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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dark Realms Audio (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613310498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613310496
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,476,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “One of horror’s rarest talents.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you’ve missed Laymon, you’ve missed a treat!”—Stephen King

“No one writes like Laymon.”—Dean Koontz

“I’ve always been a Laymon fan.  He manages to raise serious goose flesh.”—Bentley Little

“The master of stomach-churning violence.”—Kirkus

“Laymon is, was, and always will be king of the hill.”—Horror World

About the Author

Richard Laymon is the prolific author of more than 30 novels and 65 short stories which have been published in Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and Cavalier. A Bram Stoker and Science Fiction Chronicle Award-winning author, his novels have been translated into fifteen languages.


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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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By coachtim on January 12, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
you can't put them down. "Funland" is one of the best of Laymon's books (and he has many GREAT books). Get the UK version if at all possible because it has 500 pages, not the 390+ that other versions have. You don't want to miss any of the action in this novel. The sleepy tourist trap of a town called Boleta Bay will never be the same when some of the local kids declare "war" on the indigents and derelicts (called "trolls") that are terrorizing the citizens and visitors to the town. Laymon's characterization is terrific and you find yourself with mixed emotions about the leading characters. Many twists and turns are part of a fairly diverse plot that rockets to a roller-coaster of an ending. You'll find yourself wishing that there were 500 more pages of this book when you finish! This book is not for the fate of heart or those that are offended by the gore and violence that are a staple of Laymon's writing. But, on the other hand, if you like great storytelling with great characters, by all means pick this book (or any of Laymon's work) and settle in for a long night.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By stvegabr@aol.com on September 27, 2000
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First of all, anyone reading this who loves Richard Laymon should go on over to England where you can buy every one of his books at any bookstore (or find a friend who can bring them all back to you). Funland is one of his more entertaining violent romps and anyone who has ever been to an amusement park will love it. The storyline follows the basic premise of new boy in town meets up with bad bunch of kids who are terrorizing the homeless shacked up at a local amusement park they all live near. Little do they know that they are not the only ones doing the terrorizing. The story moves along at a great pace, introducing lots of characters and has 2 distinct parts, the first developing all the kids and adult's personalities and then the move into the Funhouse where the slaughters begin. I didn't give this book 5 stars even though it is a great, entertaining read only for the fact that I thought the ending was REALLY farfetched, even for Laymon. Get it in paperback, you'll love it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chucky West on July 9, 2005
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This was my first entry into the Richard Laymon catalog, and I must say that I was blown away with the story. Richard is definitely a powerful writer because I am still twisted up after reading that book a few days ago. Yes, it is a long novel, and although there was some drags in the tempo of the story, I definitely could not put the book down. Very good characters, very good plot, nice twists and one hell of a turn of events near the end of the book. Once the last few chapters arrived the story seemed to kick into overdrive, going from telltale suspense to shocking horror, with a lot of genuine scares and a decent amount of gore. The one thing that I noticed about this novel was the way that Laymon didnt over do it in contrast to some other horror stories that I have read.

I am still in awe at how attached I became to the characters, possibly because I could relate with what the main character was going through. Tales of belonging, tales of male machismo, young love, and acceptance. Laymon did a wonderful job bringing them all to life with fire-breathing results.

Bottom Line: I am impressed enough that I am going on in his collection to see what other treasures await me. So for any of you out there that love carnival horror/suspense, or are interested in trying a Laymon novel, this was an interesting place to start and a great, great book.

-CW
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Hansen VINE VOICE on February 2, 2005
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I would rank this Laymon book in my top five! A spooky book about an amusement park. A book that centers around a group of kids trying to get rid of weird, homeless bums...I did say weird didn't I? As usual, Laymon takes you on a wild ride of brutal killing, abuse, sexual encounters and just plain spookiness! There's always a little romance thrown in for kicks. Oh, did I mention there's always a little something far fetched in his books. This one especially throws you for a loop. I didn't expect the ending. This is one of those you have to read if your a fan!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on April 7, 2003
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A classic Richard Laymon tale. What seems to be a simple tale turns out to be anything but.
A small coastal town has an amusement park. They also have a homeless population. Some local teens have decided that the homeless have got to go. These youths thrill at the chase and torture of the homeless. But any operation like this, no matter how well-intentioned, will escalate.
Local police and a new kid in town get involved and it soon becomes apparent that not all is as it seems. It seems that the homeless may be preying on their attackers and there is definitely something not right about the amusement park.
Another wonderful send up from one of the greatest of all horror writers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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IF you're a Laymon fan and you haven't read this one, you're missing one of his best (and that's saying a lot). If I had to pick a favorite Laymon book, it would be really hard, but probably I would be torn between this and Endless Night (both sadly out of print). This is a nice long one and you won't be able to put it down. There are tons of twists and turns that you don't see coming, some really gruesome scenes, typical sick Laymon characters, and the last few sentences are an O.Henry type ending that totally threw me for a loop and blew me away. This one came and went in bookstores way too fast, and is an undiscovered treasure. If you have the excellent taste to dig Richard Laymon and haven't read this, it's worth doing an out of print search for...trust me, you won't be disapointed.
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