Richard Laymon - Bibliography

Hell is one wild ride!

Here is where you will find the most up-to-date and complete list of Richard Laymon novels. Plus, not only will you find the covers of each of his books here, but also the blurb found on the back of the novels. At the end of the list is each book in chronological order for those readers who like to follow an author from first book to latest book published.

* For reviews of the novels, please see the "Reviews" section. *

Buckle up tight, 'cause here we go...

Click on the title of the book you wish to view or just scroll down

  1. After Midnight
  2. Alarums
  3. Allhallow's Eve
  4. AMARA (aka TO WAKE THE DEAD)
  5. Among The Missing
  6. Bad News (anthology editor)
  7. The Beast House
  8. Beware
  9. Bite
  10. Blood Games
  11. Body Rides
  12. The Cellar
  13. Come Out Tonight
  14. Cuts
  15. Dark Mountain
  16. Darkness, Tell Us
  17. Dreadful Tales (short story collection)
  18. Endless Night
  19. Fiends
  20. Flesh
  21. Friday Night In Beast House
  22. Funland
  23. The Glory Bus (aka INTO THE FIRE)
  24. Halloween Mouse
  25. In The Dark
  26. Island
  27. The Lake
  28. Midnight's Lair
  29. The Midnight Tour
  30. Night In The Lonesome October
  31. Night Show
  32. No Sanctuary
  33. Once Upon A Halloween
  34. One Rainy Night
  35. Out Are The Lights
  36. Quake
  37. Resurrection Dreams
  38. Savage
  39. The Stake
  40. The Travelling Vampire Show
  41. Triage
  42. The Woods Are Dark

  43. A Good, Secret Place (Limited Ed.)
  44. The Wilds (Limited Ed. novella)
  45. A Writer's Tale (Limited Ed. autobiography)

  46. Richard Laymon Chronology
Clicking on any book title will bring you back to the top.


AFTER MIDNIGHT

Hello, I'm Alice. That's not my real name. I'd have to be an idiot to identify myself, then go on to write a book that tells more than anyone should know about my private life and adventures and passions and crimes. Just call me Alice...

Alice usually lives in one room above a garage but when her friend Serena leaves town she goes to stay in her house. Alice enjoys having the whole place to herself with its wonderful kitchen, sunken bathtub and big-screen television. Best of all is the outdoor swimming pool.

But it all goes wrong at the end of the first day. Just after midnight. When a stranger walks out of the woods and jumps naked into the pool.

Alice watches him from the house. She hopes he won't be coming to get her - like so many men have before. But Alice is determined never to be a victim again. She wonders what to do. Then she remembers the Civil War relic hanging in the living-room. A cavalry sabre...



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 into trouble. Although she takes herself seriously as a writer, men only seem impressed by her beauty. The last thing she needs is a series of obscene phone calls...

Captivated by these two alluring sisters, Bodie finds himself drawn deep into a strange mystery that is fired by sex and haunted by blood.



ALLHALLOWS EVE

Nothing unusual ever happens in Ashburg until a local family are horribly mutilated and left to die in their own home. Since that night, the old Sherwood house has stood dark and abandoned - a constant reminder of the horrific killings.

But when mysterious invitations begin to arrive, announcing a party to be held there, nobody thinks it's a joke. After all, on Allhallow's Eve everyone wants to party in a house of death...



AMARA (aka TO WAKE THE DEAD)

AMARA, Princess of Egypt, the once-beautiful wife of Mentuhotep the First, lies in her coffin in the Charles Ward museum. Dead these 4000 years, now she's just an inanimate bundle of withered skin and desiccated bone. Or is she?

When Barney the nightwatchman, discovers that the mummy's coffin has been broken open, it seems grave-robbers are at work, out to steal valuable artefacts, just as their kind have done for centuries. It's a pity Barney and the guards can't tell the authorities how the mummy came to be missing. But the dead can't testify to anything. Now Amara is free again, driven by an ancient need that can only be assuaged at the cost of human life.

