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The Cellar [Paperback]

Richard Laymon
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15 Mar 1990
Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood-soaked corridors and creaky doors. The deeper the tourists go into the house, the darker their nightmares become. The men are dealt with quickly - the women have to wait longer.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (15 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747235333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747235330
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Layman was born in Chicago in 1947. He grew up in California and has a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon, and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He has worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, a mystery magazine editor and a report writer for a law firm. He now works full-time as a writer. His novel FLESH was shortlisted for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award, as were FUNLAND and his short story collection, A GOOD, SECRET PLACE. Richard Layman is the author of many acclaimed works of horror and suspense, including THE STAKE, SAVAGE, AFTER MIDNIGHT and the three novels in the Beast House Chronicles: THE CELLAR, THE BEAST HOUSE and THE MIDNIGHT TOUR. He lives in California with his wife and daughter.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go into the cellar 19 Oct 2003
Richard Laymon has the knack of turning what should be abhorrent into an entertaining literary feast and this is the case with The Cellar. The journey takes us through bestiality, paedophilia, torture and some of the most finely crafted suspense horror in a long, long time.
The Cellar is located in the only attraction in Malcasa Point, the infamous Beast House with its blood steeped history and the even stranger Kutch House with no windows and only one door. Running from her deranged husband who has recently been released from gaol Donna Hayes finds herself stranded in Malcasa Point after a car accident in the fog. At her daughter's insistence she takes the Beast House Tour and meets Jud Rucker who changes her life around, albeit temporarily.
What happens from here on in is bloodsoaked but so gripping you don't want to put the book down. Does the beast exist or is it one of the Kutch family playing dress-up? Will they all escape alive? Will they escape the clutches of the Beast House at all?
If you like your horror novels with gore dripping from the page onto your lap as you read this is definitely the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First published back in 1980, "The Cellar" introduced the world to the horror author Richard Laymon and formed the first instalment of the four part `Beast House' series.

The tale sets out in a typical clique manner, introducing the reader to what appears to be a somewhat standard `horror novel' style opening. The novel's title and subject matter don't help to dissuade the reader from the feeling that the novel is likely to turn out to be yet another attempt at a basic book to simply slide into this genre, involving a big beast and a tonne of splatter thrown in for good measure.

However, this is not the case, as any avid reader of Laymon's work would know. The storyline quickly breaks away from this mundane and predictable route and instead weaves a tale of bizarre almost comic book like tongue-in-cheek horror.

Laymon's style of writing is a pleasure in itself to read, which draws the reader into this thoroughly enjoyable read. Characterization is nicely developed, but not overly so, as is the way with the majority of Laymon's novels.

Alongside the main plot line, another equally involved subplot is spun, involving a sociopathic killer ex-husband who rapes, murders and steals his way through the tale until the two plot lines come to their eventual meeting.

The novel contains some strong moments such as the recurring rape of children by the ex-husband.

As the tale progresses, the storyline reveals further depths to this bizarre premise, until the reader reaches the final somewhat twisted ending.

The end result is a tale that sets out with the standard `beast on the loose' premise, but quickly becomes a much more elaborate and well contrived story that delivers repeatedly strong moments and leaves plenty of room for the next `Beast House' novel.

The book runs for a total of 254 pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trapset
A must read for any fan of strong horror materiel, Laymon never gained the commercial success he deserved in life especially in The US, The Cellar is an extreme, unrelenting and sometimes quite sick tale of characters from different places forced on a path to ultimately the same place, with a varied outcome for each of them. A relatively short novel don't let this put you off, it's fast pace and unexpected turns make it one of my favourite horror yarns ever! Laymon never holds back on what some people might consider going too far which may explain why so many American publishers turned down his work. Needless to say, this isn't for the faint hearted. If Stephen King is about the extent of your threshold then maybe The Cellar Isn't for you! If you want more try Lamon and The Cellar is about the best place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Laymon, but bit too 'samey' for me. 20 Nov 2013
By Bridgey
I have been reading Richard Laymon books for a few years but never got around to reading the beast house series. The 'Beast House' novels are often billed as his greatest creations and the place where Laymon is at his most creative.

The novel follows a mother and daughter (Donna and Sandy) as they trek across the country trying to hide from her husband who has recently been released from Jail (a term he served for molesting a young Sandy). Their journey takes them to The Beast house. A house that has seen several grisly murders over the years and is now some kind of tourist attraction (despite murders having taken place within the last few months???). It is a local myth that the murders were committed by a monster, this is further enhanced by the fact there has been at least one survivor.

This survivor (Larry) wants nothing more than to see the beast killed and teams up with Judgment Rucker, an all singing and dancing American tough guy. Somehow they become involved with Donna and the story develops from there.

Many people have rated this book low as a result of the child abuse scenes (which are fairly graphic) but if you have read Laymon before then this is something you should come to expect. His books nearly always contain incest and paedophilia in abundance.

I read my very first Laymon book around 3 years ago, it was called 'Island', and to be honest I found his risky writing a refreshing change and eagerly searched out more of his works. After having read a dozen or so I began to find the plots far too formulaic. The same story, no matter how shocking, will lose it's appeal over time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Titillating, captivating, oh so naughty and oh so nice!
The first adult book I read at age 12. I don't know how I ever got my hands on it at that age but it was probably pretty inappropriate for me then. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jean Thornton
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
i have read this before i personally enjoyed book, but think not everyones good read, it wasnt to compicated to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!!
I have read a few horror novels by Mr Laymon - all of them have been excellent reads. This one stands head and shoulders above the rest by being possibly one of the most twisted... Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Owler
5.0 out of 5 stars ray
this book is the first one you should read in the beast house series this is were it all starts I've bought and read the complete series what a brilliant series if you want a good... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Laymon, gruesome but enthralling
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Published 7 months ago by BlackBrigand
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling but good
I really liked this novel. It was unsettling, which is what you want in a horror novel. A creature lives in The Beast House, at Mascala Point and only comes out at night. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christian B
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love this series of Beast House books. Have read and re-read them so many times, had to pick a new set up!
Published 17 months ago by Dan Ooops!
4.0 out of 5 stars Now were talking!
So. After reading a few Laymon titles, the first three being really good and the other three being a huge disappointment. Read more
Published 19 months ago by I W C
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !!
Someone wrote that this book was utter rubbish but I totally disagree! OK, it is a bit different, well, alot, but as you read through it,you just can't put it down. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by Diane, Tamworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
Found this book interesting from the start. Once you do start reading it is difficult to put down. If you like scary..this is the book to read.
Published on 16 Mar 2011 by fredswife
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