The Blood Poetry

The Blood Poetry

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by Leland Pitts-Gonzalez
     
 

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Is Epstein a despicable man?

He's certainly trying desperately at something. When his wife disappears he's frantic to talk to his daughter. But what can he tell her? There must be a reason and he's all but sure about the gruesome answer. Can he protect Sylvia from the truth, from her terrible lineage and, ultimately, from himself?

Off-beat and sordid, THE BLOOD

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Is Epstein a despicable man?

He's certainly trying desperately at something. When his wife disappears he's frantic to talk to his daughter. But what can he tell her? There must be a reason and he's all but sure about the gruesome answer. Can he protect Sylvia from the truth, from her terrible lineage and, ultimately, from himself?

Off-beat and sordid, THE BLOOD POETRYis a twisted, yet honest look at our desire to connect with others and the ways in which we are often stymied by our own efforts to get closer. Epstein is a curious mix of monster and romantic struggling to maintain a shred of dignity in his dingy, beat down world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vampirism is one of the less unpleasant elements in this over-the-top short novel. Epstein Dorian is a high school English teacher who yearns for a sane, loving family life. Unfortunately, his mother is an addled bloodsucking fiend who lives upstairs in his house, his wife's corpse is found with wooden splinters in her heart, and his 13-year-old daughter, Sylvia, returns from death as an autistic telepath. Epstein spends his time indoors, watching TV shows about mass murderers and thinking about Sylvia's "adorable breasts." When he does go out, he manages to hook up with a sexy bartender, though only fantasies of torture and murder turn him on, and they attend services at a church run by Pentecostal vampires. Even for Grand Guignol humor, this is pretty strange stuff. Pitts-Gonzalez's shambling, lunging prose does convey Epstein's desperation, but the overall situation is never convincing enough to justify the emotion. By the time Epstein goes "berserk in a cold and calculated kind of way," readers will have entirely tuned out. (Oct.)
HorrorTalk
Pitts-Gonzalez is a writer of the highest caliber and this book is a testament to that. The Blood Poetry is visceral, brutally honest, cerebral, entertaining, and somewhat uncomfortable to read.
Shelf Unbound Magazine
A brilliant, brutal assault of a novel.
Shock Horror Magazine
Pitts-Gonzalez tears apart what we know of structure and character, narrative and theme ... has brought to us his vision and his is uncompromisingly surreal and vicious in its value of entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935738251
Publisher:
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Publication date:
08/08/2012
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Grace Krilanovich
The Blood Poetry is ragged, supercharged and wildly inappropriate. A Bataille sitcom full of meat and mommies. - Grace Krilanovich, author of The Orange Eats Creeps (named a "Top 5 Under 35" in 2010 by the National Book Foundation)

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The Blood Poetry 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unusual and poetic. Allow gruesome, it's purposeful, and sometimes hilarious.