Novels

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(August 2014 release/DarkFuse) 

A Texas Senator and his wife go missing… On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood’s residence. Sammy, Wood’s drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. But there’s something more to these events… something deeper and festering just beneath the surface…

In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step. And in doing so, brings them all into the sights of an elusive and horrifying killer who may not be what he seems.

A brutal killer on a rampage of carnage… a hardened detective on the brink… an antihero from the shadows… a terrifying mystery that could destroy them all…

A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS, the harrowing new novel of dark crime and suspense from Lee Thompson.

Praise for A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS

One of the Best Novels of the Year… The Minneapolis Books Examiner

…an exceptional novel… The Crime Scene

Unlikely and questionable heroes, unsolved mysteries, senseless murders and an old ring all mesh together in a twisted collage of dark mystery, murder and intrigue in this riveting character-driven drama… Tome Tender Book Blog

Fast paced and riveting… Delivers a mesmerizing, heart wrenching tale… Literary Mayhem

Thompson knows just when and what to reveal, and when to keep it hidden… This really is a remarkable effort… Crime Fiction Lover 

 

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(2014 release. Earthly Things is my first pen-named novel. A supernatural thriller reminiscent of The Lovely Bones. You can also buy in paperback directly from Createspace here.)

Sensitive fourteen-year-old Dexter Bestwick is at the park with his girlfriend Jamie when his father murders him for stealing something from his locked room. Still around after his death to witness the ensuing damages, he aches to protect his first, young love from being a victim. Yet he’s afraid the eternal light will grow brighter and claim him, and that Jamie will soon suffer the same fate…

Praise for EARTHLY THINGS

Earthly Things is a powerful, emotionally gripping tale of a young love cruelly cast to the wind. A story of a broken family, devastated by loss, ruined by a cold blooded murder and the slow, painful journey of reckoning… Paul Nelson/Booklikes

A heartening tale of family dysfunction, friendship, betrayal, murder and love… Bill Jones

Earthly Things is a brutal book at times. It’s heartwrenching, but it’s also a great mystery and just a really great read. Even though I couldn’t relate to the characters because their reality was so far from my own, I still felt connected to them and emotionally invested in them which I attribute to some really great writing… BookDen


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(Cover by Dani Serra)

Fright, Blood, Love, and Carnage…

After her mother is murdered, young Dorothy Good travels west with her aunt to escape persecution. She experiences magic in the desert; an ancient and powerful gift that her maturing body and fragile mind cannot control until her aunt teaches her the secret arts.

After they construct a mystical town named Gossamer—a secret, hidden place where everyone can live forever—she finds love. But it is fleeting, replaced first by betrayal and then a terrible loneliness that lasts more than a century.

When the boy walks out of the desert and into her arms, she thinks that she will again have someone to love and who will love her. But something else comes out of the desert with him, a creature far more powerful than anything she’d ever imagined…

Praise for Gossamer

 “Gossamer” is a mythical, almost philosophical book that strips the reader naked and forces us to challenge our assumptions about love with passages that will touch you in places inside yourself you forgot exist. – Anita Siraki/HellNotes

Lee takes the unlovely parts of real life and sets it in a setting so deliciously bizarre that you think you’re simply reading a story, when in fact you’re listening to a man sitting across from you and telling you all about pain. – Mercedes Yardley/Shock Totem

“10 out of 10 Stars… GOSSAMER: A STORY OF LOVE AND TRAGEDY will blow you away my friends. It is that good.” — Peter Schwotzer/Famous Monsters of Filmland

Release date: June 2011/Delirium Books (Novel cover by Dani Serra)

This was the first novel I sold and right now it’s out of print.

In the hills of Pennsylvania, phantoms from the past mingle with those of the present, all swirling in a dark maelstrom over Division. Haunted by the part he played in his brother Mark’s death, John McDonnell takes a midnight hike and stumbles across four dead girls upon the forest floor. Their severed limbs spell Repent. The coroner finds Mark’s onyx skeleton key inside one of the victims, right where her heart used to be. The last time John had seen the key it was clasped in his brother’s hand before they lowered him into his grave.

Torn between protecting his family’s name and giving the girls a proper burial, John digs into Division’s past. As lives shatter around them, and a strange woman tries to steal the key, John and his best friend, Michael Johnston, must find the tools to set things right or break beneath the pressure of these ghosts’ sudden weight.

Praise for NURSERY RHYMES 4 DEAD CHILDREN

“Thompson’s voice is his own — strong, hypnotic, and unsettling–grabs you by the balls and rips them right off, breaking your heart and your psyche in the process.” — Brian Keene, author of Ghoul, Dark Hollow and The Rising

“Brooding, soulful, haunted.” — Robert Dunbar, author of Willy and Martyrs & Monsters

 

Release date: February 2012/DarkFuse (Novel cover by Dani Serra)

THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING: The 2nd John McDonnel novel and an integral book that bridges the gap between several other books (including Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children, Before Leonora Wakes, Within This Garden Weeping, Collected Songs of Sonnelion, Down Here in the Dark and The Patron Saint of Infinite Sorrow; plus directly ties into these short stories: The Weight of All These Years, Beneath the Weeping Willow, Daddy Screamed With Us, Crooked Stick Figures, and The River.)

A ring-leader of phantoms and collector of souls, he played rhythms on bare flesh, hellish melodies on bone. Fifty years ago he disappeared as quickly as he came and the town of Division gladly swept his acts of torture from memory.

But John McDonnell and Michael Johnston have drawn him home—he hears their names in his sleep, tastes their blood on his tongue, and fantasizes about the rapture birthed of their mourning.

 Praise for THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING

“The Dampness Of Mourning is taut, tough, and terrifying…” — Brian Hodge, author of Picking The Bones

“The Dampness of Mourning is a riveting thriller.” –Midwest Book Review

 

 

 

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September 2012/Delirium Books. (Original novella cover by Dani Serra) Second release, with bonus story Beneath the Weeping Willow, September 2014.

WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL: A standalone novella that is both brutal and heartbreaking. One of my favorites.

Home, he thinks, Where the heart bleeds freely.

A hell of a boxer, he earned the nickname ‘Fist’ back in the day. But during the past eight years, he’s transformed into somebody he no longer knows—a weak, pitiful, and passionless office drone.

Barely hanging onto the last thread of his self-respect, he returns home one night to discover Hell has truly crossed its threshold.

And Hell has lessons to teach him through what fragments remain.

Slivers of dark light.

Knowledge in blood.

Forgiveness, clarity and redemption in commitment.

 

 Praise for WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL

“WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL is as crazy as its tormented protagonist. Hard as nails.” — Jack Ketchum, author of The Woman.

“Lee Thompson knows his horror-noir. He fuses both genres together in the turmoil of terror, tragedy, blood, guilt, and lost chances at redemption.”–Tom Piccirilli, author of THE LAST KIND WORDS

 

 

 

Release date: Nov. 27th,  2012/DarkFuse (Novella cover by Dani Serra)

2nd Division Mythos book.

People have their own hidden worlds inside them as young Red Piccirilli has learned through the tragic events of his past.

His parents try to protect him by moving the family to a dead-end road out of town, but their plan is short-lived when a mysterious old man who seems to have a history with Red’s mother comes knocking at their door.

Red is quickly thrust into a crossroads between worlds, where he will soon learn from a broken god how to harness his true power…

 

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