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Lost Souls

By: Poppy Brite
Narrated by: Christ Patton
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Publisher's Summary

Vampires...they ache, they love, they thirst for the forbidden. They are your friends and lovers, and your worst fears. 

“A major new voice in horror fiction...an electric style and no shortage of nerve.” (Booklist)

At a club in Missing Mile, N.C., the children of the night gather, dressed in black, look for acceptance. Among them are Ghost, who sees what others do not; Ann, longing for love; and Jason, whose real name is Nothing, newly awakened to an ancient, deathless truth about his father, and himself. 

Others are coming to Missing Mile tonight. Three beautiful, hip vagabonds - Molochai, Twig, and the seductive Zillah, whose eyes are as green as limes - are on their own lost journey, slaking their ancient thirst for blood, looking for supple young flesh.

They find it in Nothing and Ann, leading them on a mad, illicit road trip south to New Orleans. Over miles of dark highway, Ghost pursues, his powers guiding him on a journey to reach his destiny, to save Ann from her new companions, to save Nothing from himself.... 

“An important and original work...a gritty, highly literate blend of brutality and sentiment, hope and despair.”(Science Fiction Chronicle)

©1992 Poppy Z. Brite (P)2019 David N. Wilson
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okay

I read this as a young goth teenage misfit and it spoke to me then. now it's just a nostalgic read like visiting a past life.

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really messed up

I loved this book as a younger angsty teen. It just didn't hold up as an adult.

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Disgusting pro-rape story

One of the protagonists is a rapist, and the author spends more time blaming the woman for having an affair. Her extremely abusive boyfriend, and protagonist of the book eventually rapes her. The other protagonist and only "good person" in the book is more concerned with his friend, the rapist's feelings, and also blames the victim because she cheated. The author doesn't seem to have a basic understanding of abuse, rape, or statutory rape. I am disgusted and bummed I spent money on this shit. If you're going to write about such heavy subject matter maybe talk to a victim or do some amount of research.

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Simply Amazing

If you're a fan of Twilight, you should probably avoid this book. This is what vampire stories should be; dark and dangerous. I loved every bonechilling, eye-opening, heart-pounding second of it. Not for the squeamish or prudish but for literally everyone else... except Twilight fans.

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How come this is so bad

There were literally (hehe) points where it was painful. Get someone FROM NEW ORLEANS TO READ IT?? Chartre? Dude!!!

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Generation X

The narration seemed over the top at times, but it was nonetheless wonderful. The inflections screamed Generation X, and it made me nostalgic about the 90s. I also loved the numerous references to the Bauhaus and Cocteau Twins albums. It gave me warm fuzzies

I did not enjoy as much as Drawing Blood, but I would definitely listen to this again. It was not time wasted.

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Great book. Terrible narration .

A great book. Though unfortunately the narrator makes it sound like it's for preteens. Returned.

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bad french

its a wonferful novel. i read the print version snd loved it, but tge narrator just cant pronounce the french names of the quarter.

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  • 12-19-20

One of the best vampire novels to date

On the surface, this book seems like just another edgy YA. However, when looked from the perspective of previous vampire novels (from Carmilla to Interview with a Vampire) this text is so refreshing. Seeing queer vampires so open is one thing, but to have the traditional power dynamics usually in gothic novels totally flipped is glorious. It has been such a pleasure to read, re-read and analyse this piece for an essay. Thank you, Billy Martin!!

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  • 10-04-22

Like being 15 again

I first read this when I was 15, the same age as the main protagonist. It still seems like a novel written from - and glorifying - the perspective of an adolescent boy.

As an adult I can't say I still relate to of approve of Nothing and his actions. That's the price of growing up, I'm afraid (which isn't actually as bad as Nothing assumes it would be). But even after all these years I still have enough nostalgia to appreciate this book for what it is.

For one thing, it's actually scary, unlike the more famous novel written from the perspective of vampires in New Orleans. The creepy twins are particularly unnerving, and the gore and Zillah's psychopathic amorality place this work firmly in the realm of horror.

As an adult, I can appreciate the prose, the pacing, the originality, and all the other signs of talent on display. I also have the opportunity of sympathizing more with Steve and Ghost than I did as a teenager (and which I suspect was the author's intention all along).

As for the performance, Chris Patton never stumbles over or seems uncomfortable reading out the explicit sex scenes, which gives respect to Brite's work and vision. He also gives Nothing a high-pitched, whiney, almost annoying voice, which was not at all how I imagined him as a young reader but I now feel is entirely appropriate to his character.

This book is, or should be, an iconic work of early nineties vampire horror and a must-read for anyone who's interested in or was part of early third-wave Goth (you can make a drinking game out of references to Bauhaus and black eyeliner).

This will always be part of my youth, but I think it remains a good book on its own merit and is definitely worth a read.