DEAD BOYS by Richard Calder


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 Sequel to last year's Dead Girls, Calder's cyberpunksplatterpunkish near-future novel about robot vampire females, or Lilim. Iggy Zwalch, a carrier of the virus that transforms girls into Lilim, is addicted to Lilim-sex; and though his lover, Primavera, is dead, he's hacked out her reproductive organs and keeps them preserved in a jar. When in need of sex, he takes the organs out and chews on them to get a jolt of Lilim- pheromones. Iggy hangs out in a Bangkok bar, hectoring his fellow- drinkers, reflecting upon his bizarre sexual appetites, and wondering whether he's actually turning into something else: one of the sexless, fanged angels known as Elohim. Meanwhile, in the future, Dagon, the Elohim into whom Iggy may be turning, rapes/interrogates/tortures to death a Lilim called Vanity, who may or may not be Iggy's daughter. Vanity somehow communicates her experiences to Iggy, the explanation being that the future is invading and corrupting the past. A thoroughly unpleasant piece of business--exhibitionistic, disgusting, misogynistic, and pointless: Standard splatterpunk (K.W. Jeter, for instance, or S.P. Somtow) looks quite jolly by comparison.

Pub Date: March 11th, 1996
ISBN: 0-312-13957-8
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1996


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