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Flesh Gothic

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,289 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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Hildreth House. On a moonlight night in early spring, twenty-seven people entered the mansion's labyrinthine halls, to partake in an orgy of diabolical debauchery, the likes of which beggared description. And one by one, twenty-six of them were butchered in place. The twenty-seventh body was never recovered.

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Mass Market Paperback, 404 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Leisure Books (first published 2004)
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Paul Bryant

Already by page 7 we have had a self-throat-cutting incident in broad daylight and then this on page 10

The large milk-laden breasts wobbled erotically.

You know you could scour Proust and Henry James for a sentence like that. And you wouldn't find one. Go Flesh Gothic!


Holy sex muffins, what was I thinking? Who recommended this? I may have to hunt them down like a dog.

It stood tall, lank but globose in the hell-rendered fat that made up
Adam Wilson
You know, it is books like Flesh Gothic by Edward Lee which make my friends look down on me for what I enjoy reading most. They don't understand that I read horror for

the unknown factor of it, for the thrill of something that may try something new and push the envelope a bit. I do not read horror for the endless sex scenes or torture

purely for the sake of torture. When it makes the plot progress, a little rape or torture is all right but when it is very obviously put in the novel to make the s
I loved this book...this is the first time I read anything from this author...

It has myster, it had suspense, and of course horror...little extreme horror that made me a horror queen squmish...but it is not on every page like most of these people who read was very well written and the author knew what he was talking about with his paranormal studies and he talked very well on demonology..but be warn this book is not for people who complain about torture or rape...but the rape scene are n
Amanda Lyons
I can't say I hated this book outright but that doesn't mean I didn't have several problems with it. Overall it has a pretty decent start. I can get into the headspace of the male character and the mood is set quite nicely. Unfortunately as the book progresses the mood is overshadowed by several flaws in the writing.

The characters who are called to the house aren't bad as a start but Lee doesn't do much with developing them and we never really get to know them or where they're coming from (this
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this book... it wasn’t nearly as horrifying, violent, or disturbing as I was lead to believe. In my never-ending hunt for a good haunted house tale I picked this up. I had never read anything by Edward Lee before but had heard that he borders on pornographic so I was a bit leery of starting.

Short Summary: The book opens with the “shocking” murders of everyone that works at T&T porn company; they are all hacked to tiny bits in disturbing cultish fashion b
Brian Steele
If you're a fan of safe, traditional Horror Fiction like Koontz and Saul - stay far away from Edward Lee. Every time I read a book by him, I continue to be astounded at the new levels of depravity and gore that swim in his head. I consider this a GOOD thing. Sure, this is just Lee's take of the "Haunted House story," but he twists it so far beyond recognition, you have to respect him.

Some say he's nothing but a "splatterpunk" writer, but I disagree - his work has a certain visceral esoteria to
Gregor Xane
Did this book live up to my expectations? Yes. I went in expecting a schlocky, over-the-top, gory B-movie experience in book form and that’s exactly what I got. The story moved along quickly. It was filled with raunch and blood and silly occult happenings. The one thing that struck me as quite unbelievable (from a character perspective) was the female psychics/mediums shrugging off sexual assaults by otherworldly entities as merely routine workplace hazards and no big deal. I think most folks wo ...more
Flesh Gothic came recommended as a steamy horror book. It's very accessible and I was able to read it quickly. This is the first Lee book I've read, and I will definitely be reading more.

It's your basic haunted house story, painted with a Philip Marlowe style protagonist. Despite the standard tropes being trotted out yet again, Lee makes it work with an involved plot and characters that are unique and quirky. After a brutal mass murder with overtones of occult ritual, a disparate group of people
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
Flesh Gothic is a powerfully written roller coaster, loaded with gore, sex, viciousness, and amazing imagery. Although the plot isn't propelled by 100 mile an hour action, it still grips the throat, dries the mouth, and tantalizes the morbid senses. The story was cloaked in mystery, even to the point of 'red herrings', with finely chiseled characterization, psychologically-addictive hooks, and in-your-face commentary. It kept me reading, so it did it's job, almost too well.

This isn't for prudish
a good read, I had a little trouble getting into it but it's nothing against the book I am just feeling burned out on horror. this one had a lot of stuff with the psychics and out of body experiences and deviners that reminded me of the inferno series, so did the flesh temple and opening the rift and everything on the other side of it. at the same time it was more of a ghost story and also reminded me of the house party of pig and house which is one of my favorites. all together it was good and ...more
Mike Kazmierczak
It's been a while since I've read a good haunted house story and this book fit the bill perfectly. It had the required haunted house with ghosts, demons and other entities. It had a cast of complex characters who you weren't quite sure of which ones to trust. And it had a ton of sex. OK, sex isn't required in a haunted house story but it certainly adds to the enjoyment.

After a brief prologue and the introduction of all the characters, the story follows Westmore, a reporter who has been hired to
John Bruni
This, like all of Lee's other work, is an astounding piece of vicious work. It's a hyper-sexed and ultra-violent masterpiece. Take a group of people with special abilities and bring them to a house where unimaginable depravity happened on a regular basis. It sounds like THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE times a thousand, and it pays off big time. I loved the characters. I loved the ruthlessness. I loved how there were times I thought I had it figured out, and I was wrong. It's a lot of great, extreme hor ...more
Andrea Schneeberger
Für die 400 Seiten irgendetwas habe ich nur ein paar Tage gebraucht. Das Buch war von der ersten Seite bis zur letzten Seite spannend und der Schluss wie das halt so bei Horror-Geschichten ist ... ;-) Für mich nicht sehr überraschend, aber trotzdem gut.

