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Richard Laymon
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21 Jun 1990
Vicki was the only one to stand up for Melvin, but even she had to admit he'd gone to far when he dug up a body and then tried to bring it back to life with the aid of a car battery. Years later, and now released from a mental institution, Melvin is back and after Vicki - or rather her body.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (21 Jun 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747235341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747235347
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Horror Novel 14 May 2007
By J.Flood
The local weirdo in a small U.S. town, Melvin Dobbs, has been trying to bring dead bodies back to life, and now has finally had 'success'. The only girl who was nice to him in school, Vicki, has just returned to the town after years away, and he has ideas about what he wants to do to her.

As with all Richard Laymon novels, this one is hard to put down. The story gallops along at quite a pace in some sections, but can be a little slow moving in others, by this author's standards,anyway. If you like the 'Zombie' type of horror story, you will probably enjoy this one.
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Well after this you'll wish you hadn't asked! My first Laymon novel and I still think about the fact that someone might acyually be like Melvin! A complete physco! This novel will leave you hugging the toilet bowl, wanting to throw up! A typical novel by Laymon, and an excellent read! The unbelievable becomes believable and Richard Laymon stays the best horror writer about!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood, gore, sex -- and a far too predictable plot 12 April 2014
I keep hoping that I’ll find a Richard Laymon novel that truly impresses me – but it hasn’t happened yet. Certainly, Laymon was a most competent horror writer, but his work just seems to lack that extra something that would make it vibrant and unforgettable. Resurrection Dreams is a case in point; one of several novels published after Laymon’s untimely death in 2001, it features a most predictable storyline with few surprises along the way, and the supernatural aspect upon which the crux of the story hangs feels rushed and unconvincing. There’s a decent amount of blood and gore, of course, but you pretty much know how everything is going to play out by the end of the first three chapters. And there’s really no gray area between the good and the bad here, as the “bad guy” is a completely unsympathetic character.

One thing’s for sure: Melvin Dobbs is looney tunes. A social outcast virtually from birth, he bought himself a one-way ticket to a mental institution with a high school science project that even Dr. Frankenstein would not have appreciated. When a teenaged girl gets decapitated in a car wreck, that’s a tragedy; when a nut case digs up the body, hooks battery cables to it, and attempts to resurrect it in front of fellow students, parents, and educators – well, that’s something else. The only person who hadn’t picked on Melvin back in school was Vicki Chandler, who’s now returning home to Ellsworth, M.D. in hand, to work alongside the local doctor who helped pay her way through medical school. Of course, after his science fair “stunt,” there’s no way she ever wants to see him again – but there’s no way to avoid it since Melvin has also returned home following his release from institutional care. Just as she suspected, Melvin’s still sweet on her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little high voltage is required 10 Aug 2003
Although this falls wide of Laymon's usual high calibre gore mongering there is plenty here to keep most readers entertained and still begging for more at the end.
The real let down is the leaden and copy-book characters. Melvin Dobbs, the deranged and bullied town psychopath, the amazonian best friend, Ace, and the whiter than white heroine, Vicki Chandler. You really don't find yourself rooting for any of the characters in this book, which is a shame as making you believe this people and these situations exist is usually Laymon's strong point.

Leaving that aside the plot itself with well-crafted with its expected peaks and troughs and Laymon's ability to jump from a scene of supreme high tension to one of crushing mundanity is as compelling as ever, those troughs giving you time to restore your heartbeat to normal working order before he hits you with the next ace up his sleeve.

The whole idea of being able to bring the newly dead back to life is well executed and there are no shades of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein lurking behind the drapes to spoil it for you either. The monsters in this book are the people, not the "zombies".

Not Laymon's best but if you have read his works before you will get a kick out of it. If you haven't try another one or three first, this one may put you off before you have sampled one of his better efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 July 2013
By Kay
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Not my usual read, bit disappointed to start but soon became really interesting. Really gross in places. I would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Laymon sure knows how to write! 21 April 2013
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My daughter loves these books so I buy them for her, and I buy them on Kindle for me. Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 25 Mar 2013
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If you like light horror then this is for you - I found Richard Laymon by accident and have read all his books. Sadly there will be more but read them - they really are good stories, characters and settings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great one 11 Mar 2013
By Dizbutt
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Laymon's skill is telling the most awful deeds of a character but you still root for them! The only reason you're don't want the villan to win is you love the heroine slightly more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars it is a great story, another scary book from the brilliant mind ...
I am still reading this, it is a great story, another scary book from the brilliant mind of Richard Laymen.
Published 16 days ago by Muffin
1.0 out of 5 stars drivel
Title of review says it all.
Published 27 days ago by dicky mint
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Read this when I was a teenager and so wanted to read again. All those years ago I couldn't put this book down. How glad was I when it finally appeared on kindle I had to purchase. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Wayne Kerr
4.0 out of 5 stars Sex and horror, what more can you ask for
Back when I was a teenager Richard Laymon was one of my favourite authors, scary and sexy was exactly what I wanted. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gareth Douglas-Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection dreams by Richard dreams
Good read from my favourite author. The ending was a bit too happy ever after though for my liking. Well worth the money though.
Published 20 months ago by hayley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his greatest
I've read a few of Richard Laymons books and enjoyed them all apart from Cuts, which I thought was a terrible read. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2011 by C. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
I found this book hard to put down but also hard going at times due to the content.

Worth a read but not for the faint hearted!
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by Mr. Scott Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection Dreams
excellent service. book arrived within a couple of days, in very good condition. would definitely purchase from this seller again.
Published on 30 Oct 2009 by Mrs. Allison J. Can
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