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Lost Souls

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,736 Ratings  ·  554 Reviews
In the French quarter of the New Orleans the Mardi Gras revellers concealed a group of pleasure seekers who preferred to wear black. For Zillah, Molochai and Twig the party had been going on for centuries, fuelled by sexual frenzy, green Chartreuse and a cocktail of vodka and innocent blood.

Nothing was born in horror and brought up in suburban Maryland. Even before he ran
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published 1994 by Penguin Books (first published 1992)
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Jun 28, 2007 viola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reallyreally, own
i haven't reread this since i've become an adult, and i've got the distinct feeling that doing so would just ruin it. so i likely never will.

but i'll always remember it as my firm favourite for all of high school. we almost got suspended together once. because my teachers couldn't tell the difference between fiction and nonfiction, even if i could.

so read it if you happen to be fifteen. otherwise i imagine it's a little too much. or read it if you're not fifteen and still in love with vampires a
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
I totally crapped out on this buddy read. Sorry guys! This one is just not working for me. I might try it again in the future. The writing and pacing is weird and it's, okay, I find it pretty boring, to be honest. I didn't even make it to the controversial part(s). 13%. Sigh.

Buddy read with Jess of the Blood Soaked Rainbows and hopefully Kristin of the Luminescent Death on May 9, 2016. I have been wanting to read this forever!
Brendan Detzner
Nov 18, 2007 Brendan Detzner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A crazy, almost plotless explosion of violence, wanderlust, and sexual energy, written when the author was nineteen and possibly a little nuts. A mixture of vampires and rootless young people roam around the south, meet up, split up, meet up again, kill each other, have sex, kill each other while having sex, get lonely, do drugs, and so on. She now mostly disowns it, which only makes it more fun to read as far as I'm concerned. Kind of like reading somebody's diary, or seeing their dreams. If yo ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have the feeling I simply discovered Brite too late...Had I been 13 when I read this (and a bisexual, alcoholic orphan), I might have connected with it in ways that my 22-year-old self just wasn't able...

...But I hope not. It's one thing for genre fiction writers to develop a formula for writing their books (we see this all the time, not just in horror, but--a fortiori--in mysteries and thrillers), but Poppy seems to have developed a formula for writing chapters, even pages. All driving must t
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
May 20, 2016 Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈ by: Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

Buddy read with the lovely Sh3lly and lovely Kristin on May 9.

A full, probably long, semi-autobiographical, slightly personal, and very whacked out review to come.

3.5/4 stars for now.
Dec 26, 2008 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
This book has haunted my waking hours since the first time I read it as a troubled teen. I needed someone to relate to in those days, I needed to know that I was not alone in this crazy, fucked-up world, and then I met Nothing. I traveled with him on his journey, meeting Zillah - a perfect, deadly, damnable, heartbreaking, irresistible bastard - and fell as much in love with him as Nothing did, living vicariously through him as he drank blood, smoked opium, and savored the taste of home on Zilla ...more
Jul 14, 2009 Cazzie rated it it was amazing
This was the third time I read this book, and the third time I developed an overwelming desire to move to New Orleans (pre-Katrina obviously) in order to spend the rest of my days drinking absinthe and stumbling around the French Quarter in search of all the wonderfully sensual alluring vampires of both Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite's novels.
Of course I didn't do that, but the mental image conjoured up by this novel couldn't be a stronger draw. It is the first of PzB's novels to feature the love
Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb:

"Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability (that's the bottom line, isn't it), Dell's
Paul Jr.
Jul 05, 2009 Paul Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror lovers, m/m fiction lovers
Everywhere you go these days, you can’t help but hear all the kids talking about Twilight: about how the vampires are so groundbreaking, how they can walk about during the day, about how their fangs don’t show until they need them, how the angst of these teen vampires just speaks to them. Now, I haven’t read Twilight, but I do have a few acquaintances (significantly younger than I) who can not get their fill of the brooding teen bloodsuckers, and I’ve heard more than my fill of the plots or the ...more
Jul 30, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tween vamp fans
If you're going through puberty and feeling weird, this is a great book to read. With enough vampires, gay sex, incest and goth clubbing to satisfy any young misunderstood oddball (and truthfully, I have never been in a single goth club that played "Bela Lugosi's Dead" even once, let alone every night), this is a fun piece of wish-fulfillment. Dark, twisted, unbelieavable and not particularly sophisticated, I'd recommend this to anyone wearing Crow makeup in a rural town in the midwest.
Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
The other day I had to drive somewhere and my iPod was dead. At first this was annoying. Then I was like, "I'm reading LOST SOULS. I'll just listen to my goth mix!" So I put in my Gotharama Pt. 2 mix (Pt. 1 got lost) and wouldn't you know it, the first song on there was by Bauhaus. But it wasn't "Bela Lugosi's Dead," it was "She's in Parties." And there were a lot of other quality goth bands on the CD and no more Bauhaus.

