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by Poppy Z. Brite (Author), Chris Patton (Narrator)
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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 12 hours and 33 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: CrossRoad Press
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 Jan 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J08A04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Three stylish vampires arrive in New Orleans just in time for Mardis Gras, and then disappear again. While in the city, the group's leader, Zillah, meets and impregnates an adolescent girl. Fifteen years later, the child of that pairing, a boy who calls himself simply "Nothing" is living with adoptive parents in the suburbs, where he - like so many other teens - feels isolated and out of place. The answer is, his father is a vampire, leaving Nothing hovering precariously between worlds.

When Nothing runs away from home he meets up with none other than Zillah and his small troupe, Molochai and Twig. Together they go on a quest to seek out Nothing's favorite band, Lost Souls. Nothing is aided along the way by a psychic named ghost, and their relationship leads to the ultimate inner battle where Nothing must choose between his wild, vampiric heritage, or preserving his humanity to save the life of another.

©1993 Poppy Z. Brite ; (P)2010 CrossRoad Press

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Rice with Balls 15 Feb 2002
I love vampire fiction but despise the flowery and stereotypical stories of Anne Rice. This is an utterly fantastic novel which I read every month or so, usually in one sitting.
Its an original spin on the vampire myth with characters so completley depicted that you react strongly to them, loving some, hating others, idolising many.
It covers the interaction between two small town best friends and musicians; the debauchery of three punk vampires; an ancient and lonely vampire from the French Quater and a lonesome, jaded young boy who always knew he was more than he seemed to be. In all this you get love, violence, mystery, incest, voodoo, witch craft and more.
It is harshly beautiful and written asthough Brite speaks straight into your mind, and I defy anyone, gay straight or androgenous not to laugh out loud, cry and fall totally in love with at least one character.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing startling and intense!!! 15 Mar 2005
Poppy Z.Brite's Lost Souls is an amazing piece of literature. This book was on my course reading list and to be honest at first i struggled to pick it up. But once i had I simply could not put it down! Its dark, mysterious and often very graphic at times.
I would say however that many male readers (Like my boyfriend did) would struggle with the extremely graphic descriptions of sexual acts between many of the male characters but if you are a lover of intense gothic horror then this is the book for you, delve deep into the world Brite conjours up for the imagination and above all enjoy...just try not to be eating your tea at certain points!!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars transcending all I ever imagined... 20 Oct 2000
Almost lost for words here.. The most beautiful book I have perhaps ever read. Poppy Z.Brite writes like no other. It's near overwhelming. Occasionally dreamlike, often all too real, the novel is painful to read in places. Concerning love and self-sacrifice, the loss of innocence in the often incomprehensible world we have all found ourselves in, it is all to easy to believe. Sometimes I walk down the street and see the vampires looking back at me... It all depends on your point of view. Read. Cry, like I did and do every time I re-read it.Then go and read 'Drawing Blood'. There is beauty here beyond our understanding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Lost Souls, Poppy Z. Brite's first novel, may be shockingly perverse to those not already immersed in the darker waters of fiction and life, but with its lurid omnisexuality wrapped in a blood-encased poultice of horror, it stands as a mesmerizing achievement, lending ever newer blood to the world of vampirology. While some may chide Brite's vampires for being so awfully unlike the debonair charmer Count Dracula or even the grossly disfigured Nosferatu, herein actually lies the strength of the novel. In Brite's world, good and evil do not exist, and if they do, they are oftentimes quite difficult to tell apart. There is not one character in this entire novel who is even within earshot of the bells of Normality, no one whom in all truth could be called a hero in the traditional sense. This is a world encased in darkness; even the sunlight filters through halfheartedly, as if it realizes it is just fooling itself when it pretends it can wash away the darkness with its feeble rays of light. The characters are exquisite yet deeply tainted, some by blood, some by drink and drugs, and some by the shiftier shadows that like to entomb the mind of man insidiously and secretly.
If nothing else, one cannot say these characters are forgettable. We first meet Christian, a centuries-old vampire running a bar in New Orleans. One Mardi Gras night, a trio of his brethren come into the bar and entrance him with their modern ways of dalliance, unrestrained pleasure-seeking, and vitality. Christian is both literally and figuratively cold and dead inside, but the vampire trio are electric and unrestrained. Twig and Molochai are almost childlike in their recklessness, but Zilla is something special. His mysterious chartreuse-enlivened eyes do all but breathe fire through their entrancingly hypnotic gazes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Age Of Horror 13 May 2004
I bought lost souls? a second before catching a plane to cyprus by the time i had touched down i had read the book and didnt put it down for my entire holiday re-reading it and learning it by heart. By the time i arrived home i expected to see the characters zillah , moloki and twig in my local pub , nothing wandering around with the other children from my neighbourhood and ghost and steve jamming up my local night-spot which previewed upcoming local bands regulary. I fell in love with the characters thanks to Brite's amazing description of each and everyone of her characters , her description on the incest relationship between nothing and his father gripped me the way a 15 year old boy could be so in touch with his sexuality yet know nothing about it and the way steve and ghost show us that what may seem like an innocent friendship could really harbour sexual feelings made me wonder about my own feelings. Poppy catches the magic of what she knows and injects it into the reader using her characters. An extremly enjoyable book which reached all my emotions on a different level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 5 May 2002
I don't think I have read a more beautifull book. The emotion for each of the character is just heartbreaking. Brite write in a way that makes you fall completely in love with everything about the book. I warn you though, it best to have a box of tissues while reading this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as described
Book is old and dirty and I will need to wear gloves to read it. The description said it was in "very good condition" - yes, well it is not falling apart if that is what... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs A Ashkanani
2.0 out of 5 stars It is not good condition
The book looked tatty as though it had been used a lot. The front cover was all creased which I was not expecting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Catherine Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
An interesting and, at times, genuinely creepy read. Entertaining and kept my interest until the end- I would recommend it as it was a pretty good book, however I wouldn't suggest... Read more
Published 10 months ago by helen
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
i read this book two years ago and its in a leauge with bram stoker and anne rice who i consider the best vampire writers
amazing amazing creepy, scary, sexy, fun, great read
Published 14 months ago by suenosueno
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I'm a big fan of vampires and have read everything from Rice's chronicles to Charlaine Harris's Dead Series. I even read the first Twilight book. I had to see... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2011 by Family Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This book took my breath away.

There are not many books that I remember. This however, was one of them. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by The Next Verse
2.0 out of 5 stars I believe I'm the minority
Well, I have to say I am shocked at the 5* reviews on this book. The writing was fab the characters were captivating but overall, it was plain odd .... and not in a good way! Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by Paula Pernickity
5.0 out of 5 stars Marmite
Lost Souls is a curiosity. Possibly the most striking thing about it is the new take it offers on the figure of the vampire -- here, it's definetly a choice. Read more
Published on 6 April 2010 by Scheherazade
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read.
I read this book years ago and it certainly was a powerful read. If you find Anne Rice books a little too nice and more recent vampire books a little too teen magazine give this... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2010 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
Lost Souls? was the first book I'd read of Poppy Z. Brite's (after buying it in a bit of a shopping spree) and since finishing it I've gone on a quest to read all of her books. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2009 by K. E. Webb
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