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Necrophilia Variations is a literary monograph on the erotic attraction to corpses and death. It consists of a series of texts that, like musical phrases, take up the theme and advance it by means of repetition, contrast, and variation. To love someone dead is merely nostalgia, but to make love with someone dead is necrophilia, and this book is about that.

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Paperback, 200 pages
Published 2005 by Supervert 32C Inc.
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Jill
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I kept wondering what the hell was wrong with me every couple of pages.
Roy Lotz
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
When this book was chosen for my book club, I was a bit dismayed. The title was not one that appealed to me; but, trying to force myself to keep an open mind, I resolved to read it, anyways. At first, I was glad I did; after getting through the first story, I thought “Well, this could be worse.” But now that I’m most of the way through this book, I take it back: this couldn’t be worse.

Contrary to what you might expect, this book isn’t about necrophilia, per se. To describe it generously, it is
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Anita Dalton
Feb 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-own
You pick up a book that is called Necrophilia Variations, and it is safe to assume all the stories are going to be about having sex with the dead. But Necrophilia Variations, while it does include tales of sex with dead people, is more a collection of stories of people dealing with the confluence between sex and death. The notion of le petit mort is an idea that is not new, yet the idea that the sex impulse is closely linked to death is hard for many to swallow. Though visionaries and poets, lik ...more
Joe
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
In parts it feels like an edgy college student taking creative writing wrote it. Occasionally, you'll find a gem. I really do consider this to be a lost opportunity and the idea extremely interesting. Two starts because 20% was worth reading. ...more
Ted
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone

There is one similarity between Necrophilia Variations and a good children's book: a penchant for exquisite presentation.
The little black gem came wrapped in crisp cardboard with a note/bookmark that introduces the reader to who (or what) Supervert is and does. [The elusive human behind Supervert 32C Inc was nice enough to sign the tome for me]. This book impresses from the first time you pick it up because it is very hefty &dense compared to what you would expect from a little paperback. Dr
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Regina Watts
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest books by one of the greatest authors. Read it in high school and continue to think about it all the time 12 plus years later.
Fede
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
" Beauty is relative - right! Do you realize that that, if true, is a veritable abyss? "

Maybe desire is not the consequence of beauty: maybe it's the cause.
What follows is quite logical: if beauty is whatever quenches the hunger of the mind, then it can take numberless shapes.
We ourselves are basically unaware of what could arouse or disgust us until we are given the chance to test our mind's reaction to a new kind of stimulus. How many times have we surprised ourselves by doing something that
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justme
Nov 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
I've read and seen a lot of sick things and usually find that genre very fascinating, even enjoyable, so I thought that I could handle just about anything...but lo and behold, this book proved me wrong.

I read the first two chapters, which are available online at the book's website, and that was pretty much enough for me.

Very detailed, very disturbing. It's not the imagery of corpses that is unsettling, it's the mentality and rationale of the narrator that is completely disturbing. His way of exp
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Britta
Jan 03, 2013 rated it liked it
For people who like all of the perversity of JG Ballard without all of the social commentary and philosophical insight, there's Necrophilia Variations. Don’t get me wrong— I enjoyed Necrophilia Variations, but in the same way that I enjoy a perverse, screwed up movie. It’s a book filled with dirty fun, morbid little tales: a man calls in a hooker for his terminally ill friend and ends up with a dominatrix, a morbid woman wants to make love in a coffin and ends up snagging her hair on the handle, ...more
misha
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
When a friend pointed out the book to me, I was very enthusiastic to read it cover to cover. And that enthusiasm did not die out for the first few short stories. After those, however, the patterns became so clear you couldn't ignore them anymore; the main character is always a (presumably white) male, interested in female corpses, if a profession is mentioned it's often writing or the character has an artistic interest. The women don't play an acive role in any of the stories. The structure is a ...more
Michael
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Mirvan. Ereon
This marks my 200th review here in GOODREADS =P

I am in love with this book! I cannot comprehend how much I love this inanimate object. Maybe it is a form of necrophilia itself, loving a book made out of dead leaves and pulp. I cannot stop reading this book. Sometimes I force myself to literally stop this book from taking over my mind. I read this book like the Bible, only some parts at a time because I wanna savor everything it has to offer me. I have never loved a book like this. I always want
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Lisa Bentley
Aug 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Synopsis

“Why would anyone want to have sex with a corpse? Because it’s there. Because it’s different. Because you can. Because you’re curious. Because you don’t know until you try.”

The basic theme of Necrophilia Variations is that of necrophilia. Like Ronseal, this book does what it says on the packet. It is a collection of short chapter-esque stories that sometimes interlink all focussing on the taboo topic of sex with the dead.

