This is a very special book to me. It was the very first Deadite project that I oversaw. Deadite existed at Eraserhead Press before me but it hadn’t been used for any projects for years. Shortly after joining the Eraserhead team, I pitched the idea of a collection of Edward Lee’s rare and then super hard and expensive to find short stories to both them and Lee. Everyone said yes.
When I talked to Lee about the project, I came with a list of stories in mind. He agreed to the stories I wanted to reprint and also sent over a bunch more (those became BULLET THROUGH YOUR FACE). So what you read in this collection is what I considered at the time to be the best and most extreme Edward Lee short stories. I only say “at the time” because he’s written more and I’ve read more. There are some pretty great ones in his other collections.
Lee is one of the greatest gross-out writers to have ever lived and this collection proves why. When we were working on the book at the Eraserhead Press office, Rose O’Keefe was proof-reading a story. When you read with proofing in mind you see the words but the full story doesn’t really register to you. You’re more focused on and seeing grammar and spelling. There was one story in which she was half-way through when it fully registered in her mind what was happening and she started gagging. It was “the Dritiphilist.”
This book is my handpicked favorite stories by one of my all-time favorite authors, my first book with Deadite Press, and one of the books that put Deadite at the forefront of extreme and hardcore horror.
Fun fact – “Grub Girl in the Prison of Dead Women” was made into a porn that was financed by Danzig. So far it’s the only Deadite story that has been made into a porn. I sincerely hope it’s not the last.
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