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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Original edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843958081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843958089
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"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

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Something is haunting the 150-year-old Lowen Mansion, something unspeakable. Ghosts? Monsters? Or something far worse? Internationally published horror novelist Edward Lee unleashes his next excursion into the realms of the macabre with a new kind of monster. Golems hail from the oldest religion, the Kabbala, first taught to the angels by God Himself. The angels then whispered these secrets to Adam in Paradise, but they didn't know...someone was listening: Samael, the Arch-Devil of Genesis....

Horrific, erotically charged, and jam-packed with one dark surprise after another, Lee's latest novel takes the reader headlong into a gruesome, unrelenting horrorfest of occult secrets, scum-of-the-earth psychopaths, and a walking abomination that can't be stopped...

Customer Reviews

First off, I haven't finished this book yet.
Zach
I respect Lee for trying to be original here, but these creatures he created did nothing for me.
Haze Blackmon
Not bad, but a bit predictable and not very scary.
William M Miller

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on April 12, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For a monster that has been around for hundreds of years, the golem has been one of the more underused creatures in horror fiction and films. While I am sure there have been more recent ones, the only golem movie of note dates back to the 1920s. Whatever the reason, the golem story remains fertile ground in which Edward Lee has successfully gotten new material from.

Unlike vampires or were-beasts, the traditional golem story (which comes out of Jewish folklore) has the clay automaton being often used as a force for good, instead of evil. Not so, in Lee's appropriately titled The Golem, where there are multiple golems, and they are mostly malevolent. The novel takes place around the quiet Maryland town of Lowensport and is really two parallel stories. In the main story, new residents Seth Kohn and Judy Parker have moved to the periphery of the town, into the house that once belonged to the local patriarch Gavriel Lowen. Seth is a millionaire computer game developer and Judy is a former college professor, and both are recovering addicts.

Evil is afoot nearby, led by some corrupt policemen and their drug-dealing partners. One of the dealers has a connection to a truly nasty killer who can be used to eliminate the competition, a killer that turns out to be a golem. Seth and Judy will get tangled up with the pair, not only because of the history of their house but also because of some barrels of clay they've acquired: clay with the mystical properties to create golems.

The parallel story relates the early history of Lowensport, when almost the entire Jewish population was killed in a virulent wave of hate. The killers, in turn will pay, as Gavriel gets his revenge and sets up the foundation for the main story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shroud Magazine's Book Reviews VINE VOICE on April 4, 2009
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Ancient myths and legends often provide the best material for dark tales. They echo with resonance and history. In his latest, Edward Lee harnesses this resonance with powerful and horrifying results. Under his dreadful ministrations, the golem comes alive and walks the earth. Unlike its legendary predecessor, however, Lee's golem is a dreadful engine of destruction, leaving piles of mutilated bodies and torn lives in its wake.

Seth Kohn and Judy Parker have traveled through hell and come out the other side. Seth has not only recovered from alcoholism but also put to rest the tragedy that caused it: his wife's death. Judy has also defeated her demons; a crack addiction that destroyed her teaching career and reduced her to whoring to support it. Rehabilitated, recovered, and together, the future seems bright. Seth's newest video game dominates the market, and they've just purchased and renovated an old home on the quiet Maryland coast.

Their peace is doomed. Corrupt police and redneck drug dealers run rampant, along with something worse. Informants and rival drug dealers are being killed in horrifying ways, and a dark, ancient evil creeps through the night. Both Seth and Judy will be confronted by their worst nightmares, as the Golem - once a holy instrument of justice - is perverted into a force of evil and malice. Old fears will be resurrected, and Judy in particular will once again become what she's always despised - a "dirty crack whore" - all at the whims of an ancient evil.

"The Golem" evokes all the right emotions: hope, fear, despair, and vengeance. Particularly skillful was Lee's layering of the story, interweaving past and present narratives. For most of the novel, the horror plays out in the past, while dreadful anticipation of it builds in the present.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Legerski VINE VOICE on April 9, 2009
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I have read all things Lee has written to date, that said, THE GOLEM is right up there with the best he has published.
As with his fantastic BRIDES OF THE IMPALER, Lee has put in enough researched historical "facts" to flesh out the plot of a Jewish black magic sect making golems. The best part, for me, is the 1880 backstory that explains why the present timeline is so important.
The characters were written well and stayed true, the dialogue was crisp and moved the plot lines along, the gore is high in spots but I feel that Lee has reached a new level of writing and that he doesn't have to rely on gore or violence to shock the reader anymore...a very mature book and you really can't go wrong with anything Lee writes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
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Buying a new house and find that it has something of great archeological significance buried on the property? No problem? Its just proof that there was once a boat carrying a special brew of mud to end a fight that had been going on for some time in the 1800s, and it was touched by something that befouled the concoction. No need to worry, though, because living through this isn't going to be a breeze! Even if you manage to get past a town that would not like their history uncovered, you may have something else on your hands. And, well, this kind of mud is the type that stains entire towns red.

Edward Lee has garnered favor from my mind for some time now, and I felt it slipping for a while. It seemed like there were too many of the same things happening and that he wasn't trying to get past the formula that worked. Then came the new stream of books that took the old formula - Creekers with sexual tastes that go well beyond twisted - and spiced it up with newer ideas. That meant that things like the Minotauress could walk, that a train could run the rails, and that this book could fall into my hands. It has all of the Lee trademarks, too, with defiling the dead and the living falling in side by side, with people with nothing better to do murdering as they tour the countryside, and with something huge tearing through its own little world. The one thing that Lee has changed has to be the style he uses to make things, however, because he certainly spends more time making his people real. In the past it was only the thing that got that treatment, and that orked for a while. Now, however, he has modified that touch and it makes the stories more complete beings as they waltz through the land of the living and defile anything they can touch.
Sexy.
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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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