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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  193 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
When Walt Blackmore moves into an old gable front house on the outskirts of a small town, things are really looking up for him; he has an adoring girlfriend to whom he plans to propose, a new job teaching English at the local high school, and an altogether bright future. His outlook and destiny are irreparably changed, however, when an unusual dark red spot appears on the ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Abattoir Press
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Johann (jobis89)
“It was no longer just a stain. It was a living entity. And it was feeding.”

Walt Blackmore has just moved into his brand new home, where he is met by an unusual brown stain that has formed on the ceiling. He tries to paint over it, but it keeps coming back – and its growing. As it grows it feeds on cockroaches, rats… but pretty quickly it moves onto human blood.

This book has been my favourite read of the year so far. SO. DAMN. GOOD. It’s clearly heavily influenced by Clive Barker’s “The Hellboun
Michael Hicks
Home-ownership is so much fun, let me tell you. If you ever feel like you have too much free time and too much money on hand, get yourself a house. Go on, get one. You can thank me later. There's always some damn thing or another to fix, and once you find one thing in need of repair, you can goddamn guarantee another ten issues, big and small, will erupt all around it. The roof leaks and needs to be repaired, while the sump pump is on its last legs, and the fairly new refrigerator just so happen ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I seem to be reading Kurtz in reverse chronological order. Which is neat from the perspective of seeing how much he's evolved as an author (considerably), but also and maybe precisely due to that evolution it's something of a letdown. Not terribly so, mind you. Every book I've read by Kurtz so far has been very different in theme and execution. This one is his straight up guts and gore bloody disgusting frightfest fit for the most seasoned genre fans. Every places comes with a story and some fix ...more
Benoit Lelièvre
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was interesting.

Not the kind of story I connect emotionally to, but I've enjoyed many, many things about BLEED. The elephant in the room is the Clive Barker influence. BLEED isn't a proper homage to the original HELLRAISER but its influence is all over this attic monster story. I loved also the allegorical value of the novel. The monster is a 1950s drive-in goop monster (which is great), but also a metaphor for insecurities and abuse which come with stressful life moves like...buying
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Walt a promising english teacher had many visions and goals in teaching his students about great authors and works of literature.
He's a likable character and also his partner book-seller. They are about to be part of something that you would think only lies in the macabre horror books they love. Walt seems to be under a spell as time passes in the story, he transforms character in his new home in to that of a very unpleasant and unlikeable character. Its almost as if in a vampire like way this c
Adam Light
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This book was a crazy blend of classic Stephen King and Clive Barker with Kurtz twisting around familiar elements to create his own brand of shocking gleefuly demented horror. I really had a good time reading it. I would recommend it highly to anyone with a strong stomach for gore. There's plenty of that here, folks. The storytelling is masterful, macabre and downright addictive. I couldn't put it down.
Ruby (
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Walk Blackmore, a high school English teacher, has just bought an old Gable front house on the outskirts of town. The house needs some work, but Walt is looking forward to the challenge of fixing it up. With his loving girlfriend and new job, things are looking up for Walt. Until he notices a small stain on the ceiling in the hallway. The stain grows, first into a dripping blood stain and ultimately into a monstrous being that feasts on human blood and flesh.

This was the bloodiest and most gore
Adam Light
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My review for this book disappeared. I don't know what happened, but that sure pisses me off! Anyway, I loved this book because it was the first time in quite a while that a horror novel was truly horrific and unrelenting in a way that wasn't outright torture porn. I recommend it to anyone looking for blood and guts AND story and characters that are well-developed. Some of the scenes in this book were so surprisingly brutal I was amazed. Very well done!
Nick Cato
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Walt's a young man with a promising future: he has just purchased a fix-er-up house out in the sticks, yet close enough to his new job as a high school English teacher. He's also planning on proposing to his girlfriend Amanda. He notices a spot on the ceiling one day, and after not being able to get rid of it, the spot begins to grow. At first it becomes a bigger stain, then eventually, it turns into a pulsating lump. And as it grows, Amanda notices Walt starting to act strange. She ends up leav ...more
I read this book with our horror group at Shelfari.

The main character, Walt, buys a fixer-upper house. He has a new job as a teacher and once the house is ready he plans to propose to his girlfriend and has already purchased her a ring. This house is Walt's first step to obtaining the life he really wants. Then he notices a small stain on his ceiling. A stain which, within a few days, starts to spread and drip down. The stain looks like blood.
And so the nightmare begins.

This story was extremely
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this from 'The Feast'-Box of the Nocturnal Reader's Box (which by the way I highly recommend to everyone who is interested in horror, psychological thriller and sci-fi!).

