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Rape. Murder. Brain-eating. Never before has a work of fiction dared to delve so deeply into the realms of perversion, sexual dementia, and bad taste... Who is he? What is he? An inbred homicidal pervert? A supernatural psychopath? Who or whatever he is, he's on a roll now, raging out of the Virginia backwoods and leaving in his wake a trail of blood, guts, and disgust far b Rape. Murder. Brain-eating. Never before has a work of fiction dared to delve so deeply into the realms of perversion, sexual dementia, and bad taste... Who is he? What is he? An inbred homicidal pervert? A supernatural psychopath? Who or whatever he is, he's on a roll now, raging out of the Virginia backwoods and leaving in his wake a trail of blood, guts, and disgust far beyond the limits of your reckoning. JERRICA... Sex-addict, drug-addict - a woman so far out of control she would make Linda Lovelace look like a schoolmarm. And little does she know, The Bighead is coming... for her. THE ABBEY... Closed for years, Wroxeter Abbey is back in business, haunted by two nuns... from hell. Erotopathic, clinically demented, gross beyond belief. To the faithful priest, Father Alexander, they will do things that absolutely beggar description...


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Rape. Murder. Brain-eating. Never before has a work of fiction dared to delve so deeply into the realms of perversion, sexual dementia, and bad taste... Who is he? What is he? An inbred homicidal pervert? A supernatural psychopath? Who or whatever he is, he's on a roll now, raging out of the Virginia backwoods and leaving in his wake a trail of blood, guts, and disgust far b Rape. Murder. Brain-eating. Never before has a work of fiction dared to delve so deeply into the realms of perversion, sexual dementia, and bad taste... Who is he? What is he? An inbred homicidal pervert? A supernatural psychopath? Who or whatever he is, he's on a roll now, raging out of the Virginia backwoods and leaving in his wake a trail of blood, guts, and disgust far beyond the limits of your reckoning. JERRICA... Sex-addict, drug-addict - a woman so far out of control she would make Linda Lovelace look like a schoolmarm. And little does she know, The Bighead is coming... for her. THE ABBEY... Closed for years, Wroxeter Abbey is back in business, haunted by two nuns... from hell. Erotopathic, clinically demented, gross beyond belief. To the faithful priest, Father Alexander, they will do things that absolutely beggar description...

30 review for The Bighead - Signed Limited Edition - 1 / 500

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janie C.

    The Bighead is not somethin ta scare yer kids with. He is fer real and he is on a misshun. He don't know what it is, but he hears a voice what says COME! An' come he does! Hail, everybody comes! I kin tell ya eggs-ackley what happens, but some a ya may be sen-stiff. If you kin read past the colosteramy bag part, you should be good ta go. Have a might of a good time. 3.5 jugs'a hooch The Bighead is not somethin ta scare yer kids with. He is fer real and he is on a misshun. He don't know what it is, but he hears a voice what says COME! An' come he does! Hail, everybody comes! I kin tell ya eggs-ackley what happens, but some a ya may be sen-stiff. If you kin read past the colosteramy bag part, you should be good ta go. Have a might of a good time. 3.5 jugs'a hooch

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    This is a signed and numbered copy of the Necro edition. numbered 372 of 400. Test your boundaries of good taste and violence with Edward Lee's "Bighead". for characters you get the two deplorable redneck hillbillies Tritt and Balls. Not to mention Bighead. You've been warned, the novel is filled with some of the most perverse, disturbed imagery that one can imagine. The story begins with two pretty girls from the big city coming to visit one of their aunts in the countryside. Unfortunately, their This is a signed and numbered copy of the Necro edition. numbered 372 of 400. Test your boundaries of good taste and violence with Edward Lee's "Bighead". for characters you get the two deplorable redneck hillbillies Tritt and Balls. Not to mention Bighead. You've been warned, the novel is filled with some of the most perverse, disturbed imagery that one can imagine. The story begins with two pretty girls from the big city coming to visit one of their aunts in the countryside. Unfortunately, their trip is interrupted by a rampaging backwoods mutant named the Bighead. Two versions of "The Bighead" have been published. The original publishers requested that Lee change some details of the book’s ending. The second edition restored the original ending. The latter version is referred to as ‘the author’s preferred text’. "The Bighead" is sick, but it’s actually really funny.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Romance novel for rapists, murderers, and cannibals. Although I am none of those, I just can't stop reading it either. Romance novel for rapists, murderers, and cannibals. Although I am none of those, I just can't stop reading it either.

  4. 5 out of 5

    MadameD

    Story 5/5 Narration 5/5 I loved it!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Plagued by Visions

