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Friday Night in Beast House [Paperback]

Richard Laymon
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad ending for Laymon May 1 2003
Published soon after his unexpected death on St. Valentine´¿s Day 2001 this short novel, the fourth book in The Beast House Chronicles, once again displays Laymon´¿s talents as a master storyteller.

Set in fictional Malcasa Point, 'Friday Night in Beast House' begins with sixteen-year-old Mark sitting on the edge of his bed debating with himself whether or not to telephone Alison for a date. When he finally musters enough courage to do so she, to his surprise, accepts´¿on one condition: Mark has to get her inside Beast House the following night, after it closes.

From there the story plows ahead--to a somewhat unexpected conclusion´¿in a straight and narrow path, with few side trips. Laymon, no prose stylist, seems almost in a rush to tell the tale before it opens razor-toothed jaws and swallows him whole. All in all, that´¿s not a bad thing as it allows the reader to focus his/her attention solely on the action and dialogue occurring within the pages, thus forsaking any chance of ennui setting in´¿or even comfort.

While not a great book, I found 'Friday Night in Beast House' fun, fast-paced and perfectly suited for a little decadent, nightmarish escape after a hard days work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One short night at Beast House! Feb. 11 2003
I bought this book simply because I am a Laymon fan, I have all his books and I knew before hand that the recommendations were not good on it. But I just didn't realise how poor the book would be. No disrespect here to Richard Laymon but I wonder did he ever approve of this book being released before his death. It is as others have said a very short book, printed with very large writing to make it look more than it is. It doesn't continue on from the Beast House trilogy and has very little of a storyline at all. It is not worth the money I paid and if you do want this book I would suggest buying secondhand or waiting til such time as it is released in paperback.
I hope this book is not the shape of what is to come now Laymon is gone. As a great fan I would be severly disapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tasty morsel for any Laymon fan Oct. 9 2001
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As the title suggests, this book is set mainly in the now familiar Beast House and tells the story of a young couple meeting for their first date in the famous landmark. Unlike the previous books in the series this is more of a novella than a novel but contains all the usual Laymon suspense and action.
By the time I finished this book (2 hours from cover to cover) I couldn't wait to leap back into the Beast House chronicles and start again with The Cellar.
If you're a Laymon fan, particularly a fan of the Beast House chronicles then you should give this book a go. If you've missed Laymon so far then I suggest you start at the beginning with The Cellar or one of his other great books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friday Night In Beast House Dec 15 2001
It is still hard to believe that Laymon is not with us anymore. But this is a good finish to the Beast House Chronicles. All the Laymon elements are here. Make no mistake about it.
This is a very short novel with very little character development. But there is Beast House, there are the typical Laymon horny teenagers and there is a "Beast". This book does not really cover the events of The Midnight Tour
but Laymon pulls off this fast paced thriller and puts an end to the legacy of Beast House.
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