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Friday Night In Beast House (2001)

by Richard Laymon

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I wouldn't classify this as horror; monster porn, maybe?

Also - it is not a novel, but a short novella, with few multi-sentence paragraphs to be found. High literacy level is not a reading requirement here.

I know little of Laymon's biography, other than that he has maintained a fairly high level of post-mortem popularity and a penchant for extreme bad taste. If I was a betting man, the choose-your-own-adventure level of writing on display here would have me wager that this was a very early work, probably completed by a teenaged Laymon in high school.

The vast majority of the novella is pointless procrastination without suspense or anything of much interest happening, "boy meets out-of-league girl and will do anything to impress until it all goes wrong" is the genre trope, done much better by Ketchum in an early novel (Hide and Seek) of his, IMO.

I only rate this book as highly as I have because of the "did I really just read that?" ending, which crosses line after line in rapid succession.

I still didn't understand the final sentence of the book, though. It felt as though something was missing, or that Laymon assumed the reader would "get it". I didn't.

I recommend that any curious readers save themselves thirty minutes of tedium and read only the final pages for the shock value alone, then move on to something much more edifying. ( )
  Evans-Light | Sep 30, 2013 |
There were actually two kind of short stories in this one: Friday Night in Beast House and The Wilds.

The Beast House was from an adolescent boy's point of view, including his rather detailed imagination. Good story, with a weird end.

The Wilds totally rocked. A young man goes camping alone, journaling his trip. He's kind of freaked out at first by being alone in the wild and all of the things that could go wrong. His journal explores his descent into madness. Very cool ( )
  IntrinsiclyMe | Apr 3, 2010 |
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The Beast House Chronicles, launched in 1979, made Laymon's reputation. This novella is the slightest of the series four entries, emotionally as well as in page length, but it features all the trademark Laymon touches. There's a horny teen protagonist, Mark, and a spooky adventure, as Mark accepts the dare of the girl of his wet dreams, Alison, that he help her sneak into Beast House, scene of several horrific murders during past decades and now a major tourist attraction in the small West Coast town where it stands.
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Michael would do anything to get a date with Alison - anything. Alison has just one condition for guys that want to date her - they have to spend a night with her in the legendary Beast House. To Michael a night alone with Alison is a chance of a lifetime but if the stories about the Beast House are true it may also be a chance to die.… (more)

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