Richard Laymon Books

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Richard Laymon was a popular author that wrote horror fiction. By the time he died, Laymon had produced over a hundred short stories and full-length novels.

Order of Beast House Chronicles Series

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1 The Cellar 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Beast House 1984 Description / Buy
3 The Midnight Tour 1998 Description / Buy
4 Friday Night in Beast House 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Richard Laymon Standalone Novels

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1 Your Secret Admirer (As: Carl Laymon) 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Woods Are Dark 1981 Description / Buy
3 Out Are the Lights 1982 Description / Buy
4 Nightmare Lake (As: Carl Laymon) 1983 Description / Buy
5 Night Show 1984 Description / Buy
6 Dawson's City 1984 Description / Buy
7 Beware 1985 Description / Buy
8 Allhallow's Eve 1985 Description / Buy
9 Night Creature 1986 Description / Buy
10 Dark Mountain / Tread Softly (As: Richard Kelly) 1987 Description / Buy
11 Thin Air 1987 Description / Buy
12 Flesh 1987 Description / Buy
13 Resurrection Dreams 1988 Description / Buy
14 Midnight's Lair (As: Richard Kelly) 1988 Description / Buy
15 Funland (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
16 The Stake 1990 Description / Buy
17 One Rainy Night 1990 Description / Buy
18 Darkness, Tell Us 1991 Description / Buy
19 Island 1991 Description / Buy
20 Blood Games 1992 Description / Buy
21 Alarums 1992 Description / Buy
22 Savage 1993 Description / Buy
23 Endless Night 1993 Description / Buy
24 In the Dark 1994 Description / Buy
25 Quake 1995 Description / Buy
26 Body Rides 1996 Description / Buy
27 Bite 1996 Description / Buy
28 After Midnight 1998 Description / Buy
29 The Wilds (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
30 Cuts 1999 Description / Buy
31 Among the Missing 1999 Description / Buy
32 Come Out Tonight 1999 Description / Buy
33 The Traveling Vampire Show 2000 Description / Buy
34 Once Upon a Halloween 2000 Description / Buy
35 No Sanctuary 2001 Description / Buy
36 Night in the Lonesome October 2001 Description / Buy
37 Amara / To Wake The Dead 2003 Description / Buy
38 The Lake 2004 Description / Buy
39 The Glory Bus / Into the Fire 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Richard Laymon Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Shootout at Joe's (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
2 Cardiac Arrest (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
3 Intruder (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
4 Caller (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
5 Night Ride 1985 Description / Buy
6 Night Games (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
7 Guts 1985 Description / Buy
8 The Cobra 1985 Description / Buy
9 Last Hand 1985 Description / Buy
10 The Hearse (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
11 Lonely One (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
12 Live Bait (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
13 Marathon 1985 Description / Buy
14 The Return (Short Story) 1986 Description / Buy
15 Beginner's Luck 1986 Description / Buy
16 Halloween Hunt 1986 Description / Buy
17 The Halloween Mouse (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Richard Laymon Short Story Collections

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1 Out Are the Lights and Other Tales 1982 Description / Buy
2 A Good, Secret Place 1992 Description / Buy
3 Fiends 1997 Description / Buy
4 A Writer's Tale 1998 Description / Buy
5 Dreadful Tales 2000 Description / Buy
6 Madman Stan and Other Stories 2004 Description / Buy
7 Short Stories: The Mystery and Men’s Magazines (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Making Of The Cities Series as Lee Davis Willoughby

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1 Cincinnati 1990 Description / Buy
2 Baton Rouge 1990 Description / Buy
3 Omaha 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Women Who Won The West Series as Lee Davis Willoughby

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1 Tempest of Tombstone 1982 Description / Buy
2 Dodge City Darling 1982 Description / Buy
3 Duchess of Denver 1982 Description / Buy
4 Lost Lady of Laramie 1982 Description / Buy
5 Flame Of Virginia City 1982 Description / Buy
6 Angel of Hangtown 1982 Description / Buy
7 Belle of Fort Smith 1982 Description / Buy
8 Princess of Powder River 1982 Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

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1 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000 Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
4 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003 Description / Buy
5 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004 Description / Buy
6 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2020 Description / Buy