    Here's my more in-depth YouTube review of this book! This is a bizarre, exploitative tale of murder and all kinds of debauchery and assault imaginable. That's how it was recommended to me, and that's what I got. Usually, such texts are, more than anything, a cumbersome read for me, since extreme depictions of graphic violence usually read as ridiculous and humorous when overdone (and this certainly was those things on more than one occasion). However, what really captivated me about this novel wa Here's my more in-depth YouTube review of this book! This is a bizarre, exploitative tale of murder and all kinds of debauchery and assault imaginable. That's how it was recommended to me, and that's what I got. Usually, such texts are, more than anything, a cumbersome read for me, since extreme depictions of graphic violence usually read as ridiculous and humorous when overdone (and this certainly was those things on more than one occasion). However, what really captivated me about this novel was the surprisingly accurate emulation of older, 18th century gothic works (Matthew Lewis came to mind the more I read it!). This truly was a novel of scandal and emotion, salacious as hell and with taboo-breaking philosophy to spare, and it even possesses a slow-burn aspect to match that literary lineage it pays homage to. You have the whole gothic smorgasbord here: the confused bloodlines, the sacred and the secular casually intermingling, extremely messy rising action, and even old, abandoned churches! The aesthetics of the story were truly my favorite part. This is very much an old, low-budget horror flick on the page, but Lee really showed that he knows how to put on a good scandal, and he did so in an entertaining and uncompromising fashion. This was southern gothic extreme horror executed quite competently, and for that it gets 3 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    Edward Lee has some serious, serious issues. This one takes every taboo it can find and bumps up the WTF factor until you are dry heaving. A back woods corn-hole F and torture fest. There is actually a story in there somewhere but you need to wade thru the blood and pecker snot to find it. Some serious twisted sh*t in this one. If you are easily offended in any way, then you need to run, not walk, as far away from this one as you can. I can’t help but wonder about myself…since I actually liked i Edward Lee has some serious, serious issues. This one takes every taboo it can find and bumps up the WTF factor until you are dry heaving. A back woods corn-hole F and torture fest. There is actually a story in there somewhere but you need to wade thru the blood and pecker snot to find it. Some serious twisted sh*t in this one. If you are easily offended in any way, then you need to run, not walk, as far away from this one as you can. I can’t help but wonder about myself…since I actually liked it (even though I did have to put it down and take several breaks while reading). Evidently, I am sicker than I think I am. Damn. (I believe, I have said that before.) Damn. I was fortunate enough to see The Bighead short film at 2014 Twisted Terror Convention in Sacramento in February and got to meet the director and some of the actors. Strangely enough, I was the only one in the audience that had read any Edward Lee, even though I had not read The Bighead. The short film was brutal, but did not hold a candle to the pure and utter depravity of Edward’s novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    3.5 stars. Review pending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Bouthillette

    This book is so brutal but so good. Would make a crazy movie... The ending was very surprising. I was blindsided by what happened and I thought it was a great twist to the story. Edward Lee delivers

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Church

    How to review the Bighead….what a daunting task. As you can tell from the other reviewers this book isn’t for the squeamish or faint of heart or the horror lite crowd. This book pushes the envelope of violence and gore to the point of paper cutting your eyeballs while reading it. If you want to say “yes I have read one of the most disturbing books ever” just read this book. When people tell me they have read something disturbing by Koontz or King…I just scoff and go on. 5 stars for being one of How to review the Bighead….what a daunting task. As you can tell from the other reviewers this book isn’t for the squeamish or faint of heart or the horror lite crowd. This book pushes the envelope of violence and gore to the point of paper cutting your eyeballs while reading it. If you want to say “yes I have read one of the most disturbing books ever” just read this book. When people tell me they have read something disturbing by Koontz or King…I just scoff and go on. 5 stars for being one of the most fucked up books ever. Welcome to the world of Splatter Punk. Buckle your seatbelt for this ride, get your barf bag ready and prepare to put on some depends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Twerking To Beethoven

    So i'se done finishd this, an'ha kyn 'nestly says it was sum good harmless fun, hey! Anyway, here's what this meld of offense akin to ass sweat, week-old underarm b.o., old shit and stale piss and halitosis and dick-stink and God knows what else, all distilled down by the heat of the earth is all about. There's this bigass deformed sumbitch with a huge fuckoff head and an even bigger cock who goes 'round raping everything walking on two legs, cracking their head open, and eating their brains whe So i'se done finishd this, an'ha kyn 'nestly says it was sum good harmless fun, hey! Anyway, here's what this meld of offense akin to ass sweat, week-old underarm b.o., old shit and stale piss and halitosis and dick-stink and God knows what else, all distilled down by the heat of the earth is all about. There's this bigass deformed sumbitch with a huge fuckoff head and an even bigger cock who goes 'round raping everything walking on two legs, cracking their head open, and eating their brains when he's finished. Then there's this couple of hill-billy motherfuckers who entertain the same sort of hobby, only they don't like the taste of human brain. Then there's a blond bombshell writer suffering from nymphomania and fucking every male human being she stumbles upon. Then there's a foul-mouthed badass catholic priest who's absolutely ace at kicking arse. Then there's Jesus wearing rock t-shirts and scrounging cigarettes. Mix everything together, add a monumental amount of Southern drawl and a ton of WTF splatter bits, and there you gaw, you'se done gotten yer Edward Lee's musterpiss or wutever yawl wanna call it, ahdun 'no.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cora

    Quite a book. Well written with a quick pace and a decent, satisfying ending. Definitely not for the squeamish but if you're a true horror fanatic, take the challenge! Quite a book. Well written with a quick pace and a decent, satisfying ending. Definitely not for the squeamish but if you're a true horror fanatic, take the challenge!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Vacca

