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The name of Poppy Z. Brite is well known to most horror fans. What some do not know, though, is that Brite hit the ground running as a fiction writer, and some of her best work so far is right here in this collection of a dozen tales (originally published as Swamp Foetus) she wrote between ages 18 and 24. The exigencies of long plot development and evolving characters that sometimes bog her down in the novels are absent from the short story form, where Brite's extraordinary talent for compressed, redolent imagery combines with her keen sense of narrative structure to create perfect little objets d'art. Stories like "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood," "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves," and my favorite, "The Sixth Sentinel," are too exquisite to be missed.
On the whole I enjoyed most stories, but after Drawing Blood and Lost Souls, which I loved, there's no comparison... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by varnya
I stumbled upon a copy of Love In Vein, the vampire erotica collection edited by Poppy Z. Brite. I thought it would be silly, certainly of lesser merit than something Anne Rice... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by Mariah Richards
This book was my first exposure to Poppy Z. Brite, and I read it all in one sitting. Sure, some of the stories far outshine some others, but this is almost always the case in a... Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Christine D Rodriguez
This book is just so awesome, its got lust and decrepid story lines. The stories wrap you up in them,never leaving anytime to escape. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2001
Wormwood, Brite's collection of gothic short stories, serves as a reminder that Brite is one of the most original, most powerful, most interesting voice in modern horror fiction. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001 by Sebastien Pharand
Poppy Z. Brite ceases to amaze me. Almost every story she wrote is completely beautiful to me. She uses intimate details and her sensual detail and words create a perfect mood in... Read morePublished on April 2 2001 by Decay
In this little anthology, Poppy Z. Brite manages to be gross, lewd, enthralling, apalling, hungry, innocent, and masterful. Read morePublished on March 10 2001 by Jared J. Ragland
Poppy is one of the brighest stars in the horror galaxy today. While her full length novels can be a bit hard to swallow at times this collection of short stories is hauntingly... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2000 by NDBerzerker