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About the Author

Richard Laymon was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up in California. Four of his books have been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, which he won in 2001 with THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW. Among his many acclaimed works of horror and suspense are THE STAKE, SAVAGE, AFTER MIDNIGHT and the four novels in the Beast House Chronicles: THE CELLAR, THE BEAST HOUSE, THE MIDNIGHT TOUR and FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE. He died in February 2001.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Feature (January 13, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747241309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747241300
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Laymon's works include more than sixty short stories and more than thirty novels, a few of which were published under the pseudonym Richard Kelly. However, despite praise from prominent writers from within the genre, including Stephen King and Dean Koontz, Laymon was little known in his homeland -- he enjoyed greater success in Europe, though, particularly in the United Kingdom -- until his affiliation with Leisure Books in 1999. The author largely viewed much of this as a product of the poorly re-edited and reconstructed first release of The Woods Are Dark, which had over 50 pages removed. The poor editing and unattractive cover art ruined his sales records after the success of The Cellar. The original and intended version of The Woods Are Dark was finally published in July of 2008 by Leisure Books and Cemetery Dance Publications after being reconstructed from the original manuscript by his daughter, Kelly.

His novel Flesh was named Best Horror Novel of 1988 by Science Fiction Chronicle, and both Flesh and Funland were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, as was his non-fiction work A Writer's Tale. He won this award posthumously in 2001 for The Traveling Vampire Show. His win was used as an answer for a question on the syndicated Jeopardy program.

The tribute anthology In Laymon's Terms was released by Cemetery Dance Publications during the summer of 2011. It featured short stories and non-fiction tribute essays by authors such as Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Gary Brandner, Edward Lee, and scores of others.

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Being a Richard Laymon book, this is, of course, excellent. To be honest, I would say it is probably not one of his books books, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

It is about 2 sisters written alternately from the point of one sister - Penelope - and from the point of the other sister (Melanie)' s boyfriend, Bodie. Both of these characters are very likeable as always with Laymon.

I found this book stange as it seems more of a mystery thriller than a horror, the plot being of combination of Penelope being increasingly afraid and paranoid of some obscene phone calls she recieved and Melanie, Bodie and Penelope trying to find out how the girls' father ended up in hospital after a hit-and-run (as Melanie suspects their step-mother and her lover).

Slightly different from Laymons usual style but a very good and enjoyable read, with an interesting twist at the end.
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I am a huge Laymon fan, and have been working my way through some of his harder to find (at least in the US) titles. I loved this book! It didn't quite feel like a Laymon novel at times (but then again, it had his dialogue, and his insanely sex obsessed characters). A bit of a different approach to terror and chills, and one that worked well with the story. And for those who have an aversion to heavy gore, this book was actually pretty light in that regard.
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As always I love this mans books! It is a shame that he has to die so young I have not found a book yet written by this author that does not keep you at the edge of your seat. They are all different and very well written.
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