    With its first sentence The Bighead decrees that decency is dead and that only a veritable sewer system of bad taste awaits the reader for the next three hundred and fifty pages. Imagine Edward Lee as the prose equivalent of a one-man Troma Entertainment, and if the potential reader finds that palatable, then they will be rewarded with a red-neck phantasmagoria of taboo titillation. The plot is secondary, but not irrelevant: in the backwoods of Virginia an eight-foot tall scatological nightmare With its first sentence The Bighead decrees that decency is dead and that only a veritable sewer system of bad taste awaits the reader for the next three hundred and fifty pages. Imagine Edward Lee as the prose equivalent of a one-man Troma Entertainment, and if the potential reader finds that palatable, then they will be rewarded with a red-neck phantasmagoria of taboo titillation. The plot is secondary, but not irrelevant: in the backwoods of Virginia an eight-foot tall scatological nightmare heeds the beckon of a mysterious call, quickly cutting a swathe through the rural populace as he rapes his way toward destiny. Between our titular hydrocephalic brain-eater and his ascension is Jerrica, a big-city reporter spiritually crippled by nymphomania and drug addiction; Father Tom Alexander, a foul-mouthed fixer for the church who is sexually tortured by demonic nuns in his dreams; Dickey and Balls, a pair of moonshine runners whose hobbies include kidnapping, rape, mutilation and necrophilia; and Charity, an unhappy woman with a vagina men find off-putting. The narrative is in no hurry to reach the inevitable and gruesome convergence of the aforelisted, and instead entertains itself with a prolonged series of set pieces worthy of the boudoir of De Sade. Lee is certainly an author of unusual prowess, showing an unwavering blitheness in depicting the particulars of coprophagia, pedophilia, infanticide and urophagia. Though there is clearly an attention given to his characters and their thematic heft that belies a writer who knows his craft, they are still only cartoons created to be abused. Lee is concerned with neither morality nor reality, so a reader should not expect insight into the plight of rural poverty, since every provincial is painted as ignorant as they are lascivious, and even the authorial narration shifts into an exaggerated and mocking southern dialect during the sections focused on them. But despite the novel’s flagrant impropriety, Lee keeps The Bighead (a work he later described as, “my hardcore nihilistic porn/horror novel”) in the realm of genre conventions, delivering a climax built upon several revelations and an effective display of otherworldly horror. But if the potential reader blanches at the foreknowledge that they could fashion a depressing drinking game out of textual occurrences of “death by rape,” or another out of instances of the neologism “dicksnot,” then they should seek shelter in another book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shadow Girl

    I am following the Facebook page for the movie they're trying to make. (Edward Lee's The Bighead - The Movie) The more I read, the more convinced I became - convinced that the film cannot be done! At least, not in regards to the book! This graphic sex, rape, bodily fluid, and scat filled book was enough to literally make me nauseous - almost losing the battle once or twice! If you haven't read the book, then the movie might turn out to be one of the best horror / torture porn movies since the origi I am following the Facebook page for the movie they're trying to make. (Edward Lee's The Bighead - The Movie) The more I read, the more convinced I became - convinced that the film cannot be done! At least, not in regards to the book! This graphic sex, rape, bodily fluid, and scat filled book was enough to literally make me nauseous - almost losing the battle once or twice! If you haven't read the book, then the movie might turn out to be one of the best horror / torture porn movies since the original HOSTEL. But, movie goers who did did read the book first - they'll be expecting #MurderPorn, and nothing short of Bighead's descriptive culinary experiences will abide. It's a lose/lose for director Michael Lee. As for the fans - it's hard to say... I've read a lot of stories from Ed Lee, (I'm on an extreme horror / splatterpunk binge), and I am always looking forward to starting something by him that ALL my friends have read -but I wasn't prepared to dwell into the places that The Bighead considered home! I did enjoy reading this, in spite of Lee's over-the-top-ness! Because it IS Ed Lee, there is a very good story here - underneath the poo and fluids. I could picture The Bighead as being real, and the rednecks could be real, too. So, there is a piece of the ending that I'd have preferred to be more realistic, but that's just me. I think the 5th star would have made it, if the poo hadn't been there! P, L, & N <3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tressa

    I regret that GR doesn't have half-star ratings because that's what this book deserves. I've read other Lee books and enjoyed them, even though he pushes the envelope. This book, even for horror, has not one milligram of artistic merit. In just about every chapter two hillbillies kidnap/rape/sodomize/extract teeth/rip out intimate body parts/smash skulls. When the two hillbillies aren't making mischief, The Bighead is ripping open women (and some men) with his 14-inch trouser snake and cannibaliz I regret that GR doesn't have half-star ratings because that's what this book deserves. I've read other Lee books and enjoyed them, even though he pushes the envelope. This book, even for horror, has not one milligram of artistic merit. In just about every chapter two hillbillies kidnap/rape/sodomize/extract teeth/rip out intimate body parts/smash skulls. When the two hillbillies aren't making mischief, The Bighead is ripping open women (and some men) with his 14-inch trouser snake and cannibalizing the bodies. Lucky for The Bighead, a sex addict and a woman with an opening large enough for The Bighead's genitals are heading in his direction. And what is up with the redneck dialect? I can understand the words the hillbillies are speaking being written in the redneck language, but even the descriptive text? I've never seen that in my entire life of reading. This book is plain awful and I don't recommend it to anyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    More fun than a barrel of hillbilly gore.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aloha

