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Lost Souls

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  11,077 ratings  ·  463 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...more
Mass Market Paperback, 359 pages
Published 1994 by Penguin Books (first published 1992)
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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...more
Brendan Detzner
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
Dec 26, 2008 Crystal rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Paul Jr.
Jul 05, 2009 Paul Jr. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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 it—and though I preferred the concept to the actual plot, I found Lost Souls visceral,...more
When I was thirteen years old and first picked up this novel, I was in such awe. When I was thirteen, I thought this book was so flawless, I thought it had superb characters and a scintillating plotline and a creative handling of vampire mythos.

Now that I'm twenty-two years old, I have really outgrown Lost Souls. I rolled my eyes with each turn of the page from beginning to finish when I reread it. The teen angst is as hysteric and shallow as possible, worse, there is melodramatic manpain at its...more
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
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...more
Michael Alexander
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.

Kendall Wilson
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
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
Barks & Bites
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
Zachary Hanes
Young Poppy Z. Brite truly outdid herself with this book. Though currently shunned by herself to this day, I find inspiration within it. Where else could I go to read about my favorite bands? Bauhaus, The Cramps, Cocteau Twins, The Cure, all of which play a huge role in who I am. This story is told through several characters throughout the story whose path's coincidentally cross several times. In fact, the whole story is one big coincidence. We follow an inspirational band, three party going vam...more
Andrew Sydlik
It's been a few years since I read this book, so I might be more harsh on it if I read it today, but it's a novel that's very hard to forget. What I remember the most was how Brite makes some of the most violent, disturbing things sound beautiful, or at least sensual through her description. She's very much into a "gothic" aesthetic, drawing on influences classical and modern.

Some of the scenes are a bit over-the-top, but oddly, the violence doesn't seem so much to be serving plot or even the pu...more
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...more
Lost Souls is a journey.
It was a long and tedious journey for a 30 year old.
Brite had originally published this book in the early 90's. I guess I missed it the first time around. However,the books cult following is not lost on me and I do occasionally dig a good horror of sorts.
I am a Brite novice, but have found that 'Lost Souls' is based off of a few short stories previously written, most notably "The Seed of Lost Souls."

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...more
Man, did I ever love this book back in the day! It's still a winner for any goth teenager who owns fake fangs and dreams about living in New Orleans. Three vampires named Zillah, Molochai and Twig roll into Mardi Gras one year. When they roll back out, they leave a pregnant teenager behind. The first chapter ends with the girl dying in childbirth after the baby eats its way out of the womb. Sound familiar? The baby, named Nothing, is left on the doorstep of a suburban home somewhere in North Car...more
Jul 31, 2009 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Novelist
I found out about this book from the "Getting Up to Speed in Horror" list on the NoveList database. I'd read or heard of most of the books listed, but then I saw this one. The name Poppy Z. Brite sounded familiar, and I wasn't sure why until I realized it was because someone at the library had put a donated copy of Exquisite Corpse in my box. Anyway, I read that Lost Souls "popularized the Splatterpunk subgenre, graphically violent, disturbing horror, infused with hip hop culture and gore." When...more
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...more
This vampire novel has some interesting ideas (vampires are a separate race rather than undead; crossbreeding with humans is gradually diluting their vampire traits), and there are some genuinely horrific moments and some nicely poetic writing. However, the overt Gothness of the whole thing renders much of it superficial and poseurish, the writing often descends into cliche or ascends into purple overkill, and the concepts ultimately just don't work. That plus the relentlessly bizarre names (Gho...more
Torture, but I will finish it in hopes that there is something good in there. Granted I am sure there are a lot of readers who love the book, but it really is not my cup of tea. Gory, perverse, incest, pedophilia, rape; just plain sickening, twisted and very very dark to me. My husband thinks it's funny that I have a scowl on my face as I am reading this book. At least the last 50 or so pages of the book were where the storyline was, but still couldn't get past the fact that this book is more th...more
This book was my absolute favorite when I read it first in my early teenage years, probably fifteen years ago or so. So when I found it a few months ago in a second-hand bookstore I was rather quick in picking it up and thought I would have a great time re-reading it...And what a mistake that was... I didn't get further than page seventy before I gave up on it.
The book is full of misunderstood, alcoholic kids and vampires that seem to have sex with whoever comes along, take drugs, go goth-clubbi...more
Juliet Davis
Of all the vampire books I have ever read, Lost Souls is among the finer gems. The characters are brought to life by vivid descriptions in modern jargon, and the turn of events is extremely plausible (minus perhaps the vampirism). I was impressed by how quickly the books reads. Its simplicity is one of its finer points...and is perhaps what seduces the reader into wanting to learn more about Nothing, the half-human, half-vampire in search of his past--and future. All of the characters are extrem...more
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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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