Richard Laymon Books

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 Making Of America Books

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1 The Homesteaders 1980 Description / Buy
2 The Ranchers 1980 Description / Buy
3 The Texans 1980 Description / Buy
4 The Alaskans 1980 Description / Buy
5 The Golden Staters 1980 Description / Buy
6 The Gunfighters 1981 Description / Buy
7 The River People 1981 Description / Buy
8 The Donner People 1981 Description / Buy
9 The Wildcatters 1981 Description / Buy
10 The Land Grabbers 1981 Description / Buy
11 The Buffalo People 1981 Description / Buy
12 The Frontier Healers 1981 Description / Buy
13 The Border Breed 1981 Description / Buy
14 The Far Islanders 1981 Description / Buy
15 The Boomers 1981 Description / Buy
16 The Cajuns 1981 Description / Buy
17 The Wranglers 1982 Description / Buy
18 The Express Riders 1982 Description / Buy
19 The Nightriders 1982 Description / Buy
20 The Creoles 1982 Description / Buy
21 The Sooners 1982 Description / Buy
22 The Vigilantes 1982 Description / Buy
23 The Trail Blazers 1983 Description / Buy
24 The Copper Kings 1983 Description / Buy
25 The Prophet's People 1983 Description / Buy
26 The Whalers 1983 Description / Buy
27 The Voyageurs 1983 Description / Buy
28 The Yukon Breed 1983 Description / Buy
29 The Baja People 1983 Description / Buy
30 The Canadians 1983 Description / Buy
31 The Caribbeans 1983 Description / Buy
32 The Robber Barons 1983 Description / Buy
33 The Rough Riders 1984 Description / Buy
34 The Frontier Detectives 1984 Description / Buy
35 The Fugitives 1984 Description / Buy
36 The Outlaws 1984 Description / Buy
37 The Assassins 1984 Description / Buy
38 The Raiders 1984 Description / Buy
39 The Texas Rangers 1984 Description / Buy
40 The Bounty Hunters 1984 Description / Buy
41 Warriors of the Code 1985 Description / Buy
42 The Sixgun Apostles 1987 Description / Buy

Order of Women Who Won The West Series

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

Order of Making Of The Cities Series

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

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 Night Ride 1950 Description / Buy
2 Your Secret Admirer 1980 Description / Buy
3 The Woods Are Dark 1981 Description / Buy
4 Out Are the Lights 1982 Description / Buy
5 Nightmare Lake 1983 Description / Buy
6 Shootout at Joe's (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
7 Night Show 1984 Description / Buy
8 Dawson's City (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
9 Cardiac Arrest (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
10 Intruder (Short Story) 1984 Description / Buy
11 Caller (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
12 Allhallow's Eve 1985 Description / Buy
13 The Hearse (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
14 The Cobra 1985 Description / Buy
15 Guts 1985 Description / Buy
16 Night Games (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
17 Marathon 1985 Description / Buy
18 Live Bait (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
19 Lonely One (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
20 Beware! 1985 Description / Buy
21 The Return (Short Story) 1986 Description / Buy
22 Beginner's Luck 1986 Description / Buy
23 Night Creature 1986 Description / Buy
24 Tread Softly 1987 Description / Buy
25 Halloween Hunt 1987 Description / Buy
26 Flesh 1987 Description / Buy
27 Thin Air 1987 Description / Buy
28 Midnight's Lair 1988 Description / Buy
29 Resurrection Dreams 1988 Description / Buy
30 Funland 1989 Description / Buy
31 The Stake 1990 Description / Buy
32 Island 1991 Description / Buy
33 Darkness, Tell Us 1991 Description / Buy
34 One Rainy Night 1991 Description / Buy
35 Blood Games 1992 Description / Buy
36 Alarums 1992 Description / Buy
37 Savage 1993 Description / Buy
38 Endless Night 1993 Description / Buy
39 In the Dark 1994 Description / Buy
40 Quake 1995 Description / Buy
41 Bite 1996 Description / Buy
42 Body Rides 1996 Description / Buy
43 After Midnight 1998 Description / Buy
44 The Wilds (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
45 Cuts 1999 Description / Buy
46 Come Out Tonight 1999 Description / Buy
47 The Traveling Vampire Show 2000 Description / Buy
48 Once Upon A Halloween 2000 Description / Buy
49 Among the Missing 2000 Description / Buy
50 No Sanctuary 2001 Description / Buy
51 Night in the Lonesome October 2001 Description / Buy
52 The Halloween Mouse (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
53 Last Hand 2003 Description / Buy
54 Amara 2003 Description / Buy
55 To Wake the Dead 2003 Description / Buy
56 The Lake 2004 Description / Buy
57 The Glory Bus 2005 Description / Buy
58 Into the Fire 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Richard Laymon Short Story Collections

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1 OUT ARE THE LIGHTS AND OTHER TALES 1993 Description / Buy
2 A Good, Secret Place 1994 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
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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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