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Resurrection Dreams [Mass Market Paperback]

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

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4.0 out of 5 stars Such dark perverted fun! May 14 2004
This is an amusingly vile take on the back from the grave plot. Laymon takes twisted delight in creating Melvin, a junk food ingesting geek with an all consuming desire to bring back a woman from the dead. He uses old tomes with recipes/spells to bring the dead back to life but never truly believes it'll work (we surely would've heard about it on the news if were possible, wouldn't we?!). Somehow his most recent *recipe* works and then the fun begins as he's unprepared to deal with the consequences. It's quite entertaining in a morbid, dark-humor kind of way.
Vicki was unfortunate enough to witness Melvin's first attempt at resurrection when they were teens at the same high school and has horrible nightmares ever since. Now she's a doctor and headed back to her home town and decides (quite ridiculously, if you ask me) to visit Melvin (he owns the local gas station) and get it out of the way. Melvin always liked Vicki because she was the only person who was nice to him as a teen. Now that Vicki is all grown up Melvin likes Vicki a whole lot more and develops an unhealthy obsession and starts some serious stalker-like behavior.
Vicki and her friend Ace decide the only way to end Melvin's obsession with Vicki is to shatter the illusion. So these two brainiacs concoct a plan where Vicki will "date" Melvin thus shattering his dreams of the perfect "dream girl" once he realizes Vicki isn't entirely inaccessible to him. Okaaaaay! This, of course, only allows Melvin closer access to her life and causes more trouble (and more grossities!) I found this book extremely funny and was especially amused at all of the perverted men populating the story. The thing that cracked me up the most was the "resurrected" people who all came back as raving sex fiends. Eyeballs gouged out?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Laymon's best, but still a very solid read Oct. 3 2001
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"Resurrection Dreams" is typical Richard Laymon fare. Plenty of thrills, chills, gore, and hauntingly-vivid mental pictures abound for the ardent Laymon fan. Unlike many horror authors who haphazardly throw in shocking scenes just for the thrill value, Laymon weaves his mayhem in the plot line like a master tailor. Nothing is wasted and thorough characterization is always at the forefront of his novels.
"Resurrection Dreams" certainly defines "good and evil" early in the story. "Evil" Melvin is equally pathetic and psychotic. It's hard not to think back into one's past and not find a character Like Melvin that everybody in town hated but was also a little bit afraid of. The protagonists of the story, Vicki and Ace, are both likeable and believable and it's hard not to get caught up in their fear of Melvin.
As with most Laymon plots, the reader can "check his or her common sense and logic skills at the door". But, is that really a problem for most Laymon fans? Much of Laymon's appeal lies in his really bizarre plots (like this one). The avid Laymon reader knows what's in store for him or her BEFORE they pick up one of his books.
As with each of the Laymon books that I have read, he consistently delivers solid entertainment and escapism. If you're looking for "deep reading" you won't find it in "Resurrection Dreams. But, on the other hand, if you're after a somewhat frightening and un-nerving good "read" then pick up a copy of this book.
If you like this book (and not everybody will - definitely not for the squeamish), then by all means try "Funland", "The Travelling Vampire Show","Midnight's Lair" and "The Beast House" series. All of Laymon's books are hard to find (especially now that he has passed away) but they're well worth the effort!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christie, Australia-avid Laymon Fan May 16 2000
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This is your old B-grade movies, vamped up and with Laymons usual recipe of sex/violence.Everyone can relate to the freaky, quite school nerd. But I dare you to find one as crazy as this one.Great lead characters.Wait till you meet Ace. Loved it, great for a quick thrill. The ending will leave you wondering!
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love non-stop horror this one's for you March 17 1999
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Richard Laymon creates character's that you almost fall in love with. As I read his book's I go to the world he has created. I love the way he writes, he make's these little worlds where the most unimaginable things happen and the people you least expect to surprise you, do. Great reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood, gore, sex -- and a far too predictable plot April 11 2014
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I keep hoping that I’ll find a Richard Laymon novel that truly impresses me – but it hasn’t happened yet. Certainly, Laymon was a most competent horror writer, but his work just seems to lack that extra something that would make it vibrant and unforgettable. Resurrection Dreams is a case in point; one of several novels published after Laymon’s untimely death in 2001, it features a most predictable storyline with few surprises along the way, and the supernatural aspect upon which the crux of the story hangs feels rushed and unconvincing. There’s a decent amount of blood and gore, of course, but you pretty much know how everything is going to play out by the end of the first three chapters. And there’s really no gray area between the good and the bad here, as the “bad guy” is a completely unsympathetic character.

One thing’s for sure: Melvin Dobbs is looney tunes. A social outcast virtually from birth, he bought himself a one-way ticket to a mental institution with a high school science project that even Dr. Frankenstein would not have appreciated. When a teenaged girl gets decapitated in a car wreck, that’s a tragedy; when a nut case digs up the body, hooks battery cables to it, and attempts to resurrect it in front of fellow students, parents, and educators – well, that’s something else. The only person who hadn’t picked on Melvin back in school was Vicki Chandler, who’s now returning home to Ellsworth, M.D. in hand, to work alongside the local doctor who helped pay her way through medical school. Of course, after his science fair “stunt,” there’s no way she ever wants to see him again – but there’s no way to avoid it since Melvin has also returned home following his release from institutional care. Just as she suspected, Melvin’s still sweet on her.
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