    **********SPOILER***************** This is one gross book full of sick and cruel acts. Edward Lee’s terrific writing style kept me going to the end of the book. This is basically 315 pages of redneck jokes contained in a hardback book. At first, I was wondering whether it has any philosophical content, such as a Nietzschean statement about nihilism or death of God, but I think it is basically a book of cruel redneck jokes. It was one insane, meaningless cruel act after another. At first, it was f **********SPOILER***************** This is one gross book full of sick and cruel acts. Edward Lee’s terrific writing style kept me going to the end of the book. This is basically 315 pages of redneck jokes contained in a hardback book. At first, I was wondering whether it has any philosophical content, such as a Nietzschean statement about nihilism or death of God, but I think it is basically a book of cruel redneck jokes. It was one insane, meaningless cruel act after another. At first, it was funny, because it was so gross and insane. After countless ones, it grew tiresome. I was hoping that there would be a strong ending to make up for having to read one sick stuff after another. The ending was a disappointment because it didn’t really balance out the amount of violence that I had to read to get there. Everything happened because Bighead was a space alien baby. I don’t see the purpose of the secondary characters of Tritt and Dick, except to add extra cruel padding to what Bighead is already doing. This tells me that the whole book is about how imaginative you can be in destroying and torturing another human being. The title of the book should be 315 Ways To Kill A Red Neck. The content I wasn’t crazy about, but I love Edward Lee’s style of writing. I will definitely check out his other books that I heard were not like this. I would say he would be only one of a few writers that I would put up with such content from, because I sense his finesse and sense of humor. ******************************************** NOTES BEFORE REVIEW: I'm waiting for it to come in from Amazon. I purchased the illustrated version for additional barf ride, but it's not listed here. 6/3/10 The Bighead came in the mail today, the illustrated version. I'll start on it when I'm done with Sparrow Rock. I am thoroughly disappointed in the illustrations. They're black and white, not even glossy. I should have ordered the paperback and save myself some money. The inside of the cover says Rape, Murder, Brain-Eating. Brain-eating...I just had a moment of nostalgia. *************************** I don't think I'm going to need the barf bucket. I actually guffawed as I started reading the book. I'm only at the very, very beginning. It is terrific writing. Of course, this is from a person raised on comic books about serial killers and mom killers. 14 inchers, semen slurping, hydrocephalic head, baby in the oven...too funny! All gross stuff aside, Edward Lee's writing is masterful. It is effortless and contemporary. He dances between sentence structures, dots the i's and crosses the t's where it needs to be, and leaves it out where it's not needed. This book is gross, but the writing is terrific. It's a good thing I've been trained in art school to look at all art, no matter how controversial or disgusting. There have been too many instances where great ideas in art were trashed because it upset somebody's constitution. ***************************** I’m on P. 62. From P. 55: ”...Liked ta suck the hot poop right out’a that tight li’l hole, and it were always easier when they was dead. This gal here, this li’l blondie-well, Bighead could just tell what she’d et yesterday. Fresh corn an’ ham hock an’ steamed collard greens. Coupla fresh water clams in there too,he’s could tell ‘cos clams were always kinda chewy and’d stick ‘tween his back teeth. Ta The Bighead, food always were best comin’ out’a gal’s butt. Ta be sure! Try it sometime!“ (Bighead does more gross things, then immediately flipping the page to next chapter...) ”My God!“ Jerrica eclaimed, gazing out over the weathered wood veranda. ”Look at all the flowers!“ (then went on the description about the beautiful landscaping) ROFL!!!! I love this roller coaster ride! Edward Lee is a master writer. He is so comfortable in his writing skin that he is able to play with the viewer. I love it when a writer has a bit of BDSM in him. He controls and plays with the reader. I sense that he knows exactly what he’s saying, how he’s putting down the words, and how the reader will react to it. ***************************** On p. 85. Edward Lee has a wicked sense of humor. Some of his expressions had me rolling on the floor laughing. From a prostitute, ”...I’ll suck yer peckers so hard your buttholes’ll inhale.“ Currently, all of his characters are vivid but separate. It looks like they’re being set up to meet in an explosive way, with Bighead being the catalyst as he makes his way out to society. Can’t wait! ****************************** On p. 129 I'm hoping to make a big jump in the book this weekend to find the point to one horrendous act after another. I love his writing style, but a book has got to have some sort of a point. I'm hoping I find it soon. Otherwise, it's just gratuitous monstrous acts after another. ***************************** ***SPOILER******* On p. 205 Just when I was getting disgusted with the book, the plot turns to setting up all the other characters and their personal demons. They are starting to interact with each other, such as when the Father had a run-in with the sadistic Tritt, who's just as bad as Bighead. All this as Bighead has a instinctual calling to head to Luntsville, where these characters reside. There are also a lot of set-ups for surprises. I'm glad I pushed through the first half of this book. Now, I'm very curious as to what is going to happen.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Frankie Yates

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While I felt that the ending slightly let me down (I wasn’t expecting demons, I just wanted gross inbred cannibals) I still really enjoyed this book for what it is. Pure, good old fucked up torture porn. Some of the scenes were gag inducing (Balls spitting phlegm in the girls mouth and making her swallow it to name one...) but I found myself pretty heartbroken when Goop was killed! It all tied together nicely in the end though and I felt like all of my questions were answered.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam Wilson

