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

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

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback 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 The Richard Laymon Collection The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 17: Amara & The Lake Amara and the Lake

The The Richard Laymon Collection The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 17: Amara & The Lake Amara and the Lake

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback 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 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 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.

Come Out Tonight

Come Out Tonight

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 15/04/2007

It's a hot, windy night in Los Angeles. The Santa Ana winds are blowing and the gusts carry the scent of smoke from distant brush fires. A bad night for running an errand, but the Speed-D-Mart probably carries what they need.

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 14: Among the Missing & Come Out Tonight

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 14: Among the Missing & Come Out Tonight

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2007

AMONG THE MISSING It's 2:32am. Behind the wheel of a jaguar sits the beautiful wife of Professor Grant Parkington. She has left Grant behind. The man she wants is waiting for her on the roadside. 'Where to?' she says. He suggests the Bend, where there's a soft, sandy beach - an ideal place for love. But in the morning a naked body will be found - a body missing more than its clothes... COME OUT TONIGHT It's the hottest night of the year so far, and it's also young couple Sherry and Duane's first time. Discovering they have no condoms, Duane throws on his clothes and makes his way down to the twenty-four hour Speed-D-Mart. Not a place anyone would want to visit at night. Suddenly Sherry hears a noise from down the street. It sounds like a gunshot...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 13: Fiends & After Midnight

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 13: Fiends & After Midnight

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2007

FIENDS It's only a trip to the movies but it turns into Marty's worst nightmare when she sees the guy sitting behind her. Willy. The man who raped her ten years ago. Now he's out of jail - and looking for Marty... AFTER MIDNIGHT Alice likes house-sitting for her friend. Best of all is the outdoor swimming pool. But it all goes wrong just after midnight when a man walks out of the woods and jumps naked into the pool. Alice knows about men. So she fetches the Civil War relic that hangs on the wall. The cavalry sabre...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 12: Body Rides & Bite

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 12: Body Rides & Bite

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2007

BITE Tick-tock, tick-tock... Sam's in the wardrobe. With a hammer in one hand, a wooden stake in the other - and a heart full of fear. It's almost midnight... Cat's on the bed. Face down and nude. Sam's former girlfriend - the only woman he's ever loved. Together they wait because... The vampire's coming! BODY RIDES Ever since the LA riots Neal has carried a pistol in his car - and tonight he needs it. He shoots a man assaulting a woman tied naked to a tree by the freeway. As a reward, Elise gives Neal a magic bracelet that enables him to step inside other people, to see through their eyes and experience their feelings. To take 'body rides'. Neal returns to check on the man he shot. But the man is not dead - he's alive and breathing vengeance. First he's going to finish the job on Elise, then he's going to butcher Neal. But this time, with the help of the bracelet, Neal can look inside his would-be killer's skull...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 11: Island & Quake

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 11: Island & Quake

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2007

ISLAND When eight people go on a cruise to the Bahamas, they plan to swim, sunbathe and relax. But after their yacht blows up, they find themselves stranded on a desert island. As they wait to be rescued, it becomes clear they're not alone on the island. In the jungle behind the beach there's a maniac on the loose with murder in his heart. And he's plotting to kill them all, one by one... QUAKE Twenty minutes before the quake hits, Stanley is ogling a pretty female jogger through his living-room window. He watches Sheila every morning and that's not all he'd like to do to her. As the quake hits, Sheila becomes separated from her husband and daughter. Will her family get there before Stanley does?

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 10: Savage & In the Dark

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 10: Savage & In the Dark

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2006

SAVAGE Whitechapel, November 1888: Jack the Ripper is committing his last known act of butchery in the one-room hovel occupied by the luckless harlot, Mary Kelly. And beneath the bed on which the fiend is cruelly and cheerfully eviscerating his victim cowers a fifteen-year-old boy... This is just the start of the extraordinary adventures of Trevor Bently, a boy who embarked on a errand of mercy and ran into the most notorious serial killer in criminal history, a boy who became a man as he travelled on a quest of vengeance across a wild and untamed continent - a boy who brought the horrors of Jack the Ripper to the New World. IN THE DARK Nothing much happens in Donnerville, at least not in the public library. Then the new librarian, Jane Kerry, receives a strange envelope. Inside is a fifty-dollar bill and a note instructing her to 'Look homeward, angel.'Mystified, Jane pulls Thomas Wolfe's novel of that title off the shelf and finds a second envelope. This one contains a one-hundred dollar bill and a clue to another pay-off. Like the first one it is signed 'MOG (Master of Games)'. Suddenly Jane is hooked, this is one game she must play to the end.

