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.
The Chosenby Edward Lee
The past never dies. It only sleeps,
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Restaurant manager Vera Abbot has come to The Inn to embark on the job of her dreams. But from the day she arrives, her dream turns into a harrowing nightmare. She hears strange footsteps, sees faceless figures in the dead of night…and is tormented by erotic dreams in which a hideous stranger makes love to her.
The past never dies. It only sleeps, waiting to unleash a new cycle of bloodshed and terror. For The Inn is a breeding ground for unspeakable atrocities. And now the time has come for Vera to be initiated into its secret world of depravity and horror—whether she wants to or not!
Inexplicably retitled THE CHOSEN--Lee’s title was THE INN, because, well, that’s what it’s about--this gory neo-Gothic was the first of a 3-book deal Lee signed with Zebra in 1992 (and the first novel he didn’t write on a typewriter; for this he used a $400 Smith-Corona word processor). Lee’s obsession with all things culinary stomps all through this story, such that you might want to imagine the Food Network with demons instead of Emeril. Restaurant manager Vera Abbot jumps at the chance to split from her cheating, drug-snorting boyfriend and go to work at a four-star dining room in a secluded country inn. Splatter, perverted sex, and a female demon with a penis highlight the ensuing outrageous shenanigens. As for the secondary character suspiciously named “Lee,” the author admits: “When I was 17, I worked as a dishwasher in a seafood restaurant. So I took the liberty of injecting that aspect of myself into this carnal fantasy. And, of course, I kill myself." Lee’s gross-out fans seem to love this book; Lee himself does not, blaming the forced positive ending and too much indulgence on his own part (example: the painstaking accuracy regarding brand-names of commercial-grade kitchen equipment!) Feel free to make the determination as to whether or not horror fiction and cuisine go well together (along with sutured labias and kniting needles through the ears).
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I previously finished reading Edward Lee’s book “The Pig/The House” which I felt was more gross and humorous than an actual story. While reading “The Chosen,” my initial thought was it’s not like his other book and it’s a little slow, but it might be okay. This book shocked me. It was GOOD. Every free minute I had, I read. Even at work when I shouldn’t have been reading. I didn’t want to stop. It wasn’t until Vera entered Feldspar’s room that I was able to put some things together, prior to the big reveal. But to me the shocker was Kyle and Lemi, since they were polar opposites, one smart and the other, not so smart. I liked all the characters, but Kyle had to be my favorite, hands down. He was a male chauvinist, dirt-bag pig, but he was still funny and likable. I think if you purchase this book, you will not be disappointed and I also think this book would make an excellent movie. Maybe one day someone will put it on the big screen. Please note: This book does have a few editing issues. I noticed some things weren’t capitalized and they should have been.
I have read a few of Mr.Lee's books before. This is not one of his better books. I believe the author himself didn't care for this book once it was published. It does have it's moments. If you like the added element of sex to your horror stories, you will probably enjoy it.