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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  28 reviews
When Walt Blackmore moves into an old gable front house on the outskirts of a small town, things are really looking up for him; he has an adoring girlfriend to whom he plans to propose, a new job teaching English at the local high school, and an altogether bright future. His outlook and destiny are irreparably changed, however, when an unusual dark red spot appears on the ...more
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Published March 9th 2011 by Ed Kurtz (first published March 5th 2011)
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Walt a promising english teacher had many visions and goals in teaching his students about great authors and works of literature.
He's a likable character and also his partner book-seller. They are about to be part of something that you would think only lies in the macabre horror books they love. Walt seems to be under a spell as time passes in the story, he transforms character in his new home in to that of a very unpleasant and unlikeable character. Its almost as if in a vampire like way this c
Adam Light
This book was a crazy blend of classic Stephen King and Clive Barker with Kurtz twisting around familiar elements to create his own brand of shocking gleefuly demented horror. I really had a good time reading it. I would recommend it highly to anyone with a strong stomach for gore. There's plenty of that here, folks. The storytelling is masterful, macabre and downright addictive. I couldn't put it down.
I read this book with our horror group at Shelfari.

The main character, Walt, buys a fixer-upper house. He has a new job as a teacher and once the house is ready he plans to propose to his girlfriend and has already purchased her a ring. This house is Walt's first step to obtaining the life he really wants. Then he notices a small stain on his ceiling. A stain which, within a few days, starts to spread and drip down. The stain looks like blood.
And so the nightmare begins.

This story was extremely
Nick Cato
Walt's a young man with a promising future: he has just purchased a fix-er-up house out in the sticks, yet close enough to his new job as a high school English teacher. He's also planning on proposing to his girlfriend Amanda. He notices a spot on the ceiling one day, and after not being able to get rid of it, the spot begins to grow. At first it becomes a bigger stain, then eventually, it turns into a pulsating lump. And as it grows, Amanda notices Walt starting to act strange. She ends up leav ...more
Adam Light
My review for this book disappeared. I don't know what happened, but that sure pisses me off! Anyway, I loved this book because it was the first time in quite a while that a horror novel was truly horrific and unrelenting in a way that wasn't outright torture porn. I recommend it to anyone looking for blood and guts AND story and characters that are well-developed. Some of the scenes in this book were so surprisingly brutal I was amazed. Very well done!
Sheri White
Awesome book! Started this morning and couldn't put it down until I finished a few minutes ago. Review to come soon.
Ade Grant
Okay, let’s get this out the way first – it’s a bit like Hellraiser! Right, now we can move on, because to become bogged down in comparisons would be to do this enjoyable quick-paced romp through a hellish abattoir a terrible disservice.

Bleed is classic horror tale in the sense that it is about a small group of characters in a remote setting, trying to deal with a peculiar scenario in which they should really seek professional help. Of course, this is not what they do, and the story descends int
Benjamin Ethridge
A thoroughly horrific tale. Suspenseful and no-holds barred, Ed Kurtz knows exactly how to make you cringe, gasp and have several minor heart attacks along the way.

Recommended for any horror lover.
Chad Brown
Bleed by Ed Kurtz is a throwback to old school horror and is a very entertaining read. Relying on strong character development and slow-paced action, Kurtz crafts a suspenseful and frightening tale. This book does have its fair share of gore, but the main elements of horror rely on the workings of the human mind and what monsters may lurk within ourselves. The ending to this book also has a nice little twist to it, although some might not enjoy it.

The author's choice and use of vocabulary has a
Ms. Nikki
2 1/2 Stars

Walt is a man in love, looking forward to proposing to his girlfriend after his new place is fixed up. During repair of the home, a stain appears on the ceiling; small at first, but gradually getting bigger.
No matter what Walt does it just keeps reappearing. Dead animals are found in the attic and Walt starts to experience a change in his attitude. His girlfriend notices the changes and realizes Walt is more interested in the stain than her.

While the idea of this story was a good one
Lauren Fitch
For some reason I have been on a serious horror book kick lately so when I read the synopsis for this book on I just had to buy it. The book downloaded to my Nook in seconds and I was engrossed by the first few pages. At first, this book reminded me of The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, which is the novella that Hellraiser is based off of. After a few chapters however I realized that while it had similiar elements it is a completely different story.
The most horrifying aspect of
An idyllic country cottage purchased by a seemingly innocent high school English teacher? A cannibalistic creature that grows out of a bloody stain in this cozy cottage? Blood? Gore? Murder? Nope, it's not Stephen King or Dean's debut author Ed Kurtz, who, based on this well-written horror novel, has definite promise as a future horror-genre superstar if he keeps writing books like this!

