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''Drawing Blood'' is a 1993 horror novel by Creator/PoppyZBrite. A computer hacker named Zachary Bosch is on the run. He makes it to Missing Mile, where cartoonist Trevor [=McGee=] has come home to face his demons. Trevor's family all died in his old family home, and it seems like the house wants to claim him, too.

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!!Tropes used in this novel include:

* AbusiveParents: Zach's father beat him repeatedly with his belt. Trevor's, [[ArchnemesisDad well...]]
* AcidTripDimension: Birdland, which is accessed by the characters through drug use.
* AlcoholicParent: Robert [=McGee=]'s lapse in sanity coincides with his DescentIntoAddiction.
* BiTheWay: Zach is stated to be bisexual with a preference for men.
* BoyishShortHair: Underneath her blonde working wig, Eddy has a black, spiky buzzcut.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Birdland, which is based on the world of Trevor's father's comics. Verges on an EldritchLocation.
* DemotedToExtra: Steve and Ghost of ''Literature/LostSouls'' are said to be on tour for the entirety of the book. They send a postcard, though.
* DreadlockRasta: Dougal St. Clair is an easy-going weed-dealer who wears Rasta and Mardi Gras colors in his long dreads and who calls everyone "irie" and "mon."
* FourthDateMarriage: [[spoiler: Trevor agrees to run away to Jamaica with Zach and live in hiding from the Feds for the rest of their lives.]] They've known each other for a ''week'', and most of that week was spent [[spoiler:with Trevor slowly going murderously insane]]. Slightly zig-zagged in that they are never legally married, simply because [[spoiler:same-sex marriage was a far-off dream at the time]].
* HauntedHouse: The house on Violin Road, which may have been haunted even before the [=McGees=] arrived.
* HopelessSuitor: Zach rejects Eddy's advances repeatedly. It's made clear that this isn't a case of IncompatibleOrientation, Zach just [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship "likes her too much"]] to sleep with her.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: [[spoiler:When they appear in Birdland,]] both Trev and Zach find themselves wearing awesome vintage 1940s-style suits. As Zach notes, "[[spoiler:Birdland]] might fuck with you at every turn, but at least you got to dress cool."
* InspectorJavert: Agent Cover takes Zach's case ''very'' personally.
* MadArtist: Both Robert and Trevor [=McGee=] seem to believe that their art is either driving them mad or only barely keeping them sane.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A local voodoo priestess advises Eddy to write Agent Cover's name on an egg to make him leave her alone. For the rest of the book, whenever Cover is about to investigate a new lead that might take him to Eddy, he suffers a mysteriously egg-related mishap.
* MurderSuicide: Robert [=McGee=] kills his wife and one of his sons, then hangs himself, leaving Trevor behind.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Trevor can drink a couple of pots in one sitting.
* OrphansOrdeal: Trevor's has lasted twenty years.
* ReallyGetsAround: Zach, who at one point even uses sex to pay for his convenience store run.
* RealPersonCameo: Stephen Bissette, of all people, as the editor who receives Trevor's ''Birdland'' comic. (Bissette is probably best known currently for his work on [[Creator/AlanMoore Alan Moore's]] ''Comicbook/SwampThing''.)
* RedOniBlueOni: Fiery, determined Eddy plays Red Oni to Dougal's more laidback Blue Oni. (With a slightly different dynamic, extroverted, thrill-seeking Zach is Red Oni to Trevor's introverted, brooding Blue Oni.)
* TheRunaway: Zach is The Abused Runaway, leaving home as a young teenager.
* SelfHarm: Trevor has a number of self-harm scars.
* TheStoner: Zach in particular, although Dougal St. Clair also seems to feel that all problems can be solved with pot. (Brite himself has said he rarely put down the bong while writing this book.)
* [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Stripper With a Heart of Gold]]: Eddy.
* TitleDrop:
-->I was right all along: the second you make yourself vulnerable to someone, they start drawing blood.
* YaoiGuys: Zach and Trevor.