Tear my heart out

Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite

What a sexy book. If you want to read homoerotic, hyper violent romance, Poppy’s your author. There’s a lot of supernatural romance out there, especially that involving vampires, and even involving gay men. I’ve even written some myself.

But this was long before the boom and even now, even with this overwhelming mass of similar books, Exquisite Corpse stands out as ahead of the curve, controversial and emotional all at once.

I went from this to read her other works, which are similar, but it was this one, and particularly the final scene, which I won’t spoil, that pushed it over the edge both in terms of societal acceptance and into my favourites. I love a questionable moral and even better one that spellbinds you utterly.