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3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  883 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Horror master Edward Lee takes the good old Nature Runs Amok theme and turns it on its ear with a shocking new vision of horror, outrageous but all-too-real characters, and a roundhouse of plot twists, cliffhangers, and big surprises. This is Lee's 17th mass-market novel, and like all of his stories, he takes every element to the max, to deliver a demented joyride of edgy ...more
ebook, 365 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Dorchester Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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Apr 03, 2012 TK421 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-thriller
There is really only one thing to say about this book: O, hell no.

Read this one at your own risk.

SPOILER: This is splatterpunk porn, nothing more. I thought I had a constitution for this type of stuff...I don't.
Adam Light
As with any other Edward Lee book I have read, I knew what I was getting into with this one. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was surprised Slither was a hell of a fun read. B-movie creature feature fun, and did I mention it is Edward Lee? Throw a bunch of party - seeking teenagers, a couple of murderous backwoods cretins, some scientists, a slutty photographer, an army guy, and some shady military types on the same secluded island; plenty of opportunity for mayhem, right? Dump a bunch of muta ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF on page 13. For the internalized misogyny. Constantly. Also the way the author writes female characters sucks. So the horror of parasitic worms is not enough to keep me reading. I have so many books to read so this is getting discarded. Bye.

@ Nora:

Me @ this book, in general:

11811 (Eleven)
I read this back to back with Monstrosity and there were too many similarities for me to fully enjoy it. Not just the story but the characters, the sex scenes... it was all practically the same. If I had reversed the reading order I may have reversed the ratings.
Feb 07, 2014 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If LOST taught the world a lesson is that weird things happen on the islands. And in Edward Lee's capably demented hands, the weird things are spectacularly gross. The man can certainly spin an entertaining gross out fest with his customary blend of sex, voluntary and otherwise. So when a reporter accompanied by a military person and two scientists go on a photographic expedition to an island off the coast of Florida, of course the situation turns deadly in a spectacularly disgusting fashion inv ...more
Bob Milne
Messed up, perverse, and over-the-top, Slither is a b-grade horror novel that opens with an interesting premise, almost ruins it by fumbling too many plot threads, and ultimately redeems itself with a polarizing twist in the final fifty pages. Edward Lee definitely has a flair for the macabre, not to mention a trashy, free-flowing style, that makes this a compelling, if uneven, read.

The story starts with four separate groups of people stranded on a deserted, nearly inaccessible island. Yeah, tha
Chadwick Saxelid
Nov 23, 2014 Chadwick Saxelid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Professor Nora Craig and her teaching assistant, Loren Fredrick, are the two foremost experts in the field of polychaetology, the study of segmented worms. No one is more qualified than them to escort wildlife photographer Annabelle Omart on her assignment to capture images of the scarlet bristleworm for National Geographic. The group arrives at Pritchard's Key, a small island off the Florida coast, unaware that a field test of a genetically modified worm (one that can grow to well over thirty f ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leave it to Edward Lee to write something that is both funny and scary and beyond addictive to read once the book is open. The writing style involved wit and charm and totally fascinating scientific jargon that I always enjoy learning something from as he made a tale that was gross enough to raise a few hairs and a tale which made me stay up reading until I was dead tired and count even think of going to work the next day but it was all worth it.

Pritchard's Key was a seemingly deserted lush trop
Kenny Murphy
Apr 26, 2011 Kenny Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by extreme horror writer Edward Lee and I absolutely loved it. It is about a couple of polychaetologists (worm scientists) accompanied by a member of the Army, and a slutty photographer who travel to a tropical island off the coast of Florida to study a rare type of worm. The island is a closed down military facility and supposed to uninhabited, but college kids often go their to party and fornicate, making good fodder for the 30 foot long parasitic genetically a ...more
Nov 30, 2010 DJMikeG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 4 stars not because it is great literature, but because it was incredibly fun to read. This is Edward Lee at his most lighthearted, which is still incredibly gross and nasty. The book read like a genius late night B-Movie, like a Henenlotter film with a limitless budget. The heart of the book is right there in the gleeful bad taste of a good B-Horror flick, but the vision is incredibly imaginative and wild. Its a perfect mashup of not just horror and sci-fi, but many different t ...more
Dustin Reade
Jun 11, 2012 Dustin Reade rated it liked it
Sometimes, you can tell when an author has put in a lot of research. The information they give is correct, and concise. Sometimes, it adds to the story and makes it all more believable. Other times, it means you have to read the exact same information over and over again, repeated on every page as a new character enters the conversation, until you get the feeling that the author only researched this one thing.

