Disclaimer: Hello everyone! I really dig Edward Lee, so when I got the chance to read and review his Lovecraft series from Deadite press, I nearly had a stroke of epic enjoyment.
Lee has always been one of my favorite authors and Lovecraft, well… I have been reading Howard Phillip Lovecraft’s books and stories since I was a child and Lovecraft gave me more nightmares than I care to count.
What I’m trying to say is both authors rock my socks off.
This is not a secret, so the following tri-fecta of reviews are written from a true fans prospective.
There is bias. You have been warned.
This is some of the best Lovecraftian mythos fiction out there.
TROLLEY 1852 by Edward Lee
Trolley 1852 is a raunchy, New England horror death trip starring our genres very beloved, very xenophobic author H. P. Lovecraft! It is based off a tale written by H. P. Lovecraft called “The Thing in the Moonlight.”
The Thing in the Moonlight was expunged from Lovecraft’s official publications by the historian S. T. Joshi, because it was partially written by Lovecraft (The beginning and end are not his own work.)
The author of TROLLEY 1852, Edward Lee, tells no bullshit and in this story, he channels Howard’s sprit from beyond the grave only to rape and sully it for our reading pleasure.
In Trolley 1852, H. P. Lovecraft is commissioned by an underground, pornographic magazine to write a horror story for a publication called EROTESQUE magazine. He ends up writing one of his most risky tales to date! The protagonist in Trolley 1852 is in search of his sister after she stops writing to him. His search eventually takes him to a bordello of carnage and pleasure and oh, what delights he has in that place! Does he find his sister? Will he escape alive? I won’t tell! You have got to read it to find out!
This story got all the bells and whistles that you would expect from Lee but believe me when I say that you haven’t lived till you have read H. P. Lovecraft writing as a smut novelist! Seriously!
The story has green towering monsters, tentacle madness, ill deprived sex and much more. Not for the faint of heart.
The ending is what got me, the very last few lines that tied the whole story together and made me spit out my cola. This is truly fine writing and I believe it to be Edward Lee’s best work to date.
Put on your top hats and monocles, boys and girls, this one comes highly recommend!
THE INNSWICH HORROR by Edward Lee
The INNSWICH HORROR by Edward Lee is part of a series of books dedicated to the memory of the late, the great, H. P. Lovecraft.
In this series, so far, we have; Trolley 1852, The Haunter of the Threshold, The Dunwich Romance, Pages Torn From A Travel Journal and this one, The Innswich Horror.
A side note here: Trolley 1852, Haunter of the Threshold and Innswich Horror are available from Deadite press. Pages Torn from a Travel Journal and The Dunwich Romance are sold as Limited edition hardbacks from Darkfuse.com. I can’t wait to get a hold of the last two, I hope they get released in PB format or digital. If anyone knows anything, PLEASE let me know!)
In this story, a rich man from Providence, RI, named Foster Morley, re-traces the steps of his favorite author of all time… H. P. Lovecraft.
Morey is utterly infatuated with anything and everything about H. P. Lovecraft. He even calls him “The Master.”
Lovecraft is Foster Morley’s hobby; Finding out where he walked, where he ate, slept, etc. but as Morley is on a scenic bus trip through Massachusetts, he stops at the town of Innswich Port; a fishing waterfront that strongly resembles Morley’s favorite book of all time, The Shadow Over Innsmouth! ( As with all fan fiction, I recommend you go back and re-read this fine classic before reading Lee’s take.)
The port town is very strange in its similarities to Lovecraft’s book (As Morley soon finds out, some characters and places are named after real life residence and locations, only with their names slightly altered) and as Foster uncovers the truth about Lovecraft, Innswich Port and the terrifying secrets it holds underground, his life hangs in the balance and there is NO going back.
The Innswich Horror is not written in Lee’s splatter punk style so if you’re looking for it or if you want to read that stuff I recommend Mangled Meat or his City Infernal series. Now I am not saying that there isn’t any deprived violence, mongoloid sex and unsettling scenes in this book because they are in there, just toned down more. It’s an excellent book for someone who is new to Lee’s work so if you have never read him, this would be a great place to start.
Actually, Innswich Horror is written more like a suspenseful thriller. There is a good cast of characters and the plot kept me guessing and engaged till the end. As with most of Edward Lee’s work, I couldn’t put the book down. It’s nice too, in that it’s a short work of novella length and easily read in an hour or two.
It was very well written and Lee captures Lovecraft’s style and taste for Providence in a truly different and unique way.
It’s a must read for all Lovecraft and Lee fan’s. It’s dark, creepy fun so what are you waiting for??? Get your copy today and devour The Innswich Horror before it devours you!
THE HAUNTER OF THE THRESHOLD by Edward Lee
The Haunter of the Threshold is Edward Lee’s pornographic, mystically fetish lined lovechild sequel to Howard Phillip Lovecraft’s 1935 tale called The Haunter of the Dark. I, as well as Lee, recommend you go back and re-read the classic HPL version before diving into this one (Trust me, I did just this and the satisfaction and pleasure of re-reading the original and then reading Lee’s sequel enhanced the experience somehow… Possibly through some act of eldritch sex magic, no doubt.)
The Haunter of the Threshold is about a group of three people who take a trip into a hillbillies infested backwoods. The protagonist is Hazel Greene, a woman who is inflicted with every known fetish in the universe. She goes on the trip with her pregnant professor friend Sonia, whom she is in love with, to a cabin to meet up with Sonia’s fiancé ‘Frank (Who just so happens to be a math freak and also a professor as well.) Frank inherited the Cabin from his recently dead friend Henry. The three characters quickly find out that not all is right in hick land as Sonia and Hazel start having weird sightings and encounters while all the while Frank pores over his dead friend’s papers adamant that he must destroy his friends work because it contains a horrible truth! This is just the beginning of the craziness, not to mention all the things that happen to Hazel…
Eventually, tentacle people wearing robes start showing up and the name Nyarlathotep is becoming more and more prominent around the backwoods New Hampshire town.
A sign of bad things to come?
I won’t spoil the ending for you but just know that it can never end well with Lee at the helm. There are twists and turns and surprises waiting for you betwixt these book covers, but only if you can take the gratuitous, nasty sex acts of delightful depravity. Oh, and the mind shattering terror of the Old Ones.
Over all, I admit I had fun reading it; I winched, I laughed, I tasted some puke in the back of my throat but if you’re a fan of Lovecraft and hardcore horror, this is one not to be missed. 😀
Good luck reading it, and to paraphrase Edward Lee in the intro:
“My H. P. Lovecraft and God forgive you.”