Exquisite Corpse

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Touchstone, Aug 20, 1997 - Fiction - 240 pages
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To serial slayer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most intimate art. After feigning his own death to escape from prison, Compton makes his way to the United States with the sole ambition of bringing his "art" to new heights. Tortured by his own perverse desires, and drawn to possess and destroy young boys, Compton inadvertently joins forces with Jay Byrne, a dissolute playboy who has pushed his "art" to limits even Compton hadn't previously imagined. Together, Compton and Byrne set their sights on an exquisite young Vietnamese-American runaway, Tran, whom they deem to be the perfect victim.

Swiftly moving from the grimy streets of London's Piccadilly Circus to the decadence of the New Orleans French Quarter, and punctuated by rants from radio talk show host Lush Rimbaud, a.k.a. Luke Ransom, Tran's ex-lover, who is dying of AIDS and who intends to wreak ultimate havoc before leaving this world, Exquisite Corpse unfolds into a labyrinth of murder and love. Ultimately all four characters converge on a singular bloody night after which their lives will be irrevocably changed -- or terminated.

Poppy Z. Brite dissects the landscape of torture and invites us into the mind of a killer. Exquisite Corpse confirms Brite as a writer who defies categorization. It is a novel for those who dare trespass where the sacred and profane become one.

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The plot is more of a love story than a horror story. - Goodreads
A treacherously grotesque and horrific love story. - Goodreads
I loved this period of Poppy Brite's writing. - Goodreads
And the ending felt pointless and unsatisfying. - Goodreads
Her prose if beautiful. - Goodreads
Yes, it is rather heavy on the purple prose. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Charlie - Goodreads

I quite enjoyed this. Yes, it is rather heavy on the purple prose. However, I delight in a lot of description, therefore the writing style enhanced my reading experience. The choice to set this in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wigs - Goodreads

I have very mixed feelings about this. The writing is good, and toward the end I actually cared about what the outcome would be, but honestly this book is so grossly upsetting, I don't recommend this ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Poppy Z. Brite is the author of seven novels, three colle

Poppy Z. Brite is the author of seven novels, three collections of short stories, and much miscellanea. Known for herctions of short stories, and much miscellanea. Known for her horror fiction, at present she is working on a series of no horror fiction, at present she is working on a series of novels and short stories set in the New Orleans restaurant worvels and short stories set in the New Orleans restaurant world. Her novel Liquor was recently published to general critild. Her novel Liquor was recently published to general critical acclaim, and her followup novel, Prime, will be releasedcal acclaim, and her followup novel, Prime, will be released in 2005. She lives in New Orleans with her husband Chris, a in 2005. She lives in New Orleans with her husband Chris, a chef. chef.

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