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Richard Laymon (1947–2001)

Author of The Traveling Vampire Show

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Works by Richard Laymon

The Traveling Vampire Show (2000) 741 copies
The Cellar (1980) 622 copies
Island (1995) 570 copies
In the Dark (1994) 490 copies
The Woods Are Dark (1981) 454 copies
One Rainy Night (1991) 447 copies
Endless Night (1993) 433 copies
The Beast House (1986) 427 copies
Funland (1989) 395 copies
Come Out Tonight (1999) 376 copies
Savage (1993) 373 copies
After Midnight (1997) 372 copies
Blood Games (1992) 359 copies
Bite (1996) 356 copies
Body Rides (2004) 351 copies
The Lake (2004) 348 copies
Darkness, Tell Us (1991) 340 copies
The Stake (1991) 319 copies
The Midnight Tour (1998) 305 copies
Resurrection Dreams (1988) 302 copies
Among The Missing (1999) 299 copies
Beware (1985) 293 copies
Dark Mountain (1992) 290 copies
Flesh (1987) 281 copies
No Sanctuary (2001) 272 copies
To Wake The Dead (2003) 269 copies
Into The Fire (2005) 262 copies
Midnight's Lair (1992) 211 copies
Cuts (1999) 201 copies
Friday Night In Beast House (2001) 199 copies
Quake (1995) 196 copies
Allhallow's Eve (1985) 179 copies
Triage (2001) — Contributor — 169 copies
Night Show (1984) 147 copies
Alarums (1993) 128 copies
Out are the Lights (1982) 125 copies
Fiends (1997) 115 copies
Dreadful Tales (2000) 90 copies
Once Upon a Halloween (1656) 41 copies
The Halloween Mouse (2001) 31 copies
Writer's Tale (1998) 24 copies
Caller (1985) 19 copies
Nightmare Lake (1983) 19 copies
Cardiac Arrest (1998) 18 copies
The Lonely One (Horror) (2001) 18 copies
Night Games (1985) 17 copies
Shootout at Joe's (1984) 16 copies
Skull Full of Spurs (2000) 16 copies
The Hearse (2003) 16 copies
Dawson's City (1950) 14 copies
Beginner's Luck (1986) 14 copies
Marathon (1985) 14 copies
Your Secret Admirer (1980) 11 copies
The Cobra (1985) 11 copies
Live Bait (1985) 10 copies
Thin Air (1987) 9 copies
Halloween Hunt (1987) 8 copies
The Return (1986) 8 copies
The Intruder (Mystery) (1984) 7 copies
Bad News (Anthology) (2000) — Editor & Contributor — 5 copies
Guts (1985) 5 copies
Last Hand (1985) 5 copies
Das Auge: Roman (2017) 4 copies
Das Ufer (2016) 4 copies
Night Creature (1986) 4 copies
Mess Hall 4 copies
The Keeper 3 copies
Cemetery Dance Issue 34 (2001) 2 copies
Sangre en el bosque (1981) 2 copies
La fete du sang (1988) 2 copies
Tell Me A Tale 2 copies
Unerbittliche Geschichten (2018) 2 copies
In The Attic 2 copies
Special 1 copy
SklepenĂ­ 1 copy
The Bleeder 1 copy
The Tub 1 copy
Haus der Schrecken (1994) 1 copy
Boo 1 copy

