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Brite, Poppy Z

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ISBN 10: 1931081727 / ISBN 13: 9781931081726
Published by Subterranean, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Publisher: Subterranean

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Clark, Alan M

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Ed.

Book Type: Book

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THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is a tradepaperback edition of the sold-out limited edition of Poppy's latest short story collection.

In her third short story collection, Poppy Z. Brite finds fresh ways of exploring territory both familiar and strange. Here you’ll meet the Devil and his giant cat last seen in the pages of Bulgakov, the gourmand coroner of New Orleans, the mad-genius chef who can’t stand to have his cheese list criticized, and an assortment of Crescent City characters who also appear in Brite’s novels Liquor and Prime.

Poppy Z. Brite has found a way of writing about New Orleans that bypasses the clichés and approaches the city’s true heart: the hard-working, hard-partying cooks; the ways in which race, class, and sexual orientation do and don’t matter; the love of bottom feeders, be they crustaceans or politicos; the million little juxtapositions of sacred and profane, bizarre and mundane, sublime and ridiculous that make up the everyday life of New Orleans. Some of these stories are set elsewhere, but Brite always returns home in the end.

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Brite, a well-known figure in horror fiction, has been focused on New Orleans as of late, and this collection is one result of her exploration of the city beyond its stereotypes. In the title story, the devil's cat plays mind games with the racist leader of the New Orleans Krewe of Onan. Brite's alter ego, New Orleans coroner Dr. Brite, stars in several stories, including "O Death, Where Is Thy Spatula?" which also appears in the thirteenth Mammoth Book of Best New Horror [BKL D 15 02]. In "Marisol," the chef at one of Dr. Brite's favorite restaurants takes revenge on a critic who failed to mention his fine selection of cheeses. "System Freeze" is set in the world of the movie The Matrix and features a young woman who is saved by one of the mysterious agents only to find out how dangerous it is to defy him. Brite describes sumptuous meals at swanky restaurants and icy death with equal aplomb, and her stories are spirited and snappy. Kristine Huntley
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