Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA novelist worries about the stake driven through the heart of a presumed vampire in this chilling horror story by the author