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Honestly, I found this book all a bit stupid. It was like it
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Rachel
Dec 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people not afraid of the morbid
AMAZING! Various essays/short stories looking at different aspects of the fascination with death, morbidity, and sexuality. Forces you to look at things from a perspective you maybe never considered. beautifully written. i found it in a san fransisco book shop and i'm so glad i picked it up. *only* for the open-minded person not afraid of challenging your imagination with the seriously dark and unconventional. this is a book i will read again. ...more
Maddison
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own-digital-copy
My one star rating here is not for the disturbing content at all, I just thought for the most part the book was not well written. There were a few exceptions - some truly profound moments and quotes I will hold onto - but overall it reads a lot like a shock-value first attempt at a writing class submission. Don't recommend. ...more
Reno Hummel
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I like this book very much, I found it at my local library and it piqued my interest. The thing is it's written very well and even though the subject at hand is delicate the author manages to handle this extremely well.
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Tilde C
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collection-ebook
I realize I've put myself in a bit of a quandary wanting to criticise this book, because I can't escape the fact that I was the one who bought and read a book titled Necrophilia Variations written by an author calling themself Supervert.

But here's my take: I wanted to read this as a bit of a palate cleanser, I wanted to be shocked, I wanted to check this self-styled modern de Sade, and after reading a sample of the first story (a bold, cheerful defence of necrophilia as the only moral choice whe
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Autumn Christian
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Necrophilia Variations could have easily been a heavy handed exploration in torture porn. Instead it explored necrophilia in a new way - in all its subtleties, nuances, and flavors - there are less stories here of fucking dead bodies (though there are a few) and more of husbands wanting to reconnect with wifes hooked up to machines, of a man digging up of a coffin to make love to his gothic girlfriend in, of searching for prostitutes for a dying friend. It's definitely gruesome but there's a ten ...more
Florencia
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Ok. So. Where do I begin.
This book was so bizarre i even found it funny (for the most of it). It's not so much about having sex with the death (in fact, even tho it's talked about extensibly and imagined on some occasion, i think it never actually really happens). It was interesting and imaginative and had some very good ideas in the mix of the whole thing.
However, i found it really annoying that EVERY SINGLE PROTAGONIST was clearly (although never explicitly) a cis white men in his twenties. An
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Hossein
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It is one of the considerable privileges of art that the horrible can be transformed, through artful expression, into beauty.” — Charles Baudelaire
Josh O'Callaghan
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Necrophilia Variations takes our normal repulsion to the idea of sexual attraction to corpses, washes it, gives it a haircut, teaches it to read some philosophy, and gives it back to us. This time, its a bit easier to see that "necrophilia" can be twisted up in an artsy way of looking at how love and death have a complicated relationship. But still with erections and sadism because we like to have a good time.

It's easy to assume that the book might be trying to hard to be edgy, like you're being
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Nora
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
It's sort of difficult to rate this book, since Necrophilia Variations is a collection of short stories and brief descriptive vignettes which vary enormously in quality. Some are redundant and sophomorically written, but there are also a few real gems and excellent images in here. Overall a very fun read, I would definitely recommend it for any fans of offbeat erotica or folks with a proclivity for the dead. ...more
Fantods
Aug 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
read as much as I'm going to. It read like it was contracted out to someone who couldn't turn down the money yet had no idea how Thanatos and Eros can combine and be erotic. Like a prude writing gross-out ideas for a 14 year old audience, most of them.

The one that Stoya read for Hysterical Literature was of course good. But there's so, so much sub-mediocre in this that I'll never finish it.
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Sophy
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is going to be a postmodern classic, challenging the reader's morality and subjectivity. Everyone should read this at least once; no matter if one hates it or loves it, it is thought-provoking and full of morbid humor. ...more
Charisma
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
There were some chapters I liked, some that I didn't, at some I was totally clueless but I did enjoy reading this. It's like a mix of shorts stories and by the end of each on, I'd have to remind myself these are all elatedly necrophiliac. ...more
Brianne
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent prose. Hideous subject material but it's communicated in a slightly humorous, highly pensive light. ...more
Richard
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Anything, no matter how shocking, can become mundane with enough time. Despite its title, Supervert's Necrophilia Variations is a tiresome and exhausting dive into the morbid world of, well, necrophilia. Exploitative though it may seem, the execution is actually somewhat clever; this is a collection of short stories not about the fetish itself, but about the uneasy tensions between sex and death. It's ground well tread in the annals of art and literature, but in the opening stories of Supervert' ...more
Yamil Vidal Dos Santos
If you are thinking to read this book because of the tale read by Stoya in "Hysterical Literature", that tale is beautiful in many ways, and is by far the best of the book (if you don't know what I'm talking about, look it up). The rest? Well, there are some interesting ideas that can leave you thinking, although some times this is achieve by the sort of boring resource of pushing definitions to their limit.

Some other user described the book as "the attempts of a teen to gross-out his friends" a
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Nick
Apr 21, 2020 marked it as dnff
DNF'd at 37%. I really liked the opening of this book. It was sick, twisted, and had just enough polish to seem playful in its antagonism towards good taste rather than merely overly edgy. However—and I cannot stress how surprised I was when this happened—I quickly grew bored. In a book about breaking one of the biggest social taboos in existence. Shock value fades quickly, and the lack of any real substance to these essays (or indeed, any real wit beyond "dead people are hella sexy sometimes, a ...more
Ming
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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