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One Rainy Night (Headline feature paperback) [Paperback]

Richard Laymon
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10 Oct 1991 Headline feature paperback
A shroud of rain covers the town of Bixby, coating the inhabitants in an unending torrent - and turning them into hate-filled maniacs. Soaking-wet, a queue of cinema-goers smash their way inside to slice up the dry people within, while a loving wife crushes her husband's skull on the marble floor.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (10 Oct 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074723549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747235491
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 11 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 369,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Laymon has an MA in English Literature from Loyola University, LA. After a variety of jobs, he now works full-time as a writer and lives with his wife and daughter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and grusome 10 Aug 1999
By A Customer
A warm black rain starts falling in a small town, the strange rain has a terrifying effect on the behavior of the locals.......... Laymon is on top form here, this delivers everything you have come to expect from the author. In spades. The action does not stop for a second, dragging you brutally along at a breakneck pace. Do not start this book unless you have time to finish it NOW, you will not want to put it down !
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class horror! 14 Nov 1999
Okay, I will hold up my hands and say that I am not a Richard Laymon fan. However, I was advised to give One Rainy Night a read and found it quite superb. It roars along at breakneck speed from page one and is unrelenting throughout. Highly entertaining and warned stay out of the rain or you might not live to regret it!! A fine novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal introduction to Laymon 11 Feb 2014
By Bridgey
Format:Kindle Edition
One Rainy Night - Richard Laymon ****

I have been a Laymon fan for a number of years since first picking up 'Island', but after a while all his books seemed to blend into one. The last few that I have read (including Beast House) have all failed to grip me and dare I say it, become a little boring.

Fortunately One Rainy Night offered something a little bit different and was just enough to make me want to rediscover Laymon. Obviously all of his books follow a distinct pattern whereby the reader can expect to find gratuitous violence, rape and occasionally incest or paedophilia. Some people rate his books low as they cannot handle the subject matter but most readers these days seem to know what to expect.

This novel is no exception, containing graphic rape scenes and killings galore. A local black lad is burnt alive by a gang, and starts with the investigation into the killing just beginning. However two days later a thick black rain descends upon the town, turning whoever it touches into a psychopathic killer with a lust for blood. Some people welcome this change in their personality while other try to remain safe and look out for the safety of others. What Laymon attempts to convey to us is that whatever bad things can happen to us in life, it is our underlying morals that will steer any decisions we make.

The novel follows 4 groups of individual parties and explores how they cope with the deadly precipitation. I won't give away any spoilers but there are a number of twists and turns that will keep the pages turning (although I feel the ending was a little weak and not too hard to work out).

Well worth a read and an ideal introduction to the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blood thisty tale of unrelenting violence. 4 Feb 2009
First published back in 1990, `One Rainy Night' came at half way through Laymon's career.

Following Laymon's fast paced, action packed, blood filled formula for creating a novel that will be adored by many horror fans, `One Rainy Night' does not disappoint when it comes to an intensive splatter-punk style tale of blood lust and unrelenting violence.

With huge similarities to novels such as James Herbert's `The Fog', David Moody's `Hater' and Danny Boyle's 2002 film '28 Days Later...', `One Rainy Night' sees a large proportion of the population (in this case the vast majority of a town), turn into psychotic killers when they are subjected to the mysterious black rain that starts falling on the town.

From very early on the reader is thrown into the nail biting tension and claustrophobic fear that surrounds the town as the story spirals into an almost post-apocalyptic scenario that is not too dissimilar in feel to Laymon's classic novel `The Quake' that came out five years later.

The blood starts spilling from every page, with moments that appear to be lifted straight from any one of Romero's `Dead' series.

A somewhat weak sub-plot is threaded loosely along the novels storyline, that half tries to explain the mysterious turn of events as some sort of voodoo curse that was visited upon the town in the way of revenge for crimes upon a particular family. This half-baked explanation is not necessary to the overall enjoyment and structure of the novel, but does not really detract at all from the tale.

Yet again, Laymon throws in a collection of comic book style colourful characters that are brought to vivid life with their individual loveable and instantly identifiable traits.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a night 30 Nov 2002
If you like horror and enjoy reading for pleasure and entertainment only, you should take a look at Laymon. This is not Faulkner; you are not going to learn anything from this book. This is the second Laymon novel I have read, and I must say I enjoyed this much more than I did Bite. The characters were a little more real this time, and a couple of them were even likeable. I still can't really figure Laymon out; the whole time I am reading him, I have a gnawing feeling that the guy is just a hack, yet he does a good job of keeping my interest and entertaining me. He's just here to tell a good story, and it may be unfair of me to expect something more from him--Laymon certainly seems comfortable in his style, and I admire him for that. That in itself is the sign of a good, confident writer. And he does tell a good story. Action is the name of the game here; the writing style is very direct. Basically, all of the important characters wind up wet at some point, so we must judge them by how they act under abnormal and normal conditions in order to "understand" them. Good and bad exists in all of us, and Laymon certainly seems to recognize this fact. One thing sticks out in my mind--I am bemused by the fact that Laymon's characters are always hungry. They can survive an assault by a bunch of wet, black, terrifying people and then immediately sit down to eat: restaurant employees (those still alive) start serving dinner before dead rioters can even be stowed away. Denise and Kara, a teenager and young girl (the true heroes in my mind), eat popcorn in between acts of defending their very lives. When I think of some of the actions and events in this book now, they almost seem laughable. While you are reading it, though, these things don't matter. Laymon makes it all work somehow. Read more ›
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A black student is murdered by racist scumbags for daring to go out with one of their ex girlfriends. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Horror book
This book was the first horror book that I have read and It was great, i found it very addicting.
Published 14 months ago by wild
4.0 out of 5 stars Faithfully good
REALLY enjoyed this read, loved Laymons books for years this didn't disappoint, if you like his usual style of horror you will love this.
Published 16 months ago by rebecca griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Richard laymon never fails with a book. Amazing story yet very different to his previous books... as always lots of twists and turns.
Published 16 months ago by cassie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
I'm very disappointed with this book. I haven't read anything by this author before, nor do I plan to again. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all bad. It started off very well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Me
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Gore Fest
The plot of One Rainy Night is about as simple as it gets; a black teenager is murdered, the next night a black rain starts falling that drives anyone it touches to commit acts of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. M. F. Deakins
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Published on 10 Sep 2011 by SHIRLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars One Rainy Night; better stay indoors.
Once you've picked up one of Richard Laymon's books and opened to the first page you're hooked. Laymon has a way of drawing you in and before you know it, you're halfway into the... Read more
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