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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Feature; New Ed edition (7 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747264635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747264637
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DREADFUL TALES:
'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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If you are a Laymon fan, this collection should not let you down. Laymon's work is the cinematic equivalent of a 'Friday the 13th' or 'Tales From The Crypt' movie. This is not a bad thing. It means that, although much of this work is shallow and unrewarding, it is really good fun. And, I must admit, I read 'Dreadful Tales' in record time - a sure sign of a good book!
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.
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The late Richard Laymon was undoubtedly a master of hard-hitiing, pulse-poundingly terrifying and thoroughly original horror novels. His radical new takes on common themes such as vampirism ('Bite', 'The Stake') haunted houses (The Beast House Trilogy) and good ol' maniacs ('Quake', 'Island') breathed new life into the genre.
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.
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Great compilation of stories. Anyone into Laymon will love this. Very tense, exciting, gore filled stories, ALL OF THEM! Well worth buying, get it now!
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Richard Laymon is the undisputed champion of Splatterpunk. During his career he wrote over fifty novels and eighty short stories. It wasn't until after his death that he was beginning to make sales in his home country. However, he was extremely popular in Europe and especially in the UK. He often thanked his UK readers for allowing him the chance to write full time. Dreadful Tales (2000) showcases the very best of his short fiction and is essentially the UK equivalent of his Bram Stoker nominated collection, A Good, Secret Place (1994). Laymon was known for his love of blood and guts and graphic depictions of violence, and became part of a movement known as Splatterpunk, writing alongside other authors such as Steve Gerlach, Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Joe R Lansdale, and Edward Lee. Not known for writing quiet horror, Laymon was nevertheless a talented writer. It just happened that his content offended certain groups of people, those that adopted the Mary Whitehouse mentality. It would be publications like The Village Voice that would inevitably stall the careers of writers like Ketchum and Laymon in the United States, but you can't keep a good man down and, luckily for those of us this side of the ocean, Laymon found a publisher, a niche, and a fan base. Thanks to Headline Publishing books like Dreadful Tales were made publishable. There is a short introduction before you can wade into twenty-five short tales of terror, and not one of them dreadful.Read more ›
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Richard Laymon is the undisputed champion of Splatterpunk. During his career he wrote over fifty novels and eighty short stories. It wasn't until after his death that he was beginning to make sales in his home country. However, he was extremely popular in Europe and especially in the UK. He often thanked his UK readers for allowing him the chance to write full time. Dreadful Tales (2000) showcases the very best of his short fiction and is essentially the UK equivalent of his Bram Stoker nominated collection, A Good, Secret Place (1994). Laymon was known for his love of blood and guts and graphic depictions of violence, and became part of a movement known as Splatterpunk, writing alongside other authors such as Steve Gerlach, Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, Joe R Lansdale, and Edward Lee. Not known for writing quiet horror, Laymon was nevertheless a talented writer. It just happened that his content offended certain groups of people, those that adopted the Mary Whitehouse mentality. It would be publications like The Village Voice that would inevitably stall the careers of writers like Ketchum and Laymon in the United States, but you can't keep a good man down and, luckily for those of us this side of the ocean, Laymon found a publisher, a niche, and a fan base. Thanks to Headline Publishing books like Dreadful Tales were made publishable. There is a short introduction before you can wade into twenty-five short tales of terror, and not one of them dreadful.Read more ›
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