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Book Title: Lucifer's Lottery|
ISBN 13: 9780843962284
The author of the book: Edward Lee
Edition: Leisure Books
Date of issue: October 1st 2010
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Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
I liked this book enough to finish it, but it's not Edward Lee's best. The book follows Mr. Lee's formula impeccably: an introductory vignette, then a series of unrelated plotlines that are clearly headed for a calamitous finale that unfolds with predictable and horrific results.
Unlike his other stories, though, Lucifer's Lottery doesn't "gel" effectively. The disparate plotlines are interesting enough in their own ways, but the way they intersect seems forced - it's like the ending was written first, and the rest of the story was forced to fit it.
I had very high hopes for Mr. Lee's description of the goings-on in Hell, but it came across as a bit theatrical and even tawdry. For example, a bridge made of living humans that cars drive across - the humans are screaming, but a few words about the agony they experience lashed together and crushed under tires for an eternity would have been a good counterpoint to the civilized conversation happening in the car. Each page missed opportunities to heighten the agony and despair stemming from the grotesque perversions; the writing is especially sensual (vision, smell, etc) but the punishments meted out wholescale are experienced so abstractly by the protagonist I didn't get any sense of horror or revulsion. It feels like Mr. Lee was trying too hard to describe the scale of Hell, at the expense of the experience of Hell.
If you like stories about temptation and paranormal horror involving the Christian mythos with a triple helping of gore and violence, this could be a good introduction to Edward Lee's corpus. However, if you're a longtime fan of Lee (especially his Appalachia series) you'll probably read this book just to complete the canon.
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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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