It stood tall, lank but globose in the hell-rendered fat that made up its atrocious physique. It had no face but it looked right at them. The rimmed seam for a mouth gaped, showing a great flap of tongue. Between its legs hung large, abominable genitals. View all 16 comments. But even a bottle of Viagra couldn't make this one stand up. View all 8 comments.
Feb 29, Adam Wilson rated it did not like it. You know, it is books like Flesh Gothic by Edward Lee which make my friends look down on me for what I enjoy reading most. They don't understand that I read horror for the unknown factor of it, for the thrill of something that may try something new and push the envelope a bit. I do not read horror for the endless sex scenes or torture purely for the sake of torture.
When it makes the plot progress, a little rape or torture is all right but when it is very obviously put in the novel to make the s You know, it is books like Flesh Gothic by Edward Lee which make my friends look down on me for what I enjoy reading most. When it makes the plot progress, a little rape or torture is all right but when it is very obviously put in the novel to make the story into a novel, or just to shock people, or to live up to some sort of standard which must be broken over and over with each book being more plotless and disgusting than the last, I call it garbage.
Flesh Gothic had nothing in it that I enjoy. I need some interesting characters! Give me something to work with here. This is apparently splatterpunk but I often love that genre of horror so I don't even consider this to fit. Richard Laymon is in my top five favorite authors and I have read over 35 of his books and rated most of them four stars or higher, but there are a few that seem to lack that odd Laymon factor which makes it fun.
Those few terrible Laymon books are in the better Edward Lee category. Flesh Gothic is an all time low for even Lee. Now, if anyone at all pays attention to what I read which I doubt they may know that I read Edward Lee's The Bighhead last year and actually enjoyed it. This is because the damn thing was fun. The Black Train was sick as hell but the plot was fantastic along with that of Slither. This one just felt like Lee trying to come up with as many horrific acts as possible.
Unfortunately, I already read Lucifer's Lottery which was even more lacking in plot than this one but which I still enjoyed because it was at least intriguing. Lee has it in him to be good, to be great in fact, but sometimes I think he forgets that and books like this are going to make some of his mildly loyal readers like myself forget that as well.
Apr 11, lina rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this book It has myster, it had suspense, and of course horror Let's just say the bad guy in this was serial killer occult baddie.. But enjoy because I won't spoil anymore but to say that this plot was excellent written and easy to understand and yes it has a plot again Flesh Gothic is a powerfully written roller coaster, loaded with gore, sex, viciousness, and amazing imagery. Although the plot isn't propelled by mile an hour action, it still grips the throat, dries the mouth, and tantalizes the morbid senses.
The story was cloaked in mystery, even to the point of 'red herrings', with finely chiseled characterization, psychologically-addictive hooks, and in-your-face commentary. It kept me reading, so it did it's job, almost too well. This isn't for prudish Flesh Gothic is a powerfully written roller coaster, loaded with gore, sex, viciousness, and amazing imagery.
This isn't for prudish readers - but if you want your horror hot and heavy, unrelenting and fierce, try this one. It won't let down even the most jaded fans. Jun 09, Kristen rated it it was ok Shelves: In my never-ending hunt for a good haunted house tale I picked this up.
I had never read anything by Edward Lee before but had heard that he borders on pornographic so I was a bit leery of starting. Bad things start happening, everyone is horny, dead bodies pile up then disappear everyone is telling lies or half-truths, it all becomes very mysterious. You can fly right through it because the lack of description keeps your mind from bothering to picture much of it. Jun 13, Amanda Lyons rated it it was ok. I can't say I hated this book outright but that doesn't mean I didn't have several problems with it. Overall it has a pretty decent start.
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I can get into the headspace of the male character and the mood is set quite nicely. Unfortunately as the book progresses the mood is overshadowed by several flaws in the writing. The characters who are called to the house aren't bad as a start but Lee doesn't do much with developing them and we never really get to know them or where they're coming from this I can't say I hated this book outright but that doesn't mean I didn't have several problems with it.
The characters who are called to the house aren't bad as a start but Lee doesn't do much with developing them and we never really get to know them or where they're coming from this is a serious problem for someone who loves character driven narratives and this plot really requires some of this sort of work to convey it properly.
As a result many of the events that take place come off as contrived or jarring because you don't know the character enough to have perceived those things about them even after those points are made to you. There are also several scenes where rape is shrugged off out of hand by the victims of that assault. A psychological or paranormal rape of the sort written here would be just as traumatic as a physical rape also constantly present in the book!
Repeated rape is not any less so and is actually more likely to be a more serious blow as it occurs. As a matter of fact the amount of 'oh yes I was raped but oh well' reactions in this book just adds to the jarring effect created by the lack of character development and overlooks an excellent opportunity to get into the characters' heads. There are also several areas toward the end where the scene is rushed and clearly not invested in by Lee as if finishing something of a plot to get to the end was more important than making that plot complete and interesting.
