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Richard Laymon
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21 Jan 1993
Mordock's Cave is a natural wonder, and thousands of tourists take the boat trip on the lake deep beneath the earth's surface. After a power failure, a group of tourists become trapped, and, emerging from the depths come the creatures who dwell there - creatures that nature never intended.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (21 Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747238960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747238966
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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. Among his many acclaimed works of horror and suspense are THE STAKE, SAVAGE, AFTER MIDNIGHT and the four novels in the Beast House Chronicles: THE CELLAR, THE BEAST HOUSE, THE MIDNIGHT TOUR and FRIDAY NIGHT IN BEAST HOUSE. He died in February 2001.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Richard Laymon's 1988 tale "Midnight's Lair" was his 28th full length novel to be published.

The tale concerns a group of thirty sightseers who take an organised tour around an underground cavern named Mordock's Cave. During their guided tour, the power fails due to a fire breaking out within the hotel that is located directly above the cavern. The cave is submerged into total darkness, with the tourists left stranded underground. Soon the storyline takes a turn for the more macabre, with gore-fuled horror waiting for these prone individuals.

The story starts off in the style of a character driven disaster tale, until before long the storyline takes a swerve towards a much more grotesque and horrifying scenario. As with the vast majority of Laymon's novels, "Midnight's Lair" involves two main storylines that run parallel to each other. As the plot continues, the storylines merge, bringing with them a truly horrifying reality.

The tale has many similarities to Neil Marshall's 2005 horror flick "The Descent". Obviously Laymon's novel predates this film but quite some time. To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if "Midnight's Lair" wasn't the original inspiration for the film.

Written with Laymon's usual fast-paced, action packed, no holds bared style of writing, you'll find the novel difficult to put down at any point, with the next horrifying event just around the next corner.

The plot builds well, with regular references to past events that create a well constructed and cleverly developed story. Laymon uses multiple subplots throughout the tale, often revolving around individual characters that are amongst those trapped within the cave.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laymon Is Fab 19 Jun 2005
I have recently become another loyal reader to laymon. This book is another good one. Quick and easy to get on with but still has the gore and sexual urges from the different characters. Quite short found the ending came like a rocket but still worth the read.
It seems to be a normal tour in the cave until the lights go out. No power, how will they get out? Maybe they could dig through a blocked part of the cave, but in trying to get out what are they letting in?
Bit of a shock to find out what is in the depths!
I have also read the Lake, Endless Night, Fiends and Alarums.
First 2 Brill but all worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Feed them After Midnight 19 Nov 2007
Darcy's new job is to lead a boat tour around the underground Mordock's Cave. Her first two weeks are uneventful, but this changes when all the lights suddenly go out. Darcy is trapped underground with 40 tourists and must remain calm and wait for rescue. Perhaps they can break down the wall that leads to the other part of the cave? What could possibly behind the wall? There is little chance that a family of flesh eating mad people are waiting to pounce, is there?......

'Midnight's Lair' is horror hokum at its finest. Laymon was an author who wrote books how he liked and you are either a fan or not. Like many of his titles 'Lair' is full of gore and sexual language, and your willingness to read this will determine your enjoyment. I for one found it a quick and entertaining read that had a great central premise that was more than just a simple horror book. Perhaps the characters were not too developed and it felt slightly unrealistic - but all this is part of Laymon's charm and make his books as they are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good horror-shocker 28 Jun 2000
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Although not as good as other Laymon novels, `Midnight`s Lair` bursts rapidly into action quickly into the novel and never really calms down. The way the plot unfoulds during the action means that things are never what they seem, and the characters are ones you can relate to, especially by hating some of them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sick, but good. :) 11 July 2013
By Bridgey
Typical Laymon and not one to read if you are easily offended.

Mordock's cave is split in two parts but only one is open to sightseers, the other was bricked off after an accident over 60 years ago. A tourist party is trapped in the cave and soon panic starts to set in. The race begins between the trapped trying to escape and the rescuers attempting to break in. However the owner of the hotel (that is built above the cave) and his son have a very dark secret.....

As with a lot of Laymon's books the novels has 2 separate storylines that come nicely together for a grand conclusion. Expect a lot of taboo themes to be visited, including incest, rape and plenty of gratuitous violence.

A really good Laymon offering and one that could be easily recommended, just not to the squeamish!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice horror snack. 8 Nov 1999
By A Customer
A fine quick-paced thriller about a group of tourists trapped in a cave. The background story is spooky and it slowly reveals the true threat awaiting the group... Not as great as some Laymon novels, but its a yummy action/horror snack full with gore and suspense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 16 Mar 2014
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my wife is a big fan of laymon and as a 3rd book of his I have read not disappointed . As always with laymon a great pace to the book very enjoyable although not for the feint hearted :)
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By Trapset
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Laymon was one of the most underrated authors by many publishers, over looked by many but once you read The Cellar it gets rather addictive. I've never been disappointed by any of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read as always
Really good story line, one of laymons better reads,
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
all Richard layman books are brilliant have read a few and have a few more on my kindle i can honestly say I've never been disappointed with any of them top read
Published 3 months ago by ray
2.0 out of 5 stars One of Laymon's weaker books.
MIDNIGHT`S LAIR is one of two books that Laymon originally published under the pseudonym of Richard Kelly; the other book was DARK MOUNTAIN, the first Laymon novel I read, and I... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2012 by Quetzalcoatl78
4.0 out of 5 stars Midnight's Lair, good stuff as usual.
The book has all the usual stuff you'd expect from Richard Laymon. Full of good Guys and the usual creeps. One of the creeps ends up with arather nice surprise near the end. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by Eagle Cash Card
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Creepy Horror Novel!
A group of tourists are left stranded in a cave, when the lights mysteriously go out, in the middle of a tour, plunging the group into darkness. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2008 by J.Flood
4.0 out of 5 stars One to Chew Over!
Laymon has a great way of pulling you into his books and this is no different,I finished it in a couple of days which is good for me, but when you have as depraved characters as in... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by S. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
For some reason many Laymon readers seem to be saying that this book is not up to his usual standards. However, I think that it is one of his best! Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2006 by marky77
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
He has his very own writing style - well, most of the better authors do but Laymon's is really unique. No one writes like him. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2006 by Gina Skinner
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