Lost Souls is a 1993 horror novel by Poppy Z. Brite. 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.
Tropes used in this novel include:
- Abusive Parents: Zach's father beat him repeatedly with his belt. Trevor's, well...
- Acid-Trip Dimension: Birdland, which is accessed by the characters through drug use.
- Alcoholic Parent: Robert McGee's lapse in sanity coincides with his Descent into Addiction.
- Bi the Way: Zach is stated to be bisexual, with a slight preference for men.
- Haunted House
- Hopeless Suitor: Zach rejects Eddy's advances repeatedly. It's made clear that this isn't a case of Incompatible Orientation, Zach just "likes her too much" to sleep with her.
- Murder-Suicide: Robert McGee kills his wife and one of his sons, then hangs himself, leaving Trevor behind.
- Must Have Caffeine: Trevor can drink a couple of pots in one sitting.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Trevor's has lasted twenty years.
- The Runaway: Zach is The Abused Runaway, leaving home as a young teenager.
- Self-Harm: Trevor has a number of self-harm scars.
- The Stoner: Zach in particular. Brite said he rarely put down the bong while writing this book.
- Stripper With a Heart of Gold: Eddy.
- Title Drop:I was right all along: the second you make yourself vulnerable to someone, they start drawing blood.
- Yaoi Guys: Zach and Trevor.