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Drawing Blood [Mass Market Paperback]

Poppy Brite
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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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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.
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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 best story I've ever read , Jan. 30 2010
By Eddie
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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 out there who wouldn't mind a little bit of gore and some exaggerated mentions of drug use, filthiness and death.

Although many of you would think of "Drawing Blood" as a horror book, I found the highlight of its plot being the love story between the two protagonists Trevor McGee and Zachary Bosch, the two cross paths in the town of Missing Mile, NC. Each with a different past and different reasons that, however, brought them to this same place. A place Trevor is no new-comer to. He is back in the hope of finding answers to what happened in that house on Violin Road twenty years ago when his father Robert McGee murdered his wife and younger son before he committed suicide leaving Trevor as the sole cast-off of the bloodily obliterated McGee family . Zach is a nineteen-year-old computer-hacking daredevil who had escaped from his abusive parents at age fourteen and ends up on the run from Secret Services agents for all the illegal hacking and on-line thievery he'd been pulling for years with impunity. Shortly after Trevor and Zach meet, they decide to stay in that very house on Violin Road where the murders had occurred. Eventually, the house turns out to be haunted and hazardous for both of them which hardly hinders Trevor from his questing for the truth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read June 3 2004
By A Customer
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I recently read this book, not quite sure why I picked it up. This book has one huge strength: character development. Brite makes the reader feel like they know these characters, intimately.
Although the plot could have been better, it still is a great read. In my humble opinion, I think Brite has a true gift and talent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The smell of cyberspace April 26 2004
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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, Robert McGee. Trevor, like his father, is a writer of a comix called Birdland. When he gets to New Orleans, he meets Zachary Bosch, a computer hacker. They hang out in bars. Travor and Zachary have an unlikely monogamous sexual relationship (the author is female) that brings these two outcasts closer. At one point, they find their way into the cyberspace where they both face their pasts. Trevor meets his father and figures out that they share the same murdering impulses. Drawing Blood embraces all that was once very hip at one point with the body piercing set. She has obvious read William Gibson and John Shirley before setting out on this book. It is good. But this book shows that Poppy Brite is a better writer of vampire stories than just another cyberpunk follower.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A collection of short horror stories Feb. 5 2004
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This was definitely not as good as Poppy's first book Lost Souls. This book is a collection of short horror stories. I found that although a few stories were great such as, "His mouth will taste of Wormwood", and, "The sixth sentinel"; that others just did not hold my attention. Poppy is no doubt one of the best horror authors of her time, and I am among her true following, however this book did not do her justice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Horror Novel Jan. 28 2004
By A Customer
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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. For the most part, the book is a rather boring character development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cartoon life Dec 26 2003
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This book centers around the two boys whose lives are missing that special something..............trust and love. Trevor McGee lost his family in a brutal murder while still a small child and at the hands of his cartoonist father, he lived through the torments of his mind only to find himself forced to return to Missing Mile. Zach Bosch is a computer nerd with his own disastrous childhood behind him and now he's running from the FBI after being caught out with his hacking exploits.
This book is wonderfully rich and varied with each character, no matter how minor their role is, being an individual that seems to live and breathe from the page. Admittedly the first time I read it I was decidely ambivalent towards it but after a break of 18 months I returned to it and this novel is simply amazing.
If you've never read any of Poppy Z Brite's work then this is an excellent starting point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poppy is as beautiful and dark as ever... Oct. 3 2003
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Mid way into the novel I had automatically thought that she could not live up to the beauty that Lost Souls had been. But what had changed my mind was the relationship between Zach and Trevor, they are the heart of this novel. Their relationship is beautiful in everyway and there is redemption in it as well.
Cheers, Poppy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Characters, but it was a letdown Sept. 4 2003
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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. The relationship of the two leads was well developed, arousing and excisting. Poppy brought it along slowly instead of rushing into things. So there love for each other felt genuine. I enjoyed that half of the book very much. Sadly though the story that surrounds the two lovebirds is very weak in my opinion. This haunted tale was not the least bit spooky. No suspense was created and the ending just seemed silly. Overall I would not recommend this book. If you are looking for a scary book this is definitely not the book for you. I would of preferred to drop the whole haunted house story line all together and just focused on just the romance between the two leads. would of also enjoyed a couple more hot scenes between the two:)
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