Queer Horror

Drawing Blood

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  • Drawing Blood
  • Author: Poppy Z. Brite
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press, Abyss
  • Year: 1995
  • Country: US
  • 37 pages

infanticide, drug use, minor graphic violence

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Robert McGee is a man living under a dark cloud. Acclaimed cartoonist of the underground comic book Birdland, he has moved his family from Texas to New Orleans and finally to Missing Mile, North Carolina. But Robert is unable to escape the drinking and the violence that have become as natural to him as breathing. Soon after he and his family settle into a decrepit farmhouse, Robert kills his wife, his youngest son, and then himself. Only his five-year-old son, Trevor, is left alive.

Twenty years later Trevor McGee, also a cartoonist, returns to Missing Mile to the house in which his family once lived. He has been running from the truth for years, and finally realizes he must face his demons. He fears that what happened to his father will happen to him. But if it does, Trevor thinks, at least I won't have anyone to kill. That is, until he befriends Zachary Bosch, a computer hacker from New Orleans running from the law.

In the house, which Trevor calls Birdland, they must confront much more than bad memories. For the house itself carries its own dark force, which threatens to envelop Trevor in the past and destroy him.

Escaping from his North Carolina home after his father murders their family and commits suicide, cartoonist Trevor McGee returns to confront the past, and finds himself haunted by the same demons that drove his father to insanity.

Qvamp says:

A haunted house novel surrounding the budding relationship of two gay-boys. Not anywhere near as horrific as most of Poppy's other works, but just as queer. For those that are wary of Brite's works because of the graphic violence, this one is probably the easiest to read.

Rating B
Queer Vampire Rating B+
Amount of Gay Content sex


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By: Glenn ( gfschudel@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer horror Rating: A    

Excellent plot, fascinating characters, and it's amazing how well a woman can write really erotic sex scenes between two men. Read this.


By: Alexandrinna ( sailor_mystiqua23@hotmail.com )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer horror Rating: B    

The story wasn't too frightening, but the book itself was beautifully wrtiten and I thoroughly enjoyed it. (Yeah I even read it three times!!!) So, I think people should give a try and maybe you'll like it as much as I did.


By: Nekokun ( nekokun@lexpress.net )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer horror Rating: A+    

My favorite novel. I'm always in love with PZB's characters and stories, but this one particularly got me. You got to know about it if you like this kind of books and PZB.


By: xdeadpan ( gloomyutopia@aol.com )
Overall Rating: A+     Queer horror Rating: A+    

When I read the synopsis of Drawing Blood I was a bit unsure about what exactly I was going to read. It sounded extremely good, but the whole computer hacking thing left me feeling iffy. I thought I was going to end up reading another cheesy, clich


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