No one can oppose her, no bullet can stop her and nothing can kill her - for she is dead already.



AMONG THE MISSING

At 2:32 a.m. a Jaguar roars along a lonely road high in the California mountains. Behind the wheel sits the beautiful wife of Professor Grant Parkington. In spite of the night's chill, she wears only a thin, skimpy nightgown. She has left Grant behind. She's after a different kind of man - someone as wild, daring and passionate as herself.

The man she wants is waiting for her in the woods. When he hears her car, he makes his way to the road and sticks out his thumb. Mrs Parkington stops for him. "Where to?" she says.

He suggests the Bend, where the Silver River widens and there's a soft, sandy beach. With the stars overhead and moonlight on the water, it's an ideal place for love.

But no love will take place there tonight. In the morning a naked body will be found at the Bend - a body missing more than its clothes...



BAD NEWS (editor)

"Bad news, dude."

"I'm afraid I have some bad news for you."

"Watch out for that bastard - he's real bad news."

That's what this book is about...Bad News. Every story deals with characters who are bad news...or they're good people who encounter someone or something that is very bad news indeed.

And the bad news in these stories is just about as bad as it can get, because I chose authors who can deal it out mercilessly. They are hand-chosen by me. My own SWAT team of writers who aren't afraid to spill some blood...and other bodily fluids.

Bad News contains stories by eighteen of my favorite writers, a novella by myself, biographical sketches we all wrote about ourselves, plus an introduction that explains the origins of the book and tells how I became acquainted with each author whose work you'll find in these pages. Plus a stunning cover by Vince Natalie, and story illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne, Earl Geier, Keith Minnion and Gak.

(Published as a limited edition by Cemetery Dance in the US.)



BEAST HOUSE

The waxworks were so realistic.

Bodies torn and chewed. Blood blackly-encrusting open wounds. Flaps of skin hanging loose, clawed from the stripped, ripped corpses. Men, women, children, slaughtered, mangled...

The old woman who showed them round was well-practised in her grim, money-spinning take of the mysterious beast that has killed and killed again. Of course it was all in the past and all nonsense. Anyone would agree to that.

Until, trapped, they heard, then smelled and felt the white, night-time creature that had come, grunting and spittle-slicked, for their bodies, their blood.



BEWARE

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 like 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!



BITE

Sam hasn't seen his first love, Cat, for ten years. But now she's back, asking for help - the kind of help she can only get from a man who'd do anything she asked. Like kill a vampire.

Sam doesn't believe in vampires but he does believe in the bite marks on Cat's body. And he knows he still loves her.

The vampire visits at midnight. Cat waits for him, naked, on her bed. Sam is in the closet with a stake in his hand and a million questions in his mind.

Are Cat's wounds self-inflicted? Is she insane? Or is she setting him up?

Sam needn't worry much longer. He's about to find out the truth. It's almost midnight...



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 thirst for blood...

For this year's reunion, Helen has picked The Totem Pole Lodge, a deserted hotel in the backwoods with a sinister past. She's looking forward to the moment when she'll tell the others the gory details. But that's before night falls and the girls find the Lodge is not as deserted as they thought. And before Helen goes into the shower. Alone.



BODY RIDES

Returning a rented video one night Neal hears a scream. Ever since the LA riots he has carried a pistol in his car and now he shoots a man about to kill a young woman. The pair of them flee the scene and Elise insists on giving Neal a reward for saving her life. The reward is a bracelet in the shape of a coiled snake with emerald eyes - 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 accepts the gift and revisits the scene of the shooting to check on the maniac who tried to kill Elise. But the maniac 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 Neal has the bracelet and, when he's not taking body rides with beautiful strangers, he's able to step inside his would-be killer's skull...



THE CELLAR

Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood-soaked corridors and creaky doors. Armed with Instamatics and video camcorders, these poor souls enter the forbidden house, never to return. The deeper the tourists go into the house, the darker their nightmares become. The men are dealt with quickly. The women have to wait longer...first they are tortured and sexually ravished.

