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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  751 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Grandpappy, what's a header?

Header is a tale of consummate grotesquerie from the master of graphic horror -- the author of such books as: Succubi, Incubi and Creekers. It is a chapbook of the most extreme fiction you'll ever read! A horrific splatter mystery in the Joe R. Lansdale tradition... bathed in blood!

An old man with no feet, a bumpkin rapist fresh out of prison, a
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Published August 1995 by Necro Publications
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Jonathan Janz
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I was going to leave the above as my entire review, and though I still figure it captures how the book made me feel, let me just add a little bit so folks will know what they're getting into if they decide to read HEADER.

Hilarity. Stunning violence. Aberrant sex and nonchalant depravity.

In other words, if you're easily offended, get out now. I mean it. Don't even look at the rest of this review.

But if you're like me, you'll love the book, feel guilty for loving it, and marvel at Edward
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Classic Edward Lee!

Story – 4.5 Stars

“Header” by Edward Lee is about hill-people and revenge.

What’s a header?

“A header’s the worst thing these rubes out here could think of. It’s like the law of the hills. Someone does ya wrong bad enough, then yer justified ta do the worse thing imaginable fer yer revenge. That’s what a header is.”

I enjoyed this book a lot. I don't know why, but this stuff made me laugh!

Janie C.
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is a header? I had no idea. Every guess I took was wrong. It's a good thing I'm not squeamish, because once I found out what it was, there was no end to them in the book. This is Edward Lee at his nauseating best, with two engrossing stories playing out simultaneously. Splatterpunk has never been so much fun and so gory. So, go get you some. Just make sure y'all are ready for some grafickerly brutal entertainment. ...more
Brad Tierney
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally got to read Header. Jesus fucking Christ Almighty it was awesome. Better late than never, thats for sure. This book, well, you know. Devoured in one big fat reading session with a few bongs sprinkled in. Whooo doggie.
5/5 Skulls
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was pretty freakin' crazy even for Edward Lee. Strangely enough I think he maybe even toned it down at bit in parts...then I read on...maybe not. Good times! 3.5*

I almost hate to say it, but now that I have read this, I really want to see the movie! I may be sicker than I think I am. Damn.
Paul Nelson
Mar 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Header is a story of depravity set in Russell County, centred on the hill folk or rednecks of Kentucky and the actions of family revenge going back decades.

Travis Tuckton finishes a lengthy prison sentence and returns home, there’s not much of his family left and the only place left to turn is his Grandpappy and his dilapidated cabin. Two more insanely immoral characters you will not come across again as they reminisce over the past and embark on a campaign of vengeance for all the slights done
Sea Caummisar
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Bible does say an eye for an eye right? Does that also mean header for header?
I loved this book so much. At first, the redneck language was hard to decipher, but a few pages in and it was easy to read.
Recap: Travis gets out of prison. He goes to stay with his Granddad, who teaches him what a header is.
Meanwhile, a crooked cop on the take (drugs) wants to find the murderers.
This book was so much fun. The end was the best part! I cannot praise this book enough. If you like the stuff that makes
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Wow--I actually had some idea of what a "header" was from another book that I had read by Lee, so I did have some idea what I was getting into here. Full of everything you would expect from Ed Lee--over the top gore, sexual depravity, and backwoods humor (yes, I admit to laughing at several of the comments!) Lee writes a story like few others. Alongside the the "main" storyline, is a parallel one that really worked well when blended into the first stream. The ending--shockingly--took m
Peter Derk
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
If you challenged someone to come up with the most disgusting thing you could think of, and if you then wrote a novella with that disgusting thing as the central premise, you'd have something like the beginnings of Header.

I put this one in the category of gross horror. The premise and execution are pretty grimy, and the descriptions don't back down. But it's all more gross than it is frightening. Or maybe it's frightening in that it's so gross.