I don't find his evil cult members and sexual predator monsters terribly threatening and a bit too repetitive in their actions. To be fair part of that may be that I'm also usually bored by Satanic horror plots but I've read some that certainly worked better than this one. Sadly this isn't a case of bad writing as much as it is a case of LAZY writing.
Clearly he knew how to set the tone for the book and he created a great setting for a premise that could have been really inspired if he'd invested his time as much as it required. I really wish he had! More than anything I felt disappointed and frustrated that the book wasn't as well written as it promised to be at the beginning. I'm not going to rule out trying his books again down the road but this one left me feeling the need for an editor's pen and the ability to request several changes.
Edward Lee is a master of the macabre. This novel is "out of this world" superb sometimes literally. I read the original paperback version, which intensified the immediacy for me, as if I was reading at the initial publication date. FLESH GOTHIC is true horror wrapped in extreme horror very wrapped in gore wrapped in sensuality very wrapped in satanism wrapped in psychic powers wrapped in "other-worldly" Hell delivered in an engrossing,unstoppable, no-happy-endings-here story. In a well-concealed house in St. Petersburg, FL, a multi-millionaire gathered porn stars, prostitutes, loyal employees, and victims, all in preparation for his plans to open a portal, in service of his "Lord.
All to succor a Lord of the underworld. In the hands of this master, it is all believable--and riveting. Jan 29, Brian Steele rated it really liked it Shelves: Every time I read a book by him, I continue to be astounded at the new levels of depravity and gore that swim in his head. I consider this a GOOD thing. Sure, this is just Lee's take of the "Haunted House story," but he twists it so far beyond recognition, you have to respect him. Some say he's nothing but a "splatterpunk" writer, but I disagree - his work has a certain visceral esoteria to If you're a fan of safe, traditional Horror Fiction like Koontz and Saul - stay far away from Edward Lee.
Some say he's nothing but a "splatterpunk" writer, but I disagree - his work has a certain visceral esoteria to it. He weaves his own mythology deeply among the abominations written on the page. Aug 29, Gregor Xane rated it liked it Shelves: Did this book live up to my expectations? The story moved along quickly. It was filled with raunch and blood and silly occult happenings.
I think most folks wo Did this book live up to my expectations? I think most folks would get into another line of work after the first spectral gang rape. May 06, Helen rated it really liked it Shelves: Certainly unlike a lot of other horror fiction I've read of late, graphic, tense, grotesque. Think I may look out for some more Ed Lee. Feb 27, Justine rated it liked it. Gross, but also really average. May 30, Penny rated it really liked it. Flesh Gothic starts off a little slow, and confusing, but its worth sticking with. The book is filled with plot twist, some you'll see coming, and others are pretty surprising.
As far as gore goes, I'd say it's a mild read. There is a lot of sexual acts, rape, etc If you get offended by that sort of stuff, you may or may not enjoy this little treasure. I did find part of the book to be a tad "out there", for me. A demon with 10 penis like fingers, hmm. This one did leave me pondering over a f Flesh Gothic starts off a little slow, and confusing, but its worth sticking with.
This one did leave me pondering over a few other pieces of Lee's work I've read, and I'm curious as to what sort of metaphysical background he has. Jun 07, Brainycat rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Flesh Gothic came recommended as a steamy horror book. It's very accessible and I was able to read it quickly. This is the first Lee book I've read, and I will definitely be reading more. It's your basic haunted house story, painted with a Philip Marlowe style protagonist. Despite the standard tropes being trotted out yet again, Lee makes it work with an involved plot and characters that are unique and quirky.
After a brutal mass murder with overtones of occult ritual, a disparate group of people Flesh Gothic came recommended as a steamy horror book. After a brutal mass murder with overtones of occult ritual, a disparate group of people are paid exorbitant sums of money by the eccentric widow she's the beautiful, dangerous client to live in the house and discover the truth about what happened. There's the fanatically loyal houseservant, the manipulative bombshell, the hardboiled cop and the innocent witness etc. Most of the other characters are psychics with varying areas of expertise, but of course not all is as it seems.
As they spend time researching what happened a picture of satanic worship and drug fueled orgies quickly surfaces.
Sexual tension abounds, aided by the fact that each character has some sexual trait that drives their interactions with each other and the supernatural goings-on. This is because Lee drops a lot of background on most of the characters, which in retrospect I appreciate, since the characters drive the plot later. Don't give up on this book too early. The investigation part of the book moves right along, aided and abetted by the sexual tension and my own fascination with things macabre and erotic.