But the worst part of the house is actually beneath the haunted structure. There lies even a more terrifying presence waiting for its next victim. Don't even think about going into the cellar...



COME OUT TONIGHT

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 and the anticipation is killing. There's just one problem - they have no condoms. Of course they could wait until tomorrow...

Duane remembers the twenty-four 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...



CUTS

In a suburb of Chicago, Albert Prince parks on a dark street thinking he's about to get lucky with Betty — only to find out she wants cash, not romance.

And Albert is a few bucks short.

"Dig up the rest of the money tomorrow," says Betty, "and give me a call. We'll have a great time tomorrow night."

But Albert won't be seeing Betty tomorrow night.

He'll be having a great time without her ... in a stranger's house ... with a beautiful woman with a knife.



DARK MOUNTAIN

Two families join forces for a camping holiday in the California mountains. It's meant to be fun - a break from city life, a healthy interlude in the hills amid the wonders of Nature. If only they hadn't pitched camp at Mesquite Lake, home to two of the wilderness's most terrifying inhabitants - an aged hag whose loyalty to the Evil One gives her gruesome powers, and her son, a depraved half-beast whose unnatural lusts even she connot control...



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 its promise of a fortune hidden in the mountains. Not that Corie believes they would be stupid enough to head off into 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...



DREADFUL TALES (short story collection)

It's a hot summer night in West LA, a night when the fresh breeze from the ocean fails to cool those with no air conditioning. Shane Malone sits sweltering in front of his computer, thinking how easy it should be to write a contribution for an anthology; an anthology in which every chilling tale must end in the death of a twenty-two-year-old woman in her apartment.

Ideas swirl, but it has to be a grabber - Shane doesn't want to look like a slouch. And the deafening music blaring from next door is not helping.

Shane furiously bangs on the neighbour's door, ready to let rip. But Francine just happens to be a twenty-two-year-old woman who will not be argued with...and Shane is about to find out that life really can imitate art...

So begins the first tale in this terrifying collection of short stories - a delicious cornucopia of homicidal maniacs, vampires and lust-crazed teenagers - that showcase the macabre genius of Richard Laymon.

(Major short story collection released by Hodder Headline in the UK.)



ENDLESS NIGHT

Jody Fargo is a cop's daughter, sweet sixteen but tougher than she looks. She's sleeping over at her friend Evelyn's house when the killers break in. She sees Evelyn spitted on a spear by a man dressed in human skins. She rescues the only other survivor of the massacre - Andy, Evelyn's twelve-year-old brother. She kills a man so they can get away. It's just as well that she's her father's daughter...

Simon Quirt sounds like a regular guy. Not 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 friends, so called, have gone. They've left him to find the only eyewitnesses to their crime and dispose of them. He has to do it - or they'll slaughter his family. In any case, Simon has his own reasons for sticking around. He can't wait to get his hands on Jody...



FIENDS

It's only a trip to the movies but it turns into Marty's worst nightmare when she sees the guy behind her in the audience. Willy. The man who burst into her house and raped her ten years ago. Now he's out of jail and back in town - and looking for Marty. Marty's date says he's going to fix the creep. And the way he goes about it makes Marty sick. But when it comes to sick, there's no one to match Willy. He's a fiend...

FIENDS is the lead-off novella in this collection of horror stores by Richard Laymon, "one of the best writers working in the genre today" - Cemetery Dance

"Laymon has established a style that has often been imitated but never equalled: plunging, pull-out-the-stops, no-limits, in-your-face, shock-packed, take-off-the-top-of-your-head, gonzo suspense and horror that will appal some people and exhilarate others...I hope that you enjoy this collection of stories as much as I do" - from the Introduction by Dean Koontz.

The collection's stories: Fiends, Kitty Litter, The Bleeder, Desert Pickup, The Mask, Eats, The Hunt, Slit, Out of the Woods, Stiff Intruders, Special, Joyce, A Good Secret Place.



