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The Backwoods

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  735 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Looking for evil is one thing. Finding is another. When Patricia White re-visits her backwoods home, an atrocious secret from her past isn’t the only thing that begins to haunt her. Creepy, erotic, and relentless, THE BACKWOODS delivers up a new kind of horror in a foreboding terrain of reclusive hillfolk, demented murder mysteries, and soul-searing horror.
Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published by Leisure Books (first published December 28th 2005)
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Dan 1.0
Note: I was unable to finish this book. It may have gotten better.

According to the back of the book, this is the story of a woman returning to the backwater town she grew up in for her brother-in-law's funeral and discovering something sinister. I made it to the 100 page mark before I decided to abandon it for greener pastures.

"But Dan, why did you abandon it? You've toughed out some pretty bad books!" you say.

Well, this is allegedly a horror novel and not one mildly horrifying thing happened in
Evans Light
Well color me surprised. This was not the amazing, twisted Edward Lee book I imagined it would be.
Guess maybe I should listen to those reviews a little more, huh?
I really hoped they were wrong.
But nope.
I was.
The ony thing that kept this book from being a one star review was the writing. It was pretty decent most of the time, with the exception of some strange narrative intrusions here and there.
The set up for the story seemed pretty solid, but holy crap...what a lifeless plot. Zero narrative ten
Short Summary: A forty something red headed, large breasted, and eternally horny female lawyer returns to her hometown to attend the funeral of her sister’s sleaze ball husband. The recently murdered died under very strange circumstances and we figure out within the first four pages that he’s been killing random gypsy type people who are very short, ugly in the face, and supermodel in the body… these people are simply called “Squatters.” More people turn up dead, drugs start showing up, and our ...more
What a misogynistic bunch of tripe. Not one, not two, not three, but four, five, six and more buxom women who are ogled, fantasized about, raped, axed, hanged, and tortured in this southern horror tale. There seems to be two types of women in an Ed Lee book: fuckable, creamy-titted foxes who can't get enough sex in a given day or obese, nagging housewives who make life a living hell for their frustrated husbands. Pass this stinker on by!

I'm giving it two stars because Lee is a wonderful writer
i've only read one other one of edward lee's books (along with a couple of short stories) in the past, but i've also read about him and his works, so i kind of new what to expect--ultra-violence and ultra-sex. basically, ultra-exploitation. to put it cinematically, edward lee is kind of like grindhouse (the genre, not the double-feature) crossed with clive barker.

this book, about a small town in southern virginia that runs into trouble with big-city land developers, fills all of those qualificat
The synopsis on the back of this book made it sound good, but it wasn't. I can't think of anything good to say about it...the whole time I was reading it I kept wondering "when is something gonna HAPPEN?"
A remarkably tame Edward Lee novel. Excellent storytelling with a Stephen King feel to it, with a lot more sex of course.
This book felt like an amalgamation of many of the previous Edward Lee books I've read. There's nothing new in it except maybe the way in which people die, which is only slightly interesting and not at all gruesome.

I've seen Lee's characters' libidos go crazy before due to outside interference. This time, I guess he wanted to do it and who cares the reason, because the explanation for it is that Patricia hit 40. No joke.

Every girl in this book has a huge rack, even if they're only 11 years old.
Robert Beveridge
Edward Lee, The Backwoods (Leisure, 2005)

Lee turns in another fast-paced mystery/thriller with horror elements, though this one is far less a straight-up horror novel than most of the Lee books I've read over the years. If you're familiar with Ed Lee, you know what you're getting into (and, actually, it's kind of toned down here, from the stuff of his I'm used to seeing)-- adrenaline-packed action sequences that usually end up with people being very dead and very bloody, supercharged sex, and pl
Mike Kazmierczak
It might not seem like it to first time Edward Lee readers but BACKWOODS is a much more subdued novel than most of the stuff that Lee writes. It has large quantities of sex. It has violent scenes that make you cringe. And it combines the two into different rape scenes by obviously despicable characters. However the majority of the acts are subtle and not quite as in your face as other Lee novels.

