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About the Author
- ASIN : B00BT0PZCI
- Publisher : Necro Publications (March 11, 2013)
- Publication date : March 11, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 611 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 420 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0843954124
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #155,233 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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After a brief prologue and the introduction of all the characters, the story follows Westmore, a reporter who has been hired to determine the secrets behind some murders which occurred by her husband at a huge mansion. Westmore soon gets set up at the house along with two assistants and four psychics; the investigations start turning up weird event after weird event. Before we know it, paranormal events are happening daily and are taken as normal. Stranger and stranger events unfold. And a supernatural charge within the house builds until the climatic ending. All in all, a very exciting and mostly spooky read that I highly recommend.
This one actually had an intriguing plot, or at least instriguing enough to hold my attention.
A huge massacre takes place in this mansion. The owner goes missing and his wife seeks out different psychics (all having different gifts) to try and figure out what happened the night of the massacre but more importantly, where is her husband? And what was he trying to accomplish the night of the massacre?
This is really nothing more than a perfunctory redo of "The Haunting of Hill House," "Solaris" and "Rosemary's Baby." With the slight tweak of having the haunted house feed off of carnality, which never translates into the fun you'd expect.
The reviews here talk about how gross and depraved the book is, but I just don't see it. Outside of the opening, which features an orgy of sex and violence, and too-oft-repeated instances of "ghost molestation," this book is devoid of the ghastly shenanigans you expect from Lee. I found myself waiting for him to finally let loose and make my stomach churn, for the house to finally rise to its horrific buildup, but it never happens.
Something else I find odd, since most people think of Lee as a writer of literary porn, is his constant and totally hypocritical backhand slap of porn. Maybe Lee is growing a bit soft in his old age, but it seemed hilarious to me to see him preaching about the "abomination" that is the porn industry, especially since most of his fans are probably porn fans, too.
Overall, this is nothing more than a typical haunted-house book. When I read the description of it, I thought Lee would be able to have a ball with it, but I was left disappointed.
Top reviews from other countries
As a huge fan of Edward Lee, I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you're a fan of his work and of extreme horror.
Top marks from me! Mr Lee's writing ability and imagination is spectacular, knows no bounds and will surpass your expectations. The book cover image is wonderful too and conveys creepiness, terror and fuels your anticipation, making you eager to delve into a world of horror-filled excellence.
Well partly I personally can well do without professional psychics in a story, and in this story we get no less than 4 of them! I just can't get away from the feeling that it's cheating somewhat to have characters who can do out-of-body experiences, or who can solve mysteries just by touching things, and in "Flesh Gothic" we get rather a lot of all this. And it does get deeply tedious. The scale of the sex and violence in this book is quite Sadean at times. He doesn't flinch away from his subject matter, and yet at the same time we get a bizarre attitude, whereby rape, beheadings, torture etc are all endlessly recorded (in a quite mind-numbing nihilistic way), and yet then he'll get all prissy, like an old woman, about the sort of sexual practice that your average suburban Swingers would probably regard as quite tame! It's hard to see how we're seriously meant to be shocked by that, after reading page after page of truly grotesque excesses! And the scene where Vanni wanders into the S&M playroom, and it takes her AN ABSOLUTE AGE to realise it's not actually a gymnasium, does make you wonder if she should be allowed out on her own!
What really inspired me to give this book only 3 stars though is the final 40 or 50 pages of it. The scene where Our Very Human Hero (actually he's the best part about the whole book, a world-weary but sympathetic man) finally confronts the villain of the piece is one big letdown. No self-respecting horror story should have the hero saying to the villain, in a sort of Frank Spencer-ish way: "you are an evil person". (You blinkin' little fiend you!). I did mistakenly think that Lee might spring a few surprises on us as we headed towards the end, but no it's just more of the same schlocky old nonsense we've seen a hundred times before. I do think he could do better than this.