Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories eBook Ç

Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories eBook Ç


Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories ❴EPUB❵ ✺ Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories Author Poppy Z. Brite – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Big talent gives off thermonuclear vibes I can feel them this is the voice we re going to be hearing for a long time Harlan Ellison In an old car rocking down a North Carolina highway with the radio o Big talent gives off thermonuclear vibes I Collection of MOBI ☆ can feel them this is the voice we re going to be hearing for a long time Harlan Ellison In an old car rocking down a North Carolina highway with the radio on so loud you can t hear the music Behind a dusty Georgia carny show In a mausoleum in Baton Rouge, or in an alley in Calcutta Here wanderers come to Wormwood: A PDF \ rest, the lost and lonely press their bodies up against each other, the heat rises, flesh yields, bones are bared, blood spills This is the landscape of today s most brilliant young horror writer, Poppy Z BriteNow, in a collection that sings like cutting edge rock n roll and shows the deft touch of a master storyteller, Poppy Z Brite weaves her unique spell of the sensual, the frightening, and the A Collection of Kindle × forbidden Every page of Brite s work stresses the beautiful and heartbreaking strangeness of the world Fangoria.


10 thoughts on “Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories

  1. Abel Abel says:

    Really brilliant horror stories The kind you get jealous of They tread the lines between horrors, they re subtle and rich and tactile They re never ever predictable or stale Of particular interest is His Lips Will Taste of Wormwood, which uses Lovecraft s The Hound blueprints and constructs a startingly good yarn with Exciting prose, sensuality, good macabre notes for us death centric types I d never read Brite Martin before but I ve got other paperbacks coming and look forward with in Really brilliant horror stories The kind you get jealous of They tread the lines between horrors, they re subtle and rich and tactile They re never ever predictable or stale Of particular interest is His Lips Will Taste of Wormwood, which uses Lovecraft s The Hound blueprints and constructs a startingly good yarn with Exciting prose, sensuality, good macabre notes for us death centric types I d never read Brite Martin before but I ve got other paperbacks coming and look forward with interest to see how he developed his mark on the horror world


  2. Spencer Distraction Spencer Distraction says:

    I actually have the original version of this, called Swamp Foetus Yes, I m gloating.


  3. J.w. Schnarr J.w. Schnarr says:

    I rescued this book at the Calgary Horror Con because I couldn t stand to see it sitting there like an orphaned puppy, waiting for someone to pick it up This kind of puppy, however, is for very special owners It drinks human blood and shifts in and out of reality like a shadow in a strobe light.For those who have not been exposed to Poppy s work, this is an excellent primer for what is to come And, honestly, if you haven t read at least something by Poppy Z Brite,your horror education is sor I rescued this book at the Calgary Horror Con because I couldn t stand to see it sitting there like an orphaned puppy, waiting for someone to pick it up This kind of puppy, however, is for very special owners It drinks human blood and shifts in and out of reality like a shadow in a strobe light.For those who have not been exposed to Poppy s work, this is an excellent primer for what is to come And, honestly, if you haven t read at least something by Poppy Z Brite,your horror education is sorely lacking and your image of what horror was in the 1990s is a warped thing at best, missing so many chromosomes it s unable to survive on its own.The book includes the story Calcutta, Lord of Nerves , which, for my money, is one of the best zombie stories ever written A collection of stories beautiful in their celebration of the dark


  4. Kristen Kristen says:

    Every once in a while you stumble across an artist who is in the wrong time Poppy is one of those authors, and artist who seems as if she was born too late to be happy From reading her stories you can envision her walking with the likes of Lovecraft and Poe I assume they would discuss language, the beauty of the written word and the terrors of their hearts Brite has a style that harkens back to the 1800 s when flowing language and beauty could be found in even the darkest of tales This coll Every once in a while you stumble across an artist who is in the wrong time Poppy is one of those authors, and artist who seems as if she was born too late to be happy From reading her stories you can envision her walking with the likes of Lovecraft and Poe I assume they would discuss language, the beauty of the written word and the terrors of their hearts Brite has a style that harkens back to the 1800 s when flowing language and beauty could be found in even the darkest of tales This collection of short stories is dark, gothic, beautiful, flowing, engaging and sad Though she is labeled as horror, I wouldn t quite put her in that category, at least in this book True there are vampires, murderers, and the undead but they are never frightening Brite looks at them all as a beautiful and necessary addition to a dark and morose world.Although her writing is beautiful, and her stories thrilling to read, this book will not be for everyone Her characters are sexually ambiguous, often leaning closer to the homosexual side, and although she never becomes overly graphic, I don t know that I would advise my husband read this Also her characters tend to be very thin, fine boned almost androgynous males with questionable morals, and a penchant for eye shadow and lace The closest mainstream author I can think of to compare her with would be Anne Rice with a darker view of the world.Personally, I really enjoyed reading these stories, I loved her use of language, her sense of atmosphere and the brooding nature of her characters The theme that seems to run through the book is one of both love and death, though the love is darker andhorrifying and the death is beautiful and erotic If you read this book be sure to read the introduction by Dan Simmons, one of my favorite authors It is both hysterically funny, and also does a good job of setting your mind in the right mood to proceed into the stories


