stars just for being so off kilter and unforgettable.

  27. The descriptive nature of this book is quite spell bounding and I did love the play with wordsNow with the story line I loved the opening chapter and getting to know Andrew Crompton and his characteristics to me were much like Hannibal Lecter I wish the book was revolved around him than getting intertwined with other meek characters such as Jay, Luke and TranAlso a little far fetched how all these characters seem to come together in the one place as well In saying that I did enjoy the book for [...]

  28. this book is kinda euuuu3333 WTF whaaaaaaat Sh WTH No way He did what I need a break The last part though My God

  29. J ai lu il y a longtemps Les contes de la f e verte, me promettant de retrouver Poppy Z.Brite un jour ou l autre Vingt ans plus tard nous y voil Si vous n avez pas encore lu Brite, sachez tout de m me ce qui vous attend La 4e de couverture, bien que br ve, ne saurait tre plus juste.Andrew Compton, gay, tueur en s rie n crophile, et accessoirement emprisonn pour vingt trois meurtres, r ussit une invraisemblable vasion et se r fugie aux tats Unis, o il rencontre au hasard d une chasse un autre pr [...]

  30. When I read this book, I can only say that it went far and beyond my expectations Now, I myself love horror serial killer themed books, and with that being said it is pretty clear that I have a morbid and disturbed mind only just a tad Exquisite Corpse is not a light read in the least bit, nor is is a book to fully be enjoyed Poppy writes as her title implies in the most disturbingly exquisite way Now most readers, and reviewers of her book on here complain that is was dirty, disgusting, vile, e [...]

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