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Quest for Sex, Truth & Reality [Paperback]

Edward, Jr. Lee
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Sept. 1 2011
"The three stories in this chapbook are among my favorites of my stuff," Lee says. The stories are the intellectualized b-movie-like "The Seeker" and the Lieberesque "The Goddess of the New Dark Age," plus the potent existential porn piece, "Sex, Truth, & Reality" aka "Pay Me." The latter has never been reprinted, and was originally accepted in the early '80s by HUSTLER magazine, even to the point that Lee's manuscript was copy-edited and sent to the typesetter. "Jut my luck," Lee recalls. "Right before they were going to pay me something like 800 bucks," the fiction editor left the company and the story was rejected by his successor, said HUSTLER was no place for philosophical fiction. It's the only time I'm ever gotten a manuscript returned with copy-edit marks."

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About the Author

Edward Lee is the acclaimed author of Succubi, Incubi, Coven, Creekers, The Bighead, Goon, and a dozen other novels. Edward Lee has a huge cult follwing and his latest novel, City Infernal, is available from Leisure Books. Ed lives in St. Pete Beach where he walks the beach everyday, eats his own weight in shell fish and continuesto write the best in hardcore and dark horror fiction.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Best look elsewhere March 13 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a small collection of three stories dealing with the theme of a search for truth. All three involve a writer as the main character, presumably Lee's alter ego.
In the first story, "Goddess of the New Dark Age," a cancer-stricken author is literally haunted by his life's failures. He consults people of various stripes - a priest, a professor, a call girl - in an attempt to answer the question "what is real?"
The second story, "The Seeker," is essentially a rehash of the first, with added gore and the revolting acts that Lee is infamous for. It is perhaps meant for those who couldn't hold their attention on the previous story.
In the final story, "Pay Me," a writer visits a sex club and encounters an acquaintance he carried a torch for in high school. He soon finds she has changed in unspeakable ways. Lee tries to add weight to the story by telling us (in his afterword) that it is a philosophical tale. It's really just a soulless piece of pornography, and the inexplicable ending seems like a lame attempt to root it in the horror genre.
The first story is recommended. It is deep and surreal and the only well-written piece of the three, and earns this publication three stars. The others aren't worth the time it took to read them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This meat is sliced too thin´¿ Sept. 5 2003
Format:Paperback
I´¿m really glad that Edward Lee is better than this tiny chapter book. (and I do mean tiny, very thin) In my opinion, horror should be in-your-face; a fast, slap-happy read that leaves no doubts about what just happened. Lee gets a little bit, well, ethereal in this chapter book. A kind of wandering, dreamlike prose that belongs in space-type SF and not flat horror; for this book does contain some of the most gruesomely described horror I have ever encountered, definitely not for the faint of heart. The stories are still good, and the book is thin enough to read while waiting for a dentist appointment, but if you want something juicier in content and not just an indistinct wade through knee-high gore and splatter, pick up a different Lee and save this one for the waiting room.
Goddess of the New Dark Age: A story of a man dying of cancer, and of the ghost who follows him , whispering to him, as he seeks the meaning of what is real. Only in death will the ghost make reality clear to him. This is the best story of the three.
The Seeker: A man wanders through a quarantined zone, seeking truth and finding only revolting people and horrific acts of violence. When he does find what the army and he himself has been seeking, he discovers that he is capable of handling it when others are not. This is the most vague, and yet the goriest, of the three.
Pay Me: A man finds an old school mate in a Live-Sex bar, and witnesses her involvement in a pornographic stage show. Still wanting to see her, he gets involved with her only to find out she will recruit him for the show in horrible fashion. This is the most sexually graphic of the three, better than The Seeker but not as good as Goddess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Truth Has its Price June 1 2003
Format:Paperback
An author finds himself close to death and followed by a ghost that tells him to ´¿make her real.´¿ So, his quest for enlightenment, to find the becoming mentioned before his terminal illness catches him begins. A town that is going mad, filled with horrific events that consume mind after mind, and a writer that thinks of himself as ´¿a seeker´¿ journeying through it. Along the way he hears a voice, a voice that tells him not to turn away but to seek out what is real. A man listening to a voice inside his head journeys into a ´¿seedy´¿ part of town, into a bar offering ´¿live shows,´¿ finding someone he once loved in the process and also finding that, in time, truth is relative and it all changes. Every truth has a price.
Three stories, one chapbook, and the label out-of-print on all this beast´¿s previous release. That is what this work, by Edward Lee, comprises on its Quest For Sex, Truth, and Reality. It also entails something that´¿s well written in its short, 35-page run, something that reflects upon its author while the main character´¿s ´¿ all reflecting on bits of Edward´¿s internal struggle ´¿ search for something more, and a more meaningful side of the gore writer´¿s persona. Personally, I find this time period in his writing life an interesting one, filled with reflections of what is going on in the author´¿s mind after each tale told, letting you into the painter´¿s mindset as the scene was crafted. To me, that is an important keyhole to sometimes peek through because knowing the author, its knowing something behind-the-scenes.
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