  5. Nancy Nancy says:

    Gorgeous prose, unforgettable images These stories are very dark, heartbreaking and visceral.


  6. Adam Light Adam Light says:

    This was my first Poppy Z Brite read.There were some excellent stories here, my favorites being Calcutta, Lord of Nerves and The Sixth Sentinel.Great collection, and I m glad I finally gave this author a read.


  7. Chantelle Chantelle says:

    I enjoyed this collection of short stories and was interested to see that Steve and Ghost from Lost Souls were in some of them I need to re read Lost Souls and Drawing Blood to see if I like them as much as I did when I was younger I enjoyed this collection of short stories and was interested to see that Steve and Ghost from Lost Souls were in some of them I need to re read Lost Souls and Drawing Blood to see if I like them as much as I did when I was younger


  8. Sean Chick Sean Chick says:

    Poppy Z Brite is the only published fiction author I have read that I have actually met She came to Holy Cross High School because one of her fans David Leonard, class of 1999, where are you invited her She was nice, open, weird, unpretentious, and seemed uncomfortable This now seems obvious after reading Wormwood I too would feel weird speaking with a bunch of horny teenage boys If the administrators had paid attention they certainly would not have allowed her in, so it was quite a cou Poppy Z Brite is the only published fiction author I have read that I have actually met She came to Holy Cross High School because one of her fans David Leonard, class of 1999, where are you invited her She was nice, open, weird, unpretentious, and seemed uncomfortable This now seems obvious after reading Wormwood I too would feel weird speaking with a bunch of horny teenage boys If the administrators had paid attention they certainly would not have allowed her in, so it was quite a coup Mr Leonard.Brite s work is a constant flow between desire and death While not pornographic about sex in the way of a romance novel, she is very open about it and it is the main ingredient of the horror To this end, her best stories are those that are intimate, a tale of death and desire between two people At her worst, she is aimless As such, stories here are either duds or effective works of horror The influence of Lovecraft is strong, including a direct reference to him as a master of purple prose The same is true of Brite s lush wordings She reads like a sexualized goth retelling of Lovecraft and Keats However, whereas Lovecraft portrayed scholarly men who encounter the abyss, Brite s character s are libertine outcasts who encounter the abyss inside of vaginas or the mouths of other men The last is telling, for Brite s point of view characters are men Is there any surprise she now goes by the name Billy Martin For a person of a historical bent, Wormwood is an artifact of New Orleans goth period of the 1990s, that awkward phase between when the city sold itself as a Cajun outpost and the post Katrnia obsession with all things African American This is when the French Quarter was still dangerous, Trent Reznor lived in the Garden District, and ghost tours were first popping up Brite was part of that world, indeed she did much to build it It is gone now, and by the 21st century Brite had left behind horror, making Wormwood s cover hilarious Harlan Ellison proclaimed that Brite was a voice we re going to be hearing for a long time It was not to be and I could see it in her back in 1997 or was it 1998 She seemed tired of it all, but kind enough to talk with some high school boys wondering what their future would be As it turns out, the future was a lot like Wormwood sex, death, and romanticism giving way to melancholy Hence the eternal draw of horror stories