    Lee’s The Bighead is purely disgusting. Every horrible thing that can be done to another human being seems to be described in relentless detail in this novel including, but in no way limited to, Colostomy Bag sex. For me, the book was very interesting to read but the over-the-top violence seemed cartoonish and hilarious to me. I didn’t find it disturbing in the slightest. Books like Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door or Gonzalez’s Survivor were disturbing to me because of emotional value and I didn’t Lee’s The Bighead is purely disgusting. Every horrible thing that can be done to another human being seems to be described in relentless detail in this novel including, but in no way limited to, Colostomy Bag sex. For me, the book was very interesting to read but the over-the-top violence seemed cartoonish and hilarious to me. I didn’t find it disturbing in the slightest. Books like Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door or Gonzalez’s Survivor were disturbing to me because of emotional value and I didn’t get any emotion from this book. Just good ole bloody fun Edward Lee style. This is by far the most disgusting book I have read by Lee and probably in the top three most disgusting ever, but I can’t take a horror novel seriously when two of the antagonists are named Dickie and Balls and when the other antagonist has a fourteen-inch member. It also reminded me of Tarantino’s Kill Bill, which was fun and entertaining but not serious because of the overwhelming violence constantly occurring. I honestly do not know who I would recommend this book to because even a lot of horror fans don’t seem to like this one and, after reading over 300 pages of rednecks and The Bighead raping and murdering people in a lot of creative ways, I can see why. I guess just give it a try and if you are disgusted beyond belief by page fifty or so, I would advise you to stop because it only gets worse, or better if you like this sort of thing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Juxian

    Oh my. This was super-crazy. Exceptional in its own way. I think Edward Lee is a brilliant author, and the genre is lucky to have him. But well, it's certianly not for everyone; I mean if you have no idea what you're going to meet, don't even try. I read this book for quite a long time because it started rather slowly. Several separate storylines (and some parts written phonetically in dialect, which was a bit difficult for me... but other parts were written in such a clean, precise language they Oh my. This was super-crazy. Exceptional in its own way. I think Edward Lee is a brilliant author, and the genre is lucky to have him. But well, it's certianly not for everyone; I mean if you have no idea what you're going to meet, don't even try. I read this book for quite a long time because it started rather slowly. Several separate storylines (and some parts written phonetically in dialect, which was a bit difficult for me... but other parts were written in such a clean, precise language they made up for it, and the contrast was perfect). But then the story really pulled me in, and I couldn't wait and wonder what'd happen when those storylines would inevitably cross. And when it happened... wow. All right, some things I could predict - but other things, like (view spoiler)[Balls's demon nature, or the Father being deceived in the worst possible way (hide spoiler)] - they just made me gasp. Anyway, not a consoling ending, for sure, but it appealed to my cynical side just so. I wwonder if other Edward Lee's books will be able to suprise me; for now I can't imagine them going any farther than that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Konnie Jones

    Wow!! This book was crazy! And sick....but I loved every minute of it! If you don't have a weak stomach, I highly recommend it. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be humorous, but I laughed throughout it. I guess I'm kind of demented, too! Wow!! This book was crazy! And sick....but I loved every minute of it! If you don't have a weak stomach, I highly recommend it. I'm not sure if it was supposed to be humorous, but I laughed throughout it. I guess I'm kind of demented, too!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Layton

    This is the most filthy, disgusting, raunchy, sickening, revolting, repellent, repulsive, stomach-churning, nauseating, nasty, and vomit-inducing piece of fiction I have ever read. And... I loved it. he he he

