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Exquisite Corpse Paperback – August 20, 1997
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In this novel, the setting is the mid-1980's a time where fear of AIDS was riding high, and people were dying right and left. In this bare, unemotional world, we meet two serial killers. Jay and Andrew murder for the joy of it, reveling in the corpses that they construct. The murders are graphic and gory, the prose clinical and restrained. Fans of Poppy's flowing poetic prose will find a different thing all together this tome around.
"Exquisite Corpse" was written in this way because it suits the mood of the novel. A world where people are dying from a ravishing disease, and embrace death as an escape. Where we are thrust into the minds of murderers of the most sickening sort. A literal hell on earth, this novel is without love, without hope, without any semblance of normalcy.
Poppy took a chance on writing this novel, and I praise her for it. "Exquisite Corpse" is relatively short, which some will think of as a blessing. The ending is too fast and unsatisfying, as if Poppy just got tired of living in the nightmarish world of depression and depravity that she created.
Still, this novel is worth a look for hardcore Poppy fans only. I would read "Lost Souls" and "Drawing Blood" before delving into this book, though.
The book is extremely gory -- for those of you who have a weak stomach you might want to pass on this one.
AIDS is a theme throughout the book. I found myself thinking how true some of her points were about the amount of research being done to find a cure and the extremes some people might feel like going to so that a cure could be focused on.
This is the best book I have read by this author -- and ranked in my top books I have read. This book is a must read for anyone who is into horror -- but it might spoil you for others...
As with her previous novels, Poppy Z. Brite is as uncompromising on theme as she is on imagery. Forget Anne Rice! Brite shines darkly as the unchallenged Maven of the Macabre. Her prose is virtuosic - she lures you in with a sweet scent and then devours you with a heady, but often painful bite. Yet even though the actual words printed on the pages of this book paint bloody images of torture, grisly serial murder, heinous acts of cannibalism and unbounded necrophelia, EXQUISITE CORPSE might very well be one of the most powerful statements about the consequences of hate, bigotry and loneliness to ever survive the mass-market censors. Yes, it lurid! By all means, it's WAY over the top. But it clearly gets your attention - like a pick-axe right between the eyes.Read more ›
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First, let's get the positives out of the way now: the prose and style are both quite excellent and while the dialogue comes off as a little stiff and unnatural, it rarely breaks... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lex Logic
This is an amazing book that turned me on to the wonders of splatterpunk. It made me cringe and audibly utter 'WTF!? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jim Wicked
Poppy Brite is another New Orleans author. I enjoy books that reference New Orleans landmarks.Published 2 months ago by Turtle Kientz
"Dark" doesn't cover it. This book is darker than dark. It's also brilliant. Well written, intelligent, nuanced, beautifully written, and morbid as f***. My first Poppy Z. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Venus Doom
This book was just horrible and disgusting. Didn't really care for the characters and it's extremely graphic. The story didn't appeal to me.Published 3 months ago by Patrick
If you like dark stories.. this is for you.
" It was like discovering that your innermost fires and terrors, the things you believed no one else could fathom, were in fact... Read more
Just started reading it and love it so far! Looks just like the picture!Published 6 months ago by Angel Altamirano Jr.