Reading "The Wilds" brought back memories of the first book I ever read by Mr. Laymon, "Out are the lights".

I decided while still busy reading "The Wilds" that I would the read other book for a second time.

I did, quite quickly as well for a fact, and it grabbed me again, as it did the first time so many years ago. I still think it is strange that no one hasn't written a piece on it in this section.

So fast paced, one of the first books as well, and even back then... so profoundly terrifying.

If I had to decide which one of his books would be suitable for filming, this one would certainly be among them. (Especially because this is a book that doesn't deal an awful lot with thoughts in peoples minds..just plain action all the way.)

I think it would turn out a bit like "Scream" - same kind of threads...

Above all a very very very good book, very scary and dealing with the taboo of snuff films. (That ARE scary to think about... especially because we know they do exist..)

A big applause for Richard Laymon... a good start of an even more brilliant career..

Reviewed by Monique from The Netherlands

One of Richard Laymon's slimmest (and most sadistic) books, OUT ARE THE LIGHTS is, when it settles down to business, a disturbing, gut-churning take on the voyeuristic nature of horror movies and horror movie-buffs. As such, it certainly is a fine companion piece to the brisk NIGHT SHOW, which staked out similar narrative terrain while telling the story of a lovely terrorized FX artist and her attempts to escape the attentions of a deranged apprentice.

Chockful of nasty, nasty ends, and a trio of memorably vile villains, OUT centers on the politically-incorrect world of "snuff-movies." As is true of most of Laymon's work, the worst monsters are the all-too-human sort, and OUT's yep-it's-live gore "auteurs" are as despicable as they come.

Conversely, what's most unsettling, is that the sort of sniggering, juvenile glee with which Schreck and Co. put together their perverted reels is only a smidge removed from the vicarious thrills horror movie-buffs get from witnessing events on the silver screen they'd never want to see in real life.

Though the other (more positive) human elements in the tale are fairly workman-like (there's a rather film-noirish sub-plot between the heroine's ex and a deadly vamp that seems unnecessary) in execution and a rather too-abrupt climax, when OUT stays focused on The Haunted Palace's crew, it kicks major butt. Less garnished in the violent (non-consensual) sex that's a trademark of Laymon's novels, it still includes a smorgasboard of bloody grand guignol that will make any Laymon fan hunger for more Scream Gems.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Reviewed by Todd French

Didn`t actually think too much of this one, sorry. Don`t know why exactly, just didn`t really grip me like the others. Plot is okay but it`s something deeper within the text that doesn`t seem to ring true for me. Not bad, but not the book to discover Laymon with. A saving grace for me was the short-stories at the back of the book. Not all brilliant, not all great, but an extra little something after my sad disappointment of the main course. Sorry guys.


Reviewed by Mike Carter, England.

Return to Reviews Page