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About the Author

Edward Lee has had twenty books published in the horror and suspense field, including MESSENGER and INFERNAL ANGEL. His short stories have appeared in over a dozen mass-market anthologies, including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 2000, Pocket’s HOT BLOOD series, and the award-winning 999. He lives on Florida’s St. Pete Beach.

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  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843954124
  • Publisher: Necro Publications (March 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BT0PZCI
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Edward Lee is an American novelist specializing in the field of horror, and has authored 40 books, more than half of which have been published by mass-market New York paperback companies such as Leisure/Dorchester, Berkley, and Zebra/Kensington. He is a Bram Stoker award nominee for his story "Mr. Torso," and his short stories have appeared in over a dozen mass-market anthologies, including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 2000, Pocket's HOT BLOOD series, and the award-wining 999. Several of his novels have sold translation rights to Germany, Greece, and Romania. He also publishes quite actively in the small-press/limited-edition hardcover market; many of his books in this category have become collector's items. While a number of Lee's projects have been optioned for film, only one has been made, HEADER, which was released on DVD to mixed reviews in June, 2009, by Synapse Films.

Lee is particularly known for over-the-top occult concepts and an accelerated treatment of erotic and/or morbid sexual imagery and visceral violence. He was born on May 25, 1957 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Bowie, Maryland. In the late-70s he served in the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division, in Erlangen, West Germany, then, for a short time, was a municipal police officer in Cottage City, Maryland. Lee also attended the University of Maryland as an English major but quit in his last semester to pursue his dream of being a horror novelist. For over 15 years, he worked as the night manager for a security company in Annapolis, Maryland, while writing in his spare time. In 1997, however, he became a full-time writer, first spending several years in Seattle and then moving to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he currently resides.

Of note, the author cites as his strongest influence horror legend H. P. Lovecraft; in 2007, Lee embarked on what he calls his "Lovecraft kick" and wrote a spate of novels and novellas which tribute Lovecraft and his famous Cthulhu Mythos. Among these projects are THE INNSWICH HORROR, "Trolley No. 1852," HAUNTER OF THE THRESHOLD, GOING MONSTERING, "Pages Torn From A Travel Journal," and "You Are My Everything." Lee promises more Lovecraftian work on the horizon.

Bibliography

Nightbait (1982) written under the pseudonym Philip Straker
Nightlust (1982) written under the pseudonym Philip Straker
Ghouls (1988)
Coven (1991)
Incubi (1991)
Succubi (1992)
The Chosen (1993)
Creekers (1994)
Sacrifice (1995) written under the pseudonym Richard Kinion
Header (1995)
Goon (1996) with John Pelan
The Bighead (1997)
Shifters (1998) with John Pelan
Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman (1998) with Elizabeth Steffen
Splatterspunk: The Micah Hays Stories (1998) with John Pelan
"Masks" (1999)
"Operator B" (1999): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 450-copy limited hardcover.
"Dahmer's Not Dead" with Elizabeth Steffen (1999): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 52-copy leather-bound hardcover and 1000-copy limited hardcover.
"The Stickmen" (1999): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 52-copy leather-bound hardcover and 1000-copy limited hardcover.
"The Deaths of the Cold War Kings: The Assassinations of Diem & JFK" with Bradley O'Leary (2000): Cemetery Dance Publications.
"City Infernal" (2001): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 1000-copy limited hardcover.
(April 2002): Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
"Mr. Torso" (2002): Published as a 52-copy hardcover and 300-copy limited softcover.
"Sex, Drugs and Power Tools" (2002)
"Family Tradition" (2002) with John Pelan
"Monstrosity" (2002): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 1000-copy limited hardcover.
Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
"Ever Nat" (2003): Published as a 52-copy hardcover and 300-copy limited softcover.
"The Baby" (2003): Published as a 52-copy hardcover and 300-copy limited softcover.
"Teratologist" (2003) with Wrath James White
"Incubi" (2003): Necro Publications.
"Infernal Angel" (2003): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 750-copy limited hardcover.
(January 2004): Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
"Messenger" (August 2004): Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
"The Backwoods" (October 2005): Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
(December 2005): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 52-copy leather-bound hardcover and 750-copy limited hardcover.
"Monster Lake" (2005). Necro Publications. First book for young readers.
"Flesh Gothic" (February 2005): Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
"Slither" (2006: Necro Publications.)
"Gast" (2007)
(October 2009): Leisure Books. Revised, retitled "Black Train", and published as a Mass Market Paperback.
"House Infernal" (October 2007): Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
(February 2008): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 1000-copy limited hardcover.
"Minotauress" (December 2008): Necro Publications. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 300-copy limited hardcover.
"Brides of the Impaler" (September 2008): Leisure Books. Published as a Mass Market Paperback.
(May 2011): Cemetery Dance Publications. Published as Hardcover Limited Edition of 1000 signed copies bound in full cloth and Smyth sewn and Traycased Hardcover Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker.
"Golemesque" (March 2009): Necro Publications. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 300-copy limited hardcover.
(April 2009): Leisure Books. Published as "Golem" as a Mass Market Paperback.
"Trolley No. 1852" (May 2009): Bloodletting Press. Published as a 26-copy leather-bound hardcover and 300-copy limited hardcover.(October 2010) Deadite Press, Trade Paperback.
"Haunter of the Threshold" (Summer 2009) Bloodletting Press. Exclusive limited-edition. (December 2010) Deadite Press, Trade Paperback.
"City of Sixes" (2009) Necro Publications. Exclusive limited-edition chapbook included with copies of "Infernally Yours".
"You are My Everything" (January 2010) Necro Publications.
"Going Monstering" (January 2010) Bloodletting Press. Exclusive limited-edition.
"Header 2" (June 2010) Camelot Books. Exclusive limited-edition.
"The Innswich Horror" (Summer 2010) Cemetery Dance. Exclusive limited-edition (Club Members Only), (July 2010), Deadite Press Trade paperback.
"Lucifers Lottery" (October 2010) Leisure Books. Currently eBook only, possible release date of July 2011 for physical book.
"Pages Torn From a Travel Journal" (January 31, 2011) Bloodletting Press.
"Vampire Lodge" (January, 2011) Necro Publications. E-Book only (second book for young readers)
"Witch Water" (Spring 2011) Bloodletting Press. Limited edition hardcover
"The Dunwich Romance" (tbd)
"Header 3" (Heads) (tbd) Bloodletting Press. Limited edition

