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Drawing Blood [Mass Market Paperback]

Poppy Brite
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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Oct. 1 1994
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. Reprint. K. AB.

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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars One Hell of a Life Changer April 4 2003
By James
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I stumbled across this book like some people stumble upon Christ or Buddah. It was there at the right time just when I needed it. The first thing that caught my eye as I scanned the cover was the relationship between Zack and Trevor. Being a closeted and confused 19 year old I knew I could buy it with out looking "gay". When I got it home I started reading it and didnt put it down until I was finished. It felt like Poppy had gotten right inside that corner of my head I thought only I knew about. The feeling of loss, love, madness, disconecction. It wasn't just the gay aspect either. Trevors struggle with his ghost of a father, Zacks inability really to connect with the world except through hacking, Parker, Birdland, comics, it's all here. It's the first book I ever read that made you feel like it came with it's own Jazz soundtrack.(I later read Poppy's Lost Souls..it introduced me to the Cure) It's also the only book I've ever read that takes you into a cartoon underworld. (Litterly!!) When I was done I knew beyond all shadows I would make it..and that their was someone out there waiting and looking for me. Buy this book..give it away as gifts..hell, give it away on the street corner. Magic..pure one hundred perecent hit you in the soul magic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My first book by Brite June 20 2002
By Omni
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book I read by Poppy and while I wa simpressed with the angst the whole twinks having sex and their tight, sinuous, slightly androgynous forms wore on after awhile. I think that there's a pandering going on. A pandering of sexuality by women of a certain ilk who think this is merely all there is to it. These effete, creative, deeply tortured pretty boys. It actually makes me wonder if the women who write like this have been virulently attacked by teh thoughtforms of such work as Cosmopolitan because it is a direct transfer of such thinking. If you're tired of hearing about waif-esque qomen who are tortured and live lives where love is something they dimly consider inbetween being beautiful and blessed, then this book rocks for you. It also comes off as more pedophiliac soft porn than erotica. I imagine a guy in his late thirties or forties buying these books and getting the latest copy of Britney Spears videos and LIE, the DVD to really sugar his jellybeans.
Writing was atmospheric, the plot though---destroyed by the constant necessity to deride itself into kudzu, kudzu, kudzu, which ultimately is pablum. Again I believe she has potential, when she stops writing tripe and goes for a literature over this gothic--going nowhere foolishness, she may explode as a writer of value. I see why she credits drinking to her writing and how sobriety may mean a dry spell. A look at some of this work as a whole sober could stop a writer writing for awhile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still great after all these years July 25 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read Drawing Blood when I was in high school, and I remember loving it back then. Here it is five years later, and I just purchased another copy of the book and began reading it again. I wondered if I'd still like it as much as I did in high school, and it turns out I love it even more now.
I haven't gotten a damn thing done all week because I've had my nose in that book every free minute. Every time I go to sleep, the graceful, spidery, blackened words imprint themselves on my visions and haunt my dreams. I am truly absorbed.
This book has some of the most gorgeous love scenes I have ever read. They are slightly different than your typical love scene, but they are delicious. I am female, so the scenes don't exactly vicariously include me, but I find a sense of strong loving beauty in them nonetheless. These kind of scenes really explore and dissect the human body inside and out, examining both emotions and anatomy in the rawest, most honest and passionate light. I find myself swooning, drowning in the descriptive prose.
The whole story is captivating, and very unique. It is somewhat philisophical as well as entertaining. You'd be doing yourself a favor to engross yourself in this book. You might find it peeling away your layers and getting inside you.
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This haunted house book has some of the more fleshed out characters. Not quite as nihilistic as Lost Souls it still manages to darken the shadows and haunt the nightmares. Two goth boys find themselves in a house that is slowly possessing one of them. The tension of their relationship to each other and the house increases with every chapter.
This is a great litte horror novel and a nice followup to Lost SOuls. I would actually recommend reading this book first but that's just because after Lost Souls, the rest of Poppy Z. Brite's works are a little disappointing (unless you like her short stories which are brilliant - especially in Wormwood) The only caveat I have with this book is that Brite gets kind of gratuitous with the goth boys having sex scenes. They just won't stop doing it. I know she has her kinks and she loves it, but it gets old. This is even worse in her Crow book (which I would recommend you forget you knew about) but here she does actually come back to the actual story and you are with the characters again.
The only other author I would recommend if you love Poppy Z. Brite (besides most of the horror writers that you know) is Tanith Lee whose vampire novels are not as creepy but more beautiful and whose Heartbeast is a novel to make the werewolf standard have new life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best story I've ever read ,
Somewhere near the end of this book, I decided it was the best story I've ever read. I actually did like it to this extent and I highly recommend this book to all the young gays... Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2010 by Eddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I recently read this book, not quite sure why I picked it up. This book has one huge strength: character development. Read more
Published on June 3 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The smell of cyberspace
Less vampiric than Lost Souls, Drawing Blood conveys a tale about a youngman with a dark past. Trevor is the survivor or a brutal familial murder/suicide committed by his father,... Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by alexander laurence
3.0 out of 5 stars A collection of short horror stories
This was definitely not as good as Poppy's first book Lost Souls. This book is a collection of short horror stories. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Jane Doe
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Horror Novel
Although the book is fairly well-written, it certainly is not a good thriller or horror novel. There is very little suspense in the whole book. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A cartoon life
This book centers around the two boys whose lives are missing that special something..............trust and love. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by "midgeybear"
5.0 out of 5 stars Poppy is as beautiful and dark as ever...
Mid way into the novel I had automatically thought that she could not live up to the beauty that Lost Souls had been. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by DJ_Bitter
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Characters, but it was a letdown
I gave this book 3 stars becuase for the most part I enjoyed the read. I enjoyed the two main characters. There was great character development of the two leads. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2003 by Robert E Kyte
3.0 out of 5 stars Drowning in character development
Though the character development is an improvement over Lost Souls, I feel like Brite went into overkill mode on this one. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars god
this is the best author ypu will ever read. and this is one of her more scairer/psychotic ventures.
Published on July 20 2003 by "evilpinkbunnie2"
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