Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse

by Poppy Z. Brite


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ISBN-13: 9780684836270
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 201,124
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Peter Straub

She is the only writer I know who could write a guidebook to hell that would make me want to go there.
—(Peter Straub, author of The Hellfire Club)

Dennis Cooper

Exquisite Corpse makes most other so—called transgressive novels du jour seem like romance novels in a bad mood.
—(Dennis Cooper, author of Frisk, Wrong, and Try)

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Exquisite Corpse 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite book! It's equally compelling and disturbing with in your face characters. Don't read this if you're offended by homosexual relationships, serial killers, pirate radio stations, necrophilia, blood, guts, drugs, alchohol, incest, canibalism...(did I leave anything out?)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything like this in my life! I was so intrigued by this book that I read it in one day. Which I don't think I have ever done. This book is scary, violent, gory, and erotic! Loved it!
Melanie Scott More than 1 year ago
I first got this book when I was a sophmore in high school when I stumbled across it. Quickly became my all time favorite book. 13 years later it still engrosses me with every read. I have lent this book to other and none of them have been able to handel it but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this booklr
Strawberry-Suzy More than 1 year ago
This is car crash kind of disturbing, but I couldn't stop reading! Devilish and dirty and addicting!
AutumnK More than 1 year ago
I had read several other Brite stories before I picked this one up and always loved them. My first read of Exquisite Corpse however was pretty shocking. I couldn't decide whether or not I loved it, or wanted to put it behind my desk and forget I bought it. Fortunately, I decided to give it another try and reread it a couple weeks later. Once I got over the initial shock value of this book it immediately became a loved book. Though it is not a book for everyone (most of my friends included in that category), if you are a lover of Poppy you should really enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I got this book, it was almost by accident. I was bored out of my mind and it was just sitting there, so i picked it up and started reading. The first character you meet is Andrew. A killer in captive. The first hints about his love of men caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting him to be gay. Then as you read the rest of the story, you can't imagine it any other way. It's perfect. The characters are fantastic and irreplacable. I keep telling all my friends about this book, and even my choppy renditions throw them into story-stupor. It's wonderful. Definitely suggested.
RavenWuzHere on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I absolutely LOVE this extremely graphic little book. Revoltingly horrifying or horrifyingly revolting, I'm not sure which. I can't figure out how Poppy got so very descriptive in so few words. Very few books seem to have any real effect on me. I read them and "Oh, that was a pretty good book." and I move on to the next one. This is not one of those books. I find I still have to read it about once a year. It completely makes my skin crawl and any book that has that effect on me, is awesome. Read it if you dare. Love it or hate it, this book will effect you in some way. You just can't un-see it after you read it. So, you've been warned.
Johnny1978 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
After yawning my way through 'Second Line' and stifling my laughter everytime a protagonist was referred to as 'G-man', my hopes for 'Exquisite Corpse' were not high. Exquistite Corpse however, is a compelling read - graphic certainly but compelling, tightly written and suspenseful.While I agree with G026r that there is an odour of nineties black velvet about this novel, the wreckage of Luke and Tran's relationship makes for interesting reading and the first person narrative of serial killer Andrew delivers an arresting insight into psychopathy.The violence in the novel is horrific and undeniably sexualised. Brite employs the carnage to seduce the reader: manipulating their prurient curiousity and making them a party to the crime.
ehtnioj on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Pure graphic violence is a pretty decent summary of 'Exquisite Corpse'. This is the literary equivalent of the 'Guinea Pig' series of Japanese films. There is no message in this messages only gore and violent sex. Don't get me wrong, I like horror and gore, but this is really nothing more than a book aiming to shock. The worst part about the book is that Ms. Brite reinforces the extreme right-wing invective hurled at gays and AIDS victims by creating the irredeemable homosexual characters who all want to do nothing but shoot heroin, have sex with boys and eat people. In the end the story reads like a tale from the pulpit preaching the evils of gay people. The only reason I gave this one star is the descriptions of violence and sex are well done. If only Ms. Brite could attach a semi-decent plot to her story...
