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Publication Order of Rickey and G-Man Books

Publication Order of Poppy Z. Brite Standalone Novels

Seed of Lost Souls (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Souls (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drawing Blood (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exquisite Corpse (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plastic Jesus (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty But Insane (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Feast Of St. Rosalie (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Triads (With: Christa Faust) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Poppy Z. Brite Short Stories/Novellas

The Ash of Memory, the Dust of Desire (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calcutta, Lord of Nerves (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crystal Empire (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Last Wish & The Gulf (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cemetery Dance Select (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Poppy Z. Brite Short Story Collections

Swamp Foetus/Wormwood (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood and Other Stories (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Are You Loathsome Tonight?/Self-Made Man (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil You Know (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Used Stories (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Antediluvian Tales (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poppy Z. Brite - Selected Stories (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poppy Z. Brite:The Horror Show (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doctor Brite (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Poppy Z. Brite Non-Fiction Books

Courtney Love (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of a Phantom (With: Zeke Schein,Dion DiMucci) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Crow Books

The Crow: City of Angels (By: Chet Williamson) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Clash by Night (By: Chet Williamson) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lazarus Heart (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quoth the Crow (By: David Bischoff) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Murder of Crows (With: Chet Williamson,David Bischoff) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Temple of Night (By: S.P. Somtow) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wicked Prayer (By: Norman Partridge) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hellbound (By: A.A. Attanasio) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Scaremongers(1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best of the Horror Show(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borderlands 1(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 2(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead End: City Limits: An Anthology of Urban Fear(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Borderlands 3(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Still Dead(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fifth Annual Collection(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifth Annual Collection(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of Best New Horror(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 4(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Splatterpunks II(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: 6th annual collection(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of Terror(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Young Blood(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love in Vein(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 5(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Earth Strikes Back(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cthulhu 2000(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Desire Burn(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Backstage Passes(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Terrors 3(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love In Vein II(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 8(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Millenium(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Terrors 4(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disco 2000(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
October Dreams(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Embraces: Dark Erotica(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wrong Things(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Darker Side: Generations of Horror(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Keep Out The Night(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 13(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queer Fear II(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children of Cthulhu(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fear of the Unknown(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror 16(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Damned Nation(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masques V(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Cemetery Dance II(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Erotica(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Darker Terrors 7(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beauty of Death(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detours(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Nightmare Stories(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Revisiting the Undead(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Professor Charlatan Bardot’s Travel Anthology to the MostHaunted Buildings in the Weird, Wild World(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Billy Martin was born on May 25, 1967 in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Western University Hospital. Poppy Z. Brite (his writing name) moved to New Orleans in the year 1993, and before that, lived in Athens, Georgia; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Bowling Green, Kentucky. He started life as a woman (born with the name Melissa Ann Brite) but is a trans man and prefers the pronouns and terms used with men when being referred to. From the time that he heard about gay men, he has seen himself as one but trapped in a female body. He started gender reassignment in the August 2010. For a while, he and Chris DeBarr (who is a chef) were life partners, but split in the year 2011.

He started his career writing horror and gothic novels and short fiction. His later work moved into the genre of dark comedy, many of which were set in the restaurant world of New Orleans. Brite tends to put openly homosexual and bisexual characters in lead roles. He made his fiction debut in the year 1992 when “Lost Souls” was released. In the year 2009, he placed second in New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly’s reader poll for “Best Local Author”.

Brite has said that he will only allow some of his work to be adapted into movies, if the circumstances are right. This is due to his lack of interest in movies and does not have much interest seeing his work adapted. “The Sixth Sentinel”, a story written by Brite, was filmed as “The Dream Sentinel” as part of “The Hunger” (which was a short lived horror anthology television series).

“Liquor” is the first novel in the “Liquor” series and was released in the year 2004. Rickey and G-man (both natives of New Orleans) have been friends forever, and are line cooks that are down and out, desperate to make some quick money. Rickey comes up with the genius idea to open a restaurant in the alcohol hometown, where every dish would pack a spirited punch. They know that the both of them are on their way to the bank.

They do some wheeling and dealing, have some great recipes, and a run of some good luck. They are quickly on their way to opening their restaurant, which they will call Liquor. Before that, they have to keep the peace with a local crank that does not want his neighborhood disturbed. Sidestep Rickey’s ex-boss, who is deranged. Rein their big-mouth silent partner in before he runs wild on them. Keep from going under in the town of corruption that is known for its bottom feeders.

Fans of the novel found this to have Brite’s usual writing style; the characters feel like old friends, setting seems like something familiar, and readers are drawn in from page one.

“Prime” is the second novel in the “Liquor” series and was released in the year 2005. It has been two years since Rickey and G-man have opened up Liquor and they are immersed in the life their restaurant has. It has loyal diners and they get to cook wonderful food, laced with booze. It goes pretty well, until a local paper runs a bad review that basically says that celebrity chef Lenny Duveteaux (who is their silent partner) has some ulterior motives. Lenny is accused of some serious criminal activity by the eccentric District Attorney Placide Treat. This makes Rickey and G-man start thinking it may be time they cut ties with the man.

Rickey is offered a nice consulting job at a restaurant in Dallas, it could make for something that would pad their bank account nicely. Taking the job, will mean seeing Cooper Stark again. He is a man that Rickey shared an encounter, fueled by cocaine, back in their culinary school days. He will also have to deal with a gungho Texas restaurateur and businessman named Frank Firestone. With a little urging from G-man, he finally accepts the job offer, and then proceeds to revamp Frank’s menu and gets rave reviews for it.

He gets back home in New Orleans, and gets back into his kitchen routine. Then, he hears some information that makes him go back to Dallas. Placide Treat’s machinations get even more odd, G-man finds out that there is more to things than meets the eye. Rickey is some big time, Texas-sized danger.

Fans of the novel readers find themselves hooked on this great author. Some found this to be just as enjoyable as book one in the series. Some wished that this series would have went on forever and ever.

“Soul Kitchen” is the third novel in the “Liquor” series and was released in the year 2006. Liquor is now one of the hottest joints in town, thanks go to the two chefs and their wildly creative and recipes that include booze. Right at the end of Mardi Gras, Milford Goodman comes into their kitchen. He has spent the last decade in Angola Prison for murder (his boss, who was a wealthy restaurateur based in New Orleans). Milford has just been let out because new evidence exonerated him. Rickey hires him on the spot after remembering that he was an ingenious chef.

A Carnival scion and a pill pusher doctor compel Rickey into consulting for the restaurant they are opening on a floating casinos. Rickey suggest that they have Milford fill the role of head chef and he stays on to supervise things. He finds that he is medicating someone’s kitchen injury with the doctor’s own wares. All the while, G-man gets exhausted of holding down Liquor all by himself.

The closer they get to the grand opening, Rickey finds out that Milford’s past is linked with a back of the project. This is a man who has intentions that get more and more sinister.

Fans of the novel found that this novel sheds some light as to what it is like to live in New Orleans. Some readers devoured the book quickly and the possibility of danger keeps it from being too precious about New Orleans’ restaurant culture. Like the culture and the way the food plays a giant part in the culture of the town.

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