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Welcome aboard the Glory Bus
on 3 December 2005
When I first heard of the release of yet another posthumous novel from Richard Laymon, I had mixed feelings. One, I have been an avid reader of Laymon's works for the past 15 years, and have managed to read all in his considerable collection -- therefore, I felt eager to get my hands on yet another. Two, I had been sorely disappointed by Laymon's past two offerings -- Amara, and The Lake. Both, sub-standard in comparison to classics such as Blood Games, Darkness Tell Us, and the Island. Therefore, although I felt excitement at the idea of another Laymon book, I was also keenly aware that my excitement was likely to turn to disappointment.
Well, what a pleasant surprise when I started reading The Glory Bus. Despite the rather curious and slightly 'dodgy' sounding title (I think The Glory Bus was released as Into the Fire in the US -- a much better title in my opinion!), I found myself hooked after the first chapter. This is Laymon on top form -- the Laymon of the aforementioned classic titles. Forget about Amara, and The Lake. In my opinion, this book more than makes up for those disasters.
Without spoiling the plot, the book centres around two main characters; Pamela, and Norman. Pamela is a young woman, who finds herself abducted by a crazed stalker. Norman is a college student, who finds himself offering a ride to two sociopathic, psychopathic (and all other kinds of pathic!) Duke and Boots. I guess I cannot really expand without ruining the plot. But, be sure that there is plenty of creepiness, humour, and violence to keep the pages turning at a healthy rate.
If you are a Laymon fan -- buy it. If you are not a Laymon fan -- buy it, and then buy all of his other works (except the aforementioned bad apples!).
I read that this is likely to be the last of Richard Laymon' manuscripts for publication. I hope not. But, if it is, then he has certainly gone out with style.