Really, the weirdest part of this whole thing is rea
Anthony Vacca
Edward Lee's infamous novella, and it's extremely disgusting titular depravity, may not deliver on "scares" through atmosphere and suspense, but most will be horrified by Lee's delight in molesting many of the trigger warnings we hold so dear. Header is a backwoods cartoon that slums for shocks and laughs through outlandish acts of physical and sexual violence, and most of them against women. But Lee's cheery tone and his consistently juvenile characterization of his dumb male characters keeps t ...more
Jen from Quebec :0)
I CANNOT believe that somewhere out there, a movie of this story exists- I mean, it was hard enough to READ and imagine some of these scenes, they're so graphically violent + brutal, so a FILM??! Craziness. I read this on a recommendation from a fellow horror fan, and it is SO horrific that you can either choose to vomit from the thought of it, or treat it like a very dark comedy and laugh maniacally. I chose to laugh. And laugh. And continued laughing all the way to the sobering ending. You win ...more
11811 (Eleven)
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm breaking a law of common human decency when I bypass my four star rating and shoot for five but Lee is the godfather of hillfolk horror.

When the good Lord sends me to hell and I ask "Why ya done gone done that fer?" He'll say "cuz you was laffin when youz red them there Header werds in that book a yers." I'll say "yeah, that seems like a right proper re'percussion."

I'd recommend it but the unfriended notifications would fall like twin towers.

What's wrong with you? Why in the everlasting nine
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second time reading this book! Just as good as the first time!! I'm sure I will read it again before I die. Header 2 and Header 3 are coming right up next. Yep, there is more of this wonderful literature. Lee is the Bomb Diggity of Extreme Horror/Splatterpink Horror.

As I first say to anyone when I recommend Lee's work. If you are sensitive to certain triggers, well, don't read any of Lee. Because you never know what splendid gore he is gonna slap down on the pages.

As for Header.....It
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this Edward Lee’s book, I didn’t know what a Header was . And like Travis and Stewart , i was very curious about it .

What is a Header ?

And then I found out what it is, and that made me laugh so much. I wasn’t expecting that, at all .
This story is weird, but I liked it. In fact , I like it, because it’s weird. 😂

I will read more Edward Lee’s books in the futur !

I highly recommend it to readers who enjoys bizarre, extreme horror’s stories !
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
An all time favorite! I rarely reread anything, life's too short to read the same book twice. but I bought this entire series in print not for collectables, but because I will undoubtedly read them many times. ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We gonna have us a header!" Go on, say it with all the gusto of an old grizzly redneck because you'll be repeating that phrase over and over in your daily life to clueless folks around you. And when they look at you like the crazy person you know you are you can stand proud knowing your one of the elite who even knows what a header really is. So it goes with Edward Lee's classic HEADER.

Edward Lee is one of the godfathers of splatterpunk/extreme horror. HEADER represents one of the earliest stor
Sharon Leung
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow what a read. I loved reading this book. It was one of those books you just couldn't stop reading not willing to put down. It had you cringing but mesmerized to the words. The story was brilliant and I actually felt sorry for Travis and his grandpappy. But I could just see them as I was reading this laughing with toothy grins etc as they do what they do. I don't want to say to much as I hate them reviews that give snippets of a story and spoil it for you. But suffice to say you have to
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's foul, fucked up and disgusting - brilliant, though, this is channeling pure evil with style, sophistication and a hideous sense of moral certitude. It's difficult to say I 'enjoyed' it, because I had to stop reading once or twice (well, that and the bus reached my stop) but then i couldn't STOP reading it. It's full of very bad things. A classic case of 'your mileage may vary...'

Basically, done right, this sort of hardcore, backwoods sicko horror is a terrifically enjoyable, dirty read. Tha
Kayla Al-Shamma-Jones
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to make my skin crawl (I've been desensitized too many nights of wine + internet), but this book did the trick. But even beyond the gross-out, the writing was superb. Edward Lee does a fantastic job of transporting us into the head (pun intended) of a disgruntled redneck--and I know a few, so I can speak with some level of experience.

