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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  10 reviews
This collection of 12 short stories from Poppy Brite contains collaborations with Christa Faust and David Ferguson and an introduction from Peter Straub. The collection also includes America, which features Steve and Ghost, the central characters in Lost Souls.
Unknown Binding, 180 pages
Published by Not Avail (first published July 22nd 1999)
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Apr 18, 2009 rated it liked it
First published back in 1998, Poppy's selection of short stories was created to welcome the whole Y2K phenomena. The shorts compliment her past work as she attacks them from a great volume of angles that reflect a morbid spectrum of literary tastes. Not only are we immersed in her dark fantastical world of the macabre, but she sets our senses reeling with her erotic / gay tales of lust and desire. We are also lead to explore her Y2K based shorts and taken on a hallucinogenic ride with the heroes ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
As in the now classic "Black Like Me" Norah Vincent meticulously plans and develops a disguise that will allow her to walk in a another's shoes. For a year and a half she is "Ned" and thrusts herself into different male roles. The book succeeds as a good read, but has limited value in its gender research. Touched on at the end, but not fully developed, was the ultimate fate of the author and how she crumbles from the pressure from living a false life. A dialog on how deceit and pretense can erod ...more
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Another Poppy Z Brite book, this was is a collection of short stories, some were good some not so good. Some of characters from previous books where i think if you haven't read those books you might be a bit lost. The only good stories in the book was the rock star one and the fairy tale one of the cats, the rest were just a bit filler and not all that good. But if you like Poppy's writing then you would be dissapointed really.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
this book was fun to read being a Poppy Z. Brite fan but dont read this as a first book jumping into his work.
Drew Pyke
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
A collection of Poppy's short stories which has an appearance from one of her main characters "Ghost"
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Shelves: dnf-d
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Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Any description of the book would ruin the story. The story is good but just cobbled pieces. Short story that leaves you with lots of questions
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Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anchored in Ray Bradbury, a disturbing dive into serial killing and zombies.
Apr 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Wooooooo. Entertaining Mr Orton. Wow.
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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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