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Exquisite Corpse Paperback – 21 Aug 2008
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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.See all Product description
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I found the pace of this book quite odd. Brite takes a while to set up the main event and often I found myself becoming disengaged from the story, then all of a sudden it races to the denouement in a bloody mess of violence and gore.
This book came recommended through one of those '25 thrillers to keep you up all night' lists you get, and I knew the author's name. I had abandoned another of Brite's books, Lost Souls, in 2009. Pretty sure I never picked it up again. 3/4 of this book would have seen me doing the same again, but the last 1/4 was pretty horrific so, for me, a horror fan, it saved the book. I did enjoy Exquisite Corpse, maybe not enough to pick up another Brite, which is pretty telling.
This book. . . Its wonderfully addictive and engaging.
The prosaic nature of the act of murder and sexual gratification, the wavering of psychoactive madness born from passion and greed for fluids exhumed or squirted from our vessels of flesh, its beautifully written, a character study on top on being able to delve into prose thats artfully and emotionally resonant and all too real.
I'm truly impressed. Its a post modern transgressive horror love story of the ages.
One thing, if you are of a delicate disposition I wouldn't recommend. Radio 4 banned a review of it being aired. You have been warned