Wormwood - aka Swamp Foetus Author:Poppy Z. Brite A collection of horror/vampire short stories. — Poppy Z. Brite is back to haunt with twelve new tales of bizarre and seductive terror. — In the brightly decadent nightscape of New Orleans, strange figures stalk the fringes of existence, demanding sacrifice and blood. In backwoods rural Georgia, flesh stirs among overgrown graveyards. And in the hu... more »man swamp of Calcutta, the souls of the undead walk among the living...
* A Georgia Story;
* His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood;
* Optional Music for Voice and Piano;
* The Sixth Sentinel;
* Footprints in the Water;
* How to Get Ahead in New York;
* Calcutta, Lord of Nerves;
* The Elder;
* The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire.
The name of Poppy Z. Brite is well known to most horror fans. What some do not know, though, is that Brite hit the ground running as a fiction writer, and some of her best work so far is right here in this collection of a dozen tales (originally published as Swamp Foetus) she wrote between ages 18 and 24. The exigencies of long plot development and evolving characters that sometimes bog her down in the novels are absent from the short story form, where Brite's extraordinary talent for compressed, redolent imagery combines with her keen sense of narrative structure to create perfect little objets d'art. Stories like "His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood", "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves", and "The Sixth Sentinel", are too exquisite to be missed.
Interesting collection of Brite's earlier short stories spanning from the mid-80's to early 90's. Morbidly fascinating in general, though after a while even I was wishing someone would meet a death-free ending. 'His Mouth Will Taste Of Wormwood' and 'the Elder' were my favorites. I higly recommend this for anyone who enjoyed Drawing Blood.
I liked this more than I expected to: in many cases the horror is almost arty. This isn't a slasher/gorey/blood and guts type collection of short stories: this is literature about the darker things in life, even when they aren't supernatural. I have to agree that "The Sixth Sentinel" and "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves" are among the best in the collection.