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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a Day! Aug. 9 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Grabs the reader from the first chapter! I could not put it down!

Set in a small isolated town and deeply wooded area, two best friends set off on a road trip to Yosemite. When they encounter a strange deformed man like creature on the road, they decide to stop in at the local town restaurant and regroup. Little did they know they would never make it to Yosemite, yet alone out of the eerie town.
Shortly there after the two girls are joined by a family of four who are joined by the same fate as the girls.

Some chapters are quite graphic however.*

Twists and turns in this book keep you wanting more! Delightfully written and easy to read. My only complaint is I wish the ending would have been explained in more detail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn good! Feb. 25 2005
By Heather Smith - Published on
I've been all about trying out new (or new to me, at least) horror authors recently. 3 or 4 names really stood out in my search, Ketchum, Lee, Little, and Laymon. People either seem to love them or hate them. I decided to give Laymon a try, so I hunted down the UK editions of Funland, The Cellar, and The Woods are dark. So far, I'm very impressed.

I won't write a synopsis of the story, you can read the dust jacket for that. I will say that The Woods are dark, has the feel of a cross between Off Season and Deep In the Darkness. There's nothing creepier than deformed cannabalistic Inbreeders! It's well written and contains twists and turns that are unexpected. I would like to have had a little more back story revealed but it doesn't diminish the story at all.

I don't know how I missed these guys as a teen-ager. I guess the American world of horror literature was too jammed up with King and Barker. No room was left for Laymon, his style must have been just a little to edgy for mass-marketability. It's true what they say about getting your hands on the UK prints of his books. It's worth it. The US editions are hacked to pieces, no pun intended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying!!! Dec 22 2001
By "glennmiller3" - Published on
A legless thing with powerful hairy arms dragged itself across the road. It paused for a moment in the car's headlights, in front of Neala and Sherri. It tossed a severed human hand which landed between the girls, and then scurried away into the dark forest . . .
This is the best Richard Laymon I have read. So compelling that I literally could not stop reading. It's an erotic thriller that will have your heart racing from the first page to the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Horror stories - You will LOVE this book! Dec 20 2006
By John Schinter - Published on
I am convinced that Laymon cannot write a bad book. This story is about travelers that seem to "disappear" as they are traveling through a small town. Maybe its the Krull's that live in the forest - which are deformed human being like creatures that make the forests their home?

If this is your first Laymon book - I guarantee it won't be your last! Fun and easy reading, and written in Laymon's classic innocent style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get the British edition not the Warner Books editon Jan. 12 2003
By David - Published on
The British edition published in 1991 by Headline is the good version. (see
The 1981 edition from Warner Books was wrecked by the editor.
Richard Laymon ignored all of the changes from the US edition when his British publisher offered to publish the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WOODS ARE DARK Sept. 24 2001
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This book is excellent it was the first book of Laymons I read and after reading another 5 they still havent been up to the standards as this one. it keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through the book right from page one, its the best horror/suspense story i have ever read whith a great plot. i would definatly recommend it to everyone who likes horror.
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