Lost Souls

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Highlights Led by a professional actor. Designed for adult audiences. Gassy Jack Former sailor, gold miner, and ferry captain Gassy Jack founded this city by building a saloon in a day. John Bray Gold miner who took three bullets in the head — lasted two weeks before he dropped dead. Tour Start Location. Steve, the brash, crude musician - I didn't like him any more than I liked Anne, she in all her desperation to find something beautiful to leech onto. I wanted to feel for her, but honestly couldn't blame Zillah when he tossed her aside, having no use for her once her body had indulged his hedonistic pleasures.

Zillah, with eyes green as limes, as green as the last drop of Chartreuse in the bottle. The vision of those eyes will haunt me forever, and as long as they do, this is a novel I will keep coming back to, for comfort, and a reminder that we are all just a bunch of lost souls wandering around this lonely planet.

Dec 13, Paul Jr. Shelves: literary-fiction , gay-fiction , gay-romance , gay-erotica , paranormal , horror. Except, you know what? Since Stoker first published Dracula in , vampires have fascinated readers and writers alike, and vampire fiction has gone through every cycle of life and death imaginable ever since.

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The vampire literary genre has been declared dead more times than Elvis has been sighted in roadside diners. And just when you count pun entirely intended the bloodsuckers out, someone slips through and breathes new life into the old beast. George R. Martin wrote the fascinating Fevre Dream and in the process re-imagined what everyone thought of as vampires. And then the genre once again lapsed into a coma, every vampire thereafter becoming a deeply affected, brooding, depressive, sexually ambiguous prettyboy who tended to whine over every little problem being undead brought along.

Once again, the vampire became anemic in its portrayal, and the world again decried that there could be nothing new. And then, in , up-and-coming short story horror writer Poppy Z. Brite surprised everyone by spinning the vampire lore on its head with her remarkable debut novel, Lost Souls.


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The plot of Lost Souls really is very simple. Zillah and his vampire cohorts Molochai and Twin, venture into an off-the-beaten path bar in New Orleans where Zillah becomes enamored with a young girl, brooding and dressed all in black, who has been waiting for the vampires—any vampires—to come for her.

Care for him and he will bring you luck. It is when Nothing discovers the note and the fact that he was adopted that he decides to find who he truly is, where he truly belongs and he goes on a road trip headed…well, headed wherever the road takes him.

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As Nothing goes on his journey, we also catch up again with Zillah his crew as they drink chartreuse and eat Ho-Hos and revel in the joy of being young and eternal. In short, they relish being vampires. No regrets, no brooding angst here. We also get a third road trip as we meet Steve—a shit-kicker from South Carolina—and his best friend Ghost—a painfully thin young man with psychic abilities—as the two do a mini-tour as Lost Souls, a rock band that has developed a cult-like following amongst the disaffected and outcast goth youth.

And one of those youths just happens to be Nothing. Brite who has admittedly never read Ann Rice, despite claims by many that she had to be influenced by her also threw out the verbosity that had choked the genre, making her prose clean and crisp and evocative. She created not only the feelings of her characters in precise ways, but also used her words to capture the sights and smells and essence of her settings, each locale becoming a character in its own right. She veered into purple prose upon occasion, but the images she created were stunning and utterly true in every way. But the characters she created are the heart of the story.

The childlike joy in the vampires Molochai and Twig is infectious, as is the viciousness and pride Zillah takes in being omnipotent, or so he thinks. And while all the characters resonated with readers, none were quite as appealing as Steve and Ghost. There is so much love between these two men and so strong is the need for them to be there for, and to protect, one another, that their relationship transcend brotherhood and friendship.

The dynamic is so utterly real that one even began to wonder if Steve and Ghost were ever more to one another than just friends. The relationship Brite created between these two men was erection inducing for a lot of us. She simply wrote two men who would be lost souls without each other, and we the reader just wanted and in some cases needed it to go beyond that. In the end, Brite re-wrote the book on vampires. She blended splatterpunk and the gothic scene and vampire mythology into an excellent character study about finding who you are and how you fit in.

There was nothing wrong with being gay any more than there was anything wrong with being a vampire; it all comes down to each person and how they react and treat others. But, as I like to remind people, when Brite wrote the work, most of this was new and exciting.

