Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Ed by Chris Sun [3.5 stars]

From the Description:

Award winning horror writer and director Chris Sun has written his first book.

Ed Gein was like a horrific road accident, a man whose crimes were so depraved and macabre you just couldn't look away. He became the classic horror icon for such fictional characters as Norman Bates, Leatherface and Buffalo Bill. Regardless of the notoriety, nobody would ever really understand Gein like Larry.

Ed was an artist and Larry understood what inspired him. Larry saw the same thing when he looked at human skin, the seductive promise of screaming and pain, the raw unadulterated feeling of power. Unlike Ed Gein who robbed graves for his prize, Larry took pleasure in a warm, living body bleeding into his hands. He took all that pain and terror and turned it into beauty. Just like Ed, Larry took a fucked up world and made it something more.

Nobody could stop him, he held all the power. It didn't matter if you were man, woman, young, old, pretty, ugly, skinny or fat. If you were living and breathing, you were potential art.

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Ed is American Psycho meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This story is gory and nearly all the characters are twisted. It's a fun and fast paced slasher movie in book form. Unfortunately this book
had two problems for me. The first is that it didn't break any new ground. If you're a fan of extreme horror then you've seen all of this before. It doesn't make the story any less fun to read, just kind of familiar. The second, and much bigger problem for me comes toward the end of the book. There are three different scenarios presented to the reader that could be what's happening with the main character, Larry. I can't really expand on that without spoilers and I try not to give those so I'll just say that it made the ending confusing. I hope it will be cleared up with a sequel. All in all Ed is an enjoyable read for me and my fellow gore hounds. I wouldn't recommend it for the easily offended or squeamish. A solid 3.5 star read.