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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 May 20, 2010

    Freaky!

    This was the first book by Richard Laymon I ever read and although his are hit and miss for me, I really enjoyed this one. A friend recommended it and I'm glad she did; it was a very entertaining read! I like Laymon's writing style a lot but I was not expecting the ending; he really shocked me! Graphic and disturbing, this book captured my horrified attention right from the start. Good book if you like to be scared. I also liked Come Out Tonight, The Traveling Vampire Show and Island by the same author. If you liked this book, you might also try Dean Koontz (especially his older books), Philip Margolin, and Tess Gerittsen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    amazing read

    It kept my attention and I was on the edge of my seat the entire book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    In freaking-credible!

    I've read other Laymon books, but geez, I read this one at work in the space of two days. The child rape thing really got to me, and I just knew everything was going to turn out ok, like it always does at the end of a book. Man was I shocked! Laymon is must really be over the edge! Can you say NEEDS THERAPY?? Which means I and almost every other reviewer is right up there with him. He takes Stephen King to a whole new level. One thing though, what happened to Joni? Seems like she escaped or did she?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    Hey guys, hey!

    Good book, if you like horror. Very raunchy. Wasn't a big fan of the whole molestation thing though. Beware, not exactly a happy ending, tie's in well with 'beast house' though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    Horror with a Sick twist

    This was my first read by this author and I will admit I enjoyed his writing style. It's a fast read and keeps you anxious to read the next chapter. However, I found it difficult to read the descriptive detailing of the raping of the child victim in this story - that was too demented for my taste. Beside that, the book was an entertaining read. I am curious to see if there is a sequel, as I was not satisfied with the ending - not that it was bad, it just left me wanting for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    CERTAINLY ENTERTAINING

    I didn't find this book to be Laymon's best work, but it was certainly entertaining none the less. I have enjoyed most of his books and this book didn't let me down. The first and last chapters of the book are really good.

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