The story follows Patricia White who comes back home to the backwoods of Virginia after her sister Ju
William M.
Come on, everyone. The book is called, "The Backwoods". What did you expect? I'm sure Lee blazed through writing this in a matter of weeks -- it has all the standard Lee stuff -- rapes, sex, violent deaths, sex, ridiculous gore, sex, torture, and sex. Look, every few months or so I need my fix of Edward Lee to purge my system. This book worked for me. I had a smile on my face thinking how much fun Edward had writing this. I laughed out loud many times at some of his sexual descriptions. He's not ...more
Gavin Hurley
Mar 28, 2007 Gavin Hurley rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that like mysteries?
Shelves: extreme-horror
Terrible horror novel. I do not know why Lee wrote this. Everythng else he wrote is much better. The novel possesses not many horror elements, let alone no extreme horror elements which he is known for. The plot was quite weak and the characters mundane.
Angie Brill
So much potential left bleeding out on the floor. This story had good bones but just no meat. It almost seemed like the author got tired of writing and just hurriedly wrapped up the ending. While the sex scenes were steamy, we never got an explanation as to WHY our main character suddenly couldn't control her primal urges. It was just so random and unexplained. That unfinished storyline was enough to ruin the book for me but there was even more than that to complain about. I think Mr Lee should ...more
Noah Patterson
Quite simply the worst novel I've ever read.I quit reading it in the last quarter of the book and just looked up the ending online. I'm glad I didn't finish it. I love horror novels and even intense horror novels. This was not a horror novel. The supernatural elements were nearly no existent and there wasn't even a serial killer or stalker. It was about a town of horrible people with no morals who rape, murder, and desecrate everything around them. Simply disgusting for no reason. Scenes of illi ...more
My first Ed lee book and if you discount Shaun hutson, Clive Barker and Richmond Laymon my first splatterpunk book. This book was pure outrageous fun. The characters seemed to be overblown sterotypes, all woman were either hourglass figures or overweight housewives. Not that the men fared much better, being usually being overweight and corrupt, red necks of the worse type or adonis country boys. My favourite group was the gypsy who were called 'Squatters' They also tended to fit what i thought o ...more
Erin (Series Addict)
Edward Lee, well known for his demented horror and rich sexual imagery, delivers a rather strange book focusing on a small town dominated by crab picking ‘squatters’. The squatters are about as unusual as you can get when they speak you barely see their mouths move, they’re amazingly short, the women possess eerily appetizing bodies, and they’re all living together on a type of plantation in oddly structured abodes. And of course people such as this practice a different kind of religion that ca ...more
Crass, crass, crass! Honestly, this book is overwhelmingly crass - even for a genre that is infused with blood-lust and gratuitous sex, this book is just too much! The language is unsophisticated yet punctuated with intelligent commentary, clearly indicating that the author is capable of better writing, yet, dumbs down the characters to merely make them entertaining. The reader finds it difficult to relate to such one-dimensional characters. Situations, regardless of their gravity, are used as m ...more
Tim Asbury
The story itself is pretty predictable and hokey but thats not the problem I had with the book. The horror scenes in the book were good so that was okay and I would have gave it 3 stars if that were it. The problem was the lead female character who was not believabe at all to me because all she did was act like a cat in heat throughout the whole book. I think Edward Lee would like to think all woman are like this but I could not see why he kept this woman on this train of thought thru the whole ...more
I have no how a central plot point worked, but I know what every single female character's breasts looked like. Overall, it was just lame.
Garbage. Some of the worst garbage ever!
Ick. Really, really bad. I didn't even care enough to finish it.
A fun read with lots of great Lee dialog and grisly scenes, but it bogs down on occasion and felt a little long. Of course I can reed Ed Lee all day, but some trims would have made this more energetic.
I can say that this is probably the most nipple-centric book I've read in ages! Nipples tingle, they are tweaked, put between missing front teeth, rise, ache and jut. Nipples EVERYWHERE!

Not his strongest, but for fans that love when Lee goes to the redneck horror, there are some great bits to savo
May 23, 2014 Jodi marked it as to-read
Shelves: suspense
Garrett Cook
I liked this, though I think it would have been better as a novella. The book's pacing turned me off somewhat, but from reading Brain Cheese Buffet, I knew I had something grim and grisly to look forward to. And when the book gets going and the shit goes down, it's good and nasty. The setting and characters are solid and the ending's very cool, so if you're on the fence about it, stick it out. It's worth it.
Apr 02, 2013 Andrea rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
The cover art and a plug from Richard Laymon caught my eye, so I deserved exactly what I got.
I threw this book away so that one fewer copy is in circulation. You're welcome.
Based on the author's cover photo I expect he has girlfriends, but based on the juvenile sexuality of all characters in this book - male and female, good and evil - I imagine them to be of the desperate, aging party girl variety.
Emma Wray
I'm kinda new to Edward lee, I've read some fantastic books by various authors known for "splatterpunk' but unfortunately I didn't rate this as being 1 of them, it should be listed as horror at the very most, Pamela, the main character seems to want to touch herself at every opportunity, it was quite a good story, well written and that's the reason for 3 stars, but splatterpunk it ain't
Wow, a deadbeat town, sexual repression, and gory, ugly violence, this is my kind of author, messy, crude, downright disgusting in parts, still a great story hidden in the folds of sexual expression and uber violence.
I can see that I will read all of this mans works, not matter how depraved they get...can my stomach take it....
Nora Peevy
Lackluster plot. Unbelievable characters. Boring beginning. Pointless epilogue. Where do I even begin? I wish I never had. I've read other books by this author I enjoyed. This one I did not.
Christopher Payton
A great read from one of horror's less known names. Scary and humorous, which is a great combo for any horror novelist.
glad I found at the library, it was pretty fast but lacking the dept of other works
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Edward Lee was born (er, jettisoned) into the world on May 25, 1957, and was raised in Bowie, Md. He has sold 15 novels and continues to pursue the ludicrous profession of freelance writing. From 1976-79, he served in the U.S. Army Security Agency and then was transferred to the 1st Armored Division in Erlangen,
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