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Are You Loathsome Tonight

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  • Are You Loathsome Tonight
  • AKA:
    Self-Made Man
  • Editor: Poppy Z. Brite
  • Publisher: Gauntlet Publications
  • Year: 1998
  • Country: US
  • 193 pages

cannibalism, torture, necrophilia, bestiality,

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Cannibal zombies, sentient maggots and professional sexual submissives are just a few of the characters at large in the landscapes of death and desire that Brite maps out in this collection of 12 short, yet horrifying, stories.

Qvamp says:

Like other of Poppy Brite's books, this is filled with a lot of gays, a lot of drugs, and a whole lot of violence, death and torture. Her books are well-written, but not for the faint of heart.

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By: highpie ( highpie@mail.com )
Overall Rating: B+     Queer horror Rating: A+    

Poppy Z. Brite is among my favorite authors. I truly enjoyed all of the stories within this book, 'Entertaining Mr. Orton' standing out in particula. This collection is one of my least favorites among her work. In my opinion, it's well worth the read.


By: crys ( crystalynart@yahoo.com )
Overall Rating: A     Queer horror Rating: A    

Poppy Z. Brite is a writer that I can understand and really feel, for one, I also write about homosexual male characters and hopefully my work will be in print. The thing that make Brite's work stand out is the fact that she follows a no holes barred way of writing, she puts the pen to the paper and let it out. True, some of the stories, like Self Made Man, made me want to vomit, but she is only exploring that part of humanity that we all attempt to silence and swept under the rug. Her depiction of man to man sex is beautifully written and you can feel the connection between the characters as if you were one of them yourself. Many in the gay community have shone away from Brite for her use of gay men, claiming exploitation and that she's giving them a bad rep. Well, I for one beg to differ. Though I am not a gay male, I feel that she is not out to belittle or exploit anything or anyone. I for one believe that she is a writer who likes three things: gay men, gay male sex, and horror and I can completely understand her as I sometimes wish that I was born a gay man, I'd be so cute.

- Crys


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