Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman

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She is utterly beautiful, and utterly insane.

A novel from Edward Lee & Elizabeth Steffen.
A full-force, hardcore psycho thriller.
Unlike anything you've seen from Ed Lee before.


She shackles them to the bed.
She glues their eyes closed.
She punctures their eardrums.
She sews their lips shut.


They can't move. They can't see or hear.
They can't scream.
All they can do is feel.
And with her tools -- her scalpels and needles,
her bonesaws and her knives --
She gives them a lot to feel...

"The novel that American Psycho should have been... brutal, break-neck, and very real. An astonishing, gruesome feminist thriller..."
- Andrew Harper, author of Bad Karma

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781479252718
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 254,467
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Lee is the author of almost fifty novels and numerous short stories and novellas (or is it novellae? Hmm.) Several of his properties have been optioned for film, while Header was released on DVD in 2009; also, he has been published in Germany, England, Romania, Greece, and Austria. Recent releases include Bullet Through Your Face and Brain Cheese Buffet (story collections), Header 2, and the hardcore Lovecraftian books The Innswich Horror, Trolley No. 1852, Pages Torn From A Travel Journal, Going Monstering, and Haunter of the Threshold. One of Lee's creative ambitions is to one day write an effective M.R. James pastiche.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Very good book

    "Portrait of a Psycopath as a Young Woman" by Edward Lee was a very good thriller. It was well written, but a little too heavy on the details. The ending was good and it wrapped up all of the loose ends. I did not recognize the twist until it happened in the story. That level of suspense is rare for me, and it is a key reason for my high rating.

    To start there are four main chacters. First, Kathleen Shade is an unhappy and severely damaged woman that writes an advice column for a feminist magazine once per month. Most of her money comes from her father. She suffered cruel sexual molestation and hypnotic brain washing for 10 years by her uncle. Kathleen helped to put him in jail by testifying against him. She still has some PTSD symptoms from the assaults. Even so, she tries to have a normal relationship with Maxwell.

    One day she receives a note and a body part in the mail from a psycho serial killer. She reports it to the police where she meets a belligerent detective in the Major Case Squad office. He is her contact person there. He derides her constantly to keep her off balance. The dectective uses her as bait and violates her personal freedoms "for her own safety" on a regular basis. The dectective likes expensive suits and has trouble dealing with his own homosexuality.

    Kathleen speaks at a writer's conference and meets a nice poet named Maxwell. They have a whirlwind romance. Kathleen cannot decide how she really feels about Maxwell. He undoubtedly loves her a lot. She tells him everything, and he tries to take care of her. However, this puts him in the sights of the female killer who hates men, but idolizes Kathleen.

    The killer is a woman who is extremely disturbed. Once you know her story completely, you cannot help but sympathize with her a little bit. She believes that she is doing a great service to all women when she tortures and kills men. That way the men will never hurt another woman again. Did I mention that she is crazy? And, she is obsessed with Kathleen. She sees her as an idol. The killer really wants her idol to write her life story, so she keeps sending letters and body parts, etc. to Kathleen with increasing frequency. The killer also has OCD regarding medical/surgical equipment and their names, make, model, etc. It does slow the story down with all of the detailed descriptions of each and every tool, every time she uses one of them. It gets old fast.

    The character development was thorough. I started off not liking the detective or Kathleen, but that changed as the story progressed. It is a long book at approximately 840 Nook Tablet pages. But, it is a well written serial killer suspense thriller. I recommend this book to those with a strong constitution, because this novel gets very graphic with gore, torture, child abuse, and consensual sex. I really enjoyed reading this book!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Decent horror

    Fair horror thriller. I couldn't really connect with any of the main characters. The long haired poet, the gay cop and the feminist columnist did not strike a chord with me. The evil characters on the other hand were well written, especially Uncle Sammy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014


    If you can't handle gore and blood then don't pick up this book. Classic spatterpunk reading. I loved it!

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Disturbing and fantastic at the same time!

    Fantastic book! I am not one who gets my stomach turned easy. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down. Very easy read. The vivid descriptions in this book disgusted and disturbed me and I loved every word of it! A must read for gore and horror fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    Lizzie Borden - move over - There's a new girl in town!!

    A fresh approach to an area of male dominance, serial killing. The fright trip goes from 0-60 in nothing flat and it only gets better from there. A great author and a fine read!

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