Lost Souls: Audio adaptation of a classic vampire novel

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  1. toysouldiers says:

    Sigh. Every time I hear some one going on and on about the Twilight series I think back to my youth and reflect on Brite’s ‘Lost Souls’ and Colloins ‘Sunglasses After Dark’. Damn those where good vampire books. Full of eroticism, violence and body fluids! Now thats what makes a great vampire story. Not this romantic dribble you currently find on the shelves.

  2. DeWynken says:

    This was a wonderful book and I was always recommend it to ‘new’ vampire readers. Cure kid vamps trump glowing emo hipster vamps any day, fangs down.

    “I like to drink my watercolor paint water”..

  3. demidan says:

    I remember meeting Poppy while sitting at the bar at Molly’s on the Market, and was told how she once tried to hire a ,,,. ( I would be sued, if I filled in the rest of that sentence, and am not kidding.)

  4. Derek C. F. Pegritz says:

    Gods, no. I thought Lost Souls was dead and buried, but, I guess, much like “real” vampires–NOT dipshit goth teens who think jizz is blood–it just keeps rising from the friggin’ grave. That’s it: I’m buying that vampire-slaying kit off eBay and taking this POS out once and for all.

  5. cosmicautumn says:

    I found her “Exquisite Corpse,” the only book I’ve read by Brite, to be gratuitous and pointless…but maybe I should give her another chance?

    • mellowknees says:

      My thoughts about Exquisite Corpse exactly. It was one of the most ridiculous suspense novels I have ever read. Considering that people seem to enjoy Brite’s other work, perhaps I made a poor selection in my choice to read it prior to any other of his body of work.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just for reference – Brite is transgendered, and prefers to be known as he/him.

  7. tsm_sf says:

    “a trick of authenticity”

    Trying to wrap my head around this phrase. Be back after coffee.

  8. risuther says:

    Never read her but I checked out her website. Looks like another case of SMeyers ripping off yet another more talented author for her watered down sparklepire crap.

    Regarding Lost Souls, PzB is a bit disparaging:
    “There’s a plot in there somewhere, involving trips to New Orleans during which the noxious green liqueur Chartreuse is consumed, love and betrayal, babies who eat their way out of the womb”

    Sounds like you’re right about her disavowing her older books. She says she’s tired of the goth crap and doesn’t care what you do with those old characters. Don’t you dare write fanfiction about her newer books though:

    “At this point, I don’t want fan fiction published about Rickey, G-man, or the other characters in the Liquor world, and yes, I’m afraid I am willing to back that up legally — not to be an asshole, but because I plan to continue writing about these characters for a long time to come … when someone else writes without permission about characters that are still very much a part of my life, it feels a lot like having someone sleep with my husband, or rather more like having someone sneak up behind him and stick a finger up his butt.”

    So… dramatic…

    I might read her old stuff.

  9. tsm_sf says:

    Wait, you get to choose who writes fanfiction about what? Does this mean Kirk/Spock was done with a wink and a nod? My world is upside-down.

    “a trick of authenticity” still baffles, even after coffee.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I first found Brite while reading Borderlands anthologies…and for a short story writer, I thought her work was great. But the longer novels felt like a broke ass Anne Rice, where the hidden sexuality was thrown in the forefront and you were just waiting for vampires to graphically get it on.

    I generally felt dirty reading them, but considering the dearth of books in that vein, and my reading needs, I picked it up anyways and readily suggested it to others of the goth persuasion because I knew, they had no taste and wouldn’t get the clue that it really was badly plotted, one dimensional characters, who were picking up scraps of other novelists that could have actually made this work but didn’t feel the need to degrade themselves any further than they needed.

    Really horrible work. Its work that hacks read to make them feel better about their own lacking works. Almost everyone I knew that read her were either bad writers, or goths with no taste. I was both. And when I realize this, and realized that a manuscript sent to a publisher was compared to hers…I decided against following my dreams of being a writer and quit writing altogether as it was a sign.

    Still, some of her short stories were nothing more than genius. To the point and excellent. Almost reminds me of Steven King’s style of being able to write an excellent short but anything longer than 50 pages is going to need to kill an entire tree and the fact is, if you rip out the middle 800 pages of a King novel — you might find a story worth reading.

    I’m wondering if I should pick up her new works…getting away from the tired goth line and ripping others works badly (and making a lot of money for!) might actually mean that she can focus on something great again.

  11. Philipshade says:

    I interviewed her back in ’93/94 have signed first editions and really wanted to buy a copy of the ones that smelled of burnt human flesh. hell I’ve even got the copy of Rage (not your fathers porn mag) with her lounging around nekkid in it (Did she do a BB spread?).

    Lost Souls & Drawing Blood meant a LOT to me back when they came out. Perhaps because of how much I identified with Brite’s work I’m really disappointing she disavowed it. It’s almost personally painful.

    I re-read Lost Souls a couple years ago it’s not a masterpiece of literature, but it’s still a good vampire read. and if you’re of the goth bent, young and uncertain it will probably retain the same resonance it did for me all those years ago.

  12. ArtF says:

    Awww…I read that as “Lost Sounds”. I was hoping for some Jay Reatard stuff.

  13. Anonymous says:

    After reading Lost Souls for the first time waaaay back in the day (when I was still a pretty uncritical reader), I couldn’t figure out what about it bugged me. Then I started a second of her books. And it hit me. All of the female characters were pathetic.

    Made me sad. Still does.

  14. knitmeapony says:

    Just FYI, Poppy keeps a livejournal here: http://docbrite.livejournal.com/ Not super frequently updated, but always good writing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I prefer “Drawing Blood”, a related – but – not – sequel, also set partly in New Orleans and partly in Missing Mile. The computer hacking parts are naturally really dated, but I think it holds up.

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