  9. Robert Beveridge Robert Beveridge says:

    Poppy Z Brite, Wormwood Dell, 1994 This relatively early collection of stories her first collection, and third published work, previously known as Swamp Foetus , collects stories written between 1986 and 1992 Perhaps the most interesting thing about the book is watching the progression between the earlier and the later stories you can tell before getting to the end each is dated which are which, after an example or two of each.This isn t to say the earlier stories are bad, they re just ra Poppy Z Brite, Wormwood Dell, 1994 This relatively early collection of stories her first collection, and third published work, previously known as Swamp Foetus , collects stories written between 1986 and 1992 Perhaps the most interesting thing about the book is watching the progression between the earlier and the later stories you can tell before getting to the end each is dated which are which, after an example or two of each.This isn t to say the earlier stories are bad, they re just raw And raw is not a bad thing In fact, it can be quite charming, especially when one encounters another two Steve and Ghost stories Angels and How to Get Ahead in New York , which also happen to be two of the longest in the book It s rather odd to have watched an author create her own shared world and remain its sole inhabitant.Steve and Ghost aside, there s a lot of fun stuff here for the discriminating fan of viscerally atmospheric if that makes sense horror Brite s tales are not for the squeamish, but she never treads into the realms of Robert Deveraux or, for that matter, her own novel Exquisite Corpse Even the zombie story, which is a genre that basically invites excess gore especially since Peter Jackson s wonderful film Dead Alive , hasof a quiet, dignified air about it albeit one with some language that may make some neophytes squirm a bit in a different way.Very good stuff It s easy to say in hindsight this is the beginning work of a very gifted author, so imagine I m saying it in 1994 and have amazing powers of presentiment


  10. Juushika Juushika says:

    Twelve stories of artists cursed with dangerous talents and intimacies shared even after death and further tales of Lost Souls s Steve and Ghost In an otherwise useless introduction, Dan Simmons writes that Brite s work may be described perhaps even by her as splatterpunk, but it is not xxiv Brite s early fiction is as lush as it is repulsive, often entrenched in the humid South, at its best taking the guts and gore of what might be splatterpunk to a level which is resonant and haunt Twelve stories of artists cursed with dangerous talents and intimacies shared even after death and further tales of Lost Souls s Steve and Ghost In an otherwise useless introduction, Dan Simmons writes that Brite s work may be described perhaps even by her as splatterpunk, but it is not xxiv Brite s early fiction is as lush as it is repulsive, often entrenched in the humid South, at its best taking the guts and gore of what might be splatterpunk to a level which is resonant and haunting Wormwood has glimpses of that, but it s a particularly hit and miss collection Angels and How to Get Ahead in New York are indulgent, canonical Lost Souls fanfiction and among the best of the collection Calcutta, Lord of Nerves is the only selection which truly stands out, and it is remarkable Wormwood s boldest and most vibrant, it s a unique take on zombies and I say this as someone with no interest in them with an intense sense of place The rest of the collection is passable but immemorable Stories too often feel like slaves to an idea or, worse, to a twist ending those concepts can be ingenious, but the stories don t exceed them and the effect is limiting and exploitative This isn t the best of Brite s early work, and it isn t as accessible or reliably good as Brite s long fiction casual readers needn t seek it out But as a fan and a collector it wasn t a waste of my time, and Calcutta alone makes the volume worthwhile


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10 thoughts on “Wormwood: A Collection of Short Stories

  1. Abel Abel says:

    Really brilliant horror stories The kind you get jealous of They tread the lines between horrors, they re subtle and rich and tactile They re never ever predictable or stale Of particular interest is His Lips Will Taste of Wormwood, which uses Lovecraft s The Hound blueprints and constructs a startingly good yarn with Exciting prose, sensuality, good macabre notes for us death centric types I d never read Brite Martin before but I ve got other paperbacks coming and look forward with in Really brilliant horror stories The kind you get jealous of They tread the lines between horrors, they re subtle and rich and tactile They re never ever predictable or stale Of particular interest is His Lips Will Taste of Wormwood, which uses Lovecraft s The Hound blueprints and constructs a startingly good yarn with Exciting prose, sensuality, good macabre notes for us death centric types I d never read Brite Martin before but I ve got other paperbacks coming and look forward with interest to see how he developed his mark on the horror world

  2. Spencer Distraction Spencer Distraction says:

    I actually have the original version of this, called Swamp Foetus Yes, I m gloating.

