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Poppy Z. Brite

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PO Box 75015
New Orleans, LA  70175

Poppy Z. Brite,  the author of eight novels, three short story collections, and much miscellany, lives in New Orleans with her husband  -- from Saints & Sinners

  • Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1994), Poppy Z. Brite, ed.
    A sexy new repackaging of the extremely popular anthology of vampire erotica, edited by acclaimed author Poppy Z. Brite.

    The classic horror tale is about fear. But in the last few years a new literature of the macabre has arisen, one that goes deeper than horror, beyond fear, to explore our darkest, most intimate hungers. The ones even lovers are forbidden to share.

    Acclaimed dark fantasy author Poppy Z. Brite has brought together this genre's most powerful and seductive authors in an original collection of vampiric erotica, a shameless celebration of unspeakable intimacies. It is not for everyone.

    But neither is the night.

    Includes stories by A.R. Morlan, Brian Hodge, Charles de Lint, Christa Faust, Danielle Willis, David B. Silva, Douglas Clegg, Elizabeth Engstrom, Gene Wolfe, Ian McDowell, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Kathe Koja & Barry N. Malzberg, Mike Baker, Nancy Holder, Norman Partridge, Robert Devereaux, Steve Rasnic, Tem & Melanie Tem, Thomas F. Monteleone, Wayne Allen Sallee, and Wilum H. Pugmire

  • Love in Vein II: Eighteen More Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1997), Poppy Z. Brite, ed.
    Includes stories by Brian Hodge, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Christopher Fowler, David J. Schow, David Niall Wilson, Janet Berliner & George Guthridge,Jean-Daniel Breque, Lucy Taylor, Neil Gaiman, Nicholas Royle, O'Neil DeNoux, Pat Califia, Randy Fox, Richard Laymon, Roberta Lannes, Stephen Markainey, Th. Metzger, and Thomas S. Roche

  • Wrong Things (2001) with Caitlin R. Kiernan
    This short collaborative collection contains an original novella by Caitlin R. Kiernan, an original novella by Poppy Z. Brite, and a brand-new collaborative story by Caitlin and Poppy set in Poppy's fictional stomping grounds of Missing Mile, North Carolina. Wrong Things also features an exclusive afterword by Caitlin, 10 full-page interior illustrations by Richard Kirk.

  • Antedliluvian Tales (Future release)

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  • Lost Souls -- Finalist, 1992 Lambda Literary Award for Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror (Gay Men's)
    Abandoned as an infant, Nothing reads his true name on the handwritten note that was pinned to his baby blanket eighteen years earlier, and discovers that he is the son of a vampire.

  • Drawing Blood (1993) -- Finalist, 1993 Lambda Literary Award for Science/Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
    Twenty years after his tortured cartoonist father killed his mother and siblings, cartoonist Trevor McGee returns to the scene of the crime, determined to face the demons of the past and the dark force threatening to destroy him .. the same force that drove his father to insanity.

  • Exquisite Corpse (1996)
    Escaping from prison and joining forces with a playboy murderer, serial killer Andrew Compton targets a young runaway boy as an ideal victim in his quest to perfect the art of creative killing.

  • The Crow: The Lazarus Heart (1998)
    Prominent S/M photographer Jared Poe is falsely sentenced and sent to prison for the murder of his lover, Benjamin. He is murdered there himself, and as at least one character in all Crow-related stories must do, returns from the dead to right the wrongs that have been done in his name. He is helped in his quest by Benjamin's transsexual twin sister, Lucrece, the best character in the book. Other highlights include Frank, a closeted New Orleans cop, and Linda Getty, a tough lesbian policewoman who later appears in several of my Dr. Brite stories and my novel Prime.

  • Plastic Jesus (2000)
    A novella in nine chapters detailing the rise to fame, love affair, coming-out at Stonewall, and peaceful retirement of '60s rock musicians Seth Grealy and Peyton Masters, mostly recalled by Seth as he lies dying from an assassin's bullet on a New York street. Basically a glorified piece of fan fiction -- "What would have happened if Lennon and McCartney fell in love?" -- complete with nine illustrations by yours truly. Not a great work, but a sweet little volume for the collectors.

  • Guilty But Insane (2001)

  • The Value of X (2002)
    Here is the novel that marks a major turning point in the work of Poppy Z. Brite. Fans of Brite's earlier work will find that she has matured, streamlined, and moved closer to the heart of common experience without abandoning her own extremely personal perspective.

    Gary and Rickey grew up in the Lower Ninth Ward, products of New Orleans as surely as Community Coffee or the Superdome. Friends since childhood, they become lovers at age 16 and must deal with the reality of being gay in a hardscrabble neighborhood, a traditional Catholic family, and the restaurant kitchens where they've begun to work.

