Drawing Blood by Poppy Z Brite.
This one is definitely for the readers who like something of a more. eerie Bent.
The novel concerns Trevor McGee, a comic book artist and the sole survivor of a family murder-suicide which has left him a loner and haunted by more than horrific memories, a chance meeting with Zachary Bosch, a bisexual computer hacker, and their simultaneous arrival at McGee's old family home in Missing Mile, North Carolina begins a horrific chain of events that will leave both men changed forever, with only each other to rely on when the house starts to fight them for their sanity and self, bonds are forged and tested to their very limits.
Warning: This book contains graphic sex of a homosexual nature so might not be suitable for every reader.
This book is a conundrum it is a thrilling story with many horrific elements, but it is so much more than a horror. It is more two love stories with a thread of menace running throughout.
First is the story of Trevor who needs to forgive a Father who allowed his demons to get the better of him,now Trevor needs to allow himself to accept the darkness in Robert McGhee and forgive himself for being the only one who was spared his Father’s twisted act of Love that left his brother, Mother and Father himself, dead.
Second is a story of another lonely man, clever and crafty and yet unfulfilled, emotionally bereft, unable to trust and yet he finds in Trevor someone who at once is desperately vulnerable, but also strong enough to break through the walls of isolation he has built around himself.
Poppy Z Brite is an assured writer when it comes to subcultures and outsiders, she writes about people in the margins with the surety of one who has lived there herself. There are many genres encapsulated in the plot here that will hold and appeal to Jazz fans, lovers of the graphic novel and
those who live outside of social Mores and forge their own paths both chemically and in their lifestyles.
Drawing Blood is gory and exuberant, but also equally accessible to people who enjoy a story about loneliness, isolation and redemption.
Why is this in my Top 20?
This book is generally not the kind of book I would generally choose if given a free rein in a bookshop, but it came to me as a gift at a time when I was open to new things and I am thankful as it introduced me to a story that was much deeper and emotionally rich than the blurb on the back would ever suggest and led me to other authors in the genre of horror that are now firm favourites like the works of Joe Hill.