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Lucifer's Lottery [Kindle Edition]

Edward Lee
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Theology student Hudson has just won the lottery, but not just any lottery—Satan’s lottery. Only eleven people in all of human history have been so honored since Lucifer’s fall from Heaven in 5318 B.C. All Hudson need do is say “yes,” and he will receive an all-expenses-paid tour of Hell, and his tour-guide is the damned soul of H.P. Lovecraft, the greatest horror writer of all time…

And into the Abyss, Hudson ventures, to witness carnal pleasures that boggle the mind and horrors piled upon horrors within the smoking, screaming metropolis that is now Lucifer’s domain. But will Hudson make the ultimate choice and disavow his salvation to become an aristocrat in Hell?

A house with atrocities soaked in its walls, a Christian church perverted into a chapel of abomination, infant corpses exhumed for a diabolic rite... These ingredients are only the beginning of Edward Lee’s latest excursion into hardcore occult horror. LUCIFER’S LOTTERY takes the reader on a macabre and harrowing trek of unspeakable evil, devilish intrigue, demented eroticism, and ends in the very mansion of Satan himself...

About the Author

Edward Lee is the author of almost fifty novels and numerous short stories and novellas (or is it novellae? Hmm.) Several of his properties have been optioned for film, while Header was released on DVD in 2009; also, he has been published in Germany, England, Romania, Greece, and Austria. Recent releases include Bullet Through Your Face and Brain Cheese Buffet (story collections), Header 2, and the hardcore Lovecraftian books The Innswich Horror, Trolley No. 1852, Pages Torn From A Travel Journal, Going Monstering, and Haunter of the Threshold. One of Lee’s creative ambitions is to one day write an effective M.R. James pastiche.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1428511261
  • Publisher: Necro Publications (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D6UZ0Q0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucifer's Lottery 11 July 2014
By Debbie
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I wanted to give this five stars, really I did. It's beautifully written and I've been wanting to read it for ages and was thrilled wen it was released to kindle. Needless to say, I am a massive fan of Lee and have devoured all of his infernal series. It's probably some of the best horror out there. Ever. And I MEAN, ever.
But this just didn't do it for me, and I wanted it to. The story was weak, the descriptions not as vivid as his other stuff. I'm still a fan and I will undoubtedly work my way through everything the great man has ever written. He is truly the best.
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By Family Man TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is the fourth book in Ed Lee's Infernal series and while I thought it was okay I didn't think it was quite as good as the others. You could read this book as a stand alone however I think that you would be much better beginning with the first novel in the series.

I didn't feel that the book ha a particularly interesting storyline and the only reason I gave it three stars is down to my love of Ed Lee's version of hell which we see more of in this book but other than that there was nothing really there to grip me.

In short, if you love Ed's work or the series then it's definitely worth a read. If you aren't already a fan I'd start somewhere else as he has much better novels available.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok i guess 8 Feb. 2011
By N. rees
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I loved the first novels of edward lee's when he decended into hell and described it all in grafic detail to us.This is like an add-on rather then a continuation of the saga.A priest is given a choice, he is one of the few people who is perfect and will go to heaven.He can see what hell has to offer and if he likes it he would be immune from all harm on earth until he dies an old man and then decends to hell where he will have mansion,servants etc and live like a god.He is given the tour of hell then must make his choice.This was the first book i bought on kindle and i was very excited about it but i have to say i was dissapointed. Previous books in the saga were excellant but while the descriptions of hell were still there it was like the author couldn't be bothered with actually thinking up a proper plot. I would say read it but don't expect too much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tour of Hell 15 Dec. 2010
By J. Bjorne - Published on
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Since Leisure is only offering their horror books in eBook format (followed six months later by a $14.00 trade paperback version) I had to buy this for my Kindle. This is another in Lee's "City Infernal" series, and was a quick and fun read. The content is pretty graphic (I doubt they would have printed large chunks of this book about 10 years ago) but if you are an Ed Lee fan you know what to expect. Plus, this is Hell we're talking about. Both the main characters are interesting, and Lee includes an inventive twist which should be able to fuel another book in the series. The tour guide was a nice touch, as well. I hope Lee continues this series, and recommend it to horror fans in general.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who wouldn't love a visitors tour of Hell 7 Feb. 2011
By Stephen Brissette - Published on
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Mr. Lee does it again,.. I adore his vision of Hell in the endlessly eternal Mephistopolis and the populace that resides there. His imagination is by far the most grotesque I have read. The integration of HPL (not to cause too much of a spoiler), was wonderful and easily believable as a historical character.