  3. J.w. Schnarr J.w. Schnarr says:

    I rescued this book at the Calgary Horror Con because I couldn t stand to see it sitting there like an orphaned puppy, waiting for someone to pick it up This kind of puppy, however, is for very special owners It drinks human blood and shifts in and out of reality like a shadow in a strobe light.For those who have not been exposed to Poppy s work, this is an excellent primer for what is to come And, honestly, if you haven t read at least something by Poppy Z Brite,your horror education is sor I rescued this book at the Calgary Horror Con because I couldn t stand to see it sitting there like an orphaned puppy, waiting for someone to pick it up This kind of puppy, however, is for very special owners It drinks human blood and shifts in and out of reality like a shadow in a strobe light.For those who have not been exposed to Poppy s work, this is an excellent primer for what is to come And, honestly, if you haven t read at least something by Poppy Z Brite,your horror education is sorely lacking and your image of what horror was in the 1990s is a warped thing at best, missing so many chromosomes it s unable to survive on its own.The book includes the story Calcutta, Lord of Nerves , which, for my money, is one of the best zombie stories ever written A collection of stories beautiful in their celebration of the dark

  4. Kristen Kristen says:

    Every once in a while you stumble across an artist who is in the wrong time Poppy is one of those authors, and artist who seems as if she was born too late to be happy From reading her stories you can envision her walking with the likes of Lovecraft and Poe I assume they would discuss language, the beauty of the written word and the terrors of their hearts Brite has a style that harkens back to the 1800 s when flowing language and beauty could be found in even the darkest of tales This coll Every once in a while you stumble across an artist who is in the wrong time Poppy is one of those authors, and artist who seems as if she was born too late to be happy From reading her stories you can envision her walking with the likes of Lovecraft and Poe I assume they would discuss language, the beauty of the written word and the terrors of their hearts Brite has a style that harkens back to the 1800 s when flowing language and beauty could be found in even the darkest of tales This collection of short stories is dark, gothic, beautiful, flowing, engaging and sad Though she is labeled as horror, I wouldn t quite put her in that category, at least in this book True there are vampires, murderers, and the undead but they are never frightening Brite looks at them all as a beautiful and necessary addition to a dark and morose world.Although her writing is beautiful, and her stories thrilling to read, this book will not be for everyone Her characters are sexually ambiguous, often leaning closer to the homosexual side, and although she never becomes overly graphic, I don t know that I would advise my husband read this Also her characters tend to be very thin, fine boned almost androgynous males with questionable morals, and a penchant for eye shadow and lace The closest mainstream author I can think of to compare her with would be Anne Rice with a darker view of the world.Personally, I really enjoyed reading these stories, I loved her use of language, her sense of atmosphere and the brooding nature of her characters The theme that seems to run through the book is one of both love and death, though the love is darker andhorrifying and the death is beautiful and erotic If you read this book be sure to read the introduction by Dan Simmons, one of my favorite authors It is both hysterically funny, and also does a good job of setting your mind in the right mood to proceed into the stories

  5. Nancy Nancy says:

    Gorgeous prose, unforgettable images These stories are very dark, heartbreaking and visceral.

  6. Adam Light Adam Light says:

    This was my first Poppy Z Brite read.There were some excellent stories here, my favorites being Calcutta, Lord of Nerves and The Sixth Sentinel.Great collection, and I m glad I finally gave this author a read.

  7. Chantelle Chantelle says:

    I enjoyed this collection of short stories and was interested to see that Steve and Ghost from Lost Souls were in some of them I need to re read Lost Souls and Drawing Blood to see if I like them as much as I did when I was younger I enjoyed this collection of short stories and was interested to see that Steve and Ghost from Lost Souls were in some of them I need to re read Lost Souls and Drawing Blood to see if I like them as much as I did when I was younger

  8. Sean Chick Sean Chick says:

    Poppy Z Brite is the only published fiction author I have read that I have actually met She came to Holy Cross High School because one of her fans David Leonard, class of 1999, where are you invited her She was nice, open, weird, unpretentious, and seemed uncomfortable This now seems obvious after reading Wormwood I too would feel weird speaking with a bunch of horny teenage boys If the administrators had paid attention they certainly would not have allowed her in, so it was quite a cou Poppy Z Brite is the only published fiction author I have read that I have actually met She came to Holy Cross High School because one of her fans David Leonard, class of 1999, where are you invited her She was nice, open, weird, unpretentious, and seemed uncomfortable This now seems obvious after reading Wormwood I too would feel weird speaking with a bunch of horny teenage boys If the administrators had paid attention they certainly would not have allowed her in, so it was quite a coup Mr Leonard.Brite s work is a constant flow between desire and death While not pornographic about sex in the way of a romance novel, she is very open about it and it is the main ingredient of the horror To this end, her best stories are those that are intimate, a tale of death and desire between two people At her worst, she is aimless As such, stories here are either duds or effective works of horror The influence of Lovecraft is strong, including a direct reference to him as a master of purple prose The same is true of Brite s lush wordings She reads like a sexualized goth retelling of Lovecraft and Keats However, whereas Lovecraft portrayed scholarly men who encounter the abyss, Brite s character s are libertine outcasts who encounter the abyss inside of vaginas or the mouths of other men The last is telling, for Brite s point of view characters are men Is there any surprise she now goes by the name Billy Martin For a person of a historical bent, Wormwood is an artifact of New Orleans goth period of the 1990s, that awkward phase between when the city sold itself as a Cajun outpost and the post Katrnia obsession with all things African American This is when the French Quarter was still dangerous, Trent Reznor lived in the Garden District, and ghost tours were first popping up Brite was part of that world, indeed she did much to build it It is gone now, and by the 21st century Brite had left behind horror, making Wormwood s cover hilarious Harlan Ellison proclaimed that Brite was a voice we re going to be hearing for a long time It was not to be and I could see it in her back in 1997 or was it 1998 She seemed tired of it all, but kind enough to talk with some high school boys wondering what their future would be As it turns out, the future was a lot like Wormwood sex, death, and romanticism giving way to melancholy Hence the eternal draw of horror stories

