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  • I like it better than some other books by Edward Lee that I have read, for one thing it was more suspenseful and it was a little bit less explicit than his usual fare


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      Edward Lee is a horror writer known for his hard-core style: extreme violence and sexual content. The Backwoods was released around five years ago, when Lee was just getting into the height of his popularity. The Backwoods is a horror novel about a young woman who returns to her hometown for her brother-in-law’s funeral.

      Her brother-in-law was an alcoholic, lazy, violent man — and she is actually happy that he dead, though she feels guilty for feeling that way. She hopes that her sister can move on, running her successful crabbing business on their own.

      What neither the main character nor her sister realize


      is that supernatural forces are involved. The man was killed in a very bizarre manner.

      He was found with no head, and the head was never found. The local police tried to cover up the death, but it is clear that something very strange is happening when the coroner realizes that there is no cutting wound where the head was removed — there is skin covering the stump — it is as if the head had mysteriously vanished, simply dissolved into nothing.

      No one knows what happened to him except perhaps the leader of the squatters, a population of gypsy like people who live on ...


      • the land and work picking crabs and manning boats. After several murders take place among the squatters, and drugs are found, we discover that a group of people including a dirty are perpetuating the string of deaths in an effort to drive away the squatters and destroy the company.

        They then hope the company will be sold, allowing for new development to be built on the land. The local authorities get involved, but don’t seem to know what’s going on, and the dirty cop stymies their investigation.

        As people are murdered, and then framed for being drug runners, the little community of squatters is terrorized.

        Yet at the same time as they are being murdered and run out of town, supernatural forces are wreaking revenge on their enemies.

        The villains in this book were really diabolical — I became very angry at them while reading it. They seem to get away with hurting a lot of innocent people — but not for long I really looked forward to the revenge being taken on the bad guys.

        The story was gruesome but fun. I like it better than some other books by Edward Lee that I have read, for one thing it was more suspenseful and it was a little bit less explicit than his usual fare.




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    Andrew Leither says :

    I agree with that Lee is known for his hard core style in writing horror stories. “The Backwoods” seems to be one of unique twist and turns and good characters and your review colors it up nicely.

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    opalina143 replies :

    Yes, The Backwoods was a good one by Lee. But I also love the Infernal books, the ones set in hell, which I’ve read more recently.

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