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Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite
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Beautifully written. It's one of those books that once you've read it it's hard to forget.

"She is the only writer I know who could write a guidebook to hell taht would make you want to go there."
- Peter Straub, Author of The HellfireClub


To serial slayer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most intimate art. After feigning his own death to escape from prison, Compton makes his way to the United States with the sole ambition of bringing his "art" to new heights. Tortured by his own perverse desires, and drawn to possess and destroy young boys, Compton inadvertently joins forces with Jay Byrne, a dissolute playboy who has pushed his "art" to limits even Compton hadn't previously imagined. Together, Compton and Byrne set their sights on an exquisite young Vietnamese-American runaway. Tran, whom they deem to be the perfect victim.
Swiftly moving from the grimy streets of London's Piccadilly Circus to the decadence of the New Orleans French Quarter, and punctuated by rants from radio talk show host Lush Rimbaud, a.k.a. Luke Ransom, Tran's ex-lover, who is dying of AIDS and who intends to wreak ultimate havoc before leaving this world, Exquisite Corpse unfolds into a labyrinth of murder and love. Ultimately all four characters converge on a singular bloody night after which their lives will be irrevocably changed - or terminated.

"Rice, Stephen King, and Dean Knootz are cringing wussed next to Poppy Z. Brite, whose perverrse, scothingly intelligent, often terrifying, homoerotic novels have made the young writer one of the rising stars of er literary generation."
- New York Native

"Poppy Z. Brite is the mistress of the gruesome but unforgettable image."
- Susan Larson, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Poppy Z. Brite is the author of: Lost Soul, Drawing Blood, and Wormwood, and the editor of the anthologies Love in Vien and Love in Vein 2. rite lives in New Orleans with her husband, Christopher.

Visit the official Poppy Z. Brite Web page: Http://www.negia.net/~pandora
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