In all, I loved it. This one is going to stick with me for a while.
Kenneth Skaldebø
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading a lot of science fiction lately and felt I needed a palate cleanser between book, now I feel like I need a palate cleanser from the palate cleanser, I should stop writing palate cleanser ……. palate cleanser.

This is the first Edward Lee I have read. And it has been a while since I have read something that made me go “wow, that is sick”, and this book made me go “wow, this is really messed up and sick and now I feel a bit dirty!”. I won’t go into the story of the book nor will
Russell Holbrook
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd heard so much about this book that I was almost worried that it wouldn't live up to it's legendary status. For me, though, it was a wonderful trip through hillbilly hell and I relished every page of it, even when I felt like gagging. I absolutely enjoyed the way the story is told from two different POVs, each with it's own distinct voice. The redneck characters were endearing to me because, even though their actions could be considered generally reprehensible, they believe so strongly that t ...more
Richard Gerlach
That was a book, with words in it. And power tools. And horrible things happening to heads. I'll write a review later. ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
2,5 stars.
It wasn't as shocking as I expected; actually not shocking at all. But I loved the ending! It was awesome and made up for a rather boring story.
Horror DNA
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gabino-iglesias
In literature, each genre has its devoted followers and, when you talk to folks pertaining to those groups, there are books that always pop up. If you're talking to hipsters that have read only about a dozen books, it's David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest . In a crowd of sci-fi freaks with a passion for David Lynch, it's Frank Herbert's Dune . Journalists have Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test or Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga . In an anti ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God, that was sooo bad!!!

Listen, I don't mind gore. I also don't mind the use of sex for the sake of provocation. What I expected before reading "Header" was alike the movies I fancy watching when I want to disconnect my brain: silly, gory stuff, sometimes funny, often cliché, always distracting. Let me tell you that I wasn't distracted at all!

Yeah yeah yeah, I guess I had never heard about a "header" previously (Edit: err... actually yes, I had). But making up a shocking factor isn't enou
Steven Shroyer
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love gross out horror. I read a ton of it every year and I never seem to get too grossed out enough to stop. I also love movies that are in the same style.

I remember reading an article about Edward Lee's Header when the film version was set to come out on DVD. I rushed on amazon and bought a copy and then plunked down on my bed and watched it. I was shocked and also a bit amused by it. I knew I wanted to read the story that inspired it, and thankfully Deadite Press has answered my prayers.

Jun 11, 2013 added it
Shelves: hell-on-earth
Backwoods while violent did not prepare me for this Ed lee novel. Nothing could prepare me for what this short story held. I read it in one day, my jaws hit the ground, i felt sick, I almost threw my kindle across the room. Only once in my life have i stopped reading a book as it disturbed me so much. The Celler by Richard laymon, I think i was too young to digest what i was reading, i read it much later in life and still hated that part but i gritted my teeth hoped the bad guy got what he deser ...more
Lisa Lee
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Header is Extreme Horror. It is the epitome of splatterpunk. If you are offended or unpleasantly shocked by hardcore, graphic content and subject matter, then just step away. If you are into hardcore extreme horror, well, brace yourself.

But this shocking tale is not just gore and violence for its own sake like some extreme horror is. This is a fast-paced, mind-violating story about two very different men whose lives collide like a train wreck. The story manages to have depth and vivid characteri
Randall Krekelberg
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I will definitely be reading more from Lee. There is no doubt the man is a talented writer and is unrelentingly uncensored and extreme. A very solid book, and one I won't soon be forgetting... hahaha
Shaun Meeks
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a strange, twisted and great book this was. I have read some other books by Edward Lee, so I knew what I was getting into, yet I had no idea what I was getting into. Header is a pretty imaginative story that left me cringing in spots. I'm sure the other people on the bus that might have seen my face during some of the scenes would have wondered what I was reading. I had no idea where he was going with the story, which is always good, and I really liked the way he change the voice of the sto ...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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