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Family Tradition

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  176 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In this novel of Eldritch horror and gourmet cooking, the authors whet your appetite with a delectable trip to the Pacific Northwest in search of the rare Crackjaw Eel. This romp through the woods is flavored with inbred rednecks, sauced with generous helpings of sex and topped with an ending that’s sure to have food critics raving the world over. Only those with strong st ...more
Hardcover, First Edition Limited Edition, 224 pages
Published 2002 by Shadowlands Press
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I thought I knew what to expect when I started this book, but I was only about half right! Full of all of the hardcore gore and sex you'd expect from Edward Lee, this novel had a storyline that just got better and better the further I got into it. While the majority of the book was good, the ending added on a full star to the overall rating in my opinion.

You'll never look at gourmet cooking the same way again!

Recommended to fans of extreme horror!
Ms. Nikki
Warning!!! Spoiler Alert! The following poem is Nasty and Vulgar. Read at your own risk

My willy needs wankin.'
Your ass I'll be taintin.'
Your pus*y does bleed.
The fish is sauteed.
My knife is real blunt.
But I staple your cunt.
Worms slither in my slit.
I jack off till I spit.
One guy is a weirdo, he gets so angry.
His girl calms him down by making him drink pee.
The brothers are gay.
They love rough anal play.
One girl is a guy, she has a big prick.
E brings out the cutters and chops it real quick.
We for
probably shouldn't have liked this but I is wrong vile and horrific.
Those familiar with the infamous hardcore works of Edward Lee know what to expect: lots of twisted sex and violence, coupled with a thoroughly readable story climaxing in some kind of unexpected twist. Family Tradition, probably my favorite of the collaborations with John Pelan, which also include Shifters and Goon, involves an obese restauranteur and TV star chef obsessed with finding the famed and expensive Crackjaw eel. With the help of his equally corpolent rich brother, along with their ove ...more
Fun. Gross, but Fun. I've read much Edward Lee in the last year, so i know what to expect. i enjoy his writing. He doesn't revel in his grossness, doesn't lead the reader. He just reports it, letting the reader experience the shock and horror of the disgusting things his mind conjures. After reading some of his books, you know and expect certain things will appear. yet this book contained number of surprises for me; , scenes and images that are so bizarre and outrageous and twisted that no one c ...more
Probably the most tasteless book I've read in the past year. Sick, funny, and just plain odd. Fans of Joe Lansdale would probably enjoy it.
Stephen Coatsworth
Awesomely disgusting and disgustingly awesome at the same time.
Romulo Reyes
Wow!! If you haven't read Edward Lee before, you should...unless you have a weak stomach. Murderous hillbillies, greedy city folk, and something else inhabit these pages. Like chocolate covered bacon, you'll either like it or you won't. If you want something tamer from this author, try City Infernal or The Messenger, which are much more traditional horror books. Otherwise, well, you've been warned.
Thanks EL, for a book I can't even try to explain when someone asks what I'm reading during the com
William Drown
Parts Motel Hell. Parts Cooking Channel. All Hillbilly horror. Absolute perfect little gem By Edward Lee and John Pelan.

It takes a lot to make me feel squeamish when reading a book, but this book's depravity succeeded in a few parts. Even then I couldn't help but chuckle at the sheer craziness of it all.

Definitely gonna be reading more Ed Lee this year.
Brian Steele
*Sigh* I love Edward Lee, don't get me wrong, but he has two distinctly different types of horror genres he writes in. One is a gratuitous supernatural splatterpunk and the other is gross-out hillbilly horror. I really don't care for the latter.

Here we have another example of annoying cityfolk, buxom women and their bumbling males, getting caught up in the machinations of psychotic, inbred, strangely intellectual cannibals who dwell out in the country. I'm pretty sure I've read variations of thi
Not very interesting. Not enough plot/character
Same as always lol
Exactly as disturbing as I imagined it would be. I can handle a lot, yet at one point I thought I was going to gag and had to stop reading.

Good job... I guess?
John Copeland
Everything you could possibly want from an Ed Lee comedy. Rednecks, cannibalism, sex and slaughter. It's all here and is delivered in Lee's brilliant tongue in cheek style. Hilarious stuff.

No idea what John Pelan contributed. This story feels like 100% Lee.
aaaagh! thoa, I blame you! I tell myself I won't read anymore disgusting cannibalistic horror, and then you talk up lee. Now I won't sleep for a week. ;). at least I have lots of smut to clease my mind
What a reading! Sick,disturbing,perverse,disgusting and enjoyable from
start to finish.Warning:If you havent got a very strong stomach dont
read this book(seriously).
Loved this book!! Love Edward Lee!! Very rarely does he disappoint me, especially with rednecks in the story!
Randy Lewis
What an crazy, sick, disgusting, book!! I loved every minute of it!!
Another one of my favorite Edward Lee books.
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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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