The first review I read about this book mentioned how Bleed is a brilliant throwback to the horro
Rory Costello
As I got further along into this book, I realized that it was more than just a carnival horrorshow -- and remember, the word "carnival" is rooted in meat, which is a dead-on fit for one of the big themes here.

"Bleed" turns out to be the most bizarre and grotesque love story you can imagine. It's by no means for everyone, and the author has said that he's moved on from this style of visceral horror. The plot lost me at intervals, though I don't think it ever went off the tracks. But it's a whole
Jeff Barr
An interesting, fun premise marred--ruined even--by amateurish writing. If you're not a fan of adverbs, you are going to be beyond annoyed by the author's infuriating and baffling overuse of the little buggers. Cliche abounds as well: 'made a beeline' should just not be used in the author's voice, ever. And that's not even the worst.
Given some serious, hard-line editing, this could have been improved beyond all measure: any momentum generated by the strong idea killed too early by amateur-hou
Hannah Stoutenburg
I'm not a very eloquent person so I can't explain what exactly was wrong with this book. Suffice it to say, it was poorly written. Wording was odd, character behavior, plot...and it made no fricking sense. And I bought it! After hours of hunting down a decently priced copy! This is example number 79 for why I don't like to buy books that I've never read before. Because I just get angry when they suck. Really, really angry.

This book is nonsensical and the writing is deplorable. Don't read it.
Ross Lockhart
Ed Kurtz's Bleed is little bit Hellraiser, a little bit Daughters of Darkness, a little bit Crawlspace, and a whole bloody haunted house of awesome. Kurtz drags his protagonist to hell via the darkest, most violent possible spiraling path, as a stain on the ceiling of an old house becomes something worse... and worse... and worse. Surprising and sanguinary, Bleed is supernatural horror done right. Brutal, bloody, and hooky as hell.
What should have been a pleasant beginning; purchase an older house, clean and fix it up, just a proposal away from making it a home with the one he loves; turns into a nightmare.

A stubborn stain on the ceiling changes everything.

Not only does Ed Kurtz give us blood, guts, and despair, he rubs our faces in it.
Pat Dreadful
Bleed is a very simple novel done exceptionally well. Kurtz knows how to take a safe setting and few characters and twist it into an unpredictable mass of blood and scares. Kurtz is certainly a name to keep an eye out for in the future. I know I’ll be waiting with bated breath for his next release.
I love this book. I'm not going to give away spoilers but the whole thing gave me a very creepy vibe, which is how I think most horror, true horror should be done. A slasher this is not. And while it may at times seem a little slow, the pacing is deliberate and tension keeps mounting. Good work Ed!
Not bad, a gross horror story. Goes from creepy to slasher flick to... something else, something weirder. Don't get too attached to anyone! Overall a just little flat, just a touch overwritten at times. eBook version that I read suffered from some issues w/ typos later in the book.
Danielle Crawford
It was a decent read. I wanted to know who would die next, until it started to get a little old. Way too many of the characters die by the end and leaves me, at the end of the novel, wondering why I should care what else happens. I enjoyed the read, but not the ending.
M. Louis
Reading Bleed was a lot of fun. If you enjoy a good horror story with copious amounts of gore and suspense, I highly recommend Ed Kurtz's Bleed.
Matthew Gregg

Bizarre doings on this extremely far-out horror novel. I was never really grabbed or riveted but the book held me till the end.
Darryl Dawson
Great book! I was intrigued by Walt's transformation, and not knowing who was getting out alive made it a fun read!
Sheila Borton
Would like to read this book and check it out and to see if it'sw good or not?
Zach Thompson
True to it's title, bloody as hell, horror at it's most gruesome.
Rena Mason
This was a good book, very fast-paced and an intense read.
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Ed Kurtz is the author of BLEED, CONTROL, DEAD TRASH, and A WIND OF KNIVES, as well as numerous short stories. His work has appeared in Dark Moon Digest, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, BEAT to a PULP, Shotgun Honey, and the anthology Mutation Nation: Tales of Genetic Mishaps, Monsters, and Madness. Ed resides in Texas, where he is at work on his next novel and running his genre imprint, Redrum Horror ...more
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