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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; paperback / softback edition (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755337654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755337651
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE, is the final nightmare in the BEAST HOUSE CHRONICLES - a nightmare in which your worst fears and darkest desires collide...

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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago in 1947 and grew up in California. Four of his books have been shortlisted for the Bram Stoker Award, which he won in 2001 with THE TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW. He died in February 2001.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of Richard Laymon I found this final book of the "Beast House" books very disappointing indeed and I really didnt want it to be that way.
The other books were fantastic but this lacked a good story line. Its basic story is about Mark and Alison the two main characters and virtually the only two characters in the book. Mark has to earn a date with Alison by getting her into the Beast House after hours. It has a very slow start and sadly doesn't get much better. Unless you are like me a serious Laymon fan and whatever happens you will buy the book regardless for your collection then I wouldnt really say this is a fantastic read. Its very slow and I felt that by the time I had got to the end of the book I hadnt really read a horror story at all. At least not one of Richard's books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Edge on 24 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after reading other reviews. Yes,it's short,it doesn't continue the story from Midnight tour,but if like me you are a big beast fan,you have to get it! I read the book in one afternoon "at work",but even though it is short it still has that "beast" suspence & action.Not a suitable first Laymon book to read, I bought it to truely complete my beast collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
This short novel is the last part of the Beast House books, and to be honest it isn’t really that full of horror. Although Richard Laymon did write some good books this one reads more like a teen boy’s fantasy a lot of the time, as he imagines nubile women taking off their clothes.

The story starts when Mark, who would really like to go with Alison, actually gets the chance. There is a catch though, Mark must be able to get her into Beast House after dark, and then they can have their date. So in fact most of this story is concerned with Mark managing to sneak into the building and then trying to stay hidden until the place has closed.

What you feel like once you have read this is that you haven’t really read a horror tale, but an erotic novel, as there is so much thoughts of nudity, and then some sex. So if you are a teen boy you will probably lap this up, but for us who are older and looking for something scary and full of suspense and tension, this fails to deliver.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Cruikshank on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Thought this was going to be another classic Beast House novel, instead it appears to be a butchered attempt by the publisher to cash in on Laymon's name, as a previous reviewer also pointed out. There were major hints at activity in the Kutch house which I was looking forward to, but it turned out to be a 153 page rape fantasy totally devoid of the Laymon touch. The fans who argue for the book do so solely out of love for an author who sadly isn't with us any more. As it stands there's no point to this book, if you can call it that, and I'm sorely disappointed in its publishing. I'd rather have seen the first 3/4 published online leaving it up to fans to fill in the rest, perhaps in some form of fanfic competition. Avoid this chapter in the Beast House saga at all costs, it serves no purpose to the overall story and is only fit to line the coffers of the bastards who published it. Shame on them.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "kellyoxley" on 27 Mar. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I feel very sad at having to report that this book was not worth the money I paid for it. It does not continue with the Beast House story, none of the original characters are involved and you're still left wondering what happened after 'The Midnight Tour'. It's a very, very short story, and it's really not worth buying unless you're like me and will buy all of Richard Laymon's books anyway!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N Thompson on 24 July 2008
Format: Paperback
The story reads like any other Richard Laymon novel but suffers from being far too short. The bulk of the book is about the main character sneaking his way around the beast house with not a great deal happening, just relying on his own fear to scare the reader. It is only in the last few pages that the beast is introduced and they are described in about 2 paragraphs and that is it! This should have belonged as the main story in one of Laymon's collections. It took 2 hours to read and I was ultimately disappointed. I actually suspect it was a book Laymon started but died before it was finished, hence the long build up and lacklustre finale. By all means read it, but do not pay full price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VR on 22 Sept. 2012
Format: Paperback
Such a famous author (with praises from King) is a must read for any horror fan! That was my thought as I started this book... only to discover an empty and juvenile plot, with no worthy characters and totally devoid of suspense or horror.

Wait! There is horror after all... an horrific and senseless story that any horror fan should avoid (especially if you're older than 12). Wont be reading Laymon anytime soon.
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Format: Hardcover
Although this book was quite a compelling read, it did sadly not hold true to the fundamental principle of horror writing, which is, as Stephen King put it, "The Truth Inside the Lie". What is meant by that, I don't feel that Laymon represented the behaviour of the girl after the "confrontation" with the beast in a manner that would represent a real persons actions. It simply didn't feel real. That said is is quite an impressive page turner, I finished it in one sitting. If you are looking for a quick read, you could do a lot worse.
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