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Richard Laymon - Author

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 three novels in the Beast House Chronicles: THE CELLAR, THE BEAST HOUSE and THE MIDNIGHT TOUR. He died in February 2001.
 

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Blood Games

Blood Games

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2021

Five old college friends meet up every year. This time Helen - the girl with a horror fixation and a fear of being attacked in a bathroom by a bloodthirsty assailant - has chosen the venue: Totem Pole Lodge, a deserted hotel with a sinister past. Before long they will find out that it isn't completely deserted. And Helen is just dying to take a shower ...

Among the Missing

Among the Missing

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2021

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King 2:32am: A Jaguar roars along a lonely road in the Californian mountains. Behind the wheel sits the beautiful wife of Professor Grant Parkington. She has left Grant behind and is on her way to meet a different kind of man - someone as wild and passionate as herself. In the morning a naked body will be found. A body missing more than its clothes...

Island

Island

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2021

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. When eight people are shipwrecked on a deserted island they take solace in the fact that at least they have fresh water, food and firewood. Now all they have to do is sit tight until they're rescued. There's just one problem - they're not alone. In the jungle behind the beach, there's a maniac on the loose and he's plotting to kill them all, one by one...

Bite

Bite

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2021

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King When Sam's ex-girlfriend Cat arrives at his door, he can't believe his eyes. It's been a long time, but he's never forgotten her. But before the night is over, Cat will be lying face down on the bed, acting as bait, and Sam will be hiding in the wardrobe with a hammer in one hard and a wooden stake in the other. They won't have long to wait. The vampire is coming.

Traveling Vampire Show

Traveling Vampire Show

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2016

When the one-night-only Traveling Vampire Show arrives in town, promising the only living vampire in captivity, beautiful Valeria, three local teenagers venture where they do not belong, and discover much more than they bargained for.

Savage

Savage

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2016

"e;If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat."e; Stephen KingWhitechapel, November 1888: Jack the Ripper is committing his last known murder and beneath the bed on which he's butchering his victim cowers a fifteen-year-old boy. So begin the adventures of Trevor Bentley: a boy who embarked on an errand of mercy and ended up on a quest for vengeance, a boy who will bring the horrors of the Ripper to the New World.

Dark Mountain

Dark Mountain

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2016

Two families have come to the California mountains expecting a fun weekend camping trip. What they will find instead is terror in the form of a violent psychopath and his mother, a powerful witch.

Resurrection Dreams

Resurrection Dreams

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 31/05/2016

Back in Ellsworth High there was definitely no one weirder than Melvin. All the kids made fun of the way he dressed, the way he acted, everything about him. Vicki was the only one who stood up for him, but even she was horrified when he dug up a dead body and tried to bring it back to life with power from a car battery. That was years ago, but Vicki still has nightmares about Melvin. Now she's back in Ellsworth and she knows she'll have to see Melvin again. He's just been released from the institution and he's acting even weirder than ever. His experiments with the dead have progressed, and as soon as he can get Vicki where he wants her, he can make his most twisted dream a reality.

Woods Are Dark

Woods Are Dark

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2016

A group of deformed, cannibalistic, humanoid creatures live in the woodsas some unlucky travelers are about to find out.

Beware

Beware

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2016

Using ancient black magic, a dangerous, vindictive maniac is made all-powerful by his ability to become invisible. Raping and murdering his way around the States, he is biding his time before fulfilling his one desireto get even with the high school belle who rejected him years before.

Travelling Vampire Show & The Stake

Travelling Vampire Show & The Stake

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2012

If vampires stalked the earth... Delve into the terrifying world of Richard Laymon, in two classic horror novels from the master of the macabre. Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.The Travelling Vampire Show (Winner of the 2000 Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror Novel)The Travelling Vampire Show: Grandville holds few excitements for teenagers Dwight, Rusty and Slim ... until The Travelling Vampire Show comes to town. They might be too young to get in but what's to stop them going to Janks Field and watching the crew set up for the show? Maybe they will catch a glimpse of Valeria, 'the only known vampire in captivity'. No harm can come of that, right?The Stake: In an abandoned hotel in a Californian ghost town, horror writer Larry Dunbar and his friends make a chilling discovery. By chance they stumble on a coffin hidden under the stairs. Within lies the corpse of a naked female - with a stake through its heart. Was she the innocent victim of a gruesome murder? Or was she a vampire? There's only one way for Larry to solve the mystery - he must pull out the stake... What readers are saying about Richard Laymon novels: 'Just when you think that you have the storyline figured out, it twists and hurtles into a surprise ending''Expertly written, great dialogue, keeps you engrossed to the end''Richard Laymon is the king of horror'

Complete Beast House Chronicles

Complete Beast House Chronicles

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 12/04/2012

Horrific events have made the Beast House infamous. Do you dare to enter? For the first time in one edition, read all four of Richard Laymon's terrifying, gruesome and acclaimed Beast House horror novels.The deeper you go into the Beast House, the darker the nightmares become. If you have nerves of steel and are looking for excitement and adventure, why not take the tour?But don't even think about going into the cellar... What readers are saying about The Beast House Chronicles: 'Dark, disturbing and completely unforgiving. Just how horror should be''A tale of bizarre, almost comic book like, tongue-in-cheek horror''The best book I have read in such a long time'

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 18: The Glory Bus & Friday Night in Beast House

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 18: The Glory Bus & Friday Night in Beast House

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

THE GLORY BUS One moment Pamela is a contented newly-wed with a loving husband. The next, she's the prisoner of a repulsive killer who has lusted after her since high school. Somehow college kid Norman finds himself in a car with hell-raiser Duke and a strange hyper-sexed hitchhiker who tags along for the ride. Together the lawless pair take him on a wild journey that soon becomes a living nightmare... FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE The last novel in the Laymon's BEAST HOUSE series. Michael would do anything to get a date with Alison. She has just one condition he has 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...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 17: Amara & The Lake

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 17: Amara & The Lake

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2007

AMARA The Princess of Egypt, the once beautiful wife of Mentuhotep the first, lies in a museum. She has been dead for 4000 years. Or has she? Barney the night-watchman is the first to discover that the mummy's coffin has been broken open. But Barney won't be able to tell the authorities. The dead can't testify to anything. Now Amara is free again and nothing can stop her... THE LAKE Leigh yearns for a summer of excitement by the lake. But instead she stumbles into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life... Eighteen years on, Deana has no knowledge of her mother's troubled past. But when the horrors of the past meet the perils of the present, both mother and daughter are plunged into a nightmare of blood and terror from which there is no escape.

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 16: Night in the Lonesome October & No Sanctuary

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 16: Night in the Lonesome October & No Sanctuary

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/06/2007

NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER It's been a long summer for Ed, without Holly. But in September Holly doesn't return to campus. Ed receives a letter from her - she has fallen in love with someone else and won't be coming back. Heartbroken, he leaves his apartment and takes a walk. But he's not the only one out on this October night. There are others - roaming the streets, lurking under bridges, seeking prey... NO SANCTUARY Rick would do anything for his girlfriend. He'd even spent his vacation walking the trails around Fern Lake - though after what happened last time, it's the one place in the world he'd prefer not to go. But Rick and Bert are not the only ones heading to there. Gillian likes breaking into people's homes while they are away and living there. But this time she chances on the home of a serial killer...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 15: The Travelling Vampire Show & Dreadful Tales

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 15: The Travelling Vampire Show & Dreadful Tales

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW is coming to town and Dwight, Rusty and Slim are determined to go. But it's for over 18s only. They decide to go and watch the crew set up anyway, hoping to catch a glimpse of Valeria, billed as 'the only known vampire in captivity'. But when the three teenagers break the rules, they run into big trouble. DREADFUL TALES Shane Malone sits sweltering in front of his computer, trying to write an anthology in which every chilling tale must end in the death of a twenty-two-year-old woman in her apartment. But the deafening music from next door is not helping. He furiously bangs on his neighbour's door and discovers she's a twenty-two-year-old woman who will not be argued with. Shane is about to find out that life really can imitate art.