Now a anxiously await the next in this series to see what happens with Conscript Favius' arrival.

Thank you Edward Lee - very entertaining.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 16 Mar. 2011
By mec926 - Published on
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This is the first book I ever read by Edward Lee and it lives up to the hype. With well made characters that seems like real life written down, mixed into environments most people could not even fathom. The first five star review I've written, but I have a feeling Edward Lee's writings will provide more to come. One of the most intriguing and scary books I've been lucky enough to read. Comparable to Dante's Inferno if he had written it while taking an acid trip.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but.... 5 Sept. 2013
By Micah J. Wilson - Published on
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I love Ed lee, and have read all of the Infernal books, as well as most of his other novels. He has always impressed me, and I have rarely been disppointed by his writings.

Having said that, this is one of those "rarely" times. The book holds on and kept me excited and ready for more. However, as I noticed the pages dwindling, I began to worry about its conclusion coming so quickly. Sure enough, the end disappointed.

The main story follows future priest Hudson seeing hell and being tempted to renounce God and accept Satan.

One sub story follows the making of a giant indestructable golem for Lucifer to use to tromp out good in his city. This sub story had nothing to do with the main story at all! The subsequent plot, the transfering, was part of the golem story, not the main plot.

The main plot of the book is supposed to be about "Lucifers Lottery", but in the end you see more about the sub stories surrounding the golem. Favius, Kildrid, Gerold, are all linked to the secondary story, not the main. Which makes the book disjointed when it finishes.

It feels like Lee did not have enough to hold the book together with Hudson, so he used the golem as a "filler", but it actually took over the book.

Also, for those of us that have read the other books, it drags a little at times because we have "seen" these images before. What made me excited was the sub stories with Favius and Kildrid.


My biggest beef came in the end and I need help from other readers. Hudson leaves the house with all his money. The two guys mug him, and sure enough, hells protection steps up and the two guys are killed by spells. Then Hudson is killed by Forbes! Why? He just survived the muggers with hells help, but then its suddenly gone and he dies? Totally out of left field, and makes no sense what so ever.

Good book until the end, when it makes no sense and becomes obvious that it is two books merged into one.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea, Poor execution 26 Mar. 2011
By Nulke - Published on
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I was looking forward to accompanying Ed Lee on another trip to Memphistopolis and the Underworld that he has created through his Infernal series (City Infernal/House Infernal/Infernal Angel), unfortunately this is a trip I could have done without.
While the idea of a man winning a lottery to become one of the privileged in Hell is intriguing, multiple stumbles in writing and plot turned a good idea into a rather boring novel. My specific problems with this novel are:

1. Of the 300+ pages, at best maybe 1/2 is devoted to the idea of following our main character (Hudson Hudson) and his erstwhile tour guide through the various sites and scenery of the Underworld. The other pages are devoted to 3 other plot lines and characters that have absolutely NOTHING to do with Lucifer's Lottery at all. Let me repeat that again, NOTHING to do with the main story. These other plot lines (a disabled vet contemplating suicide, demonic soldier guarding a secret site for Lucifer and a troll on a mission from God) could have been excised from the book altogether and would not have affected the main story line at all, which leads me to believe that they were put in place to pad the page count.
2. The initial interest of Hudson's predicament and early forays into the underworld were interesting, but quickly became boring. Why? Because rather than being part of an overall story arc, they were just individual set pieces cobbled together. Removing or adding any of the "tour" sites that were visited has absolutely no effect on the story at all (what little story exists). Ultimately, I felt I had read a travelogue rather than a fiction story.

I'll be general on the remaining points so as not to reveal any spoilers

3. The reasoning and motives behind Hudson's decision regarding Lucifer's offer is disappointingly pedestrian and uninspired; particularly given his background of desiring to become a "man of the cloth" and his demonstrated selflessness at the beginning of the novel with a women who has no money for food.
4. The "twist" ending while mildly amusing, puts into question the whole purpose of having the Lottery in the first place.

This was a disappointing and at times a boring novel (particularly the alternate story lines), the only reason it didn't get a 1 star rating is that it is a masterpiece compared to Lee's other snooze-fests, "Brides of the Impaler" and "The Backwoods".
For really great Edward Lee (with his trademark of gratuitous violence and more importantly wanton nudity and sex) read "Family Tradition", "The Big Head", "Goon", "Teratologist", "Slither", "Minotauress", "The House" or "Header". These are the books that showcase Lee at his finest (interestingly, most of his best works seem to have been initially limited release publications rather than mass market paperbacks).
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