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Drawing Blood

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Escaping from his North Carolina home after his father murders their family and commits suicide, Trevor McGee returns to confront the past, and finds himself haunted by the same demons that drove his father to insanity. Reprint. K. AB.
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Dell (first published 1993)
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Paul Jr.
Jul 05, 2009 Paul Jr. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror readers, m/m fiction readers
Back when Anne Rice was all the rage, dozens of authors jumped on the brooding, melodramatic historical vampire quickly turning what Rice wrote into a literary cliché. The shelves were littered with Rice wanna-be’s. Then along came Poppy Z. Brite, a short story writer who was making the horror world sit up and take notice by blending very realistic, human characters with an almost splatter-punk kind of sensibility. To boot, Brite was doing what many authors had never even contemplated. She was m...more
Wealhtheow
Jul 30, 2007 Wealhtheow rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of slash, Crumb and gore
My favorite Brite novel, and the one with the best characterization. A young man returns to the home where his father went homicidally insane years ago. While there, he meets and falls in love with a hacker on the run. Is their love enough to combat the sinister madness of the house?
Robert Beveridge
Poppy Z. Brite, Drawing Blood (Dell, 1993)

I've been a fan of Poppy Brite's novels ever since I read Exquisite Corpse back in 1997, but (and here I lose most of my cred with my goth friends), I've never been a fan of Steve and Ghost. It's a testament to Brite's characterization ability that my problem with them is a simple personality clash; they just never clicked with me. Because of it, however, I never did read Drawing Blood, a Missing Mile novel that, as it turns out, contains Steve and Ghost...more
Gemma
Talk about your guilty pleasures, eh?

I'm always torn about Poppy Z Brite's books. On one hand, lots of hot sex scenes between pretty boys, lashings of the supernatural, and comic books.
On the other, her female characters are all mothers/bitches/vaginas/die horribly delete as applicable. It makes me conflicted. The things I really love, along with pet peeves.

This is the only one of her books I would actually recommend- one of the female characters actually lives, and I don't want to actively slap...more
Anne
May 07, 2007 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Please ignore the cheesy title and crappy back cover descriptions. This is less a horror novel than a love/adventure story — in fact, I would say that the "horror" elements are the weakest part of the story (thank goodness they're only really heavy in one chapter towards the end). Brite's lush descriptive prose is enticing (an outdoor market in New Orleans is bursting with such fantastic color and scent it makes the mouth water) and she's created some fantastic characters, most notably in Trevor...more
Eddie
Somewhere near the end of this book, I decided it was the best story I've ever read. I actually did like it to this extent and I highly recommend this book to all the young gays out there who wouldn't mind a little bit of gore and some exaggerated mentions of drug use, filthiness and death.

Although many of you would think of "Drawing Blood" as a horror book, I found the highlight of its plot being the love story between the two protagonists Trevor McGee and Zachary Bosch, the two cross paths in...more
Anna
3.5 stars. This was good, but oh so weird.

The first 40% were pretty boring, especially since the two MCs didn't even meet until that mark. But when they did meet it started getting reaaally good. I absolutely LOVED the connection between Zach and Trevor. From the moment they met, they immediately connected and I loved reading about it. I do feel like they fell in love kind of quickly and it wasn't very realistic, but then again, like Zach said, he'd been waiting 19 years to fall in love and it j...more
Charles Dee Mitchell
Poppy Z. Brite offers up another dreamy, sex-filled story of teens and young adults who have grown up to be punks, goths, and the beautiful, fragile people on the margins of late 20th century society. Her writing here is less florid than in her first novel Lost Souls, but then again none of these characters are vampires. She also has a real plot for this novel, unlike her first. It's an unlikely love story with a smattering of the supernatural, much of which is actually drug-induced hallucinatio...more
Talyn Falls
It was a typical Poppy Z Brite novel. :/ Very nicely written, great descriptions and beautiful prose but promising a lot more than it delivered. I was not satisfied at all with the few short incidents that could actually be considered the horror aspect in this novel. Instead it's a fucked up M/M romance novel that was set in a haunted house. It took FOREVER to get to the climax of the story, where they enter Birdland, and it was brief and not really satisfying...however I was full up on gay sex...more
Anna  Matsuyama
“Aren’t you scared he will freak out and murder you in your sleep”
Zach laughed.”No. If Trevor decides to kill me, he’ll make sure I’m wake for it”


After Zach (19, runaway hacker) talked out Trevor (25, an artist) of killing him they become friends and lovers. Zach has to keep running away from law but he stays with Trevor who has returned to house where his father 20 years ago murdered his wife and younger son and committed suicide leaving behind his oldest son alive. While with every day agents...more
Private Grave
Apr 02, 2014 Private Grave rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: goths, deathers, poppy z. brite fans
Shelves: 2010, dark
Growing up P.Z.B., as a writer, meant so much to me. Her dark, twisted, and aching characters filled my head as if they were people in the real world –stories from a darker part of the world that if I looked hard enough on the fringes of society I could find.

I’m twenty-five now, an old man by my standards, and I find myself rereading P.Z.B. books looking for that key to the darker world. The key to the place where I feel like I truly fit in.

