"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!