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The Minotauress

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  13 reviews
HELL'S BITCH IN HEAT... Seething, slavering, and insane, it cringes, not wanting to slip forth from the noxious, bloated belly of its abyssal mother until the most hideous sexual atrocities beckon it from Hell's hot bowels: the dread monstrosity of unfathomable beauty and the most vile horror--revulsion and desire incarnated into one... ...PREGNANT TO BURSTING WITH ABOMINA ...more
Hardcover, signed limited to 400 numbered copies, 348 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Necro Publications
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Jamie Grefe
My first encounter with Edward Lee--THE MINOTAURESS. Never before have I been so inclined to "fast forward" through certain unsettling, disgusting, and very aptly described scenes. That said, I'm sure glad I didn't. Edward Lee knows how to get under your skin then peel your skin right off your face. He'll probably get some deranged backwoods drunks to finish you up, too. This book is not for the squeamish. It's explicit in every way, but the joy of this book is that Lee also knows how to tell a ...more
Edward Lee's stories from his rural Appalachia mythos (eg Creekers, Goon, The Minotauress, etc) are like cotton candy. Everyone knows the formula, everyone knows what to expect when they pick it up, and ultimately it's hard to recollect where one book starts and another ends. The writing is solid enough to not call any attention to itself, they're each easy to read and hard to put down. As far as I can tell, there's no real specific timeline to the mythos, and thus there's not any particular ord ...more
This book is a classic case of "didn't work for me."

I've read, and loved, some of the author's previous works. City Infernal was my introduction to Lee, and remains my favorite of his books. Lee is as good a writer here as in that book, though this one is in a more experimental narrative style.

What didn't work for me was the lack of anyone I was able to root for. Dicky and Balls are psychopaths, and the Writer is a nihilistic, pretentious asshole. In the included novella, Dean and Ajax felt more
G.R. Yeates
I learned that Edward Lee is one of the few writers capable of writing a gross-out scene that can make me put the book down and need to take a deep breath before carrying on reading. Also, the climax, so to speak, of this novella is not one you'll see coming, again so to speak.

NB: This review suffers from a severe case of innuendo and needs to see the doctor.
This is extreme SplatterPunk. Think the most horrible things one person can do to another and then double it. That's Edward Lee. True Guilty Pleasure stuff. Hilarious, crazy fun, crazy violent, crazy sex.

The ending with the Spermatogoyle had me actually laughing out loud.

One of the few authors that make me feel a bit guilty while reading it and wondering if it is even legal to be read.
Exactly what you would expect from Edward Lee. This one had balls and dickey in it but unlock the bighead it had a bit more story going on. It was still packed full of torture, Gore, depravity and sex though. When I bought it I thought it was two novellas but it is actually more of a short novel and a short story. I didn't like the horn cranker as much and that is the reason for four stars rather than five.
May 01, 2008 Jordan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love brutal horror and sex.
This is brutal, offensive, and stomach-churning. In other words, EXCELLENT STUFF!

Ed Lee really pushes the envelope and there was a sequence in The Minotauress that even made ME stop and think "Should I be reading this?"

I wish I could write redneck dialogue like Ed Lee.

If you only know Lee from his Leisure Books stuff, well, then you are in for quite a surprise.

Brian Steele
I didn't realize this was two distinct novellas surrounding the concept of a "Minotauress" going in. Not that it really mattered in the end, but be aware of that. Both of the tales had their own style, and both were utterly depraved - in perfect Edward Lee fashion! No one imagines such perverse atrocities in the same manner as Lee, and we see that well detailed here.
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
Once again a strong stomach is needed but a good read for hard core Edward Lee fans!
Rob Findlay
Possibly one of the wierdest Edward Lee novels I've read in ages.
Two insane novellas.
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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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