Richard Laymon
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Richard Laymon

Richard Laymon's works include more than sixty short stories and more than thirty novels, a few of which were published under the pseudonym Richard Kelly. However, despite praise from prominent writers from within the genre, including Stephen King and Dean Koontz, Laymon was little known in his homeland -- he enjoyed greater success in Europe, though, particularly in the United Kingdom -- until his affiliation with Leisure Books in 1999. The author largely viewed much of this as a product of the poorly re-edited and reconstructed first release of The Woods Are Dark, which had over 50 pages removed. The poor editing and unattractive cover art ruined his sales records after the success of The Cellar. The original and intended version of The Woods Are Dark was finally published in July of 2008 by Leisure Books and Cemetery Dance Publications after being reconstructed from the original manuscript by his daughter, Kelly.

His novel Flesh was named Best Horror Novel of 1988 by Science Fiction Chronicle, and both Flesh and Funland were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, as was his non-fiction work A Writer's Tale. He won this award posthumously in 2001 for The Traveling Vampire Show. His win was used as an answer for a question on the syndicated Jeopardy program.

The tribute anthology In Laymon's Terms was released by Cemetery Dance Publications during the summer of 2011. It featured short stories and non-fiction tribute essays by authors such as Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Gary Brandner, Edward Lee, and scores of others.

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    • The Woods Are Dark

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Bob Dunsworth
    • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 60

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Backwoods cannibal fun

    • By Bill on 08-23-17

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Beware

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Charles Bice
    • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 47

    Using ancient black magic, a dangerous, vindictive maniac is made all-powerful by his ability to become invisible....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Porn/Action/Gore/Horror/Paranormal

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-05-16

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Traveling Vampire Show

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Bob Barnes
    • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 77

    The rural town of Grandville is to host The Travelling Vampire Show, featuring the only known vampire in captivity. Janks Field, where the show will take place, has been declared off-limits....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not really about Vampires. Great title though.

    • By M. Childers on 05-30-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Savage

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Peter Bishop
    • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    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....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A SHIRT WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED

    • By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-29-16

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Dark Mountain

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Randy Hames
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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....

    Regular price: $17.99

    • Resurrection Dreams

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Randy Hames
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Nope

    • By c on 07-29-18

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Lake

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Brush
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Leigh is a beautiful girl, 18 years old, headstrong and rebellious. All she wants from her summer by the lake is a chance to relax. But her summer fling will lead to terror....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Ughh

    • By Lorinda on 11-26-07

    Regular price: $18.89

    • Flesh

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Maynard McKillen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    No one in town has ever seen anything like it: a slimy, mobile tube of glistening yellow flesh with dull, staring eyes and an obscene, probing mouth....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good book but

    • By anthony henson on 03-20-18

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Come Out Tonight

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Gene Engene
    • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25

    It's too hot to be making love, unless your romance is young, like Sherry's and Duane's. But they have no condoms. Duane goes out to get some, but then Sherry hears what sounds like a gunshot....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Fright...With Excess Filler

    • By Kevin on 12-25-10

    Regular price: $20.99

    • To Wake the Dead

    • By: Richard Laymon
    • Narrated by: Gene Engene
    • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Amara was once the beautiful Princess of Egypt. Now, 4,000 years later, she and her coffin are merely prized exhibits of the Charles Ward Museum....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Bad first impression

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-09

    Regular price: $20.99

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