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Terror Tales of the City: Prince of the Perverse

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  • Terror Tales of the City: Prince of the Perverse
  • Author: Joseph Covino Jr.
  • Publisher: New Humanity Press
  • Year: 2002
  • Country: US
  • 320 pages

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This novel is part psychological gothic horror thriller in the style and tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and part gay-themed allegory, set in contemporary San Francisco, in which a homophobic hypnotist, Dr. Vincent Valdemar, undertakes to condition an aspiring writer, Peter Lyon, to become a serial killer of gays ('Abnormals') in the City. Fate unites both characters, who coincidentally admire the works of Poe, themes and images (the Red Death as the plague of the perverse) from which are liberally interspersed throughout this perversely tantalizing terror tale of Poe, of hypnosis, of gay liberation--of the City!

Qvamp says:

This book is based heavily on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. This may sound intriguing, but the references are pretty heavy-handed and don't necessarily further the plot, which is pretty loose to begin with.

I don't recommend this book at all. It focuses on GLBT folks, but enjoys debating all of the old homophobic arguments and making references to Poe and hypnotism than it does in actually developing a plot or characters.

Rating D-
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