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marc-Antoine

    That was just messed up, I don't know what else I can say about it... That was just messed up, I don't know what else I can say about it...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    After reading "Portrait of the Author as a Young Psychopath," I went out looking for more of Ed Lee or Elizabeth Steffen's work. I found this book. After reading it, it became clear to me that everything I liked about the earlier book I'd read must have been contributed by Elizabeth Steffens. Very disappointing. The best words I could use to describe this book, and indeed much of Lee's writing, have already been said by Tim Krider in his review of this book for the City Paper: Reading Lee puts you After reading "Portrait of the Author as a Young Psychopath," I went out looking for more of Ed Lee or Elizabeth Steffen's work. I found this book. After reading it, it became clear to me that everything I liked about the earlier book I'd read must have been contributed by Elizabeth Steffens. Very disappointing. The best words I could use to describe this book, and indeed much of Lee's writing, have already been said by Tim Krider in his review of this book for the City Paper: Reading Lee puts you in instant and uncomfortable touch with the conservative, book-banning guardian of decency deep within yourself. What I want, reading Lee’s description of a hillbilly sodomizing an old woman’s colostomy stoma, or two nuns urinating through catheters into a priest’s mouth and urethra, is not just not to be reading it anymore--a wish I could easily grant myself by closing the book--or even just for nobody else to want to read it, either. What I want is for it not to exist. This is a troubling thing for me to want. I’m a First Amendment hard-liner. I don’t like feeling squeamish or priggish or square. It places me in the uncomfortable position of those humorless cranks who call my own work "sick"--a label that’s always seemed, to me, like a more reliable indicator of the critic’s own repression than of the artist’s pathology. This is not an easy reaction to provoke, and it’s some sort of testament to the raw power of Lee’s writing. I did find myself, to my concern, getting gradually desensitized to the violence as I forced my way through The Bighead, so that by the time a character was heaved off a cliff with a rope tied around his genitals so that they popped off as he plummeted to the rocks below, I was like, Ehh. In the end, my main objection to these scenes is that although they’re upsetting, they’re not frightening. [Added in 2015] Revisiting this review years later, I feel the need to add that especially when dealing with shocking or controversial content, the payoff has to be equally big. It's like telling jokes about rape or race or pedophilia - no topic should be off-limit for humor, but the more questionable the topic, the bigger the payoff has to be in the punchline. The same is true for horror - the more horrifying and traumatic the content, the better the story needs to be to carry that load. And unfortunately, with The Bighead... the book's climax just wasn't satisfying enough.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Lee publishes most of his work with small publishers and I can see why-- no major publisher would touch The Bighead with a ten foot pole. Without a doubt the most depraved novel I have ever read, but as John Skipp blurbs on the cover, "Never have I been so ashamed of myself for laughing so hard as something so utterly depraved." The Bighead is Lee's splatterpunk masterpiece; I knew it would be bloody and violent, but I had no idea it would be this nasty (and at the same time, laugh out loud funn Lee publishes most of his work with small publishers and I can see why-- no major publisher would touch The Bighead with a ten foot pole. Without a doubt the most depraved novel I have ever read, but as John Skipp blurbs on the cover, "Never have I been so ashamed of myself for laughing so hard as something so utterly depraved." The Bighead is Lee's splatterpunk masterpiece; I knew it would be bloody and violent, but I had no idea it would be this nasty (and at the same time, laugh out loud funny). Rape, murder, brain-eating, The Bighead has just about every horror trope and Lee takes them _way_ over the line. Jack Ketchum blurbs "Funny, evil, perverse as it is humanly possible to get... and gleefully outrageous about it." The story is largely set in a small Virginia town and Lee switches POVs constantly. Lee fans will recognize many themes, one being a crazed, amoral pair of rednecks (in the case, Balls and Dicky). Balls and Dicky run moonshine 'cross the border' into Kentucky, and Balls especially will rape and kill just about anything; they have it down to a science if you will. The Bighead itself is a monstrously deformed man-- his name comes from either his head, which is the size of a watermelon, or his dick, which is over a foot long and massive. We also have a pair of women from 'the city', one is visiting her aunt and the other a feature writer for the Washington Post. The main thing that ties this together is Lee's writing skills and the humor; without the dark humor, this would just be sick and depraved, with it, it is hard to put down. That stated, YMMV quite a bit depending on your tolerance for outrageousness. 4 over the top stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Martin

    This is most definitely 100% the most disturbing book I have ever read, hands down. It honestly made me feel bad to even finish it, but I can’t not finish a book once I’ve started it. Don’t get me wrong- Edward Lee definitely has a very unique, entertaining writing style, and I truly did enjoy a lot of this book… it was just overall so wrong (but maybe I’ll admit in a good way?). I just don’t know. Some of it was pretty funny, but even that seems wrong to say. This book is not for the faint of h This is most definitely 100% the most disturbing book I have ever read, hands down. It honestly made me feel bad to even finish it, but I can’t not finish a book once I’ve started it. Don’t get me wrong- Edward Lee definitely has a very unique, entertaining writing style, and I truly did enjoy a lot of this book… it was just overall so wrong (but maybe I’ll admit in a good way?). I just don’t know. Some of it was pretty funny, but even that seems wrong to say. This book is not for the faint of heart. Prepare yourself.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Scott

