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Live Girls Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Davey Owen Series

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“Gripping, original, and sly. I finished it in one bite.” —Dean Koontz

“The most nightmarish vampire story I have ever read.” —Ramsey Campbell
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About the Author

Ray Garton (1962 - ) Ray Garton was born in Redding, California, in 1962. is the author of 60 books, including horror novels such as the Bram Stoker Award-nominated LIVE GIRLS, CRUCIFAX, LOT LIZARDS and THE LOVELIEST DEAD; thrillers like SEX AND VIOLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD, MURDER WAS MY ALIBI, LOVELESS and TRADE SECRETS; and seven short story collections. He has also written several movie and TV tie-ins and a number of young adult novels under the name Joseph Locke. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award. He lives in northern California with his wife.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843956747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843956740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walter Benedek knew that his sister Doris and her husband Vernon didn't have a picturesque relationship. However, when he finds Doris and her daughter slaughtered in their apartment, and his brother-in-law Vernon is the main suspect, several questions are raised. After doing some snooping, he finds an odd link to lie at the heart of a suspicious-looking establishment known only as Live Girls.

When Davey Owen's life begins to take a drastic turn (losing his live-in girlfriend and his job in one day), he seeks solace in something new. He ventures into a dark, obscure establishment called simply Live Girls. After his first encounter within a peep show booth, Davey's curiosity becomes obsession. However, Davey may have bitten off more than he can chew. Anya, the gorgeous dancer at the heart of Davey's obsessions, has given him the chance to lead a whole new life.

The lives of Walter Benedek and Davey Owen will intertwine as the race to quell the ravenous beings whose home lies in the heart of a large city begins. New York has an unbeknownst and multi-layered vampiric underbelly that Davey and Walter only begin to unravel.

Garton has an entrancing way with words that manages to be poignant, gripping, moving, and direct all at the same time. Not a single word is wasted within his pages. Live Girls is at times gritty, gory, and beautiful, as well as everything in between. Garton's vampires lie somewhere between Rice's romantic visionaries and Meikle or Kilpatrick's vicious predators, tending to more closely resemble a modern day, explicit and unreserved Dracula. It's a slightly newer spin on the genre, without being so off-beat that it's difficult to sink your teeth into.
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When people mention erotic horror, which is a phrase thrown about continuously nowadays, I immediately think of Ray Garton's "Live Girls". There may have been other books that came before this one to pioneer the new sub-genre of horror but Live Girls was the first I was exposed to. In this regards, I find myself unbelievably lucky.

I discovered the Ray Garton classic in a used book store in the early 90's. The simple cover design caught my eye and the back of book synopsis kept the book in my hand. I was hesitant only because this was the height of the horror "boom" where publishers were flooding the market with Stephen King wannabes that utilized the same six themes over and over with horrible results. There were a few gems published during this time frame but most of it was just coal. I was worried the same thing was going to happen with "Live Girls". After all, it was about Vampires; how original could it be? Lets just say I was damn glad I didn't put the book back on the shelf.

I finished the book in a weekend. Mr. Garton pulled me in like a fish on a line. I was introduced to flesh and blood characters that could have been me or someone I knew. The vampires were original and not a carbon copy of every other vampire tale coming out at the time.

The dialogue seemed natural and I wasn't overwhelmed with endless pages of description. Mr. Garton writes with a tight and direct style. He says what needs to be said and doesn't waste words. Finally, when it came to the erotic aspect of the horror, Mr. Garton delivered. Up until this point, I felt men in the horror field could not write about sex or anything sexual. The best sex scenes I ever read were always written by a woman. This book proved me wrong.
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Back in 1987, before vampire fiction became it's own genre of a sort, Ray Garton gave us one of the most terrifying, erotic horror vampire novels ever published... A frustrated and depressed journalist finds himself drawn to a run down peep show in NYC's Time Square. It's out of character for him, but he is lonely and confused, having lost his fiance to another man. What he finds in the darkness of the club called "Live Girls" however, is like a terrifying wetdream. The woman who dances for him is hypnotically beautiful and alluring but what she demands of him will change his life forever. The woman is part of a cabal of vampires, working in the sex trade, and the secrets they hide inside "Live Girls", and in the basement of the club, are the stuff of nightmares... Garton was at the top of his game with this novel and horror fans still talk about it today, more than a decade later. It's one of my all time favorites and I still pick it up about once a year and reread it. The "things" in the basement of the club still gives me chills. If you're a horror or vampire fan, your book collection has a huge gaping hole in it if you don't own a copy of this book. Highest recommendation.
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I had never heard of this book until someone mentioned it in a review (thank you nameless reviewer!). I looked it up, bought it, and was, by turns, shocked, appalled, enthralled, sad and totally grossed out. In other words....it was quite a read.

The premise is one we've heard of before. Vampires walk among us taking sips here and there from unsuspecting people. These are smart ones though. They have come up with a sure fire way to get their blood on the hoof....or sneaker. They run a swanky club for the important people and a peep show for those more financially challenged. The sign over the doorway to the peep show says simply "LIVE GIRLS". A misnomer if I've ever heard one.

Davey Owen, a nice young man, is having a spectacularly bad day. He takes a walk and does something he's never done before; he walks through a curtained doorway that is marked by a sign saying LIVE GIRLS. He leaves a different man. As Davy tries to figure out what is happening to him, he meets an older man who has recently lost his sister and niece in an instance of domestic violence. Violence that has him wondering if there isn't something more that went on. These two men will join forces to try and bring down a bloodthirsty group of vampires that believe the world is theirs for the taking. Obviously it won't be easy.

I enjoyed this book immensely. There are both explicit sexual situations and graphic violence, so be warned. I'd like to tell you that everybody lives happily ever after but I wouldn't want to give the story away....and vampire stories rarely end that way.
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