Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Crow: The Lazarus Heart by Poppy Z. Brite

The Crow: The Lazarus Heart
by Poppy Z. Brite
1999 Gauntlet

Mapllethorpe-ish photographer Jared Poe is framed for the murder of his boyfriend and dies in prison. He comes back to life, and him, his boyfriend's transwoman sibling, and a corrupt closet-case cop chase a trans-hating serial killer. And by chase I mean fall into traps and get killed.

Fairly standard serial killer fare with the Crow elements shoehorned in. He's not a particularly good vengeful revenant, going after phobic cops and prosecutors for mouthing off while letting the serial killer continue his grim work.

In addition to the extensive Edgar Allan Poe quotes, Clive Barker's Weaveworld and Neil Gaiman's Sandman are name checked throughout. A straighter and cis-ier version of some of the plot elements were used in The Crow: Salvation.

Used from Amazon

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