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review 2018-10-13 12:51
Creepy Carnival
The Traveling Vampire Show - Richard Laymon

 

3 best friends spend the day trying to figure out how to get in to see the female vampire in a traveling side show.  They spend the day freaking out over weird happenings.  Things get weirder when they get to the show.

 

I don't think the sister-in-law, Lee, was very realistically written, even considering this takes place in 1963.  Or maybe because it takes place in 1963.  And the clothing described sounded more late 70's early 80's to me.  Although I'm not up on what was fashionable in the early 60's.

 

This one felt like Laymon was trying for a Robert McCammon feel. He didn't do half bad in my opinion.

 

However, he managed to pack 3 days worth of activities into the hours between 9am and midnight of one day.  Maybe everyone was the Flash.

 

 

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text 2018-10-11 18:41
Reading progress update: I've read 21%.
The Traveling Vampire Show - Richard Laymon

 

Dwight's mowing the yard and he's sweating so the sun is up, friends show up, they sneak out to the forbidden field to try and get an early peek at the show, get attacked and treed by a dog that is either rabid or has been shot in the head (or something else) once they get there, one heads back to town for rescue, comes back and they aren't there, goes back to town, finishes mowing the yard, Slim hasn't shown up yet but mom comes home.

 

And it's only lunch time.

And it's apparently at least an hours walk to this field.

 

Man, I wish I could get that much done by lunchtime.

 

And there's no corn!

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review 2018-03-12 00:00
No Sanctuary
No Sanctuary - Richard Laymon I am a big fan of Laymon and have been for a number of years. I have read most of his work and have enjoyed them all. I did enjoy this story, however, I did feel that this was one of his weaker works. It sort of lacked that Laymon intensity. If you enjoy cheesy B-movie horrors and thrillers then I would say you would enjoy this book...and all other Laymon books as well thinking about it.
I thought the combination of the two stories written side by side would of come to a very explosive crash but they kind of just touched, gave eachother a pat on the back and then wondered off.
Overall, weaker than I expected but still a good paced read to pass the time. Plus it's Laymon...you have to read it.
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review 2018-03-11 02:26
THE WOODS ARE DARK Review
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
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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