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Out are the Lights Paperback – June 10, 1993


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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: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Feature (June 10, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747235813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747235811
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,362 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David on December 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Get the British edition (published by Headline). It contains five short stories along with the short novel "Out Are the Lights."
The American edition published by Warner Books is very short (about 220 pages) because it does not contain the extra stories. Also, the book description on the back cover gives away every plot twist! Laymon used to tape index cards over the back covers of copies he gave away to friends.
The novel is pretty good. Read it if you're a Laymon fan. Otherwise, try another book such as "Body Rides" or "The Stake" first.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Finch on June 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
Strangely enough, the only other review on this page (so far), is actually reviewing ONE RAINY NIGHT. Thought I'd better mention that so nobody gets confused.
This book contains a novella - titled OUT ARE THE LIGHTS - and then a few short stories, exactly the same lay-out as another Laymon book, FIENDS.
The title story is - principally - about a cinema (briefly mentioned in Laymon's book THE MIDNIGHT TOUR) which shows horror movies, and a group of the young staff who work there - movie-maker wannabes - who make short snuff films. Obviously, innocents and criminals alike get mixed up in the whole thing, and the usual horror ensues. It's a great idea, and has some genuinely creepy - and ingenious - moments, but it just falls short of satisfactory.
The short stories which follow are a general mish-mash of Laymon's style; some stories are bordering on classic, others typical Laymon trash. I would say a must for collectors or loyal Laymon fans only, others new to Laymon might want to try some of his other work first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marky77 on March 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As with all Richard Laymon books, this is brilliant, addictive and very difficult to put down. The novel itself is fairy short at around 230 pages but this just adds to its fast-paced nature.
The people who run a local cinema are making snuff-movies using out-of-towners and similar who come into town.
I cannot really say much more about the plot because the book is so short and because there are many plot twists, but it is very good.

As well as the main story, we also get 5 short stories afterwards, which are all equally good. I particularly enjoyed the last story, "The Tub".
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Richard Laymon died 9 years ago this past February yet his legacy still lives on through the many works that have yet to reach American shores through Laymon's U.S publisher Leisure(Funland and Quake are coming soon according to his website)

Out Are The Lights is a strange book. It is at once a study on relationships and a splatterpunk horror novel at the same time.

Without revealing much of the plot, the central idea are these horror films that look real and maybe are that are shown at an old movie palace that has been converted into a horror theater. Yet if one were to look deeper at the events that fringe the cover blurb's outline you can see a complex tale of love, and what we would do for it, such as the character of Dal and his love for a woman who is out of his league(not to mention has a strange secret) and the lengths he goes to keep her.

"Out" is not the only thing this book contains. Laymon treats us with little after shock snacks like "The Tub" and "Bad News" that are as equally as fun as they are sick and twisted.

Why Mr Laymon is not a huge horror star like his contemporaries such as King and Koontz(who both praise his work) is beyond my comprehension. He knows how to craft a horror tale and for that the literary world has lost a legend.
God Bless ya Richard.
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Format: Paperback
I picked up Laymon's "Out are the Lights" for a little 1980's horror throwback fix. I can honestly say that the book was a fun read though a little disjointed at times due to the merging of storylines.

What turned me off was the abrupt ending, and calling it "abrupt" is an understatement. It almost seemed as if Laymon just got bored writing the book and just pinched it off several chapters too early. Maybe that was some early 1980's artsy-fartsy thing to do. I don't know. All I am certain of is that it did not translate well in 2014.

2 STARS
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