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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)
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Soundman
I agree with Emeric1's review. The tedious dialogue continued throughout the book, and the two main characters were not very intelligent. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by Mark
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
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 morePublished on March 10 2003 by Jeffery A. Davis
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 morePublished on Jan. 14 2003 by marvin
"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 morePublished on Nov. 7 2002 by Brian Kiernan
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
A friend of mine introduced me to Laymon, and I'm really glad she did. Laymon is a fantastic storyteller. Read morePublished on April 13 2002