Collections
The Ushers (1999)
Of Pigs and Spiders (1999) with John Pelan, Brett Alexander Savory and David Niall Wilson
Partners in Chyme (2001) with Ryan Harding
Sleep Disorder (2003) with Jack Ketchum
Haunted House (2007)
Brain Cheese Buffet (2010) Deadite Press
Bullet Through Your Face (2010) Deadite Press
Carnal Surgery (April 2011) Deadite Press

Anthologies
Infernally Yours (2009) 'The Senery' by Edward Lee Necro Publications, a limited-edition hardcover.
Dark Seductions: Tales of Erotic Horror (1993) 'Private Pleasures' by Edward Lee
Bizarre Sex and Other Crimes of Passion (1994) 'I'd Give Anything for You' by Edward Lee & Jack Ketchum
Deadly After Dark: The Hot Blood Series (1994) 'Mr. Torso' by Edward Lee
Seeds of Fear: The Hot Blood Series (1995) 'Grub Girl' by Edward Lee
Stranger By Night: The Hot Blood Series (1995) 'Dead Girls in Love' by Edward Lee & Gary Bowen
Darkside: Horror for the Next Millennium (1996) 'The Stick Woman' by Edward Lee
Fear the Fever: The Hot Blood Series (1996) 'Love Letters from the Rain Forest' by Jack Ketchum & Edward Lee
White House Horrors (1996) 'Night of the Vegetables' by Edward Lee
The UFO Files (1997) 'Secret Service' by Edward Lee
Inside The Works (1997) 'The Pig' by Edward Lee
Whitley Strieber's Aliens (1998) 'Scripture Girl' by Edward Lee
999 (1999) 'ICU' by Edward Lee
Graven Images (2000) 'Masks' by Jack Ketchum & Edward Lee
Triage (2001) 'In the Year of Our Lord 2202' by Edward Lee
Excitable Boys (2002) 'The McCrath Model SS40-C, Series S' by Edward Lee
Damned: An Anthology of the Lost (2004) 'Angel' by Edward Lee
Small Bites (2004) 'The Room' by Edward Lee

Movies
Edward Lee's story "Header" has been made into the film Header. Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum are featured in cameo roles in the movie.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alexiel on July 15, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me preface my review by saying I am not a big fan of Edward Lee. Not because he's a poor writer, or has no ear for word flow, but just because I'm not a fan of his over-the-top style of writing. In some of his books I've read, too often I've found the plots left unattended to so he could focus on his proclivity for tons of lust, sex, violence, and death. This can be interesting reading when interweaved with interesting plot elements (like in some of Robert Laymon's more graphic works) but just in my opinion I tend to find it too repetitive, uninteresting, and schlocky.

