Dreadful Tales Paperback – 7 Jun 2001
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'DREADFUL TALES knocks all other offerings for six and presents a consistent collection of tales, almost every one of which manages to shock, delight and horrify through numerous ideas, characters and situations... a breath of fresh air in the stale UK Horror climate... Gets my vote as the best of 2000 by a long chalk' Shivers
A terrifying collection of short stories that showcases the dark genius of a true master of the macabre (BOOKS MAGAZINE)
DREADFUL TALES knocks all other offerings for six and presents a consistent collection of tales, almost every one of which manages to shock, delight and horrify through numerous ideas, characters and situations... Gets my vote as the best of 2000 by a long chalk (SHIVERS)
'A terrifying collection of short stories that showcases the dark genius of a true master of the macabre' Books Magazine
'This is an author that does not pull his punches... A gripping, and at times genuinely shocking, read' SFX Magazine
This is an author that does not pull his punches... A gripping, and at times genuinely shocking, read (SFX Magazine)
'Dean Koontz and Stephen King normally dominate this territory. They had better watch out, Laymon is already staking a claim' Northern Echo
TRAVELLING VAMPIRE SHOW:
'If you are not already well acquainted with Richard Laymon, get to know him now. This is an enticing tale of three youngsters in a small American town' Manchester Evening News
'This gloriously inventive piece is probably Laymon's best book yet: dipping into the poetic vein of Ray Bradbury was clearly a vitalising exercise for him, and this is sheerly enjoyable... The prose here is rich and inventive, the atmosphere and scene-setting handled with real aplomb. Whatever you make of Laymon's earlier books, this is one you should try' News International Lineone
'Set in a sleepy American town in the summer of 1963, this rites of passage novel recreates the long, stifling days - and nights filled with possibilities - that distinguish the teenage years' Belfast Telegraph
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS:
'A grisly cocktail of horror, murder and mayhem laced with Laymon's distinct blend of black humour. Great stuff.' Yorkshire Evening Press
'Richard Laymon doesn't disappoint with his latest offering.' Peterborough Evening Telegraph
''So fastpaced you find yourself reading it at the speed of a bullet from a gun...a rollercoaster ride of fear' Peterborough Evening Telegraph
'No one writes like Laymon and you're going to have a good time with anything he writes' Dean Koontz
'This author knows how to sock it to the reader' The Times,
If you've missed Laymon you've missed a treat' Stephen King,
'A brilliant writer' Sunday Express·
'AMONG THE MISSING is strikingly different. From the chilling opening...we are plunged into a disturbing world of twisted psychopathology' The Times
'There's not a crime novelist around who writes cleaner prose than Laymon - and few who can jack up the tension the way he does...Laymon likes to grasp readers by the neck with expert word-smithery, then haul them into a diabolical situation...once again, Laymon offers unexpected, well-rounded characters blown about in a narrative that moves like the wind.' Publishers Weekly
'one of the best writers working in the genre today' Cemetery Dance
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There are some stories that do have clever little twists, some that are nastily funny and some that keep you wondering where the plot is going until the last page. There are several, however, that even for me, an avid horror fan, made me wonder if Laymon should have been locked up for in the name of good taste. Honestly, they were sick! A little story called 'Herman' went just too far for me. But then again I did read it in one sitting with a cringeing smile on my face, so I must've enjoyed it in some morbid way!
A great collection... A healthy release from the heavy, tiresome horror books we sometimes get. A saturday-night-drive-in of a story collection.
However, Laymon was less well known for his short fiction. Titles such as 'Out are the Lights' and 'Fiends' have included some of his work, but both volumes pale in comparrison to the 25 amazing stories on offer here.
This varied collection brings together over two decades of suspense filled tales which are as clever and ingenious, sickening and graphic, as any Laymon fan could wish for.
Sand monsters, invisble men, teenage vampires and crazed animal rights activists all make an appearance in 'Dreadful Tales', making up a book that is both unfailingly enjoyable and undeniably unique.
A must buy for any Laymon fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read a bit of Laymon now and think this would be a great introduction to his style of writing. At times it's quite gory and has vivid descriptions of sex, which are hallmarks... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christian B
Richard Laymons books are all very good to read again and yet again...........Published 17 months ago by Mrs W Waugh
Richard Laymon has always been one of my favorites. Dreadful Tales is a wonderful assortment of short stories. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2011 by Gerry Griffiths
Richard Laymon is the undisputed champion of Splatterpunk. During his career he wrote over fifty novels and eighty short stories. Read morePublished on 27 May 2010 by The Scribbler
Ahhhhh! At long last...finally ....a collection of short stories that I could actually read, actually enjoy, with endings that ranged from satisfying to nauseating. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2007 by Mr. John Frank Herbert
This is a perfect collection of short stories, every single story is riviting and fantastic and it is impossible to put this book down; it is totally addictive. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2006 by marky77
I'd taken quite a break from Laymon's work. It was more out of curisousity that of a need to resample the relentless blood and guts of his longer novels that made me try this... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2002
This collection of short horror stories seems to lack any depth - the stories are quite good but they all seem too similar. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2001