Like Jean Genet and William Burroughs, Dennis Cooper assaults the senses as he engages the mind with visions of nightmare intensity in a world where stimulation without excitement and experience without emotion are prized.
In Frisk, Dennis Cooper explores the ultimate meaning of the body, sex, and death. The novel's narrator, a thirteen-year-old boy, is stunned when he encounters photos of a mutilated boy; his imagination leads him on a journey in which sexual urges start to fuse with grisly fantasies and desires he doesn't understand.
Guide, the fourth novel in a projected five-book cycle, continues to challenge novelistic conventions in the manner that has earned Dennis Cooper comparisons to Poe, Genet, and Baudelaire. Chris is a young porn star who wants to experience death at someone else's hand; Mason has luri... read more
The stunning conclusion to Dennis Cooper's five-book cycle, Period earned its author the accolade "a disquieting genius" by Vanity Fair and praise for his "elegant prose and literary lawlessness" by The New York Times. The culmination of Cooper's explorations into sex and death, you... read more
Simultaneously deadpan and queasily raw, Try is the story of Ziggy, the adopted teenaged son of two sexually abusive fathers whose failed experiment at nuclear-family domesticity has left him stranded with one and increasingly present in the fantasies of the other. He turns from both o... read more