Now. That said, I came across this book, "Flesh Gothic," and read the description, and decided to give it a try. I really like finding books that have a classic horror setup, I tend to like a well-written, entertaining, classic horror novel than one that sets out to spin the genre on its head and revolutionize everything while lacking a little in the raw entertainment end of it (like House of Leaves). "Flesh Gothic" promises that, and delivers.

"Flesh Gothic" has a setup *very* much like Richard Matheson's classic horror novel "Hell House." A 66 room haunted mansion that is the site of unbelievable depravity, with all the participants dead, except one, seemingly becomes the focus of a team investigators. Very much like Matheson's "Hell House," a fantastic novel. It has a wonderful setup that immediately got me very interested and involved with the novel, and it contains a number of classic haunted house mysteries that beg discover.

A ways into the novel, however, it takes more of a fantastical turn reminscent of the author's "City Infernal.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on March 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Florida there is a mansion of 66 rooms. It has had a long history of sexual depravity. Recently an orgy turned into a slaughter as guests were killed and dismembered in ritualistic fashion. Afterwards the owner was missing and presumed dead. Now his widow is sending a team of psychics and a writer into the house to determine just what happened.

Very strong imagery is used to tie psychic and sexual ideas together. The characters delve into the darkness of the house while fighting rising lusts that seem to be fed by the house itself. A strange girl, a locked safe, disappearing bodies, abandoned cars, and more drive the plot forward to its horrible conclusion.

Like many Edward Lee books, this one is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. The images of sex and violence are strong and far from vanilla mainstream. The plot was interesting as were the characters but it is definitely only for fans of Lee's style of brutal writing.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GDKid on June 7, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Edward Lee takes a turn at the old "psychic investigators loose in the world's most haunted house" tale and delivers a devastating, wonderfully dark novel as only he can.

After weeks of depravity, orgies, and murder, a Florida mansion is finally broken into by authorities for them only to find that the wealthy owner of the place has vanished leaving bloodshed in his wake. Presumed dead, his widow now hires a disparate group of investigators, psychics, empaths, and a recovering alcoholic writer to enter the house and see if they can make contact with any of the forces presumed to lurk there.

Lee pulls out all the stops when it comes to sexual, spiritual, and psychic desires and energy. Crafting a tale where the powers that be draw in the team as well as anybody else unlucky enough to be anywhere near the premises, Lee gives us a very solid mystery among all the slaughter. he's done his research when it comes to psychic investigations and the beliefs therein.

Stylish, hardcore, terrifying, and occasionally tongue-in-cheek, FLESH GOTHIC is probably Lee's best novel to date. It works on all cylinders, and will draw you into its bizarre and fantastic realms as surely as the guests are drawn into the dark heart of the house itself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Dennis Moore on February 8, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On April 3rd, in a mansion tucked away in the woods in a small Florida town, twenty-seven people were slaughtered in anticipation of some unknown event yet to come. Twenty-six of those bodies were recovered. The man behind the massacre was Reginald Hidlreth. Two weeks later, his wife Vivica hires a team of psychics, a demonologist, and a reporter, to enter the house and find out, not only what happened to her husband--his body was never recovered and it's unknown whether he's alive or dead--but more importantly, what was he planning and when was it was supposed to take place?

Wow, a story about a team of investigators going into the big haunted mansion? Never read a story like that before. Well, except for Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House". Oh, and Richard Mattheson's "Hell House." Considering the mansion in Ed Lee's "Flesh Gothic" is the Hildreth Mansion, you think it's got something to do with the letter H in all those house names?

Anyway. The second I realized what was going on, that's when I really started enjoying this story. Because I knew that if the idea was such a well-known one, and he was doing it anyway, Ed Lee must have something special in mind. And he did. "Flesh Gothic" is anything but a typical "group of people in the haunted house" story. This isn't some standard evil ghost we're dealing with in this place. This is Belarius, Lucifer's first servant in Hell. That's quite a step up from the plots we're used to.

When Reginald Hildreth bought the mansion, he turned it into a porn studio for his business T&T Enterprises. They used the mansion for their locations, and the stars used it as their home. On the night of April 3rd, all of them were killed, their blood drained into buckets, and the walls were then painted red.
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