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 burrows greedily into your flesh, but what it makes you do to others...



FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE

Return to Malcasa Point...

Two young lovers meeting at midnight for a very special date...

Meeting at the Beast House...

After hours...

In the dark...

It'll be a night they never forget!



FUNLAND

The seaside resort of Boleta Bay is not the carefree place it used to be. A series of unexpected disappearances has cast a dark shadow over summer pleasures. And holiday-makers are being threatened by a growing army of leering, foul-mouthed bums who have taken over the promenade.

But now Boleta Bay is fighting back. 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 GLORY BUS (aka INTO THE FIRE)

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 - and now intends to make her his slave. Norman wouldn't say boo to a goose, so he's never going to throw bad-boy Duke out of his car or say no to Boots, the hyper-sexed hitch-hiker who tags along for the ride. Together the lawless pair take him on a wild journey that looks like it's heading straight for the electric chair. But when the glory bus comes along there's hope of salvation for all. Pamela and Norman are just two who climb on board. They don't know their destination is the furnace heat of the Mojave Desert, where a special welcome awaits the weary traveller. It can't be worse than what's gone before. Or can it?



HALLOWEEN MOUSE

This is a slight tale, suitable for all ages but of primary interest to kids, about the adventures of one Timothy Maywood Usher Mouse. Timothy lives in a public library and yearns for the sort of adventure he's read about in the books that surround him. One day he works up his courage and leaves his shelter through a window, only to encounter a snake (that he fools with a piece of candy corn), trick-or-treaters and a cat, which he escapes by taking refuge in a jack-o'-lantern that rolls into a local river. When last seen, Timothy is sailing to unknown shores, enjoying the world from his perch atop the jack-o'-lantern's nose.



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 note it is signed "MOG (Master of Games)" Suddenly Jane is hooked, this is one game she must play to the end

The Game requires more and more of Jane's strength and ingenuity. It destroys her relationship with Brace Paxton, a professor at the local university. It forces her, more than once, to defend her life. And it pushes her into actions that she knows are crazy, immoral, criminal.

Then a scene of horrible violence makes her realise that things have gone too far. Jane wants to quit. But the Master of Games has other ideas...



ISLAND

From the journal of Rupert Conway, castaway:
"Today the yacht exploded. Fortunately all of us had gone ashore to have a picnic on this island, so we didn't get blown to smithereens. All of us, that is, except Prince Wesley..."

Eight people take a yachting cruise in the Bahamas. They plan to swim, sunbathe and relax - then the boat blows up. Though they're stranded on a deserted island things could be worse: their beach camp location has fresh water and fire wood, and there's enough food salvaged from the wreck to last them out.

Just one problem remains, as they wait to be rescued - they are not alone. In the jungle behind the beach there's a manic on the loose with murder in his heart. And he's plotting to kill them all, one by one...



THE LAKE

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.



MIDNIGHT'S LAIR

Mordock's Cave is one of the wonders of the world: a place where thousands of sightseers every year take 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...



THE MIDNIGHT TOUR

"The Beast House - legendary site of ghastly murder! See with your own eyes where the bloody butchery took place! Witness authentic reproductions of the Beast's ravaged victims in their actual death garments! Listen to the true story of the only known survivor of the Beast!"

The sales pitch hasn't changed much over the years - except now you can listen to it on earphones as you take the audio tour of the house. But the taped tour only gives you a sanitized version of the horrific events that made the Beast House infamous. If you want the full story, you'll have to take the Midnight Tour. Saturday nights only. Limited to thirteen unlucky tourists. It begins on the stroke of midnight.

Tonight the guide will show you every nook and cranny of the house. She'll tell you everything - including details too ghastly and perverse to be mentioned in daylight. But she might not be able to save you. Because this Saturday night, those on the Midnight Tour will be joined by an unexpected visitor.

They'll be lucky to get out alive...


NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER

Ed Logan can't wait for his second year at Willmington University. It's been a long summer without Holly, the girl he have his heart and soul to last year. In turn, she fell in love with him - at least that's what she said.

In September, Ed returns to campus.

Holly doesn't.

On the first of October, Ed receives a letter.

"Dear Ed," it begins, "I will always cherish the times we had..."

Holly has fallen in love with someone else and won't be coming back.

Heartbroken, half mad with despair, Ed can't study, can't sleep.

So he leaves his apartment and takes a walk.

It's a scary night in the lonesome October and Ed is not alone. There are oithers out there - roaming the streets, lurking under bridges, seeking prey.

Then he sees the mystery girl...



NIGHT SHOW

High-school prankster Tony Johnson has a weird idea of fun. He likes frightening the life out of people. When he kidnaps school beauty Linda Allison and locks her in a haunted house for the night, that's his idea of a joke. But Linda doesn't see the funny side.

Now Tony has moved to Hollywood determined to break into horror movies. His target is special-effects queen Dani Larson - he's willing to go to any lengths to impress her. By now he's forgotten about Linda. But she's a girl with vengeance in her heart - and she certainly hasn't forgotten him...



NO SANCTUARY

Rick would do anything for his girlfriend, Bert. He'd even spend his vacation in the wilderness, walking the trails around Fern Lake - though after what happened last time, it's the one place in the world he'd rather not go. But Bert is a woman with a passion for the outdoors - and a passion for other things too. With her cute blonde hair and curves where it counts, she looks sensational in her hiking shorts. Rick would follow her to hell and back - which is what's 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 just hanging out, watching their TVs, lounging in their pools, sleeping in their beds. It's how this beautiful rich girl gets her kicks. 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.

It turns out that Rick and Bert are not the only ones heading to Fern Lake...



ONCE UPON A HALLOWEEN

It's Halloween night. The old Witherspoon house stands all alone in the dark, the last house on a dead-end street. Its only neighbors are thick woods and a moonlit graveyard. Not long ago, a grisly murder/suicide took place in the house. Now, it is said to be haunted.

Haunted but no longer abandoned. Three years ago, Laura and Shannon moved in. They're young, pretty, friendly . . . and, best of all, generous with candy on Halloween. Tonight, they're getting ready for a costume party. Shannon is upstairs getting dressed and Laura is downstairs handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

It's a perfect Halloween night until Laura opens the door and finds herself facing a lone teenaged boy . . . a terrified boy who says: "Let me in! They're gonna get me!"

And, for Laura and Shannon, the party begins.

It's Halloween night and there are ghosts and goblins in the streets. And something much worse in the graveyard.



ONE RAINY NIGHT

It begins with the kind of murder that men are accustomed to - and then comes the rain and the kind of killing that none can understand.

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. An entire cinema queue smashes its way inside the movie house to slice up the dry people within. A loving wife hurls herself at her husband and bounces his skull on the marble floor until it sounds like the back of his head has turned into sloppy wet meat...

The rain falls on customers as they enter Bixby's ritziest restaurant - and hurl themselves on the diners within like a pack of starving wolves. It falls on Maureen as she delivers pizza - she delivers a haymaking punch with a rock in her fist instead. And as pretty Denise opens the door to her boyfriend who has come to help her babysit, it falls on him too...



OUT ARE THE LIGHTS

The Vampire movie came first - the girl died in a welter of blood as the vampire bit clean through her jugular...The Inquisition came next - the victim confessed all as the spider crawled over her naked body...Then came the story of the Axeman...

This was the horror-movie series to end them all. Cinema buffs particularly admired the grainy, amateurish camera work - it suggested the action was the real thing. But it couldn't be - could it?



QUAKE

Twenty minutes before the quake hits, Stanley is ogling a pretty female jogger through his living-room window. He ogles Sheila Banner every morning and that's not all he'd like to do to her. The quake might just give him his chance.

