Holy Balls!!! To say this interview is a dream come true for me is quite the understatement of a lifetime. Edward Lee has to be my favorite author ever. I have read everything he has written I can find. I have always loved his horrific stories and can see them playing in my head like a movie as I read them. That’s how I love to read! I can promise you one thing, if you haven’t read his books you are missing out on an amazing time. My advice to all you true horror fans is simple; read his books immediately! When I first got my Kindle I was looking for something to read, and of course horror was what I wanted. I got a few books, and after reading them, Amazon recommended Header. I read the blurb and thought ok, sounds good. I never put the Kindle down! It blew my mind! Needless to say, I went back and got more. My favorite of his books is Header. It’s mind-blowing, hard-core mayhem hits you between the eyes and never lets you go. The other of my favorites is Witch Water. It’s wicked and evil story makes you try to figure out what’s going to happen next, but you never will until the end. There is plenty of debauchery to leave you turning the page faster and faster. They are polar ends of the spectrum for me, but I love that he can write such a variety of feelings and emotions. This to me is what makes a writer great. His books will leave you breathless and sitting on the edge of your seat screaming for more. So, I will stop gushing like a school girl and proudly introduce you to Edward Lee……
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
EL: I was in 7th of 8th grade when I WROTE my first story. We’d just read Arthur C Clark’s story “The Star” in class, then the teacher told us to write our own version. I wrote about a bunch of astronauts who’re trapped on Pluto, and then the rescue mission. Lot’s of fun! I was 24 when I saw my first short story published, called “The Horror of Chambers,” a pastiche/ripoff about Robert Chamber’s story “The King in Yellow.” It was published in EERIE COUNTRY by W. Paul Ganley, in 1982. The story sucked but it gave me great confidence. God BLESS Paul Ganley!
2. How many books have you written?
EL: To date I’ve had between 52 and 54 books published: 40-some-odd novels, then some bound novellas and collections. I’ve been busy for the last 30-some years!
3. Anything you won’t write about?
EL: the standard taboos with any level of graphic detail, of course–things that are so tragic that it’s awful to sensationalize them in fiction. Aside from that, I won’t write about anything that’s not interesting to me (most writers are the same way). If it’s horror with an occult or supernatural element and includes treatments of provocative violence as well as erotica (or just good old-fashioned T&A)…THAT’S what I write about.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
EL: I’m getting to be a cranky old fuck; I’m 59. However, my brain feels 29, so this is good. The late, great Lemmy of Motorhead and Hawkwind said “If you think you’re too old to rock and roll, then you are.” Same thing hear. I look forward to being 79 or even 89 and still writing horror. If I’m in a nursing home, big deal! I’m gonna kick out the jams, as they say, until the day I “kick” off.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
EL: I tend to answer INFERNAL ANGEL, but in truth I love all my books, even the ugly duckling and turds. I really like Witch-Water and Minotauress as well.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
EL: Writer like (I this order) Lovecraft, Leiber, Ketchum, Laymon, Brian McNaughton, Ramsey Campbell, and John Shirley (and some others I can’t recall off hand.) One way or another, all of these scribes taught me a thing or two, the combined effect being that in horror you can pretty much do ANYTHING you want.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
EL: watch horror movie, and re-read M.R. JAMES. I also shoot racy horrorish film clips on Vimeo, and have done one finiched full length flick THE WALKING WOMAN (available on Amazon as a dvd) and am finishing up my next full-lengther, PARANORMAL NUDIST CAMP MASSACRE. A film with a title like that HAS to be good!
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
EL: the old superstitious rituals of days gone by are non-existent now. Typical, when I’m done writing and proofing a book, I nod with some satisfaction, have a beer an hour early, or celebrate by eating raw oysters (and I can tell you, the Ameripure oysters at Red Lobster are outstanding!) And, well, it IS true what they say about oysters…
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
EL since about 2003, I abandoned desks and began writing on the couch. Why not? And I need some fair quietude when I write. No music. I remember around 2000, I went to a party at Brian Keene’s house in Maryland, and he was writing with loud metal on. I couldn’t do that, too distracting. Quiet is best for me.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
EL: not a dang thing! I don’t regret ANYTHING I’ve ever written (except, perhaps, my story “The Dritiphilist.” Sometimes I look back and that and just shake my head in shame!)
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
EL: I’m very lucky to say that since 1982 when my first story and first novel were published, my dream has come true.
12. Where do you live?
EL: I live 6 or so miles from the Gulf of Mexico in Largo, Florida. I tend to gravitate to places where is NEVER snows. Lovecraft, for instance, had a physical aversion and dread about cold weather. I do as well. I will NEVER push a snow shovel again!
EL: I love pets, particularly dogs, birds, and rabbits, but I’m too selfish to own them. To treat a pet right, you have to spend lots of time with it, and I don’t have that; plus I travel periodically, and, hence, can’t tale care of them.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
EL: You get to be God, creator of all things I Heaven and Earth. I DIG that!
15. So what’s coming up next?
EL: My next novel, WHITE TRASH GOTHIC, should be done in about a month. It’s a sequel of sorts to The Bighead, Minotauress, and some other works or elements, and it kicks ass. I’m bypassing the typical 1-year delay with the limited edition hardcover route and putting it out immediately (via Deadite Press, probably) as a Kindle and POD paperback. The past five years of so have seen a drastic reduction in my output, so for WTG I don’t want fans to have to wait to read it. After that I’ll start a demonic horror novella set in Wroclaw, Poland–my favorite city on earth. Don’t know the title yet but it will ROCK. And on the side I will continue to shoot videos for my company City Infernal Films, because, well, because it’s fun. Those interested should investigate https://vimeo.com/user22091649. The clips are only a minute or two long, so watch them even if they suck and please click the “like” button. Almost my entire backlist of books can be had at Necro Publications and edwardleeoinline.com. Thanks for the interview!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this interview! I’m so very proud and honored to have you on Roadie Notes! As always, I wish you much happiness and continued success!!
Just a few of Edward Lee’s amazing books