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Ransom has been diagnosed with HIV. View all 12 comments. This particular story was not written in that way by multiple authors, instea This book is repulsive, no question, and yet Brite can still be defended as an artful poet of murder and obsession. 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.

Poppy Z. Brite ‘Exquisite Corpse’ Review

The writing, while trying to be daring and disgusting, just came off as juvenile. It is likely the reason why Poppy Z. His male name is Billy Martin. That said, we end up with a really strong character study of four men, in two relationships.

Exquisite Corpse confirms Brite as a writer who defies categorization. Mar exquosite, Bark rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s even kind of campy yet so so disgusting.

Poppy Z. Brite ‘Exquisite Corpse’ Review – Horror Novel Reviews

This is probably the grossest book I’ve read maybeand it was disturbing on all the levels, but oddly enjoyable. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I may even read it again someday, but I’m in no damn hurry. While nearly every character in the book is gay, this is probably not a book that will appeal to most gay readers; it is darker than Dennis Cooper, and I don’t really know all that many gay men that read Dennis Cooper, so this novel about serial killers in love will probably not ever be considered a classic, though if there were justice, it would be.


Luke Ransom, Tran’s ex-lover, who is dying of AIDS and who intends to wreak ultimate havoc before a this world, Exquisite Corpse unfolds into a labyrinth of murder and love. The overtly violent, sexual, depraved acts described in Exquisite Corpse are enough to make even the most jaded and well-read fan of splatterpunk uncomfortable.

It falls on Ransom to save Tran from the predations of Compton and Byrne. Recognizing that Lucas is already on the verge of death, Andrew refuses to kill him, instead offering him several means to commit suicide.

But I very much feel the need to wash out the inside of my poppu now.

It is definitely not for the squeamish. I first read this book aout ten years ago. As stupid books go this was insanely gruesome bdite it was all the kind of pasted-on photo-shopped necrophilia, you couldn’t really believe a word of it.


To serial slayer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most exquisiet art. The folks who populate Exquisite Corpse’s pages are vile and revel in it.

They are no longer together. I spent most of the book wondering how many stars to even give it because in all honesty I am not even sure I liked it. The one glimmer of light, Tran, is the beautiful young boy who acts as lure for their morbid lust. He hates the world and cannot come to terms with his disease. I would like to say that I was so offended b I am trying to think how to write this review.


Brite is a name floated around a lot in the gothic and horror coorpse of literature. Coepse it was loosely based on Dahmer is clear. Legitimate subjecthood, he argues, is assumed through taking on the mandatory cultural labor of reproduction.

Trivia About Exquisite Corpse. However, this is not really a thriller, so if your looking for a smash bang ening, look elsewhere. Not something that everyone would enjoy. In short, queer sexuality reads as the death of the subject, the end of a name and birte bloodline.

I very, very rarely quit on a book halfway through.

There is a moment of violence, when exquisote say: It’s the most obscene and grotesque thing I have ever read. But I would be lying. This is a psychosexual horror without any occult elements.

Brite will never become a household name. Dec 27, Beth rated it really liked it.

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Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite

Shocking in a gross, murderous, gay cannibal, endearing kind of way. The story is made all the more chilling because of the point of view switches. Brite was also writing when the sensational exwuisite of Jeffrey Dahmer and Wayne Gacy were fresher on peoples’ minds.