Flesh Gothic

Flesh Gothic

by Edward Lee

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ISBN-13: 9781939065162
Publisher: Necro Publications
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 382,943
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Edward Lee has been published at Zebra, Berkley, Cemetery Dance, and Necro Publications. Dorchester is now his exclusive paperback publisher. Lee was one of the co-founders of the Splatterpunk movement in horror and is one of the most influential writers in the genre today. Several of his short stories have been nominated for HWA’s Bram Stoker Award, such as 1994’s Mr. Torso. He has also received many preliminary nominations for HWA’s Best Novel Stoker, including both Portrait of the Psychopath as a Young Woman (1998) and Sacrifice (1995).

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Flesh Gothic 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up Flesh Gothic on a whim. I was looking for a good haunted house story. While reading this book, I had the thought that Edward Lee wrote this book especially for me because it contains a number of my interests inside of one book. This story is about a haunted house with a disturbing history (for example: sexual atrocities and multiple massacres). To the odd house, add in a murder mystery, and paranormal investigators/psychics, an investigative journalist, plus an obscenely wealthy and curious widow and her remaining two staff members. The widow hires this unusual group to stay a week inside the house. She wants them to investigate using their psychic abilities, equipment, etc. and tell her what actually happened on the night of the massacre. She hires the journalist to find out what her husband was planning on the night of the mass murder when he supposedly died. The widow tells the journalist that she does not believe that her husband is dead. He is to inform her if he can confirm her belief. I genuinely liked these characters, which is unusual for me. They were well written and well developed. I thought that the characters seemed real. They had hopes, dreams, money problems, and inner demons to wrestle with, all while they were in a seriously creepy house. The undercurrent of the main story shows that everyone has secrets and fetishes that affect them deeply. This novel covers many dark topics such as: demons, hell, unadulterated lust, murder, sacrifice, rape and a number of other horrifying activities in classic Edward Lee style. This book is not for the faint of heart. Throughout the book there is a dichotomy between evil horrific acts...sexuality...and doing the right thing. I believe that each person on the investigation team was looking for some kind of redemption and reasons to continue living. Who knows if they were ever truly satisfied? It makes you think about yourself and your life. At least, it caused me to contemplate my own existence. I really loved the obscure references to historical occultists and occult practices. Well done! Also, I learned quite a bit about the different kinds of psychic talents and the burden that those similarly afflicted must feel. All in all I enjoyed reading this book. It did get a little slow in a few places. But finishing the novel was rewarding. I had hoped for an epilogue. I wanted a few pages about what happens after. It is a small issue, but not a serious offence. It is one of the best haunted house horror titles that I have read. It is sexually depraved, disturbing, and horrifying with some snarky humor added in to good effect. I recommend this book to those with a strong constitution, and other Lee fans. It is well worth the read! -AvidReader
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Lee, Mr. BloodyMary is currently stalking the streets with your picture in his hand. Beware. 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. What a waste. Lee¿s style of writing is violent, and unique. Eliciting your most primitive fascinations, he attacks your senses, and you inhibitions with unflinching glee. I¿m not sure how he does it, but he manages to quiet your fears while simultaneously exciting them. His descriptive technique is extreme, and at times repellant and hard to stomach. I loved it! Almost operatic, the pace is slow, but comforting. Believe me, between the overall depravity, and the numerous tensions that mount throughout, the speed¿s a blessing. 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. Rinse. Repeat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fine book by this author. Nice characters, some you really get to like. A new take on a haunted house investigation . A group of people each with his/her own unique talents are hired to find out what caused a mast murder in a mansion. As the story unfolds, the house effects each person in different ways. People start to suspect each other. Plenty of gore and sex. Interesting ending.
Lynn1012 More than 1 year ago
Take the meat of "House on Haunted Hill" and add the flavor of RAW SEX and you have an extremely Savory Dish. Girls this isn't a fluffy romance novel! Bare with the first couple of chapters and pay attention after that. Try and figure out the most awesome puzzle.