Lake, The

Lake, The

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2006

Leigh is a beautiful girl, eighteen years old, headstrong and rebellious. All she wants from her summer by the lake is a chance to relax and have some fun. And that handsome boy she just met certainly looks like fun. But her summer fling will lead to terr

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 9: Endless Night & Midnight's Lair

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 9: Endless Night & Midnight's Lair

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2006

MIDNIGHT'S LAIR Mordock's Cave is one of those wonders of the world: a place where thousands of sightseers every year taker an awe-inspiring boat trip on a lake deep beneath the earth's surface and marvel at Nature's handiwork. But the darkness is also the home of things Nature never intended - things violent, bestial and obscenely evil. And when a sudden power failure traps a group of tourists underground, the unnatural creatures who dwell there emerge from the depths... ENDLESS NIGHT Jody Fargo is sweet sixteen but tougher than she looks - she has to be. She's sleeping over at a friend's when the killers break in. They slaughter the family but Jody escapes, rescuing twelve-year-old Andy on the way... Simon Quirt doesn't seem like the kind of fellow who would rape and murder in the dead of night. But, together with his friends, that's just what he does. Now Simon is alone. His task is to track down the only eyewitnesses to the massacre and dispose of them. Simon just can't wait to get his hands on Jody... .

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 8: Alarums & Blood Games

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 8: Alarums & Blood Games

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/10/2006

ALARUMS Melanie Conway is a pale and lovely violinist who has strange visions of death. When she crashes to the floor during a concert her boyfriend, Bodie, is at hand to hear her fearful premonition of disaster... Penelope Conway is even more stunning than her sister but her looks frequently get her in trouble. The last thing she needs is a series of obscene phone calls...Capitivated by these two alluring sisters, Bodie finds himself drawn deep into a strange mystery that is fired by sex and haunted by blood. BLOOD GAMES They meet up for one week every year: Helen, Cora, Vivian, Finley and Abilene - five former co-eds in search of thrills and adventure. Just like they enjoyed together at college. This time it's Helen's choice. Helen, the fat girl with a taste for horror, the brainy one with a fear of being caught alone in the shower by an unknown assailant with a sharp knife and a taste for blood...

To Wake the Dead

To Wake the Dead

Author: Richard Laymon Format: eBook Release Date: 15/09/2006

Amara was once the beautiful Princess of Egypt. Now, 4000 years later, she and her coffin are merely prized exhibits of the Charles Ward Museum. If you were to look at her today, you would see only a brittle bundle of bones and dried skin. But looks can b

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 7: Darkness Tell Us & One Rainy Night

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 7: Darkness Tell Us & One Rainy Night

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2006

DARKNESS, TELL US It starts at an end-of-term party. Six college kids and a Ouija board. The board that Professor Coreen Dalton had hidden at the back of a cupboard and sworn never to touch again - not after Jake's death. And now here are these kids falling for the revelations of a spirit called Butler, swallowing it's promise of a fortune hidden in the mountains. Not that Corie believes they would be stupid enough to head off in to the wilderness on the say-so of a child's plaything. To embark on a two-day hike into the unknown where any foul danger may lie in wait to cut and slice and tear them limb from limb. But then, professor or not, Corie could be wrong... ONE RAINY NIGHT The water drops like a shroud on the town of Bixby. Warm, viscous and unnatural, it coats the inhabitants in an unending torrent - and turns them into crazy, hate-filled maniacs. A helpful stranger at a gas station shoves a petrol pump down a customer's throat and squeezes the trigger. A soaking-wet queue of cinema-goers smashes its way inside the movie house to slice up the dry people within. A loving wife attacks her husband, bouncing the back of his head on the marble floor until it sounds like sloppy wet meat...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 6: Funland & The Stake

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 6: Funland & The Stake

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2006

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... FUNLAND A series of unexplained disappearances has cast a dark shadow over the summer pleasures over the seaside town of Boleta Bay. And holiday-makers are being threatened by a growing army of leering, foul-mouthed bums who have taken over the promenade. Convinced that the down-and-outs are behind the abductions, a gang of local teenagers decide to wreak violent revenge. Led by the charismatic Tanya, the gang graduate from simple beatings to more sinister punishments. And as they grow more daring, their campaign leads them to the old abandoned Funhouse, where the real truth of the disappearances awaits them...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 5: Flesh & Resurrection Dreams

