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review 2018-03-11 02:26
The Woods are Dark - Richard Laymon

4.5 stars rounded up!


Wow! This was my first Richard Laymon novel and I was not disappointed. I know Laymon has a bit of a bad reputation (as in, he’s known for writing trashy horror), so I was a bit hesitant when starting this short tale of a few people lost in the woods and on the run from an incestuous family of cannibals that . . . practice witchcraft? I think?


Oh, and the Devil shows up too. In literal monster form.


Needless to say, this thing is intense. I could not — and did not — want to put it down.

The whole time I was reading, I felt like I was reading Jack Ketchum’s Off Season (which is funny, since they were both published in 1981), only I enjoyed this one much more. Maybe it’s because I was able to sympathize more with the characters, despite Ketchum arguably fleshing his creations out more. I dunno. Laymon did a good job, here, of giving me just enough information to make the characters distinctive and likable without getting bogged down in back story. This one is all action, all horror, from the start.


Easily the scariest book I’ve read this month thus far, I liked this one much more than I expected and I hope to squeeze in another Laymon before the end of March.

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review 2017-01-18 00:00
Savage - Richard Laymon From one of the all-time horror greats, comes Savage - a historical fiction / adventure / thriller / western. Huh? Not at all what I expected. And that wasn't a bad thing at all, just a different vibe from the usual Laymon bloodbath. Don’t worry, it still had the appropriate amounts of shredded flesh. There were also some great characterizations and plenty of serial killer tracking hijinks and general mayhem which made it read much faster than its 430+ pages. I do loves me some Laymon.
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review 2016-10-29 00:00
Night in the Lonesome October
Night in the Lonesome October - Richard Laymon Poor ole heartbroken Ed. Out night wandering in the small college town of Wilmington. May want to rethink the whole midnight strolling thang. You don’t want to be out after dark in this town with all the night loonies and trolls. You just may get “the works”. And you do not want that. Trust me.

Some authors have a certain ease about their writing and their stories seem to float along with little effort. Laymon is like that. Dark, creepy, atmospheric. I wasn’t sure where this one was going, but it wasn’t about the destination, it was about the journey. 4 Stars and Highly Recommended.
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review 2016-05-17 00:00
Come Out Tonight
Come Out Tonight - Richard Laymon Old, dried up, cracked rubber. Come on dude. Get your sh*t together. You need that rubber, man. Like, bad. Like, right now. Thank God for the Spee-D-Mart down the street. 10 minutes. Tops. Then you and Sherry can bump uglies until the sun comes up. That is if you can make it home from the store at all.

Definitely Laymon. Lots of crazy going on. Lots of nasty situations. And yes, lots of the signature Laymon nipples. Pink, bruised, pinched, swollen, sliced, bit, etc. There all here. Excellent.

I not sure how to rate this one. It was good. Nothing spectacular, but enough going on to keep me interested throughout. Mindless fun and senseless violence. Who doesn’t like that? 3+ Stars!
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review 2016-05-10 13:00
Horror Review: Night Show by Richard Laymon
Night Show by Richard Laymon (1994-10-01) - Richard Laymon

While it is still a decent horror read, Night Show is a rather average, middle-of-the-stacks title from Richard Laymon that does nothing to showcase the man's true splatterpunk madness.

The novel's best scenes are dumped in opening chapter, which sees beautiful young Linda abducted by a carload of teenage punks and left tied up inside the haunted Freeman house, where she is all-too briefly terrorized. There's so much potential here, both in the house and in Linda's slow-burning desire for revenge, but it's left largely unexplored as we switch to the main story. Anticipating King's Misery by almost a full year, it's the story of a Hollywood special effects queen who is stalked by a crazed teenage fan. The problem is, the Chill Master is more sad than scary, and more embarrassment than threat. Despite what little page time she gets, Linda is the far more terrifying of the two.

Either piece could have been interesting as a short story, but they're unnecessarily padded out and awkwardly forced to converge in a climax that's neither as entertaining nor as clever as you'd expect from Laymon. There are several moments of gore, a handful of potential frights, and the requisite amount of sex, but it all feels too basic, too generic. Night Show reads like a standard 80s horror novel, which may be fine for some has-been authors, but Laymon has done much better. If you don't believe me, check out The Cellar, The Stake, or (my personal favorite) One Rainy Night.

Source: beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.ca/2016/05/horror-review-night-show-by-richard.html
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