Jonny-Morbid More than 1 year ago
If you really want to enjoy Edward Lee--I mean REALLY enjoy him--one must start with CITY INFERNAL. This is the book which shows you where he is coming from & to not take him seriously. With that said: FLESH GOTHIC is an "o.k." Lee novel--taking the haunted house genre to Hell & back again. Nevermind the house in question was used for video porn production--just go with the plotline of "something not of this world wants to be born into it in order to create horror" & you'll be fine. Do not stop reading it because the pay-off at the end is a good one--even though this isn't his best book. I read this book while taking the bus to work & that's the BEST way to read it--to chase the boredom away while commuting to & from work. It's also not as gory as some of his other books but it still entertains. When I think of an Ed Lee novel, I think of creepy demons, backwoods montrosities, entrails, gore, bloodbaths & redneck psychos--this novel only has a slight percentage of everything I've just listed. If this is your first Ed Lee novel, don't give up on him--he's fantastic when he's on his game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lee is without a doubt the best in the hardcore horror genre. Flesh Gothic is another example of that. It takes off from the first page and wont let you go to the last word. This book is not for the easily squimish. It is hardcore all the way. I recommend that if you havent read any Edward Lee novels yet pick up City Infernal, and Infernal Angel first, and you will have a deeper appreciation for Fleah Gothic. You will get a deeper understanding for Flesh Gothics story line. I only liked City Infernal more, but Flesh Gothic is right up there with it. I highy recommend this book to any Lee fan, or anyone who likes a good hardcore Horror Novel.
jseger9000 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Though I¿ve only read two of his books, I can tell that Flesh Gothic is far from Ed Lee¿s best work. I think Edward Lee is a good writer, but haunted house stories are obviously not his forte.We begin with a ritualistic slaughter at a mansion that doubles as a porn studio. The prologue was pretty interesting, and tracking the last survivor (through a room of flesh!) of what comes to be known as Slaughter Night at the Hildreth House was pretty intense. After that the wife of the mansion's deceased owner hires a group of psychic investigators to find out what happened that night. This is Edward Lee, who has earned his reputation as a writer of `extreme¿ horror, so there is more at Hildreth House than spooks in sheets and slamming doors. Flesh Gothic eschews the usual, implied scares of most haunted house stories. Instead we are exposed to graphic sex, gore and body fluids of all types.The problem is the promise of the strong start just isn't followed through on. Despite all of the horrible things that have happened in the Hildreth House's long and storied history, Ed just doesn't make the house itself particularly chilling or sinister.There are all sorts of fun, supernatural goings-on, but the back story of what these monsters are is explained to the reader too early. As a result you never ask yourself 'Oh my God! What is that thing?!'Lee goes head first for the shocking scares here, but he should have focused more on the group dynamic. Showing the investigators developing a bunker mentality together and agonizing over breaking their contract and leaving versus risking their souls by continuing their investigations is one of the classic ingredients of all haunted house stories and it is sadly lacking here.All the psychics just seem too blasé about the `hauntings¿. Maybe he should have focused on the reporter and a couple of the other `normal¿ people who are part of the group and kept the psychic's personalities at arms length. He tries to show the psychics as professionals who seem to understand what is going on, with talk of `revenants¿, `discorporated beings¿ and `Adiposians¿. The problem with that approach is that since they aren't particularly freaked out, I'm not either.And c'mon, all of the women staying at the house are, at one point or another, raped by ghosts and yet none of them seem to have a problem traipsing off again on their own. The non-psychic woman never even seems to entertain the notion of just leaving and the ones that are psychic don't seem to be especially effected by their 'invasions'. They repeatedly lock themselves off alone to perform their work. Don't these people learn? Wouldn't it have been wise to at least have the others monitor what was happening using the houses elaborately explained built in surveillance system?I will read more Edward Lee. All authors stumble from time-to-time. But I can see that Flesh Gothic is not his high water mark.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After picking this book up I was ready to be hooked all the way through. I was somewhat disappointed in the way it turned out. At some points it was boring, but other times it was exciting. It just didn't seem right compared to his other books.