At twenty-five I see P.Z.B.’s characters as childish, y...more
Alanahurley
Poppy Z. Brite seems to have been excoriated for the Gothic trappings of her writing, or possibly simply her wild-child, pretentiously "decadent" persona. Although she trips up in her short story collection, "Wormwood," and can veer into ridiculousness with her overlong and sometimes florid descriptive style, underneath the layers of lace and eyeliner, her longer works of nonfiction have legitimately interesting characters and original plots. Drawing Blood is particularly good, as Brite revists...more
Furio
I did not think i could find an horror novel escapist but this was the case with this one; it is my first book by Ms Brite and I found much in it to be pleased about.

The story, if not particularly original, is not worn out and/or dumb. Writing is fairly good and to the point but could be more polished and achieve both more beauty and more tension: from the first page I knew there was going to be a happy ending and as much as I love my endings to be happy I still wish to get more thrills.
I would...more
Nicolle Cornute-Sutton
This is my favorite of Poppy Brite's books. As the two main characters, Zach and Trevor, fell in love with each other, so I fell in love with them. The horror aspect of the book became an interesting backdrop for the romance.

The prose is a bit on the purple side sure but it's also lush and descriptive and fun, almost but not quite as over the top as say, VC Andrews.

If you like boys who like boys and the supernatural this is the book for you.
James Berry
Love Poppy Brite and man, can he write a book. It was instant love between the two protagonists but didn't feel unnatural and forced like most people make it feel, and I definitely had mixed feelings about them both. I genuinely felt scared in my own house after reading this too, imagining the faucets leaking a certain way or being transported to Birdland. Wish he was still writing because I know I'm going to soak up the rest of his work so fast.
Kim
This was definitely not as good as Poppy's first book Lost Souls. This book is a collection of short horror stories. I found that although a few stories were great such as, "His mouth will taste of Wormwood", and, "The sixth sentinel"; that others just did not hold my attention. Poppy is no doubt one of the best horror authors of her time, and I am among her true following, however this book did not do her justice.
Oriolidae M.


Uh, what was that again? This one is a mind-fuck, truly. And I'm still wondering about the vampires... Huh.

I'm kind of surprised that this was written twenty years ago, it has a pretty modern feel to it, aside from the ancient phones. There was an odd mix of a weird buzz, hot sex, horror, some deep moments and clichés thrown in here and there. Sometimes I liked it a very big lot, and sometimes I kind of just sighed inwardly. The whole supernatural aspect was kind of odd. The novel could have eas...more
Heather
Everyone has those books that reach out to them and affects them in one way or another, regardless of if people agree or not. This was one of those books for me. Trevor has become a very dear character to me, and I find myself rereading snippets of this book whenever I'm bored, lonely, or just want to get in touch with the character I fell in love with.
Avis Black
The main problem with Brite is that her work always falls short of expectations. She has a lot of attitude but doesn't go anywhere worthwhile with it, and has never shown the discipline or brilliance to be a good writer.
Amy
"Drawing Blood came out not long after; it wasn’t about my beloved Steve and Ghost, but I loved it just the same. Love and loss and murder and longing and art; Trevor and Zach finding one another and holding each other up when they weren’t sure they could go on anymore. At the heart of Brite’s work is love, and loyalty; things I love, things I cherish, things I relate to. And there were some recurring characters in the book, which was like coming upon old friends; I actually remember cheering wh...more
Nick
Very hard-edged thriller. Lots of goth-subculture, sex, drugs and the goth equivalent of rock'n'roll. Not a great book, but maybe it's a great example of postmodern gothic...without vampires.
Jan
A horrifically supernatural gay love story about two pretty boys, written by a female author who appears to be obsessed with blood and other bodily fluids. What's not to like?
Kara
I don't know why, but this is one of my favourite books. I love the visceral, yet at times very strange, feel of it. I love Zach. I love Trevor. I love it.
Joanna
one of my favorite books of all time. i wore out my first copy and had to get a second. pretty angsty, gory and trippy, but very fulfilling.
Kealii Ballao
I learned that, I would never want to have sex in a house where an entire family was murdered.
Doyle Mills
I read this book back when I was young and Poppy became one of my favorite writers at that time and I think her style has had a big influence on me. Even though this book is Drawing Blood I felt the connection to lost souls. Zach and Trevor seemed so different to me, yet they were really lost souls until they found each other and their love I felt like it saved them. Where would these two characters have ended up if life had not had it's way of bringing them together. Poppy Brite is a very uniqu...more
Anna
Periodically I feel unbearably suffocated by how much stuff I own and how unnecessary nearly all of it is. One such phase has just engulfed me, thus I've sifted through my shelves to find books that I either never intend to re-read or want to re-read once then give away. 'Drawing Blood' falls into the latter category. I first read it as a teenager, indeed reading Poppy Z. Brite was formative for me. It was a little odd re-reading it for the first time in years. I still enjoyed it and think it de...more
Vaughn Demont
It was difficult not to be reminding of my days in roleplaying games while reading Drawing Blood, both running a character and running a game. The novel takes the horror standard of the haunted house and takes it into a “modern” direction, which means there’s more angst and soul-searching than characters running for their lives. Considering the factors at work, namely that the two main characters use mild hallucinogenics constantly throughout the story, and the primary protagonist Trevor is a de...more
Lea Ann
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Marie
This is the second time I read this book and I went back to see what I'd written about it the last time. It still holds true so I can just copy/paste it in here:

"I could quote this whole book. This about tells you everything you need to know about the story/style and characters. I utterly and totally fell in love with Trevor and Zach and with their little quirky development. Brite at her best when it comes to style and storyline though her Lost Souls vampires still hold a special place in my hea...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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