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Slither Paperback – August 7, 2012

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"The living legend of literary mayhem. Edward Lee writes with gusto, guts, and brains. Read him if you dare.”—Richard Laymon

"Lee pulls no punches.”—Fangoria

“A red-meat-raw thrill ride...A great example of what a skilled artist Lee really is.”—Fangoria on Infernal Angel

"One of the genre's true originals."—The Horror Fiction Review

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Horror master Edward Lee takes the good old Nature Runs Amok theme and turns it on its ear with a shocking new vision of horror, outrageous but all-too-real characters, and a roundhouse of plot twists, cliffhangers, and big surprises. This is Lee’s 17th mass-market novel, and like all of his stories, he takes every element to the max, to deliver a demented joyride of edgy eroticism, creepy suspense, and scream-in-your-face thrills and chills. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: DP (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428517189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428517189
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,738,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
People, the other white meat! When a routine zoological excursion turns deadly, a small team of researchers are stranded on a lethal island chocked full of dead bodies and giant trichinosis worms with attitude. But, wait, the mystery deepens! These oversized parasites are not nature's intended denizens and as time is running short, the research team begins to discover a horrific undercurrent with worldwide implications. Horror, death, betrayal, sex, and lots of worm data coalesce to create a grisly little tale of worms, their unwitting hosts, and one experiment with cataclysmic effects. Welcome to this island paradise, enjoy the worms!

Okay, this story does reek of the typical "monster that stepped on Cincinnati" atmosphere, however horror master Edward Lee pulls the tale off with a aplomb proving that common parasites (and other ordinary animals of our world) when amped up in size can be the most dreadful of monsters, filling the reader with revulsion and a unique sense of foreboding that compels him or her to read onward until the very end. The villainous super worms prove themselves to be worthy enemies with their unique system of infecting a live host. Of course, the grisly nature of a parasite's life is vividly evoked, producing some rather large, agile, and discomfortingly realistic villains who have no qualms with supping off the island's reluctant research crew. Remember, watch where you step . . . something might be waiting for you just around that bend!

The creation of an interesting, and suitably disgusting villain is then expertly complemented with an atmosphere rich in tropical intrigue and growing paranoia. Who is to say what is hiding in that dense green foliage?
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What a sickly fun read. Edward Lee is that dude that has trouble seeing the wrongness in anything. Whether it's having one more cigarette, one more drink or one more lapdance from the half drunk possibly expecting stripper, it's all good. He's that little red dude on our shoulder telling you it's ok to go to VIP. It's a feeling I get whenever I dive into one of Lee's books. No matter what the subject, his writing is pristine so even the most depraved act of debauchery doesn't seem so bad. Also, everything Lee puts to paper, shines. Doesn't matter if that glitter comes off the diamonded gleam of a lake in the summer, the beads of water sparkling on the goose-pimpled skin of some buxom hottie or the volcanic pus-filled runny blisters erupting from some poor redneck's infected skin rash, he makes it all look great in full Panamorph Anamorphic 4K UltraHDTV.

So it came is no surprise really that Slither shines bright. Killer giant worms are the main event here but also sharing the blood soaked stage are some very smart but sexually repressed scientists, one very hot but morally stunted photographer, a couple of redneck psychos, their charming girlfriend, a few horny teens and some creepy military dudes. It all takes place on this beautiful but possibly radioactive island with no escape.

In Lee's unexpectedly hefty book, the bodies get stacked high, there is a very decent amount of gross WTF moments and there's plenty of sexy shenanigans to entertain. Get some. Shine on Mr. Lee.
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Edward Lee, Slither (Leisure, 2006)

Every once in a while, when you're crushed by multiple heavy tomes where every page takes five minutes to digest, you need something light, easy, and quick. There may not be a better, more satisfying press for that sort of thing these days than Leisure Books. I've read a whole lot of Leisure novels, from the very early days of the press right up to the present, and I've found very few to be less than I expect: good, solid, quick, escapist reads. And that's about as good a definition of Slither as I can find.

Premise: various groups of folks converge on a supposedly deserted island in the Gulf of Mexico, a couple of miles from St. Petersburg, that used to be an old army base. Problem is, some other paramilitary types have turned it into an experimental breeding ground for really, really nasty things. I wouldn't tell you what, but the big spoiler is in the first three words of the back matter, so I won't beat around the bush: worms. Big, ugly worms. Worms that like to infect things like sea life. And possums. And partying college students. Needless to say, if nematodes squick you out, stay far, far away form this book; I'm still poking and scratching and obsessively checking myself for parasites.

In any case, I finished the novel last night, and I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about the OMG BIG PLOT TWIST. It's generic and silly (and the kind of thing that, when sprung on a reader, usually destroys a book for me), but Lee integrates it so well into the story that I have to admit I'm grudgingly impressed; this is the most fun I've had reading Ed Lee's stuff since "Doing Colfax" back in the mid-eighties. Decent characters, tight plot, some great descriptive writing (even if it does go over the top now and again). It's not deathless literature, but you don't go to Leisure for deathless literature. You turn to Leisure for books that will gross you out. And Slither delivers mightily. ***
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Something very strange is occurring on Pritchard's Key a small island off the coast of Florida. It was once a Army missile site, but now it lies abandoned to nature and all but forgotten. Local College Students, Poachers, and Drug Addicts who know of its location flock there to party, and grow marijuana. The island is very secluded and is only accessible by boat at the high tide so it is an ideal place for those wanting to do things of the illegal variety.

A couple of Polychaetologists along with a National Graphic Photographer and a Army Warrant Officer have come to the island to study and photograph a local scarlet bristleworm. They soon discover a new species that is unlike anything they have seen before. These worms have parasitic qualities and they are infecting all the living creatures on and around the island, including humans. What everyone is unaware of is that the US Military is conducting secret experiments with the worms on the island and anyone who happens to step foot there become lab rats in their sinister experiments. Pritchard's Key is a place of unspeakable horror and anyone who finds their selves will have to Hell to pay.

I am a long time Edward Lee fan. I have read just about all his work and have never been disappointed. I started Slither with very high hopes and I can say all in all that while not my favorite Lee story by any means Slither is a fun, satisfying read full of Blood, Guts, and Loads of Sex. Fans of Lee and Spatterspunk stories will greatly enjoy the characters, and pacing in this story. The thing they will most enjoy though is the Sex and Gore. Slither while nowhere near Lee's most hardcore story is full of scenes that will make readers with weak stomachs fighting back the bile.
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