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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  16,286 ratings  ·  727 reviews
At a club in Missing Mile, N.C., the children of the night gather, dressed in black, looking for acceptance. Among them are Ghost, who sees what others do not. Ann, longing for love, and Jason, whose real name is Nothing, newly awakened to an ancient, deathless truth about his father, and himself.

Others are coming to Missing Mile tonight. Three beautiful, hip vagabonds - M
Paperback, 355 pages
Published September 10th 1993 by Dell (first published September 1992)
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Jun 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Karlyflower *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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 on it
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Paul Jr.
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 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
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
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
☙ nemo ❧
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
dnf @ page 69

i have no idea why i couldn't get into this one. in theory, it's exactly the sort of book i should have loved. and yet, i can barely get myself to read more than one page. it's probably time i packed it in.
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
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.
Dec 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 29, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Anthony Vacca
A gothic tale of black leather pants, angst, booze, DIY shows, dive bars, incest, bloodsucking and pedophilia, Brite's debut novel is a charming display of decadence in grungy excess. Nearly every page is wrought with sensual descriptions of booze, blood, food, flesh, boy love and the music of Bauhaus, as Brite's cast prowls for spiritual and physical satiation in the American South. Centered around several road trips to New Orleans, the conflict that eventually emerges is between an (unsigned) ...more
Jan 11, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
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
John Wiltshire
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Superb, imaginative read. A new take on vampires. Very graphic like most of Poppy Z Brite's writing.
Sep 26, 2011 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
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
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 the de ...more
Fenriz Angelo
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Briar Ripley
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Does it really surprise anyone that this was one of my very favorite novels when I was 14-16 years old? Anyone? Anyone? No?

Well, it was. In re-reading it, I can appreciate its tremendous influence on me more than ever: my particular taste in gory, squalid, decadent, yet emotional, romantic, and character-driven horror fiction; my own writing style; even my sense of myself as a queer transmasculine person stem in large part from encountering LOST SOULS (and subsequently the rest of Brite's late 8
I can take pain. It will pass. And if I choose to return and take my pain out of your hide, I will. Or, if you like, I’ll shove my tongue down your throat and corrupt you with my spit. Or, if you prefer, I’ll unzip your skin and kiss you with your own heart-blood on my lips. Are you tempted yet?

actual rating: 3.5

This ...was certainly a time. It definitely captures that ~gothic teenage angst~ feeling very well, and although at 29 years old I find it all more than a bit ridiculous I would have bee
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
A hardcore Twilight. Would appeal to the dark eyeliner 13-year old, but I don’t appreciate YA lit. of any ilk. Brite, er I mean, Martin loses no opportunity in having her/his/their characters stop what they’re doing and drop the plot to get it on with anything alive or dead. If anyone thinks this is a fine depiction of gay or hetero sex, well you must be thinkin’ rape and incest are the bees knees. ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I would have been obsessed with this book if I read it when I was 12 or 13.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno_2018
crazy ride. sometimes a little too crazy. But how great to finally read about non sweet vampires!
Ending was weak
Tobin Elliott
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobook, horror
Twenty-five years after my first reading, I decided to dive back into this one again. I remember little about the first read other than not being that impressed and not knowing what to think about all that "gay stuff" that I read.

All this time later, I like to think I'm more mature and understanding with the "gay stuff"...and no, I don't call it that anymore. And this time around, I was impressed with what I read.

For the sake of clarity, though I know Poppy Z. Brite, female at the time of the re
Jul 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
No...just no. I keep on editing this review, to try and explain, how vile and sad this type of imagination is for anyone to have, let alone publish. This was so painful to get through, the only reason I gave this 1 star, is because I applaud it for the fact that it made me feel severely uncomfortable. This must be amazing for a severely depressed goth/emo suicidal teenager dreaming of being someones blood donor, convinced no one has a shittier life than theirs , screaming for attention, dwelling ...more
Jax Goss
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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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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