My point is Brite mentions Bauhaus a lot in this book. And I do love them.
Nov 16, 2010 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy! Lost Souls & I go way back to 2004 when i was only 14. I was exactly like Nothing, the protagonist of the story; lost, goth and "pale" (Just a heads up! You'll be seeing that word so many times!), rebellious, bored and oh so very angsty! I loved this book, i loved the semen, i loved the gothic girl in the bar, loved the purple glasses, the velvet clothes, the incest, the love, the rock'n'roll, the chocoalteness in Molochai, the chartreuse as green as limes (oh who can forget!) and th ...more
Andrea Poulain
Jan 07, 2016 Andrea Poulain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbti

La música de los vampiros es un libro crudo, crudísimo, no apto para personas sensibles. De hecho, puede que ni siquiera hayan nombrar a su autora; debido a sus temas recurrentes es bastante desconocida y queda relegada a cierto grupo de personas interesadas.

Lo he dicho, y lo repito: este libro no es apto para personas sensibles, no muchos la pueden disfrutar (y hablamos sólo de disfrutar, ya no de entender). Su obra está llena de muertes, de violaciones d
Fifteen-year-old Nothing runs away from his adoptive home and falls in with three vampires, one of whom is his unwitting father. In a haze of drugs, sex, and blood drinking, Nothing is drawn closer to New Orleans and the climactic events that will reveal his past and determine his future. Lost Souls is indulgent and gratuitous to the extreme, which will either delight or disgust the reader. Personally, I loved itand though I preferred the concept to the actual plot, I found Lost Souls visceral, ...more
Jax Goss
It was a very weird experience rereading this book. The first time I read it, I was about 21, and visiting my friend Tash in Grahamstown because I had finished my degree but hadn't figured out what to do with my life. So I went "home" to work it out. I was lost, I was overly dramatic. I was totally seduced by Brite's nihilistic characters.

But now I'm 36, I have a child and a life and some much more grown up sensibilities (though I don't feel like a grown up really), and it reads totally differe
John Wiltshire
Apr 28, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb, imaginative read. A new take on vampires. Very graphic like most of Poppy Z Brite's writing.
Sep 27, 2012 Ithlilian marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book is certainly dark, which is usually a good thing, but it did nothing for this book at all. There's a boy named Nothing that has sex with any and all of his friends and does drugs. Also, an abuser character that beats up his woman, a psychic boring character named Ghost, and 3 vampires that aren't very interesting. People do drugs, kill each other, kill their best friends, sleep with their fathers, some people get pregnant, some run away from home...yawn. If this book is supposed to be ...more
Fenriz Angelo
It is very dark i guess I'd have loved it if i were the 12yo goth kid i used to be. I like that the queerness of the characters is not a big deal. The characters are good but at times they feel flat, especially the vampires, I like them but some times i thought they were cartoonized, it's just the fact that they have lived hundred of years and they always have a night of party sex and rock n' roll. I mean that must be boring after so long right?.
There's some pretty fucked up shit here, like ince
Aug 27, 2015 Coralie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
3 stars for the book + a whole star for Ghost, at least.
I didn't love everything about the book and I have mixed feelings about some parts of it, there are some unnecessary scenes in it in my opinion, or unnecessarily revolting ones (for instance, without really spoiling anything, the novel could have done without that scene between Jessy and her father). The back cover of my edition says "sex, blood and rock'n'roll", add a lot of alcohol and grime to the cocktail, well, that was a bit much for
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 08, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I brought this book with me on vacation, along with 6 others (what can I say, I'm finicky). After putting one book aside out of complete boredom I feared nothing would hold my attention. I ended up plowing my way through 280 pages of Lost Souls before I knew it. Being that its been nearly 12 years since I originally read it, I wasn't surprised to realize that only vague images and memories of lush prose had stuck with me and that I had forgotten all about the basic plot line. I figured jaded me ...more
Madeline Knight-Dixon
There’s a reason that most of the best vampire novels are not part of the mass media; because they’re dark, fucked up, and would make most people cringe. That’s how this book is. If you like things like Twilight or The Vampire Diaries (I’ll say softer vampires, not that there’s anything wrong with them) I wouldn’t recommend it. If however you like things like Dracula, True Blood, or Anne Rice, you will be obsessed with this book.