Order of The Making of America Series

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1 The Wilderness Seekers ( By: Lou Cameron) 1979 Description / Buy
2 The Mountain Breed ( By:) 1979 Description / Buy
3 The Conestoga People ( By:) 1979 Description / Buy
4 The Forty-Niners ( By:) 1979 Description / Buy
5 Hearts Divided ( By:) 1979 Description / Buy
6 The Builders ( By:) 1979 Description / Buy
7 The Land Rushers ( By:) 1979 Description / Buy
8 The Wild And The Wayward ( By:) 1979 Description / Buy
9 The Texans ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1980 Description / Buy
10 The Alaskans ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1980 Description / Buy
11 The Golden Staters ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1980 Description / Buy
12 The River People ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
13 The Land Grabbers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
14 The Ranchers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
15 The Homesteaders ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
16 The Frontier Healers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
17 The Buffalo People ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
18 The Far Islanders ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
19 The Border Breed ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
20 The Boomers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
21 The Wildcatters ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
22 The Cajuns ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1981 Description / Buy
23 The Donner People ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
24 The Creoles ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
25 The Nightriders ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
26 The Sooners ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
27 The Express Riders ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
28 The Vigilantes ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
29 The Soldiers of Fortune ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
30 The Wranglers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1982 Description / Buy
31 The Gunfighters ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
32 The Baja People ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
33 The Yukon Breed ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
34 The Smugglers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
35 The Voyageurs ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
36 The Barbary Coasters ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
37 The Whalers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
38 The Canadians ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
39 The Prophet's People ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
40 The Lawmen ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
41 The Copper Kings ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
42 The Caribbeans ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
43 The Trail Blazers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
44 The Gamblers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
45 The Robber Barons ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1983 Description / Buy
46 The Assassins ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
47 The Bounty Hunters ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
48 The Texas Rangers ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
49 The Outlaws ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
50 The Fugitives ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
51 The Frontier Detectives ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
52 The Raiders ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
53 The Rough Riders ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1984 Description / Buy
54 Warriors of the Code ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1985 Description / Buy
55 The Sixgun Apostles ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1987 Description / Buy
56 The Scarlet Sisters ( As: Lee Davis Willoughby) 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Americana: The Making of the Cities Series as Lee Davis Willoughby

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1 Portland 0 Description / Buy

Richard Laymon Anthologies

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1 Triage 1990 Description / Buy
2 Ten Tales 1994 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
4 The Children of Cthulhu: Chilling New Tales Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft 2003 Description / Buy
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Born in 1947 in Chicago, Laymon spent his teenage years in Tiburon which is in California. As an author, Laymon drew the interest of renowned writers like Stephen King.

Despite such acclaim, Laymon never made much of a splash in the United States. A former student of Redwood High School, Willamette University, and Loyola University, Laymon died having acquired a BA and an MA in English literature.

He wrote short stories and novels under his real name and the Richard Kelly pen name. But for all his efforts, the author struggled to push his popularity beyond the boundaries of Europe where his primary fanbase was located.

An opportunity to make his mark internationally came when Richard Laymon entered into a partnership with Leisure Books. They were supposed to edit and release The Woods Are Dark in his native homeland. But they did such a poor job of editing the manuscript, going so far as to erase fifty pages from the final product that the release only succeeded in hurting Laymon’s career.

Fortunately for the author, a properly edited version of The Woods Are Dark finally hit the shelves in 2008. But by then, the author had already passed. He was fifty-four years old when he died in 2001, the result of a heart attack.

He had a wife and a daughter at the time.

Before going into fiction writing, Laymon worked as a school teacher and a librarian. The author has been described as Stephen King without the censorship because of the boundaries he pushes in his horror stories.

Richard Laymon Awards

Laymon won the Bram Stoker Award in 2001 (The Traveling Vampire Show). He was also nominated for Bram Stoker Awards in 1989, 1991, 1994 and 1996.

Best Richard Laymon Books

Laymon was a twisted writer, taking the blood, guts, and gore of the horror genre and adding a disturbing aspect to the equation, with some of the best books in the author’s bibliography including:

Endless Night: Jody and Evelyn’s little brother saw Evelyn die. They saw everyone die. At sixteen, Jody was dragged into a world filled with the sort of misery and pain most people never witness. A gang of killers came into the house and murdered everyone.

Jody managed to make it out alive. But neither she nor Evelyn’s brother can rest on their laurels. Simon is hunting them down. He has his reasons for wanting to get to Joby. But even if he wished to show her compassion, the choice has been taken out of Simon’s hands.

Simon’s comrades have given him an ultimatum. He either finds the only survivors of the slaughter or they kill his family. For Jody, the nightmare has just begun.

This Richard Laymon release came out in 2004 and it continued his penchant for taking readers down some truly dark and demented rabbit holes.

Jody Fargo takes center stage as the heroine of the story. When Jody goes to her best friend’s house for a sleepover, she expects a night of fun and games. Then the sound of breaking glass wakes Evelyn.

Jody initially dismisses her suspicions of a potential burglary. But Evelyn sticks to her guns. She knows what she heard and quickly proceeds to investigate the noise. The decision ends with Evelyn getting impaled by a spear.

Jody is horrified but she succeeds in containing her nerves, so much so that Evelyn’s killer does not take note of her. And the moment he moves on, Jody collects Andy, Evelyn’s twelve-year-old brother, and they flee the house. From there, Jody must fight to stay alive as her captors give chase.

In the Dark: Jane Kerry was ordinary. Nothing of note ever happened to the young librarian. But then she received an envelope with money that compelled her to find a book. Within it, she found even more money and an additional clue.

It takes Jane a while to realize that she has been pulled into a game, one that intends to not only test her intelligence but also determine how far she will go to win. Jane faces many a criminal and immoral challenge along the way.

As the game proceeds and as the stakes are elevated, things take a dangerous turn. Jane learns that quitting is no longer an option, not unless she wishes to forfeit her life.

When Does The Next Richard Laymon book come out?

Richard Laymon doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Short Stories: The Mystery and Men’s Magazines and was released on May, 14th 2014. It is the newest book in the Richard Laymon Short Story Collections.

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