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From the back cover:
In an isolated corner of a deserted hotel, horror writer Larry Dunbar uncovers a grisly relic. It's naked. It's female. And it has a wooden stake through its heart.
She was a young, innocent high school senior named Bonnie Saxon.... sacrificed on the altar of a madman's obsession to rid the earth of its most ancient, pitiless evil: the curse of the vampire.
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JennyC1230 (GA, USA)
yvensong (NV, USA)
prollacct (PA, USA)--Per bookshelf, is currently inactive, will be skipped
Sending off to Bibliocrates today! Let the RAY begin!
Amazon Editorial Review:
In an abandoned hotel in a California ghost town, horror writer Larry and his friends make a chilling discovery. By chance they stumble across a naked woman in a coffin with a stake driven through her heart. Was she a vampire or the victim of a gruesome murder?
A novelist worries about the stake driven through the heart of a presumed vampire in this chilling horror story by the author of Flesh. Larry Durban, his neighbor Pete and their wives find the body of the young woman hidden in the basement of a ghost-town hotel. Pete persuades Larry, who has started writing a vampire novel, to bring the body home. Hoping for a great PR stunt, Pete plans to film the removal of the stake. But Larry has second thoughts. An old man tried to kill them when they picked up the coffin, suggesting that he, for one, believes in vampires. And Larry starts to have disturbing dreams about his ``houseguest,' whose finger bears a class ring identifying her as ``Bonnie' and a onetime student at the high school that his own teenage daughter, Lane, attends. Even more disturbing is the deepening relationship between Lane and her English teacher, Hal Kramer. Early on, Laymon shows Kramer engaging in a bloody murder, thereby raising the possibility of a connection to Bonnie. By studying old newspaper clippings, Larry learns that numerous young women had disappeared at the same time as Bonnie, but surely, he tells himself, these were innocents, not vampires. By this point, the reader shares Larry's doubts, and the tension becomes electric.The novel's only flaw may be overindulgence in dialogue. But its lighthearted tone sets up some white-knuckle moments, and the ending is more than worthy of Laymon's buildup.
I loved this book, another vampire story by Richard Laymon that isn't quite a vampire story... or, is it? The ending was great. Those, "what just happened" moments in books, love 'em! Of course, I can't divulge too much without spoiling the many surprises in the story, so let's just say it revolves around horror writer, Larry Dunbar, who becomes obsessed with solving the mystery behind the dead body of a young girl, discovered while visiting the ghost town of Sagebrush Flat with his wife Jean, and their neighbors Pete and Barbara. The dead girl had a wooden stake in her chest when they found her. Who was she? Larry discovers that the dead girl was Bonnie Saxon, who bears a striking resemblance to his daughter, Lane. Throw in a few subplots, Laymon style, with perverts and psychopaths, and you have quite a thrilling story where the bastards get what they deserve in the end.I can't help but wonder if Laymon's detailed descriptions of Larry's writing process was at all autobiographical. If you are a Laymon fan, you will love this one. I would also recommend The Traveling Vampire Show, that other vampire story that isn't quite a vampire story.
Seriously, I can't apologize enough for having taken my time with this one while many were waiting their turn. I haven't had much free 'reading' time lately.
Thank you for sharing Jare! I agree that Laymon was THE master of the genre! I will be posting this book on to JennyC1230 first thing in the morning via USPS First Class Mail.
This book is on its way to JennyC1230 to continue the ray...
Thanks for sharing your book Jare!
I sent Bilbi a request for address, but haven't heard back. Will send this book when I get it. Thanks for sharing Jare!
I've been out of 'rings lately and this is the fourth I received in a few days ;-)
I'll read it as soon as possible
Thanks for sharing
This was my fourth horror book in a row ;-)
I enjoy the book quite a lot even if the vampire makes her scarce in the book ...
Thanks again !
The Stake will be sent to Spain on Tuesday
Looks quite terrifying, I love it!
Thanks for sending it on, Bilbi; also thanks for the bookmarks and the kind note...
And thanks for starting this bookray, Jare!
Be afraid, be very afraid! :)
I have Deereads' address; I won't take long finishing it and sending it to her.
This kept me wondering all the time; the plot is very original... and I have read lots of horror, mind you!
The sub-plot with the teacher is almost as frightening as the vampire story; all the previous "grooming" is very well captured.
I really liked Larry Dunbar, the main character, and his thoughts / doubts as a writer; obviously Mr. Laymon knew what he was writing about.
This is one novel I have really enjoyed; thanks for sharing it, Jare.
I have Deereads' address, and it will soon be on its way to her...
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
Sent today by post to Deereads, in Canada, who is next in this bookray.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
On its way by airmail....should be there soon!!!
This is classic horror, not a typical vampire story. The pacing kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Is the body that Larry Dunbar, his wife and friends found, the body of a vampire? We follow the mystery with Dunbar as he finds out who she is and who may have put the stake in her. He tells himself that he's doing the research to help solve a horrendous crime and to write a non-fiction narrative that his friend has convinced will take him beyond the minor horror writer that he is.
Being an up-and-coming writer myself, I resonated with Laymon's descriptions of Larry's self-doubts. I can't imagine any writer not asking the same questions at some point in their career. It made Larry feel real.
The sub-plot is disturbing and more horrifying in its realism. I do not wish to provide any spoilers here, so will not reveal any part of it; just to say that Laymon is the rare author that is willing to step outside some themes that mainstream horror writers tend to stay away from.
Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Jare!
I have sent a message to prollacct and will send the book along as soon as I hear back.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
I never heard back from the next reader. Per Jare, ok to send to another. I mailed this to Ladiibug today.