One minute before the quake hits, Clint Banner is in his downtown office ahead of the morning rush. So he's all alone as the walls buckle and the carpet makes waves like the ocean. Outside, the buildings are dancing, parked cars are rolling down the street and snapped power lines are crackling. Clint's only concern is for the safety of his wife and daughter. He has to get home - but how??

When the quake hits, Barbara Banner is in a car with a teacher and three other students. The teacher freaks out and drives off like a maniac so now she, too, is stranded on the wrong side of town.

Clint and Barbara must make their way home to Sheila, trapped naked in the bathtub in their ruined house. But will they get there before Stanley, the fat pervert for whom the earthquake is a heaven-sent opportunity?



RESURRECTION DREAMS

Melvin was definitely the biggest creep in Ellsworth High, and the other kids mercilessly taunted him for his odd looks and weird behaviours. 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 realize his most chilling dream of all...



SAVAGE

Whitechapel, November 1988: 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 Bentley, a boy who embarked on an 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.



THE STAKE

"My name is Lawrence Dunbar. I am a writer of horror fiction..."

So begins Larry Dunbar's new book and just for once it is a true story - a frightening account of his own experiences.

"Somebody hammered a pointed shaft of wood through the heart of a woman. He left her inside a lidless coffin, and hid her corpse beneath the stairway of an abandoned hotel in the town of Sagebrush Flat."

Now Larry is personally involved in this ghoulish mystery and the evidence is rotting in a coffin in his garage with a stake through its heart. For once real life has the author by the throat, leading him inexorably to the moment when he must put himself on the line. Was the woman in the coffin an innocent victim of a callous murderer - or was she a vampire? There's only one way for Larry to find out. He must summon all his courage - and pull out the stake...



THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW

It's a day like any other in the hot August of 1963. Sleepy little Grandville holds few excitements for three thrill-seeking teenagers with time on their hands. Except for the posters. They've appeared on the streets overnight and for Dwight, Rusty and Slim the message is irresistible - The Travelling Vampire Show is coming to town.

Not that getting in is going to be easy. For a start, the show's only for over-18s and they can't pass for that. And the performance begins at midnight, way past their parents' curfew. There's also the price of admission - ten bucks each will take some finding.

But the whole day stretches ahead of them. What's to stop them taking off for Janks Field, the spooky venue for the show, and watching the crew set up? Maybe they can get some idea of what the performance will be like - even catch a glimpse of 'gorgeous, stunning' Valeria, billed as 'the only known vampire in captivity'. There can't be any harm in that - can there?

The Travelling Vampire Show is the story of what happens to Dwight, Rusty and their tomboy pal Slim on the day they hike to Janks Field. Three teenagers who go where they shouldn't go, do what they shouldn't do - and run into big trouble…



TRIAGE

A mysterious stranger walks into a place of business and opens fire...

That's the simple premise of TRIAGE.

Three full-length novellas of absolute terror and suspense from the horror genre's most acclaimed writers - Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee.

(Edited by Matt Johnson)



THE WOODS ARE DARK

In the woods are six dead trees. The Killing Trees. That's where they take them. People like Neala and her friend Sherri and the Dills family. Innocent travellers on vacation on the back roads of California. Seized and bound, stripped of their valuables and shackled to the Trees. To wait. In the woods. In the dark...




A GOOD, SECRET PLACE
Special Edition - 600 copies only

A Good, Secret Place is the first collection of Richard Laymon's short fiction, containing twenty-one of the author's finest stories. Included are more than 35,000 words - fully half the book - of new, never-before-published material.
In this wide-ranging collection, Laymon takes on everything from serial killers ("Stiff Intruders") to supernatural creatures ("Stickman"); from erotic mystery ("The Mask") to black comedy ("Joyce").
Come along for the ride and enjoy the skills of a master at work...

The collection's stories: Desert Pickup, Roadside Pickup, Oscar's Audition, Paying Joe Back, Out of the Woods, A Good Cigar is a Smoke, The Direct Approach, The Champion, Stiff Intruders, Barney's Bigfoot Museum, Blarney, Spooked, The Grab, Eats, The Bleeder, The Good Deed, Joyce, Stickman, The Mask, A Good Secret Place.