Originally reviewed for Uniquely Pleasurable. This was the third time I read this book, and the third time I developed an overwelming desire to move to New Orleans pre-Katrina obviously in order to spend the rest of my days drinking absinthe and stumbling around the French Quarter in search of all the wonderfully sensual alluring vampires of both Anne Rice and Poppy Z.

Brite's novels. Of course I didn't do that, but the mental image conjoured up by this novel couldn't be a stronger draw. It is the first of PzB's novels to feature the love This was the third time I read this book, and the third time I developed an overwelming desire to move to New Orleans pre-Katrina obviously in order to spend the rest of my days drinking absinthe and stumbling around the French Quarter in search of all the wonderfully sensual alluring vampires of both Anne Rice and Poppy Z.

It is the first of PzB's novels to feature the loveable twosome of Steve and Ghost and it is the only novel to feature the fabulous character of Nothing. Disillusioned teenager Nothing feels he has nothing in common with his birth parents, and on running away to meet his heros, the band 'Lost Souls', he finds himself travelling in a van with three individuals who don't find his liking for drinking blood strange at all I would go on, but this is a book that I could quite easily write pages on.

So all I'll say now is that if you only ever read one horror novel in your lifetime, make it this one. I'm sorry my lovely vampire ninja, I tried, I really did. I loved Ghost, felt for Steve, but the the rest, the rest were either boring, crazy, or flat. Overall, I kept getting bored and skeeved out. I honestly didn't think I would make it after view spoiler [Wallace described thrusting up into his daughter hide spoiler ] or even after the Albino.

But it is more than that, I didn't feel that there was any point to the gross and I'm sorry my lovely vampire ninja, I tried, I really did.

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But it is more than that, I didn't feel that there was any point to the gross and gory parts other than for shock factor, which I find annoying. So now we are two-for-two on my goyles favorites and me not being a fan. I'm not sure why they put up with me.


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  • Mea culpa. View all 6 comments. Mar 13, Debra rated it really liked it Shelves: horror-supernatural , sai-king-recommends , dell-abyss-horror. Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb: "Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb I called you and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability that's the bottom line, isn't it , Dell's Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line.

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    In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability that's the bottom line, isn't it , Dell's new line is amazingly satisfying I hope to be looking into the Abyss for a long time to come. It was the first book I'd read by Poppy Z. Brite and wasn't my last. Highly recommended; especially for vampire fans.

    Dec 08, Bark rated it really liked it Shelves: horror.

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    I brought this book with me on vacation, along with 6 others what can I say, I'm finicky. After putting one book aside out of complete boredom I feared nothing would hold my attention. I ended up plowing my way through pages of Lost Souls before I knew it. Being that its been nearly 12 years since I originally read it, I wasn't surprised to realize that only vague images and memories of lush prose had stuck with me and that I had forgotten all about the basic plot line. I figured jaded me I brought this book with me on vacation, along with 6 others what can I say, I'm finicky.

    I figured jaded me would soon tire of the gothic kids but I think I enjoyed this even more the second time around. I don't, however, remember being struck by the fact during my first reading the only female character in the story was a victimized, bewitched, weak-willed something with horrible taste in men. Ann's character and all of her mooning bugged me.

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    Funny, with the exception of Ghost, there isn't a character here who is redeemable and truly likable in my eyes yet I enjoyed every page of the book. Jul 29, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Recommends it for: tween vamp fans. If you're going through puberty and feeling weird, this is a great book to read.

    With enough vampires, gay sex, incest and goth clubbing to satisfy any young misunderstood oddball and truthfully, I have never been in a single goth club that played "Bela Lugosi's Dead" even once, let alone every night , this is a fun piece of wish-fulfillment.

    Dark, twisted, unbelieavable and not particularly sophisticated, I'd recommend this to anyone wearing Crow makeup in a rural town in the midwest. View all 5 comments. The other day I had to drive somewhere and my iPod was dead. At first this was annoying. I'll just listen to my goth mix! My point is Brite mentions Bauhaus a lot in this book.

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    And I do love them. And Peter The other day I had to drive somewhere and my iPod was dead. And Peter Murphy kinda slays me. Imagine my utter dismay when I was Googling for this image and I found out he'd been arrested last year for meth and a hit and run. Anyway, there are also road trips in this book. I love road trips, too. But unlike the characters in this book, I prefer to shower while traveling the countryside.