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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  40 reviews
A big city cop returns to his small hick town only to be caught in the madness and murder of an inbred community known only as the Creekers. Centuries old, driven by rage and lust for revenge, these deformed and shadowy outcasts are planning a harvest of terror and death. From the author of The Chosen.
Mass Market Paperback, 414 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Zebra
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Gianfranco Mancini
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Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crick City is a small hick town. Violent, mean and dirtpoor, it's a place nobody wants to call home.

A Homicide cop, Phil Straker, calls it his home. And now someone—or something—is turning his boyhood town into a bloody sideshow of mutilation and gruesome carnage.

They're called "Creekers". They are Centuries old, driven by rage and lust for revenge, they move through the deep, dark woodsthey are deformed, shadowy outcasts with twisted faces and blood-red eyes. Now, as the moon hangs low over t
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
A familiar taste of poison beckons back

Man, you need a deep stretch after this one, but one thing is for certain - Ed Lee is a smart guy. He has smut, lots of it sometimes but he blends it well with an intelligent story that serves a purpose, it's not a cup of sugar with a drop of coffee in it, that's for sure . Creekers reads like a thriller with some intense ick that fits in some strange and creepy way. I was following it along expecting one thing and got something totally wicked at the end,
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to admit - I've expected something else. Not entirely else, but else in a sense that only someone who loves Lee's stories would understand. I was hoping for "Bighead" or "Minotauress", and I've got a more complex story, with characters that are more deeper than I thought. After "Witch Water"I think that "Creekers" is the most elaborate novel of Edward Lee so far. Less gore, more real relations. Less deviation, more really good plot. And a great mystery that keeps the reader waiting until ...more
 (shan) Littlebookcove
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Edward Lee is really up there with me as royalty of splatter punk. This is probably one of his best book's he's ever written! In this tale you have Demon's! inbred hillbilly's PCP labs all sort's! Very far out there but very entertaining.

P.s The book cover is just love for me <3
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is an early Lee novel, first published in 1994 by Zebra/Pinnacle, then re-released by Necro in 2010. Lee takes us back to some familiar stomping grounds-- BFE Maryland and the 'route'. This is also the setting for Bighead, Ghouls and at least a few more of his works. This story focuses on Phil, a native of Crick City who made it to the big city (D.C.?) and was rapidly climbing the police hierarchy until he was set up by a rival and forced to resign. Forced to work as a night watchman, one d ...more
May 18, 2016 rated it liked it
LOOK AT THAT FUCKIN’ COVER!! It’s the most '90s cheap-horror-paperback/VHS cover I’ve ever seen in my life. Woe to those who came across this cover in the aforementioned period and thought they might be getting some John Saul/V.C. Andrews-type shit (not that I'm knocking those authors at all, for those who dig them.) Cosmetic stuff aside, what we have here is an odd kind of hick splatterpunk/crime story. It’s kind of like The Hills Have Eyes meets Deliverance meets...uh, Twin Peaks? I really hav ...more
Brad Tierney
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Skeet-inner! Ona-prey-bee!
Holy fucking shit that was an epic fucking tale!
5/5 Skulls
Mike Kazmierczak
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CREEKERS is one of Lee's novels that is closer in theme to THE BIGHEAD and THE HOUSE than to SLITHER. While there are some demons and a small tie-in to CITY INFERNAL, most of the story has a gritty, intensity of hard-boiled detective mixed with backwoods rednecks. And of course, sex, violence and perversities.

Philip Straker is a big-city detective who ends up framed for shooting a kid and then ousted from the department. Having nowhere else to go, he moves back home to the small Podunk town of C
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Small town boy moves to big city and becomes law enforcement material. After problems in the big force, he returns home to become a graveyard shift deputy.

His boss puts him on the trail of local drug runners, and the action is on.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This novel is considered by many of his fans to be the "holy grail" of his works--being long out-of-print for years. To find a copy, I went online to rare books sites & found the Zebra Press run (used) priced at $100 or more--even the copies marked as having torn covers, broken spines or both! Online, I read reviews where Lee's fans (of which I am one) screamed this was the greatest work by him--EVER! So I had to have it.

