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Book Title: The Black Train|
The author of the book: Edward Lee
Edition: Audio Realms
Date of issue: March 1st 2010
ISBN 13: 9781897331538
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man goes to haunted house. man experiences weird sexual scenarios and troubling dreams relating to the house's horrific civil war-era past. man enjoys company of lovely lady bar-owner while dealing with two other frisky ladies - one bizarrely earthy, the other unpleasantly unearthly. man thinks only with his dick.
narrative: very little. mainly the reader is thrust into a series of lurid, atrocity-ridden historical dreams from a range of perspectives. in the modern world, various perverse scenes are voyeuristically viewed by the narrator as he drinks beer, falls in love, drinks more beer, and gets weirded out by the haunted hotel. no sense of danger whatsoever and barely any suspense.
positives: the dreams are certainly vividly recounted and at times rather well-written. the idea of history-as-horror is there in spades, reminding me in a way of lovecraft. and the depiction of the bizarro family who run the haunted house was by turns disturbing, disgusting, and strangely endearing.
negatives: extremely awkward, juvenile writing overshadows the well-written parts by an almost 3 to 1 margin; the doltish opening page is a symptom of this problem. the narrator, although amusing, is about as realistic and three-dimensional as a character from a richard laymon novel.
neither positive nor - i suppose - negative: hauntings are accompanied by the overwhelming odor of old urine. gak! now that is nauseating, really nauseating. normally i favor Lady of the Manor-type spirits who have some elegance, some melancholy, some scary demonic sex-power...but definitely not smelling like the alley next to a bar. please no more piss-based ghost stories - don't start a trend, ed lee!
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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 his short stories have appeared in over a dozen mass-market anthologies, including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 2000, Pocket's HOT BLOOD series, and the award-wining 999. Several of his novels have sold translation rights to Germany, Greece, and Romania. He also publishes quite actively in the small-press/limited-edition hardcover market; many of his books in this category have become collector's items. While a number of Lee's projects have been optioned for film, only one has been made, HEADER, which was released on DVD to mixed reviews in June, 2009, by Synapse Films.
Lee is particularly known for over-the-top occult concepts and an accelerated treatment of erotic and/or morbid sexual imagery and visceral violence. He was born on May 25, 1957 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Bowie, Maryland. In the late-70s he served in the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division, in Erlangen, West Germany, then, for a short time, was a municipal police officer in Cottage City, Maryland. Lee also attended the University of Maryland as an English major but quit in his last semester to pursue his dream of being a horror novelist. For over 15 years, he worked as the night manager for a security company in Annapolis, Maryland, while writing in his spare time. In 1997, however, he became a full-time writer, first spending several years in Seattle and then moving to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he currently resides.
Of note, the author cites as his strongest influence horror legend H. P. Lovecraft; in 2007, Lee embarked on what he calls his "Lovecraft kick" and wrote a spate of novels and novellas which tribute Lovecraft and his famous Cthulhu Mythos. Among these projects are THE INNSWICH HORROR, "Trolley No. 1852," HAUNTER OF THE THRESHOLD, GOING MONSTERING, "Pages Torn From A Travel Journal," and "You Are My Everything." Lee promises more Lovecraftian work on the horizon.
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