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

Order of Richard Laymon Standalone Novels

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

Order of Richard Laymon Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Richard Laymon Short Story Collections

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

Order of Making Of The Cities Series as Lee Davis Willoughby

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

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

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

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

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

Order of The Making of America Series

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

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

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1Portland 0Description / Buy

Order of Dark Delicacies Series

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1Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre by the World's Greatest Horror Writers 2005Description / Buy
2Dark Delicacies II: Fear 2007Description / Buy
3Dark Delicacies III: Haunted 2009Description / Buy

Richard Laymon Anthologies

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1 Triage1990Description / Buy
2 Ten Tales1994Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 22000Description / Buy
4 The Children of Cthulhu: Chilling New Tales Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft2003Description / Buy
5 In Laymon's Terms2008Description / 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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