Monstrosity and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$3.65
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Book is lightly used with little or no noticeable damage. Unbeatable customer service, and we usually ship the same or next day. Over one million satisfied customers!
Add to Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Monstrosity Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2003


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
$3.39 $0.01

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on the current pick, "Landline" by Rainbow Rowell.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843950757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843950755
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Weird science intersects with apparent supernatural phenomena in the latest horror extravaganza from Lee (City Infernal). In the first story thread, an archeology dig in central Florida in 1995 uncovers possible proof of a demonic incarnation 10,000 years in the past. The second-and knottier-thread involves Clare Prentiss, an Air Force lieutenant dishonorably discharged when she makes the mistake of accusing a colonel's son of rape. Reduced to living on the street, Clare suddenly lucks into a cushy job managing security at Fort Alachua Park, a Florida wildlands preserve where the military sponsors a top-secret cancer research clinic. No sooner is she established than mysteries start piling up: Clare can't get a clear story on the disappearance of the previous security team; equipment the facility shouldn't need is delivered; and she and her co-workers begin experiencing inexplicably intense sexual cravings. Meanwhile, local yokels looking to steal narcotics from the clinic are getting picked off by a monster that stalks the grounds at night. Of course, all these plot blips share a common cause, and the novel's pleasures come in seeing how long Lee can keep them seeming just random and unconnected. Sure, it dwells at voyeuristic length on the characters' sexual acrobatics and, sure, it features a stereotypical evil mastermind undone by his own gloating. But Lee's twisted tale also has an outrageously paranoid surprise that will keep fans of cover-ups and conspiracy theories reading to the final sentence.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Sexual obsessions running amok, a stagnant lake full of abominable horrors, and a secluded clinic with a secret wing that no one’s ever entered. These are just a few of the goings-on in this macabre tech-horror story in which veteran novelist Edward Lee takes the mad-scientist theme into shocking new territory. Security manager Clare Prentiss swears she’s being watched during her nightly rounds on a remote federal nature preserve. Meanwhile, local hoodlums disappear without a trace, and women are dragged into woods to be raped and discarded by some unspeakable thing. Indeed, something is stalking Clare. A man? A monster? Or something significantly worse? Creepy, erotic, and gory, MONSTROSITY delivers up the horrors at a break-neck pace and doesn’t stop until the final page.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

By far one of the worst books that i have ever read.
Damien Barker
The author leans too much toward the gore end when the plot gets weak, but tries to keep things moving along.
Ann H. Katsuyoshi
I felt satisfied with the ending and was glad I read the book.
J. Krall

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Group on April 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
1) The cover is misleading.
2)The archeological story thread has little to do with the rest of the story.
3) The chronology of the story threads is awkward, at best.
4) A clunky lead weight of a sentence like this: "She preferred to think of herself, instead, as a passionate woman who pursued her physical desires in a feminine natural way, not a societal urchin hopelessly addicted to variant amphetamines and subsequently given to rampant sexual excess due to a subjugating environment and a connected dependency to the unnatural stimulation of certain chemical receptors in her soon-to-be-if-not-already damaged brain."
5) Potentially interesting characters soon devolve into juvenile stereotypes.
6) The heroine stumbles onto clues too conveniently and predictably.
7) Minor characters routinely and predictably become monster food.
8) The novel is populated only by relevant characters (Where is the rest of the staff of the facility? Or other people from outside the community?)
9) The ending is predictable (the mastermind who feels he has to explain everything at the climax), farfetched (a minor character brought in from left field at the end), and dull (evil govt research, genetic mutations, yadayadayada) in about equal parts.
10) Everything is wrapped up too conveniently, except for the archeological part, which is
11) one of the many things left unexplained.
12) There are logical implausibilities (Why leave Clare on the streets for so long?)
13) Why go through the ruse of hiring for a job? Why not just arrange a disappearance and hold the individuals prisoner at the facility, where they can be better controlled and analyzed?
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David DeWeese on July 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
The premise for Edward Lee�s book Monstrosity is filled with promise. Lee begins his book with an archeological dig of a Ponoye Indian site. What is found within the dig is gruesome and bids the reader wonder what happened all those years ago. Also, could such a thing happen again?
Lee then switches to the story�s main character, and the reader is introduced to Clare Prentiss, a homeless woman totally down on her luck. Clare used to have a promising military career, but she was setup within the machinations of a sex scandal. Enter a man who simply introduces himself as Dellin with a lucrative job offer�a totally too-good-to-be-true job offer.
Meanwhile, people are mysteriously dying in macabre fashion. For example, ��Caleb stared right back at her�Caleb�s severed head, that is. The head had been dropped in the area of leafy space between Kari Ann�s spread legs.�
Lee weaves a tapestry between the mystery of the archeological dig and the present day murders. Clare Prentiss finds herself mired in a gruesome mystery heavy with sexual overtones.
Unfortunately, the conclusion of Monstrosity seems quite contrived and fails to meet its original premise of greatness. Instead, the book seems to run out of steam and takes on an assembly line approach to literary creation. The book�s outcome is predictable and disappointing. Monstrosity is an okay read, but there are far better horror and suspense books available for a discerning reader.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ed Lee's latest tour de force is "Monstrosity," which is a significant departure from last year's "City Infernal." With his newest book, Lee returns to ground he covered in "The Bighead," one of the most unsettling horror books ever written. While this book does not engage in antics Bighead did, it still packs the usual Lee punch by providing generous amounts of queasiness, eroticism, and hillbillies. After reading this book, it appears Lee is moving towards a synthesis of sorts by supplying answers to some of the questions left over from "The Bighead." This budding synthesis is not nearly as complex as Stephen King's grand "Dark Tower" series, but Lee does not have the number of novels King has, either. Having said that, "Monstrosity" works as a stand alone book that reads quickly while serving as a good introduction to the entertaining world of Edward Lee.

The book opens with an archeological expedition in Florida, where a university professor and his mouthy graduate student unearth an extremely rare underground Indian temple. Several questions arise during this exploration: why are there mutilated remains of Indian priests near the altar? And what's up with that hand sticking out of an entrance to a lower level? Lee occasionally revisits this expedition throughout the course of the book, and cleverly ties it in with the larger story about a young, down on her luck woman who gets what seems to be the dream job of a lifetime.

Clare Prentiss's life has gone steadily downhill since her dishonorable discharge from the United States Air Force. Shooed out on a trumped up charge in order to keep a possible scandal under the rug, Clare is now homeless. She makes money by working as a test subject for cosmetic products, ever hopeful that she will earn enough scratch to buy some food.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on April 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A very down and out Air Force dischargee is given a chance of a lifetime. Having been dishonorably discharged after being raped by the Colonel's son and now homeless, Clare is offered a position as security chief at a small quasi-government lab in the wilds of Florida.
Add to the mix an archeologist trying to prove the existence of a lost Indian tribe that practiced human sacrifice, add a dash of Lee's unbridled ability to show the dark side of human nature, then a good dollop of mutations and you have a gripping horror novel not for the faint of heart (although true fans of Edward Lee could hardly be described as faint of heart).
I won't give away the ending, but if you like Edward Lee, you are going to love this one.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?