Die ersten Kapitel des Buches sind zum Teil ziemlich heftig und abartig. Ich glaube wenn der ganze Roman so weitergegangen wäre, dann hätte ich wohl nicht weitergelesen. Gott sei Dank macht Lee dann eine Kehrtwendung nach dem Gemetzel und eine han
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Shelves: horror, erotica
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Think you've seen it all, heard all that could be said? Unless you've read Lee, you haven't even scratched the surface of true in-your-face Horror. There is nothing safe and nothing sacred to Edward Lee. The man is a pitiless psycho. He gets a kick out of making woman cross their legs whenever his name is simply spoken. He can hijack the wills of men and women everywhere, leaving them desperate to escape from the book and even more desperate to delve deeper into his twisted little worlds. What d ...more
This is a very good, very bizarre horror novel by grossout master Lee. The intricate plot is very, very strong, and will leave you guessing until the last page. This book isn't a real page turner in the traditional sense, but Lee slowly but surely brings you into the story until you can't wait to figure out what the hell is going on. I would have given it 4 stars, as I really, really enjoyed reading it, but there is one scene that just went way too far for me. I don't mean it was too gross or ha ...more
Awful piece of cr@p!
It took about two weeks for me to finish this book. (I usually finish each book within 2-3 days)
I wanted to abandon it so many times I couldn't even count!

It's very boring. No action, no interesting scenes, no interesting characters.
Somehow the entire book seemed forced to me, unnatural.
It tries to be an extreme horror book with porn and a lot of sex, but it's simply not!
This book is an epic fail!

I think Edward Lee tried to write something like Image of the Beast from Philip
William Vaughn
If you're not a fan of horror, stay away from Lee. I've read the biggest part of Lee's stuff, much of it is what I call "hard core whorror" (yes, whorror as in whore and horror). If you're the type that "can't imagine where Stephen King comes up with such awful images and situations" you should well avoid Lee. I love Kind, but Lee is a different world.

I have noticed that Lee's dialoge can start to feel and sound almost like a B movie. I've also noticed some imagery that tends to find it's way i
Not a typical sex blood and extreme gore like almost any other Lee novel. For that reason I didn't like it as much, as while reason I kept waiting for the "gross out" that never came. Sort of a let down as I am a fan of the splatterpunk genre....after reading some other reviews... I think some of you should read, the pig or the house by Ed Lee. Those have the real sex blood and gore. First sentence of "the pig"....well just read it haha.
Jesse Bedell
I expected a generic haunted house story when I picked this up, but it turned out to be a horse of a totally different color. I can't say much about the plot without spoiling the book, but I'd rate this effort by Mr. Lee as average at best. The incessant "ghost hunters" nomenclature gets tedious after awhile, and this book is progressed at a much more languid pace than some of Mr. Lee's other novels. His trademark gratuitous sex is here, but he did tone down the stomach-churning violence that ha ...more
Joanne Parkington
This is a horror !! Not in the scary, tense, nerve jangling sense but rather a complete horror to read. This book read's like a 'Carry On' film does Hellraiser .. it is pathetically un-scary & so 'not' shockingly sexy that i thought a pre-war clergyman's housewife had written it. All the good stuff happen's 'off camera' and the horror, as it were, is so old fashioned it's laughable.
Terrible & dated .. in fact some of the die-hard Lee fan's gushing review's are far more 'shocking' & '
Jason  morton

I enjoyed it wasn't so much scary as creepy I enjoyed it though I want more from this author if you are easily offended this book isn't for you
This book started out slow for me (as most books with multiple main characters do, as it takes me a few to get names straight and the part they play in a story) but once it got started, it was off!
I like horror and I like porny smut. Mix them and you have "Flesh Gothic", an over the top, ewwwwwww, O.M.G, say what? kind of story. I like when I read something so different that there is no way that I could mix it up with a different book or forget it and that is what Edward Lee gave to me with this
A solid and somewhat classic horror, Flesh Gothic elaborate the haunted house topos in a more splatter fashion. The result isn't bad but neither astonishing, especially considering Edward Lee usual level. A solid three star novel.
Sep 19, 2007 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of "Hostel"
Shelves: horror, death, erotica
Make no mistake, this book is unabashed terror porn, with rife, vividly cruel sexuality. It's explicit in terms of both sex and scenes of unimaginable violence, sort of like what "My Life at Rose Red" would be like if it were reimagined by Larry Flynt and Marilyn Manson. Edward Lee's work has appeared in famous horror anthologies including the "Hot Blood" series.

If you realise, however, what you are getting into, this book is well-written and a capitvating read. It is not for everyone, and don'
Tressie Delgado
I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down. I don't really read a lot and this book kept me engaged.
William M.
Flesh Gothic is a return to Edward Lee's older work. Very graphic and very violent. It is apparent a lot of research went into the mythology of this book. Whether people enjoy it or not, there is no denying Edward Lee's place in modern horror fiction. He writes what every other writer is scared to put on paper. They stop at an R rating, while he moves past -- way past NC-17. But that's where the praise ends for me. I found the ending rushed and many of the characters were only introduced in orde ...more
The most fun I've had with a book all year, this is Lee at his absolute best with a great story full of well reundead characters and more importantly an amazing premise. An easy recommendation.
I can't even judge the quality of the story because everything else was so bad. It is obvious that nobody ever proofread this to catch the multiple mistakes all over the place. The spelling was dreadful-uvs instead of was, prrvious instead of previous, wary instead of way are just a few examples of how bad it was. There was virtually no punctuation, individual words and half of the sentences were missing in places, the formatting on the pages was terrible.

Little effort was made to make this read
What a good book for me to read for the first time of Edward Lee. Could not put it down.
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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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