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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Gauntlet Press; First Edition edition (May 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887368256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887368254
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #818,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of eight novels, three short story collections, two nonfiction books, and some miscellanea. My earlier books -- LOST SOULS, DRAWING BLOOD, WORMWOOD, EXQUISITE CORPSE, THE LAZARUS HEART, ARE YOU LOATHSOME TONIGHT? (a.k.a. SELF-MADE MAN) -- tend toward the twisted, horrific, and frequently erotic. I still have a definite interest in this sort of thing, but my writing doesn't reflect it as much these days. My recent books -- THE VALUE OF X, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, LIQUOR, PRIME, and the forthcoming SOUL KITCHEN -- all have to do (in varying degrees) with a couple of young New Orleans chefs named Rickey and G-man, their families, and their restaurant, Liquor. I've been married to a chef for 16 years now and he's still bringing me new stories. We lost our home in Hurricane Katrina, but we are back in New Orleans and doing our best to help rebuild the city. I'll note new books, anthology appearances and such here, but to read my day-to-day blog, please visit http://docbrite.livejournal.com/

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"Are You Loathsome Tonight?" is a little pricey for such a small volume (185 pages) but as a big fan of Poppy Z. Brite's work I felt it was worth splurging on. Why? Because I got a quickie update on two of my favorite lovers, Trevor and Zach from "Drawing Blood" who, as she puts it, are still in "happy, disgusting, perfect love" - that short story alone was worth the cost of the book for me. Other highlights were "King of the Cats" a sweet, kinky, imaginative retelling of the fairytale "The Poor Miller's Apprentice and the Cat", "Self-Made Man" is another favorite because I can't seem to resist a good graphic zombie/cannibalistic tale, and "Saved" was another stand-out that is both violently erotic and terribly sad. If you've never read Poppy Z. Brite you might want to start out with "Drawing Blood" or "Lost Souls" before you delve into this collection.
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I've been waiting for the soft cover edition forever and after buying it i finally sat down and devoured the contents spellbound, Even though every novel of Miss. Brite is a masterpiece, her true strenth lays in the form she cut her teeth on. The short story. Every story is a beautifull gem,a self contained work that i find different, more literate, more culturaly aware than every other dark fantasy/horror writer out there, The storys here are newer than the ones in her other collection (wormwood, most of it's storys written in the 80's) so these reflect her newer interests along with her old (voodoo,serial killers, asian culture,gothic/deather trappings, the american south)all told in a poetic, purple, lirical voice, buy imediatly!
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I finally picked up Poppy Z. Brite's latest short story collection. The book cover looks so cheap it is a blasphemy to the literary gold that's inside. These stories mark a new direction for Poppy Z. Brite, with her exploring historical fiction and including people such as Elvis. Some of the stories are so short that you wonder, "Is that it?" But there are still some good points. "Vine of the Soul" features an update on Trevor and Zach from DRAWING BLOOD, and "America" is a ditty about Poppy's favorite characters, Steve and Ghost from LOST SOULS. I have to say that my favorite was "Monday's Special," in which Poppy Z. Brite has become a coroner who specializes in weird corpses. "Self Made Man" is also a standout, a horrific tale about a serial killer a la Jeffrey Dahmer whose victims' bodies come to life and eat him. We get such terrifying images of a corpse arising from a bathtub and a severed head rolling around in a refrigerator. "Entertaining Mr. Orton" is very high caliber, if a tad bit all over the place. "King of the Cats" is wonderfully offbeat and has a Grimm's Fairy Tale feel to it. There is one horrible story, and it is "Are You Loathesome Tonight." Elvis does not belong in the nightmarish landscape of Poppy Z. Brite, I'm sorry.
"Are You Loathesome Tonight" is okay, but as a hardcore Poppy Z. Brite fan, I pray every night that she will write another novel.
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Are You Loathsome Tonight is another verdant collection of raw and oozing tales with the ever present scent of eroticism. For this collection we get a greater variety of tales from Brite's mind. I especially liked the introductions to each tale which gives better insight into Brite's writing career. Great characterization, well written plots - a good companion to Wormwood.
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Having read Liquor, I wanted to read more of Poppy Z. Brite's work. Are You Loathsome Tonight? is quite a surprise. I hadn't expected this sort of writing from Ms. Brite, but I'd been told that this work is right on her alley and that she had branched out of the gothic genre with Liquor. These short stories are a mixture of gothic, paranormal and magic realism with some adult fairy tale elements thrown in for good measure. The writing is incredible -- dark, disarming and creative. My favorite stories are "Vine of the Soul," which from what I've read is the update of a previous story, "Monday's Special," "Self-Made Man," and "King of the Cats." I marvel at how marvelously written these stories are. I have placed Poppy Z. Brite in my "must-read" list. She is a very talented, gifted writer. I cannot recommend this short-story collection enough...
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Are You Loathsome Tonight? Is a remarkable collection of twelve short stories by the Queen of the Macabre Poppy Z. Brite.
In Vermis Veritas paints with all the tasty details the world seen through the eyes of maggots. Arise tells the story of a rocker that who gets help for his come-back from a long forgotten friend. Saved (written together with Christa Faust) is showing the readers the danger of weapons used in bed. King of the Cats (written together with David Ferguson) is a fairy-tale about the love a simple miller's apprentice and the ruler of the Kingdom of Cats. In Self-Made Man a serial killer searches for true love that will never leave. In Pin Money an old debt is settled by the dead. America is a snapshot of a conversation between traveling lovers. Entertaining Mr. Orton shows us the reason why possessed guys are better in bed. In Monday's Special Poppy explains what would have happened if she never started to write. Vine of the Soul starts on the eve of the new millennium, the ideal time for new kicks. Mussolini and the Axeman's Jazz is an historical fantasy about the beginning of World War II. Are You Loathsome Tonight? is the perfect illustration of the downfall of a super-star.
Every story of this collection breathes the true spirit of the Gothic genre of which Poppy is a true emissary. Sometimes the reader becomes engulfed by gruesome and detailed descriptions of the most inhuman acts, whereas at the same time the romance seeps slowly through the pages. It is clear that I would not recommend this collection to the faint-hearted, but lovers of Exquisite Corpse will devour this book with an unhealthy, but nevertheless satisfying, voraciousness!
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