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The Cellar

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

My 2nd Laymon novel

I now see why THE CELLAR is considered a "cult classic" amongst fans of the "splatterpunk" genre--it is fun! You don't have to care about the characters & Laymon doesn't really develope them fully enough for the reader to feel anything for them--they are cardboard cut-...
I now see why THE CELLAR is considered a "cult classic" amongst fans of the "splatterpunk" genre--it is fun! You don't have to care about the characters & Laymon doesn't really develope them fully enough for the reader to feel anything for them--they are cardboard cut-outs; fodder for the Beast that dwells in the cellar. Most of Laymon's characters are just "targets" for the depravity he inflicts on them--& it's very effective. THE CELLAR is the second book I've read by Laymon &--as I've said before--it won't be my last. Many consider it the "holy grail" of the genre--Bentley Little & Edward Lee sing high praises for it & from reading their novels, I can see it was a big influence on their work. This is why I had to find it, read it & see why so many horror fans & authors recommend it highly. Well, I've now read it & join their ranks in saying: This is a fun, sexually depraved, gore dripping piece of work that comes from one sick mind. Loved it.

posted by Jonny-Morbid on December 17, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

ok book.

The writing style was ok. The characters aren't very well developed. It seems Laymon just likes to get straight to the story and doesn't worry about developing characters or settings. Good for people who just want to read a scary book without all the over writing.

posted by Cica_1984 on April 28, 2009

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    ok book.

    The writing style was ok. The characters aren't very well developed. It seems Laymon just likes to get straight to the story and doesn't worry about developing characters or settings. Good for people who just want to read a scary book without all the over writing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

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    OVERHYPED. JUST AVERAGE.

    First, I like Richard Layman quite a bit for some of his other books. The Cellar, however, was just a very "lightweight," readable form of pulp fiction with some expected (from him) nastiness. By contrast with his more recent books, I can tell he was a beginner when he wrote this one, which has no character development to make you care. There is some child victimization that was unpleasant also, and put me off a bit. The basic premise was OK.

    Maybe it was just me, but the book never really drew me in and scared me. I felt instead like I was watching with detachment one of those silly slasher movies that has no character development or plot...you just watch for the gore/action scenes. Still, being so short and written in such an easy-to-read, basic style, it was an OK little escape. Interesting twist at the end...

    I would highly recommend Body Rides as a much better example of his more developed writing (terrible, cheap looking cover art but a very engaging book).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Its an okay read.

    This book has potential. However, I have one big problem with it. I believe the constant raping scene of an innocent child was not necessary. Once i stumbled upon the first scene i skipped it and the rest as well. I don't care much about reading this kind of thing. The story about the beast however, is interesting but i wish the author would have written a little more about them and their origins.

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