  9. Robert Beveridge Robert Beveridge says:

    Poppy Z Brite, Wormwood Dell, 1994 This relatively early collection of stories her first collection, and third published work, previously known as Swamp Foetus , collects stories written between 1986 and 1992 Perhaps the most interesting thing about the book is watching the progression between the earlier and the later stories you can tell before getting to the end each is dated which are which, after an example or two of each.This isn t to say the earlier stories are bad, they re just ra Poppy Z Brite, Wormwood Dell, 1994 This relatively early collection of stories her first collection, and third published work, previously known as Swamp Foetus , collects stories written between 1986 and 1992 Perhaps the most interesting thing about the book is watching the progression between the earlier and the later stories you can tell before getting to the end each is dated which are which, after an example or two of each.This isn t to say the earlier stories are bad, they re just raw And raw is not a bad thing In fact, it can be quite charming, especially when one encounters another two Steve and Ghost stories Angels and How to Get Ahead in New York , which also happen to be two of the longest in the book It s rather odd to have watched an author create her own shared world and remain its sole inhabitant.Steve and Ghost aside, there s a lot of fun stuff here for the discriminating fan of viscerally atmospheric if that makes sense horror Brite s tales are not for the squeamish, but she never treads into the realms of Robert Deveraux or, for that matter, her own novel Exquisite Corpse Even the zombie story, which is a genre that basically invites excess gore especially since Peter Jackson s wonderful film Dead Alive , hasof a quiet, dignified air about it albeit one with some language that may make some neophytes squirm a bit in a different way.Very good stuff It s easy to say in hindsight this is the beginning work of a very gifted author, so imagine I m saying it in 1994 and have amazing powers of presentiment

  10. Juushika Juushika says:

    Twelve stories of artists cursed with dangerous talents and intimacies shared even after death and further tales of Lost Souls s Steve and Ghost In an otherwise useless introduction, Dan Simmons writes that Brite s work may be described perhaps even by her as splatterpunk, but it is not xxiv Brite s early fiction is as lush as it is repulsive, often entrenched in the humid South, at its best taking the guts and gore of what might be splatterpunk to a level which is resonant and haunt Twelve stories of artists cursed with dangerous talents and intimacies shared even after death and further tales of Lost Souls s Steve and Ghost In an otherwise useless introduction, Dan Simmons writes that Brite s work may be described perhaps even by her as splatterpunk, but it is not xxiv Brite s early fiction is as lush as it is repulsive, often entrenched in the humid South, at its best taking the guts and gore of what might be splatterpunk to a level which is resonant and haunting Wormwood has glimpses of that, but it s a particularly hit and miss collection Angels and How to Get Ahead in New York are indulgent, canonical Lost Souls fanfiction and among the best of the collection Calcutta, Lord of Nerves is the only selection which truly stands out, and it is remarkable Wormwood s boldest and most vibrant, it s a unique take on zombies and I say this as someone with no interest in them with an intense sense of place The rest of the collection is passable but immemorable Stories too often feel like slaves to an idea or, worse, to a twist ending those concepts can be ingenious, but the stories don t exceed them and the effect is limiting and exploitative This isn t the best of Brite s early work, and it isn t as accessible or reliably good as Brite s long fiction casual readers needn t seek it out But as a fan and a collector it wasn t a waste of my time, and Calcutta alone makes the volume worthwhile

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