It practically drips with sensuality, but the kind of sexual imager
Sep 26, 2011 Darlene rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this audiobook for review from Crossroad Press through Audiobook Jukebox's Solid Gold Reviewer Program. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

I love vampires, and I love audiobooks – so I jumped at the chance to review a vampire audiobook! It was not at all what I expected.

Lost Souls is about three androgynous bisexual (although mostly homosexual) vampires: Zillah (the leader) and his two sidekicks (Molochai and Twig). They come t
Michael Alexander
May 28, 2010 Michael Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glorious, glorious unvarnished teen id. I echo the review that says it's got all the over-the-top indulgence of fanfic, all the loving attention to detail and narrative drive of commercial fiction. Another one of those books that if I'd discovered it young enough to take it seriously, I might not have made it through high school. A billion band references, a handful of bloody heartless bloodsucking murders, 5 different kinds of adolescent loneliness and isolation, all the good sex is between the ...more
Corinne Stoppelli
Dans son au coeur de la Nouvelle-Orléans, Christian, créature mystérieuse et centenaire, reçoit la visite d’une adolescente étrange. Jessy, passionnée par les vampires, désire plus que tout être “mordue” par l’un d’eux pour devenir des leurs. Trois autres êtres les croiseront, vampires aux moeurs moindres qui n’hésiteront pas, au contraire de Christian, à se servir de Jessy pour assouvir leurs désirs. Jessy sortira de cette nuit vivante, mais portant en son sein une créature meurtrière.

Jun 30, 2011 Karinloos rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You either love this book or you hate it, there is no in between. Personally I hated it.

Notwithstanding that its an excellent book which is why I actually finished reading it.

I do not recommend this book for anyone who likes romance / urban fantasy. Its a hard book, the sex in the book is twisted. The male to male sex is incest and the male to female sex is rape. Really not for the faint hearted. The way the writer describes her goth characters is sooo very stereo typed (bi-sexual , depressed
Kendall Wilson
Feb 21, 2013 Kendall Wilson rated it really liked it
The first time I read Lost Souls I was 14 and, while parts of it may be shocking just for the sake if it and it may not be the best-written story, this book was exactly what I needed at the time. It gave me characters that were going through a lot of the same struggles as I was, and they listened to my favourite bands that no one else around me liked. Rereading it now while I'm a bit older and, hopefully, a bit wiser, I can see flaws in the story and the writing that I couldn't then, but I love ...more
Matthew Valletta
Nov 05, 2013 Matthew Valletta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Why, oh why did I wait so long to read something by Poppy Z. Brite? I have always known I would like it. Most people have favorable things to say about her. I didn't know I would love her like I do. I sipped this book. I savored it. When I first started to read it, I gulped it like it was water and I had been wandering the desert. I forced myself to slow down just so it could last as long as possible, like when I have really nice chocolates. There are good authors, and then there are great autho ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*
I first read this book when I was 16 ( a lend from a now ex-bf) and was so very much in love with the world that Poppy Z. Brite created that I searched for my own copy to re-read it for 10 years!! And for someone who reads as much as I do that says just about everything!! Although the writer claims this is not his favourite book (making me want to read his other stuff so very much more) I just love it. It's dark and twisted and takes the concept of Vampires in a totally unique and bizarre twist ...more
Jul 31, 2014 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy-trash
As I write this review, I have about 57 minutes of the audiobook remaining. I will finish it, though it pains me to do so. That being said nothing can happen in those 57 minutes that are going to change my mind about this book.

I have to be honest. I really tried to like this book. In some circles, I was made to understand that Lost Souls and Poppy Z. Brite was a bit of brilliance. I was under the impression that this book was some ground breaking stuff.

Maybe if I felt like one of the 'Lost Souls
Apr 06, 2011 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of all time. Bloody, gory, visceral, and possibly completely inappropriate for anyone over the age of 22, my copy is bound in black electrical tape, and underlined in purple ink. And it still smells like smoke.
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Poppy Z. Brite (born Melissa Ann Brite, now going by Billy Martin) is an American author born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Born a biological female, Brite has written and talked much about his gender dysphoria/gender identity issues. He self-identifies almost completely as a homosexual male rather than female, and as of 2011 has started taking testosterone injections. His male name is Billy Martin.

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