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Monstrosity
     

Monstrosity

3.4 9
by Edward Lee
 

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Sexual obsessions running amok, a stagnant lake full of abominable horrors, and a secluded clinic with a secret wing that no one's ever entered. These are just a few of the goings-on in this macabre tech-horror story in which veteran novelist Edward Lee takes the mad-scientist theme into shocking new territory. Security manager Clare Prentiss swears she's being

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Sexual obsessions running amok, a stagnant lake full of abominable horrors, and a secluded clinic with a secret wing that no one's ever entered. These are just a few of the goings-on in this macabre tech-horror story in which veteran novelist Edward Lee takes the mad-scientist theme into shocking new territory. Security manager Clare Prentiss swears she's being watched during her nightly rounds on a remote federal nature preserve. Meanwhile, local hoodlums disappear without a trace, and women are dragged into woods to be raped and discarded by some unspeakable thing. Indeed, something is stalking Clare. A man? A monster? Or something significantly worse? Creepy, erotic, and gory, MONSTROSITY delivers up the horrors at a break-neck pace and doesn't stop until the final page.

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Publishers Weekly
Weird science intersects with apparent supernatural phenomena in the latest horror extravaganza from Lee (City Infernal). In the first story thread, an archeology dig in central Florida in 1995 uncovers possible proof of a demonic incarnation 10,000 years in the past. The second-and knottier-thread involves Clare Prentiss, an Air Force lieutenant dishonorably discharged when she makes the mistake of accusing a colonel's son of rape. Reduced to living on the street, Clare suddenly lucks into a cushy job managing security at Fort Alachua Park, a Florida wildlands preserve where the military sponsors a top-secret cancer research clinic. No sooner is she established than mysteries start piling up: Clare can't get a clear story on the disappearance of the previous security team; equipment the facility shouldn't need is delivered; and she and her co-workers begin experiencing inexplicably intense sexual cravings. Meanwhile, local yokels looking to steal narcotics from the clinic are getting picked off by a monster that stalks the grounds at night. Of course, all these plot blips share a common cause, and the novel's pleasures come in seeing how long Lee can keep them seeming just random and unconnected. Sure, it dwells at voyeuristic length on the characters' sexual acrobatics and, sure, it features a stereotypical evil mastermind undone by his own gloating. But Lee's twisted tale also has an outrageously paranoid surprise that will keep fans of cover-ups and conspiracy theories reading to the final sentence. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780843950755
Publisher:
Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.92(h) x 1.06(d)

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Meet the Author

Edward Lee has had more than 40 books published in the horror and suspense field, including CITY INFERNAL, THE GOLEM, and BLACK TRAIN. His movie, HEADER was released on DVD by Synapse Films, in June, 2009. Recent releases include the stories, “You Are My Everything” and “The Cyesologniac,” the Lovecraftian novella “Trolley No. 1852,” and the hardcore novel HAUNTER OF THE THRESHOLD. Currently, Lee is working on HEADER 3. Lee lives on Florida’s St. Pete Beach.

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Monstrosity 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasn't Edward Lee's best noval. Kind of predictable in parts. Some sexual content. Wouldn't read again.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be interesting if your into the sci-fi genre rather than horror. I didn't find the book scary as one would hope- but it was a bit more science fiction. All in all, the plot was original, and there were some interesting character surprises. The only thing that put me off is the fact that it was almost like his other novel "The Backwoods". I hope if I pick up more books by this author that they don't all have the same things going on as I have witnessed with this book. C+
Guest More than 1 year ago
Monstrosity is a page turning horror novel. I thought that all the characters were well developed, and the story was very original. You wont get bored with this book, I can promise you that. The last 20 pages has the be the best part though. The twist at the end will blow your mind. Lee does it again. He is really proving that he is the most hard-core horror writer out there
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now this book may be the best horror book ever written! This book just kept my attention from the very start and kept me up all night reading it. It took me one day to read because it was so great. Pick this book up now, you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Edward Lee. It's safe to say it wont be the last. Short on scares, high on action this book moves at a breakneak pace. I picked up this book hearing how 'hardcore' Lee is. Well after reading the first 20 or so pages you too will see he is a bit insane. But I read to be entertained and this book delivers. The reason I give this book only 3 stars is there is no character development. One of the only books I have ever read where I didnt care if any of the characters got killed off. Another reason for only 3 stars is it's just not scary. Luckily its got a lot of action and keeps you turning the pages at a fast clip. If you want a book to read that has lots of action and arent looking for any depth to characters or scares this is a great book to read. If you want to read scenes that will creep you out and give you goosebumps, read Darkfall by Stephen Laws.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading this book takes a certain amount of understanding, because that is what it will take when the story hits a slump and you find yourself wondering if you should put it down and pick up something else. The premise intrigued me, and I was happy to get ahold of a copy, but as I continued to read it, my main motivation was in finding the satisfaction of having finished it. Edward Lee, as I've come to understand, is respected as one of the more hardcore writers of horror fiction out there today. There are rave reviews of his other books, of how dark they are, of how twisted his story ideas come off. The Bighead is one such novel. After reading Monstrosity however, I should hope that Mr.Lee did not put too much effort into it as I could not imagine any writer wanting such a book as representation of their skill in it's prime. The story is interesting for the most part, and there is plenty of sex and violence to slake the thirst of anyone who craves such things, but most parts seem too contrived for their own good, and parts that should have more credence in the story go ignored. I can't say that I hated the book, but I also can't say that I liked it very much. I believe that Edward Lee is a writer to whom serious fans of horror should give a chance, but I would reccomend they do so with another book. Perhaps the quality of this one, or lack thereof, is what makes it so accessible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great, even though the swith back was a bit annoying, it kept you interested and made you wonder how they're relate. I not big on reading, so if i liked this trust me anyone will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was fun you never knew what was going to hapen next although the switch back and forth to difernt chaters was a bit anoying
Guest More than 1 year ago
Story was weak, characters were boring and just came across as stupid. I'm a horror fan and don't mind cheap horror sometimes but even I can't excuse the lame way the plot was written and how badly the story flowed. Worth buying and giving to someone you hate, it'll make them waste a few hours of their lives reading it.