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Bite [Paperback]

Richard Laymon
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May 8 1997
Sam hasn't seen his first love, Cat, for 10 years. But now she's back and is asking for help to kill a vampire. Sam doesn't believe in vampires, but he does believe the marks on Cat's body. Are they self-inflicted, or is there really a vampire?

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From Publishers Weekly

One of the benefits of Dorchester's ambitious horror line--the only such line from a major American publisher--is the return of Laymon to domestic mass market. Laymon's vigorous, daring tales were popular here in the 1980s, but recently he has been overlooked by mainstream American houses (though he sells well in Britain and is published here by specialty houses, e.g., Cemetery Dance, The Midnight Tour, 1998). It's a shame, then, that his reentry to our paperback racks comes with this novel (published in Britain in 1996), not one of his best. A kind of sequel to The Stake (1991), the story opens as Santa Monica narrator Sam, 26, is visited by old flame Cat: she wants him to kill Elliot, an unwelcome nightly visitor whom she claims is a vampire. Sam agrees, slaying Elliot with a stake in a scene that, typical for Laymon, is bloody, tinged with eroticism and unfolds a whisker away from black humor. The remainder of the novel details Sam and Cat's violent misadventures, including run-ins with homicidal drifters, as they try to dispose of the body. There's some thematic play about the vampire in us all, and Laymon's writing is as crisp and gleefully malevolent as ever, but the characters are thin and the plotting is too linear, incident piled upon incident, dissipating suspense. Still, Laymon fans won't want to miss this one. (June)

Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Richard Laymon was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up in California. Four of his books have been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, which he won in 2001 with THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW. Among his many acclaimed works of horror and suspense are THE STAKE, SAVAGE, AFTER MIDNIGHT and the four novels in the Beast House Chronicles: THE CELLAR, THE BEAST HOUSE, THE MIDNIGHT TOUR and FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE. He died in February 2001.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not even a horror story Jan. 23 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I this the first (and most likely last) time I've ever read Richard Laymon. I bought this book because of Steven King's comments expecting a good scare.
What I got wasn't even a horror novel. This book is never scary. It also not about the supernatural or anything else that would qualify as fantastic.
The book presents us with several characters (both the good guys and the bad guys) that make dumb choices and then spend the rest of the book trying to deal with the repercussions. There were several places along the way where I just wished I could stop and smack one of the characters on the head and say "Wake up! Think about what you are doing."
After I finished the book, I donated it to the local library. I feel guilty about that now, because I may have exposed even more people to this drivel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars unfortunately this book "bites" June 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book had an OK beginning and a good ending. Everything in between was pretty bad. I've read a few novels by Laymon now and this is the first one that I thought was really bad. The dialogue (as other people have said) is terrible. Some of the conversations between the main characters are redundant and unrealistic. The plot of the novel isn't terrible but it isn't great either. I wouldn't recommend this novel. It was not an enjoyable read. It just goes to show that you really can't judge a book by its cover.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What a load of........ May 25 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Laymon has written some very good books....this is definitely NOT one of them. It is so boring that I use it to put me back to sleep if I can't. Nothing much ever happens save the first few chapters. After that it goes nowhere.....slowly, VERY, VERY slowly. There semms to be no middle ground with Laymon's writing, the books are either really good, or they are REALLY bad. Bite is the latter. And this book bites. Now that he's dead I'm sure they'll release every book this guy ever wrote, deserving or not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wordy and tiresome Nov. 28 2003
By Mark
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with Emeric1's review. The tedious dialogue continued throughout the book, and the two main characters were not very intelligent. Not recommended, read a Saberhagen book instead!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It Bites Nov. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's been a while since I've read a "vampire" story. I've read several of Anne Rice's excellent books, and of course everything Stephen King has written set in Salem's Lot. Given the excellence of the aforementioned books any author trying to write a vampire story has much to measure up to. Unfortunately this tongue-in-cheek effort by Richard Laymon makes little effort to be excellent, and is instead a weird combination of coincidences with a fair amount of sex and more than a little perversion. I was intrigued by the story line, and kept thinking the author was going to really turn this story into something, but instead the bulk of the story is a running chase between a psycho by the ironic name of Snow White and the two principal characters, Sam and Cat (Catherine).
There is a knock on Sam's door one night, and there is the girl he has loved his whole life standing in the door in a robe asking for him to come with her. Sam quickly finds he has landed in his own version of "Blue Velvet," standing in a closet waiting for a vampire with the fearsome name of Elliot to show up. Elliot is staked reasonably quickly and our murderers now have to dispose of him. I say him because he's a vampire, and as we all know, vampires may not be dead even when you think they are. Sam and Cat make a mess of getting Elliot into Cat's car, spending a fair amount of time on the details of how messy they got and cleaning everything up. In a way, all this action is still background for the story.
Sam and Cat then take off into the desert to go find a place to get rid of Elliot. Coincidence number one happens when they have a blowout, which may have been a gunshot, and run into a big guy by the name of Snow White. White states that he was forced off the highway by a gunshot.
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1.0 out of 5 stars HOW NOT TO WRITE Aug. 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Richard Laymon book I have read; I could never be bored enough to pick up another one.
Laymon in this book has created an unbelievably dense "hero" whose high school sweetheart shows up at his door after not seeing him for ten years. "You look well," she says. "Help me kill a guy."
"Okay," he says
"He's a vampire," she says.
"No problem," he says.
Do they worry at all about being caught when they take off to bury the body? Nope. Not even nervous. Are they committed to this cause? No...the "hero" guy, Sam, and his damsel-in-distress Cat, develop an unspoken agreement at some point that the guy isn't really a vampire. This reappraisal appears to be inconsequential to them.
What is spoken is line after line, ad infinitum, of repetitive dialogue between the two recapping everything that happens in the previous paragraph (despite having been spoken the first time around) and responses from one character of "good idea", "wouldn't want that", "sounds good", etc. to every immaterial and superfluous line of dialogue spoken by the other character: "I'm going to close the car door." - "Sounds good."
"I'll turn my lighter off now so as not to waste lighter fluid." - "Good idea."
Every few pages or so of exposition on Cat's life between Sam eras, Laymon apparently decides to throw in more brutal examples of Cat's suffering. By the time she gets to "oh yeah, and I met the vampire while being raped by three guys," Sam doesn't even have a reaction. He must've been as sick of it by that point as I was!
The novel is crammed with sentence fragment paragraphs.
Like this.
That's how he writes.
No kidding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read...
Bite is the first book I've read by Richard Laymon and Laymon has
been a favorite ever since. This is a must read that sucks you in and doesn't let go until you hit the last... Read more
Published on July 1 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Steel, Fangs, and the Wells Where Bodies Hide
Love, it manifests in many a odd right, sometimes capturing those consumed by its presence in the most volatile and yet wondrous of manners. Read more
Published on April 30 2003 by TorridlyBoredShopper
3.0 out of 5 stars An average read . . .
I've read two of Laymond's books. He seems a bit preoccupied with sex, though this book didn't have as much of that in it as "Night In the Lonesome October. Read more
Published on March 10 2003 by Jeffery A. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Laymon's average books
compared to many of his other books, 'Bite' has a story line that is a little bit of a let down. the two main characters go through a grusome adventure, while trying to figure out... Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2003 by marvin
1.0 out of 5 stars Weekend At Bernie's Redux
"Bite" is so thoroughly bad, it's astounding. One doggedly and masochistically continues to turn (and skim) the pages, unwilling to believe the book can continue to be so numbingly... Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2002 by Brian Kiernan
3.0 out of 5 stars Laymon's take on vampires..
Laymon decideds to tackle the issue on vampires and like The Stake writes an interesting read.
His plot is centered around Sam, a 26-year old man, who is visited by former... Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2002 by Darren Jacks
4.0 out of 5 stars Laymon's fantastic!
A friend of mine introduced me to Laymon, and I'm really glad she did. Laymon is a fantastic storyteller. Read more
Published on April 13 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense with a dash of Salt... Just how I like it
Unlike many who have reviewed this book, I am not a big horror fan. I read eclectically, and some things just catch my eye. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2002
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