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 5: Flesh & Resurrection Dreams

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2006

FLESH No one in town has ever seen anything like it before: a slimy, mobile tube of glistening yellow flesh with dull, staring eyes and an obscene, probing mouth. But the real horror is not what it looks like, or even what it does to you when it invades your flesh - but what it makes you do to others... RESURRECTION DREAMS Melvin was definitely the biggest creep in Ellsworth High, and the other kids mercilessly taunted him for his odd looks and weird behaviour. Vicki was the only one to stand up for him but even she had to admit he'd gone too far when he dug up a body and attempted to bring it back to life with the aid of a car battery. Years later Vicki still has nightmares about Melvin's 'joke' and now that she's back in Ellsworth she knows she'll have to see him again. Recently released from a mental institution, Melvin is acting stranger than ever. His experiments with the dead have progressed and as soon as he can get Vicki - or rather her body - where he wants her, he can realise his most chilling dream of all...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 4: Beware & Dark Mountain

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 4: Beware & Dark Mountain

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2006

BEWARE! Elsie doesn't normally shut shop early, but neither is it normal for meat cleavers to fly through the air by themselves, or for Elsie to wind up on the meat counter neatly wrapped and jointed. Something very strange is happening in the small town of Oasis and everyone had better... BEWARE! DARK MOUNTAIN It was supposed to be a peaceful escape for the two families camping high in the California mountains. But they made the mistake of camping at Mesquite lake, home to two of the wilderness's most terrifying inhabitants: an aged hag with gruesome powers and her depraved son whose unnatural lusts even she cannot control...

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 3: Night Show & Allhallow's Eve

The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 3: Night Show & Allhallow's Eve

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2006

NIGHT SHOW When he was in high-school Tony Johnson locked school beauty Linda Allison in a haunted house for the night. Now he has moved to Hollywood determined to break into horror movies and he's forgotten all about her. But Linda is a girl with vengeance in her heart - and she certainly hasn't forgotten him... ALLHALLOW'S EVE The Sherwood house has been deserted since the horrific killing of a local family in the sleepy town of Ashburg. When invitations to a mysterious party to be held there are sent out nobody is particularly surprised - after all everyone wants to party in a house of death on Allhallow's Eve.

The The Richard Laymon Collection The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 2: The Woods are Dark & Out are the Lights Woods are Dark & Uut are the Lights

The The Richard Laymon Collection The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 2: The Woods are Dark & Out are the Lights Woods are Dark & Uut are the Lights

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2006

THE WOODS ARE DARK In the woods are six dead trees. The Killing Trees. That's where they take them. Innocent travellers on the road in California. Seized and bound, stripped of their valuables and shackled to the Trees. To wait. In the woods. In the dark... OUT ARE THE LIGHTS The Vampire movie came first, then the story of the Axeman. This was the horror movie series to end them all. Cinema buffs admired the grainy, amateur camera work - it suggested the action was the real thing. But it couldn't be - could it?

The The Richard Laymon Collection The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 1: The Cellar, The Beast House & The Midnight Tour Cellar, The Beast House & The Midnight Tour

The The Richard Laymon Collection The Richard Laymon Collection Volume 1: The Cellar, The Beast House & The Midnight Tour Cellar, The Beast House & The Midnight Tour

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2006

Visitors flock to see the beast house with its blood-soaked corridors. But the worst part of the house is actually THE CELLAR... Bestselling author Gorman Hardy is looking for ideas for his next novel. Tyler and her friend Nora are looking for a wild time. But in fact they find pain, bestiality and death in... THE BEAST HOUSE. Horrific events have made the Beast House infamous. For the full story, take THE MIDNIGHT TOUR. Saturday nights only. Limited to thirteen tourists. It begins on the stroke of midnight. You'll be lucky to get out alive...

The Glory Bus A riveting novel of horror and suspense

The Glory Bus A riveting novel of horror and suspense

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2005

One moment Pamela is a newly-wed with a loving husband and a comfortable home. The next, she's the prisoner of a killer who has lusted after her since high school. Meanwhile, scaredy-cat Norman has had his car taken over by bad-boy Duke and hitch-hiker Boots. Together the lawless pair take him on a wild journey that looks like it's heading straight for the electric chair. Then the glory bus comes along, with hope of salvation for all. But the people who climb aboard don't know their destination is the furnace heat of the Mojave Desert, where a special welcome awaits them. It can't be worse than what's gone before - can it?

The Lake A chilling tale in which history repeats itself...

The Lake A chilling tale in which history repeats itself...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2004

Leigh is young, rebellious and beautiful - and she yearns for a summer of excitement by the lake. Maybe she'll find it in the arms of the handsome boy who rows her out to the abandoned beach house. Or maybe she'll stumble into a legacy of terror which will shatter her life... Eighteen years on, Deana has no knowledge of her mother's troubled past and not that much interest. She just wants to make out somewhere cool with her boyfriend - to let her hair down and live a little. If only living were that simple. But that summer at the lake casts a long shadow. And 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.

Amara A chilling and riveting horror novel

Amara A chilling and riveting horror novel

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2003

Amara, Princess of Egypt, lies in her coffin in the Charles Wood museum. She's been dead for 4000 years. Or has she? Barney, the nightwatchman, is the first to discover the mummy's coffin has been broken open. It seems grave-robbers are at work, so it's a pity that Barney can't tell the authorities - the dead can't testify to anything. Now Amara is free again and nothing can kill her...

No Sanctuary Do you dare to go down to the lake?

No Sanctuary Do you dare to go down to the lake?

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2002

Rick would do anything for his girlfriend Bert. He'd even spend his vacation in the wilderness, walking the trails around Fern Lake. After what happened last time, it's the one place in the world he'd prefer not to go. But Bert is a woman with a passion for the outdoors - and a passion for other things too. Rick would follow her to hell and back - which is what he's about to do. Gillian is off on vacation too, only her idea of a holiday is a little weird. She likes breaking into people's homes while they are away and living there. Pity that this time she chances on the home of a serial-killer. The kind of guy who likes to take his female victims out into the wilderness for his fun. Rick and Bert are not the only ones heading to Fern Lake...

Night in the Lonesome October Heartbreak leads to a sinister after-dark journey

Night in the Lonesome October Heartbreak leads to a sinister after-dark journey

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2001

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Ed Logan is 20 years old and a sophomore at Willmington University. He's also been dumped by his girlfriend. Lonesome and broken-hearted, he goes for a late-night walk. He doesn't know where he's headed. He doesn't know what he's going to do when he gets there. And he has absolutely no idea of the strange people he is about to meet. Like Casey, the athletic blonde who roams the streets as if she's on a mission. And then there's Randy, who's definitely on a mission - to make Ed's life hell. And then there's the others. Not exactly people. And very definitely not friendly. If Ed's not careful, he's not going to make it home at all...

Dreadful Tales

Dreadful Tales

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2001

Richard Laymon is the undisputed master of the macabre, and nowhere is his talent to terrify shown to better effect than in his short stories. DREADFUL TALES contains all of his short fiction not previously published in the UK and forms a delicious cornucopia of homicidal maniacs, vampires and lust-crazed teenagers - not to mention the drinkers in a low-life dive who attempt to salvage a diamond ring from the mouth of a severed head in a fish tank - with grisly results.

The Travelling Vampire Show An unforgettable, spine-chilling horror novel

The Travelling Vampire Show An unforgettable, spine-chilling horror novel

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/12/2000

On a hot August morning in 1963, the rural town of Grandville is covered with fliers announcing the coming of something extraordinary - a one-night-only performance of The Travelling Vampire Show, featuring Valeria, the only known vampire in captivity. For three local teenagers, it's a show they don't want to miss. The trouble is, the show starts at midnight and they're supposed to be home by then. And in any case, Janks Field, where the show will take place, has been declared off-limits because of its own sinister history. But they can't just sit at home and let Valeria do her thing without them, can they?

Come Out Tonight A deadly enemy lies waiting...

Come Out Tonight A deadly enemy lies waiting...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2000

It's a hot, hot night. Too hot to be making love unless your romance is young, like Sherry and Duane's. It's their first time but there's just one problem - they have no condoms. Of course they could wait until tomorrow... Duane remembers the all-night Speed-D-Mart. In the usual circumstances, it's not a place anyone would want to visit at night. But these aren't usual circumstances. Duane throws on his clothes - the store is just ten minutes down the block. Now Sherry is waiting. Ten minutes has gone, so has twenty. She's not worried - what's another few minutes? Then she hears the noise from down the street. It might be a door slamming. It might be the backfire of a car. But Sherry thinks it sounds mostly like a gunshot...

Among the Missing She put her trust in the wrong man...

Among the Missing She put her trust in the wrong man...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/12/1999

'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...

The Midnight Tour (The Beast House Chronicles, Book 3) A chilling horror novel full of suspense

The Midnight Tour (The Beast House Chronicles, Book 3) A chilling horror novel full of suspense

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/1999

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Horrific events have made the Beast House infamous. For the full story, take the Midnight Tour. Saturday nights only. Limited to thirteen tourists. It begins on the stroke of midnight ... and you'll be lucky to get out alive.

After Midnight An unforgettable tale of one horrific night

After Midnight An unforgettable tale of one horrific night

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/1998

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Alice enjoys house-sitting for her friend; she has the place to herself, a huge TV, a swimming pool. But one night, just after midnight, a man walks out of the woods and throws himself into the pool. Alice knows about men, so she fetches the Civil War relic that hangs on the wall: an old cavalry sabre ...

Fiends

Fiends

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/11/1997

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King It's only a trip to the movies but it turns into Marty's worst nightmare when she sees the guy sitting behind her. Willy. The man who raped her ten years ago. Now he's out of jail - and looking for Marty...

Bite A vivid and shocking vampire novel

Bite A vivid and shocking vampire novel

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/1997

'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.

Body Rides A gripping horror novel of the supernatural and macabre

Body Rides A gripping horror novel of the supernatural and macabre

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/1996

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. When Neal shoots a man assaulting a woman, as a reward the woman gives him a magic bracelet that enables him to see through other people's eyes and experience their feelings; to take 'body rides'. But the man he shot is not dead - he's alive and breathing vengeance. Neal's only chance of survival is to use the bracelet and go inside his would-be-killer's skull...

Island A luxury holiday turns deadly

Island A luxury holiday turns deadly

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/1996

'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...

Quake A deadly earthquake and a deadly predator...

Quake A deadly earthquake and a deadly predator...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/1995

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. Twenty minutes before the quake hit, Stanley was ogling Sheila through his living-room window. Now he may be able to do more than just ogle ... Sheila's trapped in her ruined house and her husband and daughter are stranded on the other side of the city. The power's down, the emergency services can't cope and the lawless are combing the ruins. Sheila's fate depends on who can get to her first...

Beware! A thrilling and shockingly macabre horror novel

Beware! A thrilling and shockingly macabre horror novel

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/12/1994

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King The supermarket shouldn't have been shut - it wasn't normal for Elsie to quit early. But then it wasn't normal for a meat cleaver to fly through the air by itself. Or for a guard dog locked in overnight to end up as hamburger meat. Or for Elsie herself to feature on the butcher's slab, neatly wrapped and jointed... There's weird things happening in the town of Oasis and certain folks - like hotshot local reporter Lacey Allen - had better... BEWARE!

In the Dark A treasure hunt turns deadly

In the Dark A treasure hunt turns deadly

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/11/1994

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Nothing much happens in Donnerville. Then librarian Jane Kerry receives an envelope containing a fifty-dollar bill and a note from 'MOG' (Master of Games) instructing her to 'Look homeward, angel'. Jane pulls Thomas Wolfe's novel of that title off the shelf and finds a second envelope with more money and another clue... This 'game' soon pushes Jane into crazy and immoral actions, but when she ties to quit, 'MOG' has other ideas.

The Beast House (Beast House Chronicles, Book 2) A spine-chilling tale of horror and hauntings

The Beast House (Beast House Chronicles, Book 2) A spine-chilling tale of horror and hauntings

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/1994

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Bestselling author Gorman Hardy is looking for ideas for his next novel. Tyler is bored and together with her friend Nora, they are looking for some excitement. Maybe Malcasa Point can provide both? Or maybe it will kill them all...

Night Show She'll never forget her night in a haunted house...

Night Show She'll never forget her night in a haunted house...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/10/1994

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. When he was in high school Tony Johnson locked school beauty Linda Allison in a haunted house for the night. Now he has moved to Hollywood, determined to break into horror movies, and he's forgotten all about her. But Linda is a girl with vengeance in her heart - and she certainly hasn't forgotten him...

