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Friday Night in the Beast House

(2001)
(The fourth book in the Beast House Chronicles series)
A novel by

 
 
In February of this year, Laymon, then president of the Horror Writers Association, died of a heart attack at age 53. A few weeks ago, the last of his novels to be published before his death, The Traveling Vampire Show, won the HWA's Stoker Award for best novel of the year. Soon after Laymon died, Cemetery Dance, which issued that award winner, brought out Night in the Lonesome October. But it turns out that wasn't the last we'll see of Laymon, nor is this new, enjoyable short novel. The Beast House Chronicles, launched in 1979, made Laymon's reputation. This novella is the slightest of the series four entries, emotionally as well as in page length, but it features all the trademark Laymon touches. There's a horny teen protagonist, Mark, and a spooky adventure, as Mark accepts the dare of the girl of his wet dreams, Alison, that he help her sneak into Beast House, scene of several horrific murders during past decades and now a major tourist attraction in the small West Coast town where it stands. There are plenty of suspenseful and scary moments as Mark breaks into the Beast House and hides in the Beast Hole, and a particularly shocking twist at book's end. Above all, there's that inimitable Laymon style, the use of simple, strong sentences to construct, via extraordinarily vivid sensual detail, a narrative that envelops the reader in a moment by moment revelation of events in the service of a story that's terrific, nasty fun. All Laymon fans and anyone who likes horror served with a cackle are going to like this one.

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Hardback Editions

May 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House (Beast House Chronicles, Book 4): A chilling tale of a haunted house
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 0-7553-3764-6 / 978-0-7553-3764-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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August 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House (Beast House Chronicles)
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 1-58767-034-8 / 978-1-58767-034-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 1-4778-3114-2 / 978-1-4778-3114-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: 47North
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February 2010 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 0-8439-6142-2 / 978-0-8439-6142-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Leisure Books
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October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House (Beast House Chronicles, Book 4): A chilling tale of a haunted house
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 0-7553-3765-4 / 978-0-7553-3765-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2011 : Canada Audio CD
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 1-897304-91-9 / 978-1-897304-91-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Audio Realms
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November 2009 : Canada MP3 CD
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Title: Friday Night in the Beast House
Author(s): Richard Laymon
ISBN: 1-897331-92-4 / 978-1-897331-92-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Audio Realms
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House (Beast House Chronicles, Book 4): A chilling tale of a haunted house
Author(s): Richard Laymon
Publisher: Headline
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Friday Night in Beast House (Beast House Series)
Author(s): Richard Laymon
Publisher: 47North
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA