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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...

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  1. 5 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. 5 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

    John

    Story 4.5/5 Narration 4.5/5 Way more depraved than "Depraved" 🤣 Story 4.5/5 Narration 4.5/5 Way more depraved than "Depraved" 🤣

  4. 5 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    MadameD

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

  6. 5 out of 5

    John

    Everything you've heard about this novel is true. Everything in the book's description is true. There are things in this story that are vile and disgusting enough to gag a maggot. Be that as it may, this is a really kick-ass horror story. In my opinion, Lee wrote some nasty stuff into this story that didn't need to be there, especially some scatological matters. Still a great story, though. Everything you've heard about this novel is true. Everything in the book's description is true. There are things in this story that are vile and disgusting enough to gag a maggot. Be that as it may, this is a really kick-ass horror story. In my opinion, Lee wrote some nasty stuff into this story that didn't need to be there, especially some scatological matters. Still a great story, though.

  7. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    3.5 stars. Review pending.

  9. 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.

  10. 4 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 5 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!

  13. 4 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. 5 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. 5 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. 5 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.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 4 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Grim Reader

    If you’re familiar with the pen of Edward Lee then you should know what you’re getting into when going spuds deep into his work. The Bighead leaves nothing to the imagination...nothing. Lee is as subtle as a sledgehammer to the head as he repeatedly batters you with scene after scene of utter sexual depravity and violence...and herein lies the problem. As fun as The Bighead can be, it does get a little tiresome. There’s only so much sodomy and brain eating the Grim Reader can take, and by the ha If you’re familiar with the pen of Edward Lee then you should know what you’re getting into when going spuds deep into his work. The Bighead leaves nothing to the imagination...nothing. Lee is as subtle as a sledgehammer to the head as he repeatedly batters you with scene after scene of utter sexual depravity and violence...and herein lies the problem. As fun as The Bighead can be, it does get a little tiresome. There’s only so much sodomy and brain eating the Grim Reader can take, and by the halfway mark I was full to the brim with bodily fluids, so much so, I felt as if they were soon to spill from my ears. I would’ve dug The Bighead more if it had been shorter. The first half of the book was fun and the final couple of chapters wrapped things up nicely. Father Alexander is the book’s strongest character. He is charismatic, foul-mouthed and handy with his fists. The rest of the cast are fodder for the Bighead to rape and eat. I love Deadite Press, but as is often the case, the editing is pretty ordinary. Still, those who enjoy Lee’s work shouldn’t pass on The Bighead. Those new to him might want to try something shorter and not quite as exhausting. Not my favourite Lee work and so... 3/5 engorged organs from the Grim Reader

  21. 5 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. 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...

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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)

  28. 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    My horror book club bring this book up time and time again when the word 'disturbing' gets mentioned and after reading 'Teratologist' I was curious. Disturbing is probably a too gentle descriptive word for what this book contains. This book pushes the graphic boundaries of torture porn, cannibalism, sex, violence and gore but at times in a rather cartoonish way. There is a story here that links though under it all with quite a shocking twist but our characters Bighead the redneck mutant, a sex/dru My horror book club bring this book up time and time again when the word 'disturbing' gets mentioned and after reading 'Teratologist' I was curious. Disturbing is probably a too gentle descriptive word for what this book contains. This book pushes the graphic boundaries of torture porn, cannibalism, sex, violence and gore but at times in a rather cartoonish way. There is a story here that links though under it all with quite a shocking twist but our characters Bighead the redneck mutant, a sex/drug addict, city girl, Aunt, simple/lustful handyman, Priest & some sick hill billies tell it through disgusting explicit depravity. It is gross but at times humorous with the language used. A morbid curiosity kept me reading to find out what was driving Bighead other than the obvious! ha!. It is hardcore. A solid splatter punk read that will thoroughly turn your stomach often, a must is that you have high tolerance, if you do then you will be rewarded with possibly the most unique nauseating imagery you will ever experience! .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    don't diet, read this book. You'll never want to eat again. really don't diet, read this book. You'll never want to eat again. really

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