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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications; First Edition edition (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881475913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881475910
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,162,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Continuing the tack of his 1999 UFOpus Operator B, Lee posts a pulpy tale steeped in X-Files paranoia of extraterrestrial contact and government cover-up. Conspiracy crank Harlan Garrett, a bottom-feeding journalist on the backlist of every rag that panders to the Roswell mindset, is down to his last dime when he's abducted to the deathbed of Norton T. Swenson, the brigadier general who mustered him out of the Air Force for his illegal investigations. Swenson admits to heading the team that salvaged a crash-landed UFO at Nellis, Nevada, in 1962, and gives Garrett the leads he needs to find the remains of the ship and its occupants under lock and key at an army base in Maryland. But Garrett soon finds himself the quarry of John Sanders, a renegade from Swanson's crew and now an assassin. Also on Sanders's hit list is Danny Vander, a an eight-year-old victim of alien abduction whose disturbing dreams of "stickmen" have a crucial connection to the theft of a nuclear device from an army munitions depot that will draw Garrett to him. Lee heaps so many conspiracy cliches onto his characters' shoulders that only Garrett has room to develop a personality. But the smart-aleck journalist proves just the right combination of sympathetic anti-hero and invulnerable Saturday matinee action figure to pull the reader along on his hyperventilating adventure. Like the saucer ride some of the characters purport to have taken, you don't believe this tale for a minute afterward, but it's exhilarating while it lasts.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Edward Lee has had more than 40 books published in the horror and suspense field, including CITY INFERNAL, THE GOLEM, and GAST. His movie, HEADER, to which this is a sequel, was released on DVD by Synapse Films, in June, 2009. Recent releases include the stories, “You Are My Everything” and “The Cyesologniac,” the Lovecraftian novella “Trolley No. 1852,” and the hardcore novel HAUNTER OF THE THRESHOLD. Currently, Lee is working on HEADER 3. Lee lives in Florida. Visit him online at: www.edwardleeonline.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on March 2, 2003
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In the world of horror, Edward Lee stands out as something of a sledgehammer to the reading skull, most of the time hitting you with depictions that have the ability to haunt your reading mind. Still, this isn't always the case and sometimes he crafts works that can grab his audience in ways you really don't expect. Honestly, this is what I like about him because, from book to book, I am really unsure of what will be presented before this audience of one, and if the ensuing dreams my subconscious will spit out will be profoundly interesting or horrifically inclined. Having delved into some of his more gruesome works (The Bighead) and some of his more lightweight contributions (Dead Cats Bouncing), I found myself a bit torn on what I wanted from his as a writer and still wanted to press forward, and there was something about The Stickmen that possessed me to buy it. Now, after looking through it and being introduced to the characters within, I'm actually glad I took the time to ingest it. I say this because there is something about the writing style that Lee possesses and the simplicity it sometimes possesses and yet the ideas its able to produce, his use of comparisons that can sometimes make a reader laugh and sometimes sigh in disbelief, and because The Stickmen was, in my opinion, a great read.
So, what does a paranoid conspiracy theorist that has been kicked out of almost every "notably established" chronicle to the oddities within the natural world, a kid that seems to have dreams about being abducted by aliens, the theft of a small atomic device that could destroy a city block, and the revelation that aliens that can simply be termed "Stickmen" in such a short review exist have in common?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Krall on August 23, 2011
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I'm a big fan of Edward Lee (I even interviewed him for Bizarro Central) and this book is an interesting change of pace. It's a SF story with UFOs, government conspiracies, and lots of suspense. But the Kindle version is full of typos and formatting errors like sentences dropping to the next line for no reason. It's frustrating because I've formatted kindle books and always go back to read through to make sure these very simple cosmetic problems aren't there.

And for the price, I'm disappointed to get such a presentation of one of my favorite authors.

So long story short: the story is good but the format is lacking. I'm not sure if any of the typos are in the paperback (I doubt it) but get that instead if seeing an error/typo on every other page will annoy you.
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By ReddStealth on February 11, 2014
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"Stickmen" was a pleasant surprise! I don't remember a boring page in the book. It had the right kind of science fiction, ufo skepticism, tension and excitement. I would read this book again.
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By JR on October 15, 2013
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Lee does another wonderful job of catching you in the first few pages and then does not let you go. I like his humor, and selection of lead characters for us to follow.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glen M Finlayson on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After reading "BigHead" from Ed Lee I was surpized how this one made me laugh and care at the same time. The lead reporter a nice kind of loser. Read the last chapter with the two female leads and you know what I mean. From the small kid to the stickmen themselves, a fast, funny, and action read. Might be hard to find since it is a limited edidtion. But I tend to find these editins better than the main stream reading anyhow. As a fan of Richard laymon and Jack Ketchum Ed Lee can gorss you out, but as this book shows it also (the author) has style that has long been over looked.
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