Endless Night A terrifying novel of murder and desire

Endless Night A terrifying novel of murder and desire

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/1994

Jody Fargo is sweet sixteen, but tougher than she looks - she has to be. She's sleeping over at her friend's when the killers break in. They slaughter the family but Jody escapes with twelve-year-old Andy... Simon Quirt doesn't seem like a crazed killer. But that's just what he and his friends are. Now Simon must dispose of the only eyewitnesses to the massacre and he can't wait to get his hands on Jody...

Alarums Dangerous visions abound in this gripping horror novel

Alarums Dangerous visions abound in this gripping horror novel

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/01/1994

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Beautiful violinist Melanie Conway has visions of death, and when she collapses at a concert her boyfriend, Bodie, is there to hear her premonition. Penelope Conway is even more stunning than her sister ... but her looks have attracted an obscene caller. All three are drawn into a nightmare that is fired by sex and haunted by blood.

Savage The horrors of the Ripper are brought to the New World...

Savage The horrors of the Ripper are brought to the New World...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/1993

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. Whitechapel, 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.

Out are the Lights

Out are the Lights

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/06/1993

The vampire movie came first - the girl died in a welter of blood as the vampire bit clean through her jugular. Then came the spider film, followed by the story of the axeman. This was a horror movie series to end them all. The action seemed real, but it couldn't be - could it?

Midnight's Lair A terrifying journey deep underground

Midnight's Lair A terrifying journey deep underground

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/1993

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Mordocks's cave is one of the wonders of the world: a place where, every year, thousands of sightseers go deep beneath the earth's surface to marvel at Nature's handiwork. But it's also home to things Nature never intended - violent, evil things. And when a power failure traps a group of tourists underground, the creatures emerge from the darkness...

Blood Games A gruesome, electrifying horror novel

Blood Games A gruesome, electrifying horror novel

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/1992

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 ...

Dark Mountain A chilling horror of the macabre and the supernatural

Dark Mountain A chilling horror of the macabre and the supernatural

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/1992

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. It was supposed to be a peaceful escape for the two families camping high in the California mountains. But they made the mistake of camping at Mesquite lake, home to two of the wilderness's most terrifying inhabitants: an aged hag with gruesome powers and her depraved son whose unnatural lusts even she cannot control...

One Rainy Night A chilling tale of violence and destruction

One Rainy Night A chilling tale of violence and destruction

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/1991

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King A dark, warm and continuous rain falls on the town of Bixby, coating the inhabitants. Now a loving wife smashes her husbands head to a pulp. A mob raids the cinema, attacking everyone inside. And a stranger at a gas station grabs a customer, shoves a petrol pump down her throat, and squeezes the trigger ...

The Stake A corpse holds deadly secrets...

The Stake A corpse holds deadly secrets...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/1991

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King 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...

The Woods are Dark An intense and thrilling horror novel

The Woods are Dark An intense and thrilling horror novel

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/1991

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. In the woods are six dead trees. The Killing Trees. That's where they take them. Innocent travellers on the road in California. Seized and bound, stripped of their valuables and shackled to the Trees. To wait. In the woods. In the dark...

Funland More fear than fun...

Funland More fear than fun...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/1990

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King The seedy resort of Boleta Bay has seen better days, especially since the unexplained disappearances began. Now a group of teenagers decide to fight back and clear the town of undesirables. As they grow more daring and vicious, they are drawn to the abandoned Funhouse and the real source of the mystery.

The Cellar (Beast House Chronicles, Book 1) Who knows what might be down there...

The Cellar (Beast House Chronicles, Book 1) Who knows what might be down there...

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1990

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King The deeper the tourists go into the Beast House, the darker the nightmares become. But the worst part is beneath the haunted structure. Don't even think about going into the cellar...

Flesh A deadly creature hunts for new victims

Flesh A deadly creature hunts for new victims

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1990

Best Horror Novel of 1988 - Science Fiction Chronicle. 'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King. No one had ever seen anything like it before: a slimy, mobile tube of putrefying flesh and an obscene probing mouth. But the real horror is not what it looks like, or even what it does to you when it invades your flesh, but what it makes you do to others...

Resurrection Dreams A spine-chilling tale of the macabre

Resurrection Dreams A spine-chilling tale of the macabre

Author: Richard Laymon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1990

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King Melvin always was a creepy kid. Vicki still has nightmares about what he did with the dead body and the car battery. Now, years later, he's been released from the institution and Vicki knows she'll be seeing him again. But Melvin's been developing his work with the dead and this time his plans include her.