The ending, however, was a bit of a letdown. I hesitate to use the term "premature climax", but there you have it. That's exactly what it felt like. The twist was hardly surprising, but well played. This book is a very quick read. It seemed he sacrificed a lot of descriptive opportunity for the sake of telling the story through character's actions and dialogue.
For example, the sense of smell is used descriptively at most about half a dozen times, and most of those are describing women's hair. It seemed to me that while they're out wandering around in the woods in the Florida spring that the air would be alive with bugs and flowers and trees and dew. This is exemplary of the book; Lee is visually vivid but I never felt like I could put myself into the setting. There are a lot of overtly sexual situations, but the sex itself could have been much more explicit IMHO.
Reading this for an erotic charge is like watching latenight softcore: Overall, I liked the book and as Lee covers a lot of territory that interests me in his other books, I'll definitely be reading more of him. I would recommend this book for people who like occult, macabre and erotically charged stories and are looking for a couple of hours of fun if not especially innovative entertainment.
Flesh Gothic by Edward Lee
Oct 01, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Think you've seen it all, heard all that could be said? Unless you've read Lee, you haven't even scratched the surface of true in-your-face Horror. There is nothing safe and nothing sacred to Edward Lee. The man is a pitiless psycho.
He gets a kick out of making woman cross their legs whenever his name is simply spoken. He can hijack the wills of men and women everywhere, leaving them desperate to escape from the book and even more desperate to delve deeper into his twisted little worlds. What d Think you've seen it all, heard all that could be said? What does he have that all of you don't, what is his 'it'? The power of Edward Lee is his ability to do what the other man wouldn't. Attractive and repulsive, the plot is a trial of psychosexual horror.
Using the bare bones of a been-there-done-that outline, Lee adds muscle and flesh with energetic originality. I must warn you though; this book is not for the easily offended or prudish-types. The scenes are graphic, and the dialog is raw. Thanks to Lee, I avoided any intimate interaction for a week.
By the way Mr. BloodyMary is currently stalking the streets with your picture in his hand. All having addictions and weaknesses to sex in one form or another, the characters are both pathetic and admirable in their individuality. Each player is an aspect of what we choose to hide from ourselves and the outside world. While I can respect their personalities, can even place a few among my nearest and dearest, I never once felt close to them.
Eliciting your most primitive fascinations, he attacks your senses, and you inhibitions with unflinching glee.
- The Devil: A Biography.
His descriptive technique is extreme, and at times repellant and hard to stomach. Almost operatic, the pace is slow, but comforting. Creating a moody masterpiece of eroticism and savagery, the atmosphere is taut and tense. The bitter smell of fear and dread sticks to your skin and invades your pores. To get rid of that nasty grime, I suggest you lather. I have nothing but respect for you, Ed. I love your work. But do you really want to be the second guy in on this image? Between the paperback and the ebooks, there are already over 35, copies out there.
I guess that I'm asking you to ask your publisher to go with something different. Something that hasn't been used 35, times and I have under contract for the next 3 years. Right now I feel sick Please use something different.
I don't want to fight your publisher, or Danielle. Also - my email is besthorror at gmail dot com. This would be a better private conversation Sat Jan 28, Thanks and take care, Best Edward Lee. Sat Jan 28, 1: I've heard nothing but good things about you, and it seems that what I heard was correct. Take care, and thanks again - Roy. Sat Feb 04, 1: Frank Festa replied quite promptly and assured me that the cover has long been changed to something different, and that the artist is well aware of it.
Sat Jun 02, 6: Sat Jun 02, Hate to say it, but that first gal was way hotter. If I needed a crawlin, blood droolin gal, it would have to be her. Mon Jun 04, Sat Aug 11, 8: Mon Aug 13, 1: I could never imagine how a translator would perceive redneck dialect. And now I can saw peckersnot in German! I'll actually be in Munich airport on Aug 22 on my way to Wroclaw Poland for a con--I'll write Pimmelrotz on the bathroom wall.
Wait, here's a question: Mon Aug 13, 8: Sun Mar 10, 2: There've been a few new Edward Lee releases in Germany by Festa. It's available directly through Festa's website now, for those who are aged 18 or older. I sure hope this isn't the beginning of a censorship crackdown on Ed's work and similarly extreme books by writers like Wrath James White and Jack Ketchum that are also published by Festa. Sun Mar 10, 3: In fact I just a few days ago got my copies of The Pig.
I can iimagine someday doing to Germany and immediately being arrested by some storm trooper looking guys with blank faces. Maybe I'm on a public enemy 1 list! A confidante mentioned to me that there re no specific laws in Germany against sex with animals but, by golly, you can't writ a book about it! Thnks and take care! Thu Sep 18, 9: A couple new Edward Lee books hit Deutschland recently: Thu Sep 18, Wed Sep 24, 4: