Exquisite Corpse

Exquisite Corpse

by Poppy Z. Brite

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Overview

Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite

From the author of Lost Souls, Drawing Blood, and Wormwood comes a thrilling and chilling novel that bestselling author Peter Straub says serves as a “guidebook to hell.”

To serial slayer Andrew Compton, murder is an art, the most intimate art. After feigning his own death to escape from prison, Compton makes his way to the United States with the sole ambition of bringing his “art” to new heights. 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. Together, Compton and Byrne set their sights on an exquisite young Vietnamese-American runaway, Tran, whom they deem to be the perfect victim.

Swiftly moving from the grimy streets of London’s Piccadilly Circus to the decadence of the New Orleans French Quarter, Poppy Z. Brite dissects the landscape of torture and invites us into the mind of a killer. Exquisite Corpse confirms Brite as a writer who defies categorization. It is a novel for those who dare trespass where the sacred and profane become one.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684836270
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 08/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 179,532
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 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.
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The changing point of view keeps the novel fresh and exciting. Every detai is amazing and in the end I felt oddly connected to each character.
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