Help Us Celebrate Our 1st Birthday!

Richard Laymon Kills! has been online for a year now and we want to thank you all for making the site what it is today! So, with the help of Richard Laymon, Headline UK, and Hodder Headline Australia, we're running our first ever Richard Laymon Kills! competition where you could win BIG prizes!

December is our birthday month, so each week we'll be holding a competition to give away prizes and at the end of December the MAJOR prize donated by Richard Laymon himself will be won by one lucky reader!


.....WIN.....WIN.....WIN.....WIN.....

MAJOR PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED!
SHANNON ROWE
CONGRATULATIONS!

Listed below are the top five entries in our Major Prize competition with Richard's comments on each of them! Enjoy!

"The soft, hissing laughter that woke Joey just after midnight seemed to be coming from the bedroom closet."

THE WINNER: Shannon Rowe
He froze, listened hard.
Melissa slept on.
Rats?
The boogeyman?
Something chuckled meanly.
Kid's pranks, he thought, rising.
He yanked the closet open.
The screwdriver drilled into Joey's nostril.
His right eye squirted from its socket.
Raining blood, he collapsed.
The intruder stepped over Joey, erect, grinning.
"Darling!" Melissa whispered.

Richard's thoughts:
This is my favorite. In fact, it stands on its own as a very abbreviated short story. In those few words, it contains every element of a story. It is very well written, and could've been written by a professional. Even has a "trick ending" revealed in the last line.

Second place: Chris Martin
Joey rose as the laughter turned to shrieks of terror. The closet started rocking as the thing pounded the locked doors in the darkness of the night. Joey returned to bed elated that he had not completely bashed his captive to death the night before. For tommorow is another day....

Richard's thoughts:
This is also one of my favorites. Joey is "elated" that his captive survived last night's fun so that the nastiness can continue tomorrow. This has a LOT going on in it. It could be the opening of a novel. I very much like the rather subtle perversion of it. This Joey is a sick puppy.

Third place: "Hodgeite"
Joey pattered over to the sound.
"Here...closer", Joey heard.
He stuck his head through the opening and immediately felt a THAP!
Todd, his master, hit him with a hammer and, after tying Joey up, started burning his paws.
As Joey meowed, down came the hammer for the last time.

Richard's thoughts:
Having Joey turn out to be a cat was a neat idea. I used a similar gimmick, myself, in one of my short stories, "Out of the Woods." The person who wrote it is apparently not a cat lover. Except maybe if the cat's in a stew.

Fourth place: David M Zappia
Making his way to the closet, visions of a deceptive suicide, really murder, returned. Heart pounding, he opened the closet. His victim hung there. Carved into it's rotting flesh, were the words "Your fate equals mine." Joey stepped back…into someone. A hand grabbed his throat, slowly draining his life.

Richard's thoughts:
Nice and grisly. Very Poe-etic, revenge for murder of someone put in a closet.

Fifth place: Ron Clinton
Joey threw open the doors.
Silence.
His asshole stepson's book - by his crazy, horror-writer uncle - lay on the floor.
Fuckin' brat...
The hardback pounced, fastened upon Joey's throat.
340 long, paper-thin teeth slashed like a wheat-thresher.
Flowing blood obscured the title-page inscription:
"Andy,
Hang tough, kid...
trust me.
Richard Laymon"

Richard's thoughts:
I got a kick out of the Laymon inscription on the book, but had a tough time seeing someone attacked by a book. Could get some nasty paper cuts, but . . . A paper cut across the eyeball would be nasty, huh?

Congratualations to Shannon, who wins the signed copy of TREAD SOFTLY. Thank you to all who entered our competitions during our birthday month. Hope you had as much fun as we did!


MAJOR PRIZE DRAW CLOSES
ENTRIES ARE NOW WITH RICHARD
HE WILL CHOOSE THE WINNER IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS!

MAJOR PRIZE NEWS!

After consultation with Richard, we have decided to run a seperate competition to give away the major prize to one lucky reader. All you have to do is complete a short-short story which Richard has begun for you. All entries must be 50 words or less (do NOT include Richard's opening sentence in your word count), have a plot and have some sort of conclusion. Extra points for blood and gore, of course! The competition is open now and you have until December 31 to get your entry in! The winner will be judged by Richard himself! Good luck! Here's the beginning of the story:

"The soft, hissing laughter that woke Joey just after midnight seemed to be coming from the bedroom closet."

The rest is up to you....in under 50 words!!!



December 22 - 28


What is the "secret message" in AFTER MIDNIGHT?


The answer for week four was: ... well, we're not going to tell you ... that would spoil the surprise. But, we will tell you that, to find the secret message, take the first letter from each chapter to form the secret message!

Thanks to all those who entered! The winners for the final week are:

Damien Slattery, US
Patrick Jones, Aus
Steve Hulme, Aus
Mary Grant, UK
Kelly Lewis, UK
Tony Davies, UK

The winners will be contacted in the next few days.



December 15 - 21


When Dani and Tony went to the movie theater, what film was playing?

The answer for week three was: ZOMBIE INVASION -- from NIGHT SHOW
Thanks to all those who entered! The winners for the third week are:

Tim Healy, US
John Easdown, UK
Geoff Bishop, Aus
John Au Yeung, Aus
Lucy Treadgold, UK
Naomi Lamont, Aus

The winners will be contacted in the next few days.
If you didn't win last week, give this week's question a go!



December 8 - 14


Who "took off for the Land of Purr"?

The tricky answer was: Kelly and Katie -- from a poem written by Robin in FUNLAND
Or Kelly and Kerry, as the poem was changed later in the book!
Thanks to all those who entered! The winners for the second week are:

Daryl Tyas, Aus
Robyn Halberdier, US
Ron Clinton, US
Karen Fry, Aus
Vicky Ritchie, UK
Rodney Gerdes, UK

The winners will be contacted in the next few days.
If you didn't win last week, give this week's question a go!


December 1 - 7


Which character in THE CELLAR would like to have Seth's baby?

The answer was: SANDY
Thanks to all those who entered! The winners for the first week are:

Cathie Crausaz, UK
Hakan Isen, Aus
George Alexander, Aus
Grant Clarke, UK
Richard Hill, US
Shannon Rowe, AUS

The winners will be contacted in the next few days.
If you didn't win in the first week, give this week's question a go!


PRIZES...PRIZES...PRIZES

Thanks to Hodder Headline Australia, we have 24 copies of Laymon's latest paperback FIENDS to give away to 6 lucky winners per week. Get the answer right and you will go into the weekly draw and could have a copy of Fiends on its way to you! Just read the question above, email us your answer and, if your answer is correct, you're in the draw! What could be simpler??

But that's not all! Oh no! There's more! Why not try out for the Richard Laymon Kills! 1st Birthday Major prize donated by Richard Laymon himself! The Grand Prize Winner will be announced at the end of December and will receive a:

UK 1st edition
hardback copy of
TREAD SOFTLY

written by Richard under the pen name of Richard Kelly and from Richard's own collection personally signed for the winner by Richard!!! What more could anyone want! The best gift you could ever receive - thanks to Richard Laymon and Richard Laymon Kills!

Get those entries in today! And remember, every week in December we'll be placing a new competition online, so don't forget to enter each week!

Special Thanks to Richard Laymon and

     

for their help and assistance in the past year and with this competition.



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