THE WILDS
Special Edition - Novella - 450 copies only

Ned Champion has just been dumped by his girlfriend, Cora. But that's no reason to cancel his backpacking trip into the Lost River Wilderness Area.

He'll just go without her.

And he'll keep a journal of his adventures.

He's bound to have a fine time.

Alone in the wilds.

Completely on his own.

Absolutely free to do whatever he wishes.

Anything at all.

With nobody there to watch him or criticize him or hold him back - or arrest him.

It'll just be Ned in the wilds.

And the Wilds in Ned.



A WRITER'S TALE
Special Edition - autobiography - 500 copies only

Richard Laymon has been a published horror writer for almost two decades. Of the dozens of books he has written, A Writer's Tale is like no other. More than just an autobiographical chronicle of his life and career, A Writer's Tale takes you behind the scenes in the life of a dedicated artist, who despite often sizable odds, persisted to become one of the best selling horror writers in England and around the world.

Laymon offers a glimpse into the writer's mind, and paints a frank picture of the trials and tribulations an up and coming writer must face if he is determined to write for a living. Find out more about Laymon the man, his life and work, as he delves into the details behind each of his published (and several unpublished) works. Inside he shares lists of his favorite books and films; authors and playwrights. In addition, several early pieces of fiction and poetry are reprinted herein for the first time since their original publication.

A Writer's Tale is a book like no other. It is the ultimate Laymon companion, but it is also an indispensible survival guide for the would-be writer. Unlike Laymon's previous efforts, this is not a novel of fiction, but it may be his scariest yet. Because it's all true. Read on, if you dare...




Richard Laymon - Chronology


THE CELLAR
1980
THE WOODS ARE DARK
1981
OUT ARE THE LIGHTS
1982
THE LAWMEN
1983
NIGHT SHOW
1984
SHOOTOUT AT JOE'S
1984
DAWSON CITY
1984
INTRUDER
1984
LAST HAND
1985
LIVE BAIT
1985
LONELY ONE
1985
NIGHT RIDE
1985
GUTS
1985
CALLER
1985
THE COBRA
1985
MARATHON
1985
CARDIAC ARREST
1985
NIGHT GAMES
1985
ALLHALLOW'S EVE
1985
BEWARE
1985
THE TRAP
1985
THE BEAST
1986
THE NIGHT CREATURE
1986
THE BEAST HOUSE
1986
BEGINNER'S LUCK
1986
HALLOWEEN HUNT
1987
THIN AIR
1987
RETURN
1987
DARK MOUNTAIN (TREAD SOFTLY)
1987
FLESH
1988
RESURRECTION DREAMS
1988
FUNLAND
1989
THE STAKE
1991
DARKNESS, TELL US
1991
ONE RAINY NIGHT
1991
ALARUMS
1992
BLOOD GAMES
1992
ENDLESS NIGHT
1993
MIDNIGHT'S LAIR
1993
SAVAGE
1994
A GOOD, SECRET PLACE (COL)
1994
IN THE DARK
1994
ISLAND
1995
QUAKE
1995
BODY RIDES
1996
BITE
1996
FIENDS
1997
AFTER MIDNIGHT
1997
THE MIDNIGHT TOUR
1998
THE WILDS (novella)
1998
A WRITER'S TALE (autobiography)
1998
AMONG THE MISSING
1999
COME OUT TONIGHT
1999
CUTS
1999
TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW
2000
BAD NEWS (anthology editor)
2000
ONCE UPON A HALLOWEEN
2000
DREADFUL TALES (short story collection)
2000
NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER
2001
FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE (novella)
2001
THE HALLOWEEN MOUSE (kids book)
2001
TRIAGE (contributor)
2001
NO SANCTURY
2001
AMARA (aka TO WAKE THE DEAD)
2003
THE LAKE
2004
THE GLORY BUS
2005




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