babydraco on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I hate this book. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it.It's one of the maybe three books I own that I violently regret having ever purchased. A serial killer stalks New Orleans, seducing teenage boys,killing them and eating them. Look, people can put up with a lot of horrifying stuff happening to characters. But what makes horror fun is the knowledge that the characters will, in the end, be rescued.The bad guy will be defeated, even if there's only one protagonist left. No such luck for the boy in this novel. Maybe the author thought it was cool and ironic to have his rescuers arrive five minutes too late, but I found it a waste of my time.The author likes to shock people. But every time she did, she had to up the ante and it became shock for shock's sake.
Flamika on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In this novel about gay, necrophiliac serial killers and their perfect victim, Brite again shows that she's a master of the ugly-pretty.
ragwaine on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Great writing, bad ending, Great plot, too much sex and gore.
harahel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Gross, graphic, seemingly pointless, this book was one I could not put down. Everything about it suggested that it should be unreadable, yet everyone I passed it too finished it in one night. Don't read this unless you are prepared to be repulsed.
Ghibli on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The third book of the so to speak 'horror trilogy' by Poppy Z. Brite, after Lost Souls and Drawing Blood.Even if the three stories are totally untied, they have something in common: some places are the same (New Orleans is a constant), some characters are leading character in a book and in next book they make a little appearance, or they are mentioned¿ this is a thing I like very much, `cause I really loved some characters and it¿s very nice to have a glimpse over them while they aren¿t ¿on stage¿Lost Souls made me cry, Drawing Blood is one of the book I ever loved more.Exquisite corpse isn¿t a book for weak stomachs.The subject isn¿t smooth or `quiet¿: murder, torture, sex (homosexuality) AIDS¿ and other like that.It¿s not a book that can leave you indifferent. The story left me with my heart in my mouth and with open wide eyes. It made me feel very very strong emotions, and plunged me in a hell of a world making this wickedly fascinating.The author manages to make the reader enter within the brain of the characters, both the victim and the executioner. I couldn¿t really ¿love¿ any of them but all of them are very involving and they are perfectly pictured.As usual, Brite displays her characters very slowly, and leads them toward their unavoidable meeting and fate, and when it happens you know you¿re going to see fireworks (bleeding fireworks).It's one of those books whose feeling doesn't leave me, yet when I've ended it.
lildrafire on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I cannot express how much I found this book disturbing. I'm used to Poppy Z Brite writing about blood and sex, but this book takes a turn that the weak of stomach should not take. I had heard that she used what she thought serial killers much feel-Jeffrey Dahmer-how they must develop an uncontrollable desire to caress, smell, taste their victims entrails.
PirateJenny on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wonderful writing, but one of those stories that makes you want to take a long hot shower for liking it. In my opinion, that's the mark of a very good author.
g026r on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Finally got around to reading this one.Essentially gay serial-killer erotica. No real deeper underlying message that I can see. A plot that spends far too long building so that it's over before anything real felt like it had been accomplished. No protagonists that I could either relate to nor gain an understanding of. Just sex, drugs, death, food, and AIDS.Oh, and mid-90s goth. So mid-90s goth that the book should be bound in black velvet and smell faintly of clove cigarettes, incense, and dried roses.Those last two (uninterested in the protagonists plus the near-ludicrously stereotypical gothiness, both in setting, item descriptions, and even word choices) ended up being the deal-breakers and I had to force myself to finish this one. Admittedly, I'm not the target audience, being uninterested in gothy things, and preferring my detailed descriptions of torture, death, and sex to be part of some larger purpose, so eh.Into the discards pile it goes.
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Sickest book I have ever read or ever want to read.
uselessbeauty on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Very good. Very graphic. Not for the weak of stomachs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. Yes it's gory and addresses issues that most people aren't exactly comfortable with, but it's beautifully written! I love Andrew and Jays warped points of view, and Luke's crazed rants about HIV and AIDS are actually pretty informative. This book is exhilarating and heartbreaking at the same time, if you have the stomach for it, it will easily become one of your favorites too!
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Interesting serial killer story, but it seems like nobody had the guts to proofread and edit. Pun intended.
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This is the most amazing story. I really loved it. If you have an open mind i think you would love it also.