    Jesus, where to begin with a novel like THE BIGHEAD.... Anyone who's dabbled in the fetid, murky waters of author, 'Edward Lee' will generally know what to expect with this one.The man is not celebrated for his sense of restraint. In fact, of all the modern generation of underground horror writers, Lee is perhaps the most notorious. His deeply alarming imagination and total lack of respect for literary censorship has seen him produce some of the most disgusting and morally reprehensible works of Jesus, where to begin with a novel like THE BIGHEAD.... Anyone who's dabbled in the fetid, murky waters of author, 'Edward Lee' will generally know what to expect with this one.The man is not celebrated for his sense of restraint. In fact, of all the modern generation of underground horror writers, Lee is perhaps the most notorious. His deeply alarming imagination and total lack of respect for literary censorship has seen him produce some of the most disgusting and morally reprehensible works of all time; the sort of shit that would give Marquis De Sade a case of the flaccid Williams. A brief history for the uninitiated... Lee could be considered part of the second wave of horror that began in earnest with the late, great Richard Laymon and his pals. A form of literary horror that came to be termed, 'Splatterpunk'. In this most infamous of genres, nothing is left to the imagination. Theres an unspoken contract between writer and reader that the work will most probably be upsetting, will definitely be violent in content and graphic in the extreme, and on rare occasions, may leave you questioning your worth as a human being. You may come to regard yourself as something of a pervert for enjoying this stuff. Without stroking my own chain, I must state that I have read a huge number of the books that have grown from this artistic ideal. Laymon, Keene, Ketchum, Smith, Little and many more have reshaped the way I think of horror fiction. Stephen King and the like seem like kids stuff these days. Literally. Their work feels like a rights of passage before you get to the really fun stuff. I love King, Koontz and chums, but I prefer a harder kind of horror. Edward Lee is as hard as it gets. He's a man gifted with a rare sense of the grotesque, yet one bolstered by a vision that is often grandiose and epic in scope. In CITY INFERNAL and its sequels, he envisioned hell as a city; too vast to truly comprehend and filled with terrors and tortures that make the christian hell look like Disneyland. Also of note, he's a man with an undying love for the works of H.P.Lovecraft, and like many of his peers, he often dives headfirst into the mythos created by the great man, while taking it further...much, much further. These are fine tools to have in your armory if your heading out into the world as a horror author. Lee sits at the top of the pile. I've read a great deal of his work, and going into THE BIGHEAD I thought I knew what to expect. But with this charming little tome, the man goes above and beyond anything I've ever come across in the genre, by far. THE BIGHEAD is the single most demented, disgusting and unforgivable piece of exploitation fiction to ever break free unrestrained from the human psyche. Suffice to say, I loved it. It's the only novel I can recall with which I've stated to myself, that, 'I ain't reading one more page of this sickening filth!', only to throw the book down, stare at it in disgust for a few minutes, then pick the fucker back up and start reading again. When a piece of art can disgust and attract me simultaneously to its dark dementia, I have to hold it in respect. I wont give away any of the countless scenes of unthinkable perversions in this book, but I will say that it is guaranteed to shock even the most hardened reader. Its balls are huge, the attention to detail is sick-bag-on-standby stuff, and the relentlessness of the darkness that pervades the tale is exhausting, but its just so damn well written that you cant let it go. Herein ye shall find a giant mutated hillbilly/monster, (who's sexual and culinary habits are unspeakable even in this here Hotel), a pair of demonic Nun's sent from the pits of hell to habitually torture and rape, a helpless priest in the most vile ways ever written, a sex-addict who can't get enough junk in her trunk, two moonshine trading serial killers who know no limits, a self mutilator who goes to ridiculous extremes, and behind and surrounding it all, a dark, demonic mystery as to who the 'Bighead' is, and how this disparate group of fuck-ups, psycho's and devils all relate. Its sheer brilliance. The gore, of course, is often almost unbearable, and takes up a huge chunk of the narrative, but its all for a purpose which will not become clear lest the reader mans up and trudges along till the climax. Hell, Its not like the journey ain't fun. Its so sick and twisted that its often laugh out loud. Hopefully, your not taking this stuff too seriously. The explicit violence is smartly balanced with a sly, degenerate wit that manages to make the whole thing not only bearable, but hugely enjoyable. There are so many twists and turns here, in what seems to be a simple tale, that your left in no doubt by the novels heartless, darkly humorous finale, that what you just suffered through was a work of unmitigated genius. Were this nothing other than extreme gore and violence, it would simply lay claim to the most disgusting horror book ever written. A sort of 'Snuff Novel', if you will. But with Lee's precision storytelling, a deeply involving mystery, and some fascinating and perfectly realized characters, the whole thing becomes nothing less than a classic of its time. Most wont be able to handle Edward Lee's THE BIGHEAD. Its his most repulsive work, after all, and that's no small feat considering the mans other tales. Though in many ways, its his most accomplished work also, and boasts his most memorable characters, and scenes, (oh, how I wish those scenes were less fucking memorable). Those of you who take up the gauntlet and manage to read the damn thing will most likely feel ashamed of yourselves for doing so. Questions will arise in your soul as to what the fuck you were thinking. You may have to make some form of atonement for enjoying such a perverted work of the devil. You may pray for salvation for your rotten eternal spirit. But when all is said and done, and you somehow convince yourself once again that your a good and moral person, the chances are you'll find yourself looking up at your bookshelf, seeing that damn disgusting book sat atop your pile, and without knowing, a smile will bloom on your face. You made it out in one piece. Perhaps you'll make it out just fine the second time, too...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Edward Lee's THE BIGHEAD is a classic splatterpunk tale of rural Virginia. It feels like HEADER but the story is deeper and more layered. If literary splatterpunk is a thing, this is one of its foremost works. While Lee's story can do no wrong, the publisher of the digital edition clearly can. It is inexcusable for this digital book to contain as many errors as it does. I may have given a better star rating if it were a cleaner edit. I expect so much more from anyone who is entrusted to publish E Edward Lee's THE BIGHEAD is a classic splatterpunk tale of rural Virginia. It feels like HEADER but the story is deeper and more layered. If literary splatterpunk is a thing, this is one of its foremost works. While Lee's story can do no wrong, the publisher of the digital edition clearly can. It is inexcusable for this digital book to contain as many errors as it does. I may have given a better star rating if it were a cleaner edit. I expect so much more from anyone who is entrusted to publish Ed Lee's work. Still Edward Lee's storytelling shines through all the technical issues. If you love Header youll love The Bighead and if you love The Bighead youll love everything Edward Lee.