I bought a limited, signed, hardcover edition by Necro Publications--comple
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
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edward Lee delivers the world's only (to my knowledge) inbred hillbilly, redneck PCP mafia backwoods horror thriller with Creekers. This book, like Lee's best work, was simultaneously an absolute joy to read and absolutely nasty and disgusting, taking the reader to places they would never want to go in their wildest nightmares. The characters are great, the pace is perfect, the villains are extremely nasty and plentiful, and the book is blessed/cursed with a downright disturbing ending, that lea ...more
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
After this book, Im starting to wonder why everyone thinks Lee is so great. His stories are unusual and unique for sure. And even very well written. But this book as the others I have read are just a bit boring. I do not find them entertaining, and had a hard time getting through this one. It just didnt keep my attention.
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this when I was a teen. It was at the library and explicit/gory horror. Just what I was looking for at the time. I couldn't tell you what it's about now. ...more
Tender Branson
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Need to revisit this masterpiece as I am now officially a Creeker myself.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Read Edward Lee's books and you will never ever feel safe taking a back country road again. ...more
Chris Amies
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Classic gore and weirdness-driven horror from the master of upchuck fiction Ed Lee. I've read a fair few of his novels before getting to this one, but missed it because it looked like "The Backwoods" - which is the wrong way round. "The Backwoods" has some similar themes but isn't anywhere near as good. "Creekers" with its red-eyed mutants and disgraced smalltown cop character and an edge-of-nowhere setting that has something in common with his more recent hicksville settings, but they have turn ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Such a degenerate storyline so insane with inbred crazyness, drug smokin, slangin, prostitution, stripping, RAZZIN... which means finding some gal old young normal or inbred doesnt matter, walking alone at night to get picked up, tortured raped and brutalized to meat. Then thrown in the sawmps. That just one pair of characters and they get up to Drunk Razzin every other night. also some supernatural/demonology sacrifices are the sole motives for the Creekers actions. They are also cannibals. All ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Quite similar to „Off season” by J. Ketchum, we’ve got terrifying mutants with gruesome habits. The whole story is actually an extreme type of horror. Nonetheless I found it very monotonous: brutal rapes, scalping, striptease and so on. There is no real mystery, nothing we could discover and be scared of, we only get very explicit scenes.
Moreover, it is emphasised that the story is set in a small town. I can’t understand how can the main character run an incognito investigation there? How is it
Sharon Leung
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An excellent read. This is one of them books you Just can't put down. The storyline keeps you so intrigued that you have to know what is going to happen next. So many twists throughout and a shocker at the end. Added with all the horrors and gore. It's a non stop open eyes view of the creekers and there ways. Some you can't even begin to imagine. Mr Lee has a way of expressing all their ways in such a way that it's horrifying but gripping at the same time. A definite must read.
Matt Neputin
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked it. I personally wondered whether or not the creekers were related to bighead as I noticed that most of Lee's novels are set in the same general area so maybe some of his plots would affect one another?
Overall it was interesting. I really liked the mutations the creekers had and the twist at the end was unexpected.

Although the ending could have been developed more. It left me wanting more.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Happy with this read. Got my horror cravings satisfied. Also, an unexpected ending when you'd think that Mullins was in cahoots with them and thats all but turns out almost every main character is or at least is related to Natter.
Vicki whom the reader would lean towards suspecting eventually turns out to be innocent.
As for the creekers, it just didnt make sense that they do not speak amongst themselves. Would have made it more natural if they did.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Not my favorite book, but not bad. The storyline was interesting and the ending was pretty crazy.
David Holdredge
Creekers was a fun read intermingled with a horny 15 year old's sex journal. I read the book b/c it reminded me of a combo of Richard Laymon's The Woods Are Dark and Ray Garton's The Folks--both very good reads. Unfortunately, Edward Lee spends too much time adding pathetic sexual fantasies of his own (of which he is a pretty sick ticket) as shock factor to the reader. The story line was interesting, certain characters were intriguing, and a twist happened that wasn't expected, but overall, the ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: splatterpunk
This is a masterpiece. Starts out a little slow but the payoff at the end is well worth it. Edward Lee allows the story to evolve so you haveth perfect balance of horror and the gore isn't thrown in as an afterthought.

Creekers throws in a backwoods clan but these freaks are far more intelligent than other families in books like The Woods Are Dark, or even the Hills Have Eyes. Edward Lee is a legend in the splatterpunk genre anf after reading Creekers it's easy to see why. While not gory the st
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Classic Lee. Loved it for what it was. Creekers are inbreeders who are disfigured dope dealers, whores, and murderers who factor into a plot involving a cop who comes back to town in order to clean things up. As always, Lee keeps one interested by awesome prose that never slows down.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrative, horror
The usual gore from Edward Lee deliciously spiced by a taste of lovecraftian horror. Creekers looks like a tribute to The Shadow over Innsmouth, replacing a costal town of ancient god worshippers with a bunch of inbred rednecks and their skin-eating demon. Nice tribute.
Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Edward Lee. Nothing more really needs to be said. Raw, rough, and goes for the jugular.
विकास नैनवाल
Awesome book......Highly entertaining and the end was so surprising......Sure, didn't saw that coming. ...more
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Edward Lee is an American novelist specializing in the field of horror, and has authored 40 books, more than half of which have been published by mass-market New York paperback companies such as Leisure/Dorchester, Berkley, and Zebra/Kensington. He is a Bram Stoker award nominee for his story "Mr. Torso," and hi

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