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Lost Souls

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  14,411 Ratings  ·  612 Reviews
Sex, blood and rock'n'roll - from the master of gothic horror

At a club in Missing Mile, just outside New Orleans, the children of the night gather. They dress in black and they're looking for acceptance. There's Ghost, who sees what others do not; Ann, looking for love; and Jason, whose real name is Nothing, seeking the deathless truth about his father - and himself.

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Published by Penguin (first published 1992)
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Jun 19, 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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
5 Would She Even Recognize Me Stars

I think it’s time I try to review this novel…. This will likely be a disaster.

“I still recall the taste of your tears.
Echoing your voice just like the ringing in my ears.
My favorite dreams of you still wash ashore.
Scraping through my head 'till I don't want to sleep anymore.”

Like so many young people before me, I always thought that sixteen was going to be my year. I was absolutely convinced that my life was going to irrevocably change within those 365 days.
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
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Jan 27, 2015 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.


I think I might be ready to review this book. I'm up for a personal review I think.

My human bestie counts this book as her favorite, so when I saw it on sale for $2 on a visit to 2nd & Charles, I snagged it.

Because it is my human bestie's favorite book, she and I have had many conversations about why. What it is about this particular book that is so important to her and why she always looks back o
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!
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
Sep 04, 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
Apr 19, 2007 Cazzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋
I'm sorry my lovely vampire ninja, I tried, I really did. I loved Ghost, felt for Steve, but the the rest, the rest were either boring, crazy, or flat. Overall, I kept getting bored and skeeved out. I'm a pansy :/ But incest, just no. I honestly didn't think I would make it after (view spoiler) or even after the Albino. But it is more than that, I didn't feel that there was any point to the gross and gory parts other than for shock ...more
Paul Jr.
Dec 13, 2008 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
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
Jul 29, 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 & 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.
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
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.
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
Andrea Poulain
Jun 12, 2013 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
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
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
Jan 11, 2011 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
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
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
Zachary Hanes
Feb 03, 2011 Zachary Hanes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.

May 06, 2013 Coralie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
2 stars for the novel + a whole star for Ghost.
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 copy says "sex, blood and rock'n'roll", add a lot of alcohol (almost always Chartreuse though) and grime to the cocktail, well, th
I have very mixed feelings about this. The first part was a 4 star read, but the second part was barely 2 star... I liked the multiple storylines in the first half and the twists and the build up. But the second part? All focus was on just two characters and the final climax was anticlimatic and even kind of boring. Ghost and Steve were the main characters throughout the entire book, but Nothing somehow faded out during the second part. Seriously, it was as if the author forgot about him complet ...more
May 27, 2010 M 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
Kendall Wilson
Feb 20, 2013 Kendall Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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“The sky is purple, the flare of a match behind a cupped hand is gold; the liquor is green, bright green, made from a thousand herbs, made from altars. Those who know enough to drink Chartreuse at Mardi Gras are lucky, because the distilled essence of the town burns in their bellies. Chartreuse glows in the dark, and if you drink enough of it, your eyes will turn bright green.” 33 likes
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