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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 forces with Jay, a dissolute playboy. They set their sights on a young Vietnamese-American runaway, who 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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The Terror Eight promotion is a collection of some of the best horror novels on the market today, spine-tingling tales from the genre's top authors. This is a must-have collection for old readers and new. Poppy Z. Brite has been hailed as the queen of Gothic horror. 'She is the only author I know who could write a guidebook to hell that could make me want to go there' Peter Straub 'Exuberant use of language, finely tuned sense of irony' IRISH TIMES 'The sheer power of her descriptions are overwhelmingly three-dimensional and brilliantly sensory. She has an extraordinary facility for creating sights, sounds and smalls that are potent almost to the point of being palpably physical' THE TIMES 'Rice, Koontz and King are cringing wusses next to Poppy Z. Brite' NEW YORK NATIVE

Promotional Information

The Terror Eight promotion is a collection of some of the best horror novels on the market today, spine-tingling tales from the genre's top authors. This is a must-have collection for old readers and new. Poppy Z. Brite has been hailed as the queen of Gothic horror. 'She is the only author I know who could write a guidebook to hell that could make me want to go there' Peter Straub 'Exuberant use of language, finely tuned sense of irony' IRISH TIMES 'The sheer power of her descriptions are overwhelmingly three-dimensional and brilliantly sensory. She has an extraordinary facility for creating sights, sounds and smalls that are potent almost to the point of being palpably physical' THE TIMES 'Rice, Koontz and King are cringing wusses next to Poppy Z. Brite' NEW YORK NATIVE

About the Author

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

Reviews

Blood-soaked sheets, cannibalism, rotting, half-dissected corpses: this gruesome psychological horror novel has all the grue a reader might‘or might not‘want. Brite (Drawing Blood, 1993), the reigning queen of Generation-X splatterpunks, pulls out the stops in this ghastly tale of two serial killers who find true love over the body of a murdered and mutilated boy in the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. Londoner Andrew Compton, imprisoned for the necrophiliac slayings of 23 young men, escapes from prison by (rather unbelievably) faking his own death and killing the coroners gathered to autopsy his body. Fleeing to Louisiana, he hooks up with Jay Byrne, slacker scion of a wealthy old family, a man whose murders are even more fiendish than Compton's own. Brite is a highly competent stylist with a knack for depicting convincing, if monstrous, characters. Her plot development rests too heavily on coincidence, however, and on an excess of details drawn from the life of real-world serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer. Though Brite shifts point of view throughout, she always returns to Compton's first person. This technique gives the narrative rhythm and emotional force but also seems aimed toward intimating the reader in Compton's acts of dehumanization ("the aesthetics of dismemberment") and depravity. And so what Brite really presents here is, ultimately, yet another crimson leaf in the literature of the pornography of violence. (Aug.)

Acclaimed horror writer Brite (Drawing Blood, LJ 10/1/93) has never been one to mince words, but even the most hardened among us will cringe when reading this latest, which easily surpasses Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho on the gore-o-meter. English serial killer Andrew Compton, who killed 23 boys before being caught, escapes from prison and makes his way to Louisiana, where he inadvertently teams up with another fellow who shares his appetite for dismemberment and necrophilia. Young Tran, a gay Louisiana teen who is evicted by his Vietnamese father, foolishly proffers himself to our vicious pair. Tran's only hope for surviving the encounter with all limbs intact is his ex-lover Luke, a tough but AIDS-weakened writer who rants about heterosexual America on a pirate radio station, using the name "Lush Rimbaugh." All in all, Exquisite Corpse is a rub-it-in-your face novel that is all the more terrifying because of its author's razor-sharp prose. Purchase wherever Brite has a following.‘Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"

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