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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Good Feb. 14 2014
By Ed Duplissie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am a great Richard Laymon fan and have read almost everything he has written. What you are getting here is two novellas and unfortunately neither one is all that good of a read.
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Format:Hardcover
It's really too bad Laymon passed away. He really seemed to be hitting his stride. Although this is a "tamer" book than some expect from him, and it's a little short, it was a fitting conclusion to the Beast House books. I get the feeling that sometimes other authors like to anonymously dis Laymon in reviews because they're jealous of his success. Well, he's dead now, so you can stop the flaming! I, for one, will miss seeing new books with his name on them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad ending for Laymon May 1 2003
Format:Hardcover
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 Good Story Unfinished March 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I think that this book was still in the process of being written when he died. Therefore i think someone else just put a quick end to it then they released it. Because just has the book starts to get good it finishes. Its a poor book and not very big im a massive fan of Richard Laymon i own 12 books so far and im going to buy the rest.
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