Author Edward Lee
Long ago, I had a secret, a guilty pleasure I didn’t talk about. I had bought a book at a used book store by an author named Edward Lee. The story within was graphic and explicit and dark and a bit taboo, much like the stories in the books of the Hot Blood Series, which were kept hidden away in a box. Coincidence? Not at all. His story “Mr. Torso” is in one of the Hot Blood Series books. I knew the name. I had sought it out. Eventually, other books by Edward Lee joined it and one day I dared to put them on my bookshelf. Near the bottom. Stacked paperbacks carefully placed in a shadowed corner. But there nonetheless.
But the books became difficult to find over time. Not yet versed in the ways of Amazon (this was a long time ago, okay?), I grew frustrated, concerned about both my collection and myself.
Then, one evening at a dinner party, I met a man named Wrath James White. But that is another story. The important part for this story is him tempting me to research the ways of online book shopping, which led me to new discoveries and new Edward Lee titles and the deep contemplation of what it would be like to meet such a man. On the heels of said contemplation was always the realization that it would never happen.
And then, there was Killercon. And I met Edward Lee.
I was standing outside that first morning, composing myself before I entered the conference center and exchanging pleasantries with man I had never met. He looked oddly familiar, but I wasn’t sure why. He looked past me and raised a hand in greeting to someone behind me. I glanced over my shoulder to see a man who looked incredibly like Brian Keene waving back at him. And my mind just stopped. I looked at the man again and then back at the door the Brian Keene looking man had just entered.
“So,” the polite gentleman said. “Are you here for the book convention?”
Well, that switched on my basic social manners. I told him that yes, I was there for the convention, I was very excited about it, and was he there for it also?
With a small, humble smile he replied that yes he was. And then he said it. “I’m Ed Lee.” And then I fan girled like an idiot for a moment. Then he led me back into normal conversation like I had not just lost my mind.
It was glorious!
That is how I met Edward Lee the first time. We had many other wonderful conversations over the course of the weekend. He is delightful. I was also honored to be among those present when he won the Splatterpunk Award.
Here below is an incredible moment in my life, captured by my husband with his phone camera. Wrath James White, my friend and partner in horror fiction pursuits Christina, me, and Ed Lee. Because I got to call him Ed.
Also pictured above, my books aquired at Killercon and signed by Edward Lee!
Official Information on Edward Lee
Edward Lee is an American novelist specializing in the field of horror, and has authored more than 40 books. He is a Splatterpunk Award winner for his novel White Trash Gothic and Bram Stoker award nominee for his story “Mr. Torso.” His short stories have appeared in over a dozen mass-market anthologies, including THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF 2000, Pocket’s HOT BLOOD series, and the award-wining 999. Several of his novels have sold translation rights to Germany, Greece, and Romania.
Lee is particularly known for over-the-top occult concepts and an accelerated treatment of erotic and/or morbid sexual imagery and visceral violence. He was born on May 25, 1957 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Bowie, Maryland. In the late-70s he served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Armored Division, in Erlangen, West Germany, then, for a short time, was a municipal police officer in Cottage City, Maryland. Lee also attended the University of Maryland as an English major but quit in his last semester to pursue his dream of being a horror novelist. For over 15 years, he worked as the night manager for a security company in Annapolis, Maryland, while writing in his spare time. In 1997, however, he became a full-time writer, first spending several years in Seattle and then moving to St. Pete Beach, Florida, where he currently resides.
Of note, the author cites as his strongest influence horror legend H. P. Lovecraft. In 2007, Lee embarked on what he calls his “Lovecraft kick” and wrote a spate of novels and novellas which tribute Lovecraft and his famous Cthulhu Mythos. Among these projects are THE INNSWICH HORROR, “Trolley No. 1852,” HAUNTER OF THE THRESHOLD, GOING MONSTERING, “Pages Torn From A Travel Journal,” and “You Are My Everything.” Lee promises more Lovecraftian work on the horizon.
Edward Lee’s story Header was made into the film Header. Edward Lee and Jack Ketchum are featured in cameo roles in the movie.
For more information including a bibliography, see Edward Lee’s Amazon page