This was an enjoyable read. Overall, it was fun, slightly gory, and well done. Though,
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Two stars might be a generous rating for what is, without a doubt, the worst book Ed Lee has ever written (and I've read most of them as you can see by my other reviews). This story only has enough material in it for a 100 page novella, not a 350+ page novel. Instead, Mr. Lee found himself in a jam and had to meet the minimum requirements of the publisher and stretch it out much longer than it should have been. Repetitive dialogue and plot information runs rampant throughout Slither. Mix in a bu ...more
Robert Beveridge
Edward Lee, Slither (Leisure, 2006)

Every once in a while, when you're crushed by multiple heavy tomes where every page takes five minutes to digest, you need something light, easy, and quick. There may not be a better, more satisfying press for that sort of thing these days than Leisure Books. I've read a whole lot of Leisure novels, from the very early days of the press right up to the present, and I've found very few to be less than I expect: good, solid, quick, escapist reads. And that's abou
Oct 13, 2013 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed most of this book, but I felt that it really tanked at the end. There is a big twist that is irritating to me, and I think the whole thing turns into a cartoon at that point. There is also some writing in here that will make you cringe. I think I will give Edward Lee another chance down the road but I would recommend that you get your creepy crawlies elsewhere, not in this forgettable tale.
Jan 23, 2012 Jeannie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sex, drugs, aliens and worms, OH MY! Edward Lee's "Slither" is a mindless little horror novel that may make you squirm momentarily, but its cliche sex, booze and marijuana-happy slithery rompings are ultimately quickly forgotten. If you absolutely must indulge this piece of fluff, take it to the beach...and beware the water!
Grant Frazier
Aug 16, 2011 Grant Frazier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I laghed, I cried, I felt nauseous. At one point, my tongue protruded from my cheek. Will definitely be looking for more of Lee's books.
Jul 18, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly good for the most part and then really jumped the shark towards the end.
Sep 01, 2015 Andres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sickly fun read. Edward Lee is that dude that has trouble seeing the wrongness in anything. Whether it's having one more cigarette, one more drink or one more lapdance from the half drunk possibly expecting stripper, it's all good. He's that little red dude on our shoulder telling you it's ok to go to VIP. It's a feeling I get whenever I dive into one of Lee's books. No matter what the subject, his writing is pristine so even the most depraved act of debauchery doesn't seem so bad. Also, ...more
Adam Wilson
Jun 04, 2011 Adam Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slither is the best Edward Lee novel I have read so far. It is full of his usuals such as annoying and unlikable characters and tons of sex and violence, but the story is above and beyond anything I would have ever expected from an author like this. The worms were genuinely scary and the plot had a couple of twists in it that made me like the book quite a lot instead of not respecting it at all. I don’t want to say why I liked the book so much because it would give away a major part of it, but I ...more
Oct 21, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans, Edward Lee fans, sci-fi horror fans
Shelves: horror
Good book. I zoomed right through it. There are many characters with ugly personalities, and I couldn't wait to see them die.

There are a lot of sci-fi elements, especially in terms of biological descriptions of the strange worms they find. I thought it was very interesting, though someone who's not into science fiction may find it tedious.

My problem with this book is that I don't like the 'twist' at the end.

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Sep 14, 2009 Mya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book from those wonderful publishers of horror fiction, Leisure Books. I didn’t know it until after the book came in, but suffice to say if you are looking for a scary read, check out their catalog! My first book by Edward Lee, “Slither” provides a good amount of chills, grotesque scenes, horrifying deaths and creatures that will make you squirm. It is about worms, small ones and large ones and even larger ones that have infested an island that folks (college kids and rednecks) j ...more
Dave Pope
Apr 25, 2014 Dave Pope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable horror romp in Edward Lee's garden of depraved delights. I really enjoy some of Lee's work where he doesn't get too involved with the comic book like Hell of his "Infernal" series (which for me is just a monotonous picture of almost bizzaro weirdness and gory landscapes). Worms galore in this one - and they kill people!! - what more could a reader looking for a quick horror B movie type romp ask for? This one is a keeper.
This book features a strong premise of three vastly different groups of people (one college students, one criminals, one scientists) finding themselves on an island with a parasitic worm that grows rapidly to disturbing proportions and use their human hosts in a variety of disgusting ways. The dialogue and character development, however, is difficult to struggle through and really detracts from the horror plot. The ending is definitely surprising, but I'm not sure if it was in a good way or a co ...more
May 22, 2014 Baldurian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa, horror
This is the Lee that I've learned to love: alien experiments, genetic splicing, rednecks, mutants, gruesome deaths and fucking killer parasitic worms meters long. All condensed in a small island. What more could I ask for an horror novel? Slither packs lots of great ideas in less than three hundred pages.
Morgan Chalfant
Probably in the bottom half of my rankings for Edward Lee's books (and I've read a ton of them), but still a fun horror romp. It loses steam in the last fifty pages and seems to jump around less cleanly than the previous parts of the novel.
Mar 29, 2015 Mehmet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hell-on-earth
This book was what the doctor suggested for me, something fun, full of adventure, excitement, horror and scantily clad woman..... Woohoo Edward Lee is our man :-)
A great story, if you like same books as me just read it ok.....
Patricia Kaniasty
Mar 04, 2014 Patricia Kaniasty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was more pornagraphic than horror story. Had too many silly things going on including aliens, college party kids, worm specialists.....and on and on. Oh, and lots of boobs! LOL!! Felt like a B rate movie.
Rebecca Narron
May 22, 2015 Rebecca Narron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So many twists and turns! Never would I ever expected the ending! Awesome book by an incredible author! Definite must read
Dennis Cooper
Aug 03, 2015 Dennis Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if was meant to be scary or not. I just found it quite funny.
Zachary Appleton
It was okay. Next up 'Brides of the Impaler'.
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The Bloody Book C...: SLITHER by Edward Lee 2 14 Feb 02, 2012 05:28PM  
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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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