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    It's almost impossible to review this one because I experience such a weird duality when I read Edward Lee's shit. The decent, mature human being recognizes his books as near-plotless exercises in writing the most heinously gross and offensive horror stories you possibly could pretty much just for the sake of it, which is kinda dumb and sophomoric. However, the dumb, sophomoric 14-year-old in me thinks that that near-pointless exercises in writing the most heinously gross and offensive horror st It's almost impossible to review this one because I experience such a weird duality when I read Edward Lee's shit. The decent, mature human being recognizes his books as near-plotless exercises in writing the most heinously gross and offensive horror stories you possibly could pretty much just for the sake of it, which is kinda dumb and sophomoric. However, the dumb, sophomoric 14-year-old in me thinks that that near-pointless exercises in writing the most heinously gross and offensive horror stores you possibly could pretty much for the sake of it is neat. Case in point, I just Wikipedia'd the term "sophomoric humor" and chuckled at the example picture of a traffic sign bearing the words SPEED HUMP. The plot itself actually reminded me more of a movie than novel for some reason. It honestly was like Deliverance, The Hills Have Eyes and Pink Flamingos had a baby, then locked it in a shed and raised it on a steady diet of raw meat and crack cocaine. Edward Lee is essentially the John Waters of horror literature, so I mean take that as you will. If that sounds immature and potentially offensive to you, avoid this like the plague. I can confidently state that if you CAN get disgusted and offended, and by that i mean if you actually have the ability to experience these emotions, you WILL be disgusted and offended. The amount of horrendous violence and sexual deviancy of every kind (and I consider myself pretty accepting of the myriad of sexualities humans display) on display is pretty impressive. I'm usually one of the readers that, when reading some fucked up shit, still assumes the human writing it is probably a very nice, respectful and stable person. That said, I find myself wondering if Edward Lee is a total fucking pervert weirdo when I read his shit. I can definitely say this book would not have worked for me in any format if not for its sense of humor. The book probably sounds cruel-spirited but the utter ridiculousness and blacker-than-night humor keep it in the realm of comic entertainment rather than some fucked up exercise in literary sadism. The ridiculously thick hick accent Lee writes in during the parts concerning the Bighead or the two extremely fucking horrible moonshiner/serial killers was funny. I don't know why, but I think over-the-top stereotypical Southern accents are funny. Probably a combination of my aforementioned immaturity and the fact that to the accent-less Arizonan any kind of exaggerated accent sounds funny and/or interesting. It reminded me of Irvine Welsh's impenetrable Scottish dialect in his books like Filth or Porno. (No, not fucking Trainspotting--I saw the movie.) I'll refrain from describing some of the actual content of the book, both because the fun in this kind of thing is seeing how twisted Edward Lee's imagination is and also because I would probably lose like forty Goodreads friends overnight. Lee's prose also somehow keeps it from becoming too immature and ridiculous. He's a pretty decent writer, which I guess makes his horrible imagination that much grosser. I really can't see myself reading more than a few Lee books to see what all the fuss was about because his shit really is appalling and offends even my calloused sensibilities, but I did overall like this book. I didn't want to get close to it in any way, shape or form but I'm glad I took the time to check out this extremely seedy backwater of horror fiction. I probably would not recommend this one to any of my friends on Goodreads and definitely would not recommend it to any of my friends in the outside world. Why? Because life is difficult enough without creeping someone the fuck out by recommending a book that would have probably seen Lee exiled from society literally any time before like 1970.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Well, I finished the book. I can at least say that. Yes, it's exactly as promised - disgusting torture porn that specializes in rape of all forms, depravity, back woods incest, religion-ish, addiction of all kinds - times that by 100 and that's what you get page to page throughout this read. I don't think I would've ever picked this up had it not been for a group read on Bookstagram but I'm not hating on the fact that I read it. It just proves that I have a strong stomach and since nothing really Well, I finished the book. I can at least say that. Yes, it's exactly as promised - disgusting torture porn that specializes in rape of all forms, depravity, back woods incest, religion-ish, addiction of all kinds - times that by 100 and that's what you get page to page throughout this read. I don't think I would've ever picked this up had it not been for a group read on Bookstagram but I'm not hating on the fact that I read it. It just proves that I have a strong stomach and since nothing really bothered me, I'm not entirely sure what that says about me as a person. But I guess I'll have to live with myself and I'm A-OK with that. There seems to be no plot and I'm unsure why the backwoods dialect bled outside of dialogue but hey, I'm unsure about a lot of things in this book. I will say that when everything FINALLY came together in the last 20%, I realized that The Bighead is just living the life that he was given. But like with all of these types of books, I was hoping for a bigger.... finish? I can't come up with words for this. Will I read it again? Hell no. Would I recommend it? Only to those who really don't mind reading the depraved and *enjoy* torture porn at it's finest. Go forth and good luck! :D (and nice nod to Ketchum, who I know Lee has collaborated with in the past)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Horror Bookworm Reviews

    The Bighead by Edward Lee Enticed by her aunt, Charity visits her rural hills home, or the sticks as it were, and that is all it takes for this crazed tale to begin. Once settled in Charity begins to hear tales of folklore about a massively deformed bulk of a man nicknamed "Bighead" who roams the countryside creating a path of carnage and gore. With further exploration Charity begins to uncover hidden clues that pertain to dark secrets of her own past. Once the facade is revealed only a few will The Bighead by Edward Lee Enticed by her aunt, Charity visits her rural hills home, or the sticks as it were, and that is all it takes for this crazed tale to begin. Once settled in Charity begins to hear tales of folklore about a massively deformed bulk of a man nicknamed "Bighead" who roams the countryside creating a path of carnage and gore. With further exploration Charity begins to uncover hidden clues that pertain to dark secrets of her own past. Once the facade is revealed only a few will survive to witness the truth. Edward Lee establishes his story with characters the reader will not soon forget. From the two new-found female friends, to a priest that is dealing with inner struggles of faith, to a duo who creates murder and mayhem everywhere they go. Lee crosses every line placed in front of him which causes the reader to feel uncomfortable, the story unpredictable, and morals challenged. Include sex, bloodshed, and shock and you have all the elements for a novel from the creative mind of Edward Lee.

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