Associated Works

Love in Vein II : Eighteen More Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1997) — Contributor — 490 copies
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories (1993) — Contributor — 433 copies
Dark Delicacies (2005) — Contributor — 267 copies
The Children of Cthulhu (2002) — Contributor — 257 copies
October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween (2000) — Contributor — 257 copies
Dark Love (1995) — Contributor — 249 copies
Stalkers: 19 Original Tales by the Masters of Terror (1989) — Contributor — 217 copies
Under the Fang (1991) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Museum of Horrors (2001) — Contributor — 147 copies
Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic Horror (1991) — Contributor — 145 copies
My Favorite Horror Story (2007) — Introduction — 136 copies
Cat Crimes II (1992) — Contributor — 117 copies
Predators (1993) — Contributor — 102 copies
The Best of Cemetery Dance, Volume 2 (2001) — Contributor — 98 copies
Vampire Detectives (1995) — Contributor — 89 copies
Razored Saddles (1989) — Contributor — 87 copies
Best New Horror (1989) — Contributor — 86 copies
Night Screams (1996) — Contributor — 78 copies
The Vampire Omnibus (1995) — Contributor — 76 copies
The Darker Side: Generations of Horror (2002) — Contributor — 72 copies
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Contributor — 70 copies
Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1992) — Contributor — 69 copies
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Contributor — 62 copies
Screamplays (Anthology) (1997) — Contributor — 61 copies
Modern Masters of Horror (1963) — Contributor — 52 copies
Vampire Slayers (1999) — Contributor — 50 copies
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XI (1983) — Contributor — 44 copies
Mondo Zombie (2006) — Contributor — 39 copies
Night Visions 7 (1989) — Contributor; Contributor — 34 copies
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies
Julma on rakkaus (1992) — Contributor — 17 copies
Creature!: A Chrestomathy of "Monstery" (1981) — Contributor — 13 copies
Cold Blood (Anthology) (1991) 11 copies
Subterranean Gallery (1999) — Contributor — 5 copies
Imagination Fully Dilated - Volume II (2000) — Contributor — 4 copies
Ten Tales (1994) — Contributor — 1 copy

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This book was first published in 1986 and there are aspects of the novel that hold up pretty nicely. Then there are parts that are incredibly simple or cringe worthy or just laughable. The series of events that bring our main characters to the town of Malcasa Point range from searching for love to searching for money. Once they arrive, it doesn't take long before the action starts and people are dying.

Things I liked: the mystery and fate of the beast; it was explained nicely and worked well, covering for events in this book and the prequel beast house book. Also setting up the sequels. The pacing and action was pure Laymon, engrossing and a quick fun read. Things that didn't hold up well: Tyler's love story; too sappy and too innocent when compared to today. The reactions to the bloody mannequins; it's not turn of the 20th century. The involvement of the marines during the entire police procedures; I know they needed to be involved in the action but no way would that fly today. Overall, not one of Laymon's better works but take it for what it is, something written back in the early 80s and you'll enjoy it.… (more)
 
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dagon12 | 8 other reviews | Jul 16, 2023 |
DNFing at 200 pages. This book is very 90's. It has everything that would get an author canceled on twitter nowadays. It's trashy, and at first, interesting enough to keep going but I read almost half of this book and so far it's just teenagers being garbage people. I literally couldn't wait until these people got horribly murdered so I gave up because it didn't look like it was happening anytime soon.
 
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LynnMPK | 10 other reviews | Jun 28, 2023 |
Nothing really happened in this book. It was an entire book of filler and tension builder but no climax or resolution, rather disappointing. Hopefully with the next book having to be all climax and resolution it will have a made this book worth the read.

You could say relationships were strengthened characters were developed but I feel all of that was implied with the last book and would have been understood without using a whole book to spell it out. But maybe this series is geared towards a younger reader.

I really enjoy the world she has created which is why I keep reading the books, however the way it is written leaves something to be desired.

and on a final note it should not take 3 books to decide if meg and Simon like each other or not in a more than friends way. It was obvious in book 1 that is where the story wanted to go, dragging it out is painful. spoiler alert we still don't know if they like each other or not. Either make them family or romantic, stop bouncing back and forth.
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buukluvr | 4 other reviews | Feb 14, 2023 |
I absolutely love this series. I will say this book wasn't as awesome as this first but overall it was a great read. Scott Lynch is a master of descriptive writing, I always feel like I'm walking through the streets with Locke and Jean. I can't wait to read the next one.
 
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