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Richard Laymon


(Richard Carl Laymon)
USA flag (1947 - 2001)

aka Richard Kelly, Carl Laymon, Lee Davis Willoughby

Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He has an MA in English Literature from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He has worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian and a mystery magazine editor.

Genres: Horror
 
Novels
   Your Secret Admirer (1980) (as by Carl Laymon)
   The Woods Are Dark (1981)
   Nightmare Lake (1983) (as by Carl Laymon)
   Night Show (1984)
   Dawson's City (1984)
   The Intruder (1984)
   Shootout At Joe's (1984)
   The Caller (1985)
   Cardiac Arrest (1985)
   The Cobra (1985)
   Last Hand (1985)
   Live Bait (1985)
   Lonely One (1985)
   Marathon (1985)
   Night Games (1985)
   Night Ride (1985)
   All Hallow's Eve (1986)
   Beginner's Luck (1986)
   The Night Creature (1986)
   Halloween Hunt (1987)
   Tread Softly (1987) (as by Richard Kelly)
     aka Dark Mountain
   Return (1987)
   Thin Air (1987)
   Beware (1987)
   Flesh (1987)
   Midnight's Lair (1988) (as by Richard Kelly)
   Resurrection Dreams (1988)
   Funland (1989)
   The Stake (1990)
   Island (1991)
   One Rainy Night (1991)
   Darkness, Tell Us (1991)
   Blood Games (1992)
   Alarums (1992)
   Savage (1993)
   Endless Night (1993)
   In the Dark (1994)
   The Quake (1995)
   Body Rides (1996)
   Bite (1996)
   After Midnight (1997)
   The Wilds (1998)
   Among the Missing (1999)
   Cuts (1999)
   Come Out Tonight (1999)
   The Traveling Vampire Show (2000)
   Once Upon A Halloween (2000)
   Night in the Lonesome October (2001)
   The Halloween Mouse (2001)
   No Sanctuary (2001)
   Amara (2003)
     aka To Wake The Dead
   Meeting at Joe's (2003)
   The Lake (2004)
   The Glory Bus (2005)
     aka Into the Fire
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Collections
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Chapbooks
   Guts (1985)
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Novellas
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Anthologies edited
   Bad News (2000)
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Anthologies containing stories by Richard Laymon
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Short stories
Desert Pickup (1970)
Roadside Pickup (1974)
Oscar's Audition (1975) (as by Richard Kelly)
Out of the Woods (1975)
Paying Joe Back (1975)
A Good Cigar Is a Smoke (1976)
The Direct Approach (1977)
The Champion (1978)
Stiff Intruders (1980)
Barney's Bigfoot Museum (1981)
Blarney (1981)
Spooked (1981)
The Grab (1982)
Eats (1985)
Bad News [short story] (1989)
The Bleeder (1989)
Dinker's Pond (1989)
The Hunt (1989)
Madman Stan (1989)
Mess Hall (1989)
The Tub (1990)
Special (1991)
Kitty Litter (1992)
The Good Deed (1993)
A Good, Secret Place [short story] (1993)
Joyce (1993)
The Mask (1993)
Slit (1993)
Stickman (1993)
The Fur Coat (1994)
Good Vibrations (1995)
The Maiden (1995)
Phil the Vampire (1995)
First Date (1996)
The Job (1998)


Awards
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1989) : Flesh
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (1991) : Funland
Bram Stoker Best Collection nominee (1994) : A Good, Secret Place
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : Bite
Bram Stoker Best Novel winner (2001) : The Traveling Vampire Show


Richard Laymon recommends
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Clickers (2000)
(Clickers, book 1)
J F Gonzalez and Mark Williams
"Fans of Guy N. Smith and the early James Herbert should get a real kick out of CLICKERS...creatures run amok, and heads roll! The invasion of the quiet, seaside community also has echos of Lovecraft. Creepy, grisly fun."
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City Infernal (2001)
(City Infernal, book 1)
Edward Lee
"The living legend of literary mayhem. Edward Lee writes with gusto, guts, and brains. Read him if you dare."
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The Rising (2003)
(Rising, book 1)
Brian Keene
"A top-notch, terrifying thriller."
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Vampyrrhic Rites (2003)
(Vampyrrhic, book 2)
Simon Clark
"A master of eerie thrills."
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Red Angel (2003)
(Criminally Insane, book 2)
Andrew Harper (Douglas Clegg)
"Andrew Harper is one of the best!"

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