    The Value of X is a novel about growing up, about outgrowing the templates of family and society, about the pirate-crew culture that goes on behind the scenes of every restaurant. Perhaps most of all, it is a novel that portrays New Orleans in a richer, truer light than Brite has ever done before.

    Note:  Chronologically, this is the first novel about Liquor characters Rickey and G-man (though it was actually written soon after Liquor), this is the story of their teenage years in New Orleans, the beginning of their relationship, their earliest restaurant jobs, and Rickey's brief but educational stint at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.  See also Liquor Novels.

  • Triads (2004) with Christa Faust and Miran Kim (Illustrator)
    Tragedy, history, a touch of the supernatural, a bit of soap opera and, finally, hope in a surprisingly tender, if violent and sexually explicit trio of gracefully written, interwoven tales.

  • D*U*C*K (2007 release)
    Poppy Z. Brite's first piece of original fiction since the levees broke, the long new novella D*U*C*K revisits Brite's popular characters Rickey and G-man (The Value of X, Liquor, Prime, Soul Kitchen).

    Following a life-threatening assault by a waiter and the defection of one of his best cooks to a trendy new restaurant, Chef John Rickey accepts a gig catering the annual banquet for the South Louisiana branch of hunting/conservation group Ducks Unlimited. Held in the Cajun prairie town of Opelousas, this all-duck banquet mightn't seem a great opportunity for a chef to restore his wounded pride...but the guest of honor is Rickey's childhood football hero, former New Orleans Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert.

    Rickey's crew is unstoppable, his menu is perfect, and the ducks are thick in the marshes this year. In Louisiana, though, every important occasion has a nutcase waiting in the wings...and all too often, the nutcase is an elected official. Will Rickey get the chance to cook for his idol, or will it end in chaos?

    D*U*C*K will be available only from Subterranean Press in two unique editions:

    • Signed Hardcover Edition: Signed, fully cloth bound hardcover ($35.00)

    • Lettered: 26 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a custom traycase ($150.00)

Liquor Novels
Interconnected but stand-alone novels
  1. Liquor: A Novel (2004)
    Rickey and G-man are down-and-out New Orleans line cooks with a brilliant idea: a restaurant where all the dishes are based on liquor. With financial backing from celebrity chef Lenny Duveteaux and hindrance from Rickey's crazy cokehead ex-boss, they attempt to make this dream a reality. Liquor was the first thing I ever wrote about Rickey and G-man, and I had no idea that it would turn into a series of novels and short stories about the restaurant, the guys' relationship, and G-man's large Irish-Italian-Catholic family, but I feel the characters have given me a whole new way of seeing and writing about New Orleans, and I plan to keep working with them for a long time.

  2. Prime (2005)
    Prime takes place about two years after the restaurant has opened. Hoping to gain financial independence from backer Lenny Duveteaux, who's being targeted by eccentric New Orleans DA Placide Treat, Rickey takes a consulting job at a restaurant in Dallas. All is not as it seems, and soon he and G-man find themselves in Texas-sized trouble.

  3. Soul Kitchen (2006)
    If you can't stand the heat...Get the hell out of New Orleans!

    Liquor has become one of the hottest restaurants in town, thanks in part to chefs Rickey and G-man’s wildly creative, booze-laced food. At the tail end of a busy Mardi Gras, Milford Goodman walks into their kitchen—he’s spent the last ten years in Angola Prison for murdering his boss, a wealthy New Orleans restaurateur, but has recently been exonerated on new evidence and released. Rickey remembers him as an ingenious chef and hires him on the spot.

    When a pill-pushing doctor and a Carnival scion talk Rickey into consulting at the restaurant they’re opening in one of the city’s “floating casinos,” Rickey recommends Milford for the head chef position and stays on to supervise. But soon Rickey finds himself medicating a kitchen injury with the doctor’s wares, and G-man grows tired of holding down the fort at Liquor alone. As the new restaurant moves toward its opening, Rickey learns that Milford’s past is inextricably linked with one of the project’s backers, a man whose intentions begin to seem more and more sinister.

    Full of the flavor of one of America’s greatest cities, Soul Kitchen is a sharp commentary on race relations in pre-Katrina New Orleans and a fast ride through the dark side of haute cuisine.

Short Stories
  • Courtney Love: The Real Story (1997)
    An intimate look into the life of rock singer Courtney Love examines her early life, time in reform school, travels around the world, work as a stripper in Asia, marriage and the death of her husband Kurt Cobain, the birth of her daughter, and her performing career. Includes photos.

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