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Publisher's Summary

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 because of its sinister history, but there are three local teenagers who don't want to miss the performance.

©2000 Richard Laymon (P)2009 Audio Realms, Inc., all rights reserved. Produced by Audible, Inc. and distributed by Audible, Inc. and Brilliance Audio.

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Meh...

The girls had boobs...the boys had boners. Story good if that's all you want. #toomuchunderagesexfantasynotenoughhorror

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Excellent story, Fantastic narration!

This is a fantastic coming-of-age horror story in the vein of Robert R. McCammon's _A_Boy's_Life_, Ray Bradbury's _Something_Wicked_This_Way_Comes_, Dan Simmon's _Summer_of_Night_, and Stephen King's _It_ and _The_Body_. It's funny, frightening, and wrenching, and Bob Barnes brings the characters to vivid life. I am adding Richard Laymon's other work to my to read list, and will be watching for more narrations by Bob Barnes.

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What a great tale to keep you guessing..

Most of the Richard Laymon books ive read are horror/gore/wince inducing stories of terror.This was a pleasant break from the usual "wth" bloodfests, and actually had me engrossed in the mystery of a fairground with a dark past.The fairground ties in several terrible moments in the small town, and the main trio of young adults are well aware of the dangers.The insanity of the true intentions of the evil is too unbelievable but also a real type of threat among certain groups of mentally ill believers.Im hoping for an additional book/sequel to this concerning the 'present day' status of certain characters or even how the fairgrounds have changed or drawn more evils to it.This is NOT for the weak of heart and you might as well toss your prudish preferences out the window before beginning.Ill recommended this many but not family because= upbringing (lol)

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Richard Laymon at his finest.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator. The narration of this book did not work for me. I realized about 1/2 way into it why. The cadence and voice reminded me of the movie Christmas Story.

What other book might you compare The Traveling Vampire Show to and why?

Hell Hollow by Ronald Kelly.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

I had read this novel when it first came out and am happy to say that it is just as good today.

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Great coming of age horror

Don't listen to these negative reviews, I've listen to this book twice it's funny, suspenseful, sexual coming of age.Fun listen

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Hmmm

Read all of Layman's books long ago and loved them......hated that this narrator gave a 14 year old boy the accent of a 50 year old Brooklyn cabbie...audible is great done well and ruins a book when not thought through.....Love the author hate the narrator...

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A Book for Horny teenagers!

Every chapter, it seemed, was about a boy getting layed. I was very disappointed reading this book. I read another by thus author and thought I'd branch out, but I will not be getting anymore. I tried..

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