I really liked this book, although I have to say that this is clearly not for everyone and especially not for the fainthearted. This book is full of blood and gore. If this doesn't discourage you, then you will find an excellently written book which is fast paced and never gets boring. There was not one scene which I thoug
Sheri White
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Started this morning and couldn't put it down until I finished a few minutes ago. Review to come soon.
David Bridges
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Ed Kurtz. Bleed is as disturbing as it is bloody fun. Ed knows how to add a level of brutality to his narratives that I believe many authors don’t know how to or don’t have the guts to do. I feel like in some horror novels there seems to be a need to have a main character with redemptive qualities. Walt Blackmore starts out harmless but as the story goes on those redeeming qualities begin to melt away. It could partially be from the monster that may be influencing his min ...more
Jessie Kettner
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was creepy and unique in all the right ways. Love that I didn't see the ending coming at all, and the subplot that gives more background to the origin of the stain on the wall.
Ade Grant
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, let’s get this out the way first – it’s a bit like Hellraiser! Right, now we can move on, because to become bogged down in comparisons would be to do this enjoyable quick-paced romp through a hellish abattoir a terrible disservice.

Bleed is classic horror tale in the sense that it is about a small group of characters in a remote setting, trying to deal with a peculiar scenario in which they should really seek professional help. Of course, this is not what they do, and the story descends int
Ross Lockhart
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ed Kurtz's Bleed is little bit Hellraiser, a little bit Daughters of Darkness, a little bit Crawlspace, and a whole bloody haunted house of awesome. Kurtz drags his protagonist to hell via the darkest, most violent possible spiraling path, as a stain on the ceiling of an old house becomes something worse... and worse... and worse. Surprising and sanguinary, Bleed is supernatural horror done right. Brutal, bloody, and hooky as hell.
Rena Mason
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, very fast-paced and an intense read.
Benjamin Ethridge
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly horrific tale. Suspenseful and no-holds barred, Ed Kurtz knows exactly how to make you cringe, gasp and have several minor heart attacks along the way.

Recommended for any horror lover.
Nichole Gray
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-finish, horror
I got this book from the Nocturnal Readers Box, a subscription box that delivers horror books relating to a theme as well as bookish goodies that go with the theme. July's theme was The Feast, which was supposed to be "darker than ever." I did not get that at all with this book. I was halfway through Bleed before I decided it was not worth my time and decided to leave it unfinished.

Kurtz's writing style bored me to tears; he seemed to have a habit of telling rather than showing. His descriptions
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well wasn't this quite the gore fest?! I anticipated that a book titled "Bleed" would probably be pretty dark and gruesome. That it was. If you like books about cannibalism... this one is for you.

A man named Walt moves into a new house in the country. Life is good as he has a new teaching job and is on the brink of proposing to his girlfriend Amanda. While fixing up his new home, he notices a small brown spot on the ceiling in the hallway. He does everything in his power to remove the stain. Som
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haha what a riot!
A bloodthirsty rollercoaster of dark humour and grisly mayhem. Sure, the story leeches hugely off the original Hellraiser but that didn't detract from the fun in my opinion.

It reminded me of the Santa Clarita diet at times. Some great characters here, the relationships between them could have been fleshed out a bit better, but the way the story just had a feel of one of those cheesy 80's horror flicks. I actually mean that as a compliment, as the whole vibe of the bo
Mireya Melchor
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book
Received this book from my Nocturnal Readers subscription box, and I gotta say I really enjoyed it. The characters are well developed, you get to know them before everything turned to shit, which then leaves you confused on how you should feel. the book wasn't scary, just creepy and gruesome af. The only downside is I wish there was more history and closure on the "blood" and the "the girl." can't say more without giving anything away
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Amazingly stomach churning. Gory and disgusting.

Reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors with an even grizzlier effect. The story is told in a present point of view with flash backs peppering between sections. Witness the gruesome rebirth in a classic backwoods setting of Wisconsin. it was hard to put this book down. Believe me, it's a must read for horror lovers.
Anthony Cabrera
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a wild book. The imagery was great, some points it was down right repulsive which is what I look for in a horror novel. It was the type of read that makes you look away from the pages for a second because it is so good. I would recommend this to any horror fan.
Kylie Corley
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book definitely had its ups and downs. Loved how descriptive with the gore it could be. It had me feeling sorry for some of the characters. For me, it was definitely predictable, but still enjoyable.
Rocko Stanfell
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It was really easy read. Had great flow. I really liked the main character and how he evolved through the book. It's just the ending, I feel like it could of gone a few different ways and been better. But overall it was good.
Michael Koenig
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
1. Didn't make sense
2. Clive Barker shameless rip-off
3. Was so bad that its twist ending pleasantly caught me off guard, completely.

= 2 Stars.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Well this was the most disturbing book I've ever read...
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Supernatural horror filled with brilliant characters and unflinching violence. It’s a meaty bleed that leaves bits between your teeth.
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Ed Kurtz is the author of THE RIB FROM WHICH I REMAKE THE WORLD and other novels. His short fiction has appeared in numerous collections, and has been honored in Best American Mystery Stories as well as Best Gay Stories. Kurtz lives in Minneapolis.

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