Drawing Blood

Drawing Blood

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by Poppy Z. Brite
     
 

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Escaping from his North Carolina home after his father murders their family and commits suicide, Trevor McGee returns to confront the past, and finds himself haunted by the same demons that drove his father to insanity.

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Escaping from his North Carolina home after his father murders their family and commits suicide, Trevor McGee returns to confront the past, and finds himself haunted by the same demons that drove his father to insanity.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brite ( Lost Souls ) comes into her own in this second novel that should establish her as not only an adept in the horror genre, but also as a singularly talented chronicler of her generation. Five-year-old Trevor McGee wakes one morning to find that his father, cartoonist Bobby McGee, has murdered his mother and younger brother, then hanged himself. Twenty years later, Trevor, now a cartoonist himself, returns to Missing Mile, N.C. (a fictional town also featured in Lost Souls ), and the now-haunted house of his youth for answers: Why did his father choose to spare his life? What prompted the loss of creativity which Trevor himself now dreads? Meanwhile, 19-year-old Zachary Bosch, himself the tormented result of disturbed parents, arrives in Missing Mile on the lam for computer hacking. The two fall in love, and, with Zach's help, Trevor finds that he can reach the horrible but liberating truth the house holds for him. Though subplots and secondary characters sometimes hamper the pace of the main plot line, they do serve to evoke a certain 20-something, cyberpunk-era zeitgeist that resonates with the concerns of contemporary youth. Author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Zach and Trevor are young men who fall in love in a haunted house where Trevor's father murdered his family and killed himself, sparing only Trevor. An underground cartoonist like his dead father, Trevor has returned to the crumbling house in rural Missing Mile, North Carolina, to learn why his father spared him. Zach is a hacker on the run. He is a popular and exotic extrovert while Trevor is a painfully introverted virgin. With the help of Zach and psilocybin, Trevor confronts his father in Birdland, the comic town that his father created, even as the FBI traces Zach to Missing Mile. Drawing Blood is a flawed but compelling story. It's labeled ``psychological horror,'' but the horror gives way to a suspenseful, offbeat gay romance. The first half, where Brite's powerful characterizations and settings are drawn, is hard to put down. But the haunted house is tame, and Trevor's struggle to learn to love Zach lingers overlong in homoerotic material, straining the momentum. The FBI arrives in time, however, to lend some suspense to the ending. Recommended for public libraries.-- Robert C. Moore, DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co. Information Svcs., North Billerica, Mass.
Elliott Swanson
As with many of today's best writers of horror fiction, Brite--the author of the highly regarded "Lost Souls" --focuses more on character than on spooks. When Robert McGee's car breaks down in Missing Mile, North Carolina, the down-and-out comic-book artist uses the last of his money to rent a rundown farm house. McGee's depression soon turns murderous: he kills his entire family except one child, Trevor, and then commits suicide. Twenty years later, Trevor--now an artist himself--returns to Missing Mile, where he encounters Zach, a computer hacker on the run from the feds. The two become lovers and set up residence in the house where the murders occurred. Together they confront the horror that infuses both the building and Trevor's life. The prose here runs like a river; an astute observer of the human condition, Brite has given the haunted-house story a thorough remodeling. This is a sexy, classy, frequently funny study in psychological horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307768292
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/24/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
493,051
File size:
3 MB

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Drawing Blood 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
The simple terror and horror that this author is able to put across in her prose is simply stunning and it never fails to make an impression on me. What has always impressed me with the author's style is how simple and elegant her word choice is. She is a true wordsmith who picks her words carefully and none of them are wasted. Whether she is describing a young boys abuse by his parents, autopsy reports, or two young men having sex for the first time she does it in a style all her own. Trevor is a horribly damaged young man who through sheer strength of mind has kept himself alive in the physical sense but he has never really allowed himself to truly live life. Twenty years after the scared 5 year old was pulled out of the house in a catatonic space he goes back to discover for himself why he was left alive by his father. He has never understood why his father spared his life when he took a hammer to the rest of the family. Part of him truly believes his father didn't love him enough becuase if you love someone you want them with you when you leave this existence. When he meets Zach for the first time he almost kills him but the two quickly realize that they need each other in a way they have never experienced before. They compliment each other in a way they have never experienced before. By having Zach in his life, when he has never even let someone else touch him, Trevor may have found the only thing that can help him survive what's to come. Zach finds the one person that can help him truly move past what his parents did to him as a kid. These two character are what glues this story together. They are the focal point for all that happens and their relationship is what keeps this from being your everyday haunted house story. I would highly recomend this book to anyone who loves horror or simple craves a well written, modern haunted house tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of Brite's horror novels. I love Zach and Trevor. Both such broken young men, but lovely together. There is explict homosexual content so if you find that off putting, it's probably not the book for you. I, however, am forever grateful to my cousin for turning me on to this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has always been a favorite. The characters are easy to love and the plot is beautifully laid out. Brite will always be a favorite
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love Brite's style of writing and this book had me searching for more stories like it written by her. It was shocking- the gruesome imagery of Trevor's brother death sticking with me whenever he recalled it, the tangibility of the world residing in the evil contained within the house and the surreal-ness when it all came full circle- can you see I like it? The only thing that threw me off was the technical lingo around Zach but once you get past it, I was again captivated by the interaction between Trevor and Zach and bemoaned it ending. I can't wait to read more from her ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was seriously awesome. I borrowed it off a friend one bored day & couldn't seem to put it down. It is so worth reading, seriously. Go out & buy it asap.
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