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Exquisite Corpse [Paperback]

Poppy Z. Brite
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21 Aug 2008

A terrifying novel of love and slaughter set in London and New Orleans.

To serial killer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most intimate art. After feigning his own death to escape from a life sentence in prison, he makes his way to America with the intention of bringing his art to new heights. Tortured by his own perverse desires, he inadvertently joins forced with Jay, a dissolute playboy. They set their sights on a young Vietnamese-American runaway, whom they deem to be the perfect victim. Moving from the grimy streets of London's Piccadilly Circus to the decadences of New Orleans' French Quarter, Poppy Z. Brite dissects the landscape of torture and invites us into the mind of a serial killer in this riveting, unforgettable masterpiece of horror.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (21 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575084359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575084353
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Terror Eight title: dark reads for hot summer nights!

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Poppy Z. Brite is the author of eight novels, three short story collections, two nonfiction books, and some miscellanea.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
When I discovered this book (I must say it was the pretty sadomasochist-style cover which attracted me) I thought it would be sick in an Easton Ellis kind of way- I was wrong. Exquisite Corpse is necrophiliac, cannibalistic porn, and you will probably be shocked when you start reading. However, no matter how sickenned you are, Poppy will draw you in, she will make you both horrified and turned on; you won't stop reading, it will stay with you every second, Jay will visit you in your dreams, even weeks later- the word "corpse" will be overheard and that nauseating flood will pour out of your soul- if you read this, you will NEVER forget it.
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I am a big fan of Poppy's stuff and this book was no exception. Although it is very, very disturbing I would still recommend it, but if you have never read any Poppy before, I would not start here. Try Lost Souls? first. This book is horror in the truest sense of the term and written by a writer who is not afraid to tackle some pretty darn scary subjects that most people would automatically shy away from. Whatever you may think of her choice of subject matter, I would say that this book was very finely executed and is a very gripping story. It stands alongside her other books and should not be shoved aside just cause its a scarier and more disturbing than the rest. I think this book exists to encourage we readers to broaden our horizons a little and to not expect our reading matter to be safe and cozy all the time. Poppy shows us some frightening stuff, but at the same time keeps us to the path she has put us on.
And, a final suggestion - read this book at home and not on the bus!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dahmer retold 7 Mar 1998
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Brite, the daring author of two previous novels ("Lost Souls?" and "Drawing Blood") is, I must admit, my favorite author in the horror genre. Needless to say, after "Drawing Blood," I was waiting and waiting and waiting for "Exquisite Corpse." As I read the novel, I was annoyed at how the book was progressing. It seemed only to be a barely fictionalized account of the Jeffrey Dahmer case. Anyone who is familiar with Dahmer's attrocities can tell you that this book could well be a newspaper account. But, I had faith in Brite, knowing that before the last page she would put an interesting twist upon it. I was, however, greatly disappointed. Gone was the beauty, romance and true horror I had come to expect. I was shocked. I was "grossed-out", but I felt nothing for the characters. What I did feel was an immense sadness and a great hope that the family of the Vietnamese-American boy that Dahmer killed NEVER, EVER, EVER read this book. If they do, they will get every gory detail of their son's/brother's death as fictionalized by Brite. That possibility disturbs me more than the graphic-ness of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXQUISITE CORPSE 1 Sep 1998
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This has to be one of the most fantastic books I have ever read. Her characters are not only real, but display what real people are like. I found myself hateing and loveing the different characters and it is very difficult to actually become attached to a character when they are mostly cardboard. Though her style in this book is much more gory than I am used to by her, I found it to be a most enjoyable and wonderful way to read. It is not every day you can find a book that makes you so sick that you must put it down and settle your stomach! Other books by Poppy Z. Brite include Drawing Blood. This is the first one of her books I read, and it made me a true lover of her work. I would have to say that she has certainly matured as a writer when it comes to her later work compaired to her recent. It seems she has found more ways to work her magic into our minds, and in my case, my stomach! I do hope to see more of her work in the future, and Poppy, if you are reading this, just know that I am by far your biggest fan, and can only hope to be a fantastic writer like you someday. You may be asking yourself why it is I gave this book five stars. You have to look at the aspects of her style. She writes in a way that, as I stated above, can work wonders right into your mind. Her books, especially this one, was impossible to put down and a heart brake to finnish, as I have found with all of her books. She seems to have re invented the murderer in this book, and it seems like she is a damn good inventor! So, I give this, and much more praise to anyone who will listen, Poppy Z Bright is a fantastic and soulful writer that desirves much much more than she gets in terms of recognition. I cannot talk of most places, but most people around here have not herd of her. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one for the faint hearted... 24 Jun 2009
I love my horror novels, I am surprised I had never come across Poppy Z. Brite before (maybe because she is not commercial enough for my local bookshop), but I am pleased I did!

First and foremostly, this is not a book for someone easily offended, or likes their horror novels to be more about suggestion and holding tension. This isn't for someone who wants their image of internal organs to remain looking like a string of sausages covered in tinned spaghetti - this is an out and out gore-fest, bodily fluid and faeces - the lot.

I agree with what someone previously said, the main gripe I have with this is that there naff all story line, and I did initially find it hard to keep track of the characters (especially as it was my commute read, and one character I would get to know on Monday, I would not see again until Wednesday, and by that point, I would have forgotten about them). However, what Exquisite Corpse does is allow Brite to show off her skill for creating interesting characters - and will draw you in and shove you head first into subject matters, such as AIDS, necrophilia and cannibalism, in all its sickening twisted glory sans sugar-coating, where many seasoned horror writers are too scared to tread. What truly impresses me is Brite's ability to get into the minds of people we would normally regard as monsters, vile creatures of the devil, and give them a short sharp breath of humanity.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't read again!

This book is the Dahmer story re-told from the necrophilia to the cannibalism to the saving of body parts and even to the tragic end of a Vietnamese boy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lidianna
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're expecting gore and violence you won't be disappointed!
It did not surprise me to learn that this book was refused by Brite's normal publisher due to the content. This is a novel packed full of gore and explicit sex. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Culture Vulture
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Poppy Z Brite is an excellent author, can be very deep and disturbing but would recommend to anyone as its a great read
Published 18 months ago by suzydoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
I first read this book when I was in my teens.

It is, in my opinion, loosely based on the murders committed by Jeffrey Dahmer. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by The Next Verse
5.0 out of 5 stars Confused...
Reading through these reviews, what I fail to understand is how people can condemn this book so much. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2010 by worldofshrimps
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and it is amazing. I have always read horror (starting with Shaun Hutson at age 12) and this is the first book to make me feel a... Read more
Published on 1 May 2010 by Burning Star
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrifyingly Wonderful
I first read this a year or so ago, and it took me a while to get into it. However, once I hit the plot I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on 13 July 2009 by Miss C, J
5.0 out of 5 stars Gory, brutal and fabulous!
I first read Exquisite Corpse when I was 12 years old. I live in a house full of books and my mother pointed to a copy of this book and said (direct quote) "you can read any book... Read more
Published on 24 May 2009 by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite... Aptly named.
Having already read and adored 'Lost Souls' I came to this book with very high hopes and can gladly say I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2008 by Ms. Claire F. Hassell
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a little bit nasty
When it comes to the descriptions of horrific events, as in murder etc, I can mostly find it quite easy to digest, that is in the context of an investigation etc, with a degree of... Read more
Published on 15 July 2008 by The Pash
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