Friday, 5 May 2017

Chuckles Retro Reads: After Midnight/Endless Night/Come Out Tonight by Richard Laymon

Alice has quite a story to tell you. That's not her real name, of course. she couldn't give her real name, not after all the things she reveals about herself in this book. All of her... adventures. And all that killing. She wouldn't want the police to find her, now would she? — It started out so nice. Alice was house-sitting for her friend, enjoying having the whole place to herself, with the sunken bathtub and big-screen television. But everything went wrong that first night, when she looked out the window and saw a strange man jumping naked into the swimming pool. Alice just knew he would be coming to get her, like all those other men before. But she would never be a victim again. Not after she remembered the old Civil War saber hanging in the living room...

My Review: 
Alice is house-sitting for her friend when she sees the naked man going for a swim in the pool and when he hears the phone and approaches the house, Alice panics and tells the stranger on the phone that there is a prowler and he offers to help. Not long after, she hears a noise outside and kills the intruder-but it is Tony, the good samaritan who decided to come to her aid. Alice can't involve the police because of her past so now she must dispose of the body, clean up...but what if Tony's phone has re-dial and links her to the crime...?

This was Laymon at his very best! Poor Tony is hacked to pieces for helping a stranger because he dialed a wrong number, the pervert is still on the loose, and Alice realises that every bit of evidence she cleans up leads her to another problem that needs to be solved and it all snowballs in a wonderfully over-the-top story that has you hooked to the end. One of my favourite horror books!
 
 
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Jody is pretty tough for a sixteen-year-old girl. That's the only reason she's still alive - for now. She was sleeping over at her friend Evelyn's house when a group of killers broke in and tried to slaughter everyone. She saw Evelyn spitted on a spear, but Jody managed to escape, along with Evelyn's little brother, Andy. — Simon was one of the killers that gruesome night. His friends have left it up to him to find the only living witnesses to their massacre. Or else they'll butcher his family next. But Simon has his own reasons for wanting to get his hands on Jody...  

My Review: 
Jody is sleeping over at her friend Evelyn's house when a group of sadistic killers called the Krulls murder the entire household except the Jody and Evelyn's younger brother Andy. A gang member, Simon, is tasked with killing the final witnesses and he is also obsessed with getting his hands on Jody.

This was the first Laymon book I read. I saw it in a bookclub magazine with the recommendation from Stephen King so I bought it, and loved it! It started me reading the rest of his books. The story goes between Jody and Andy on the run from the Krulls, and Simon on their trail and is pretty much non stop tension and action. An excellent read!
 
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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 but there's just one problem - they have no condoms. Of course they could wait until tomorrow... Duane remembers the all-night 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...  

My Review: 
Sherry's boyfriend nips out to the store and when he doesn't come back, her search for him leads her to be abducted and raped by the psychotic loser Toby who has killed her boyfriend because he has an obsession with her. If she doesn't do what Toby says she knows he is going to kill her and he also has his eyes on other possible victims.

This was one of my favourite Laymon books, filled with the usual sex and violence that you expect, but with a good plot and a much better selection of characters. I found the ending to be pretty interesting as well so a thumbs up for this one!
 
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4 comments:

  1. Wow! All of these sound great. I think I'm interested in After Midnight the most. I think I read a Laymon book YEARS ago before I realized what a prolific writer he is. Thanks for sharing these!

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    1. Lots of great stories to pick from with Laymon! After Midnight is a mad read...I so enjoyed all the dumb plans that Alice comes up with!

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  2. I seem to recall bits and pieces of all three. I do need to do some rereading of his books. I forgot how good he is at horror!

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    1. I loved a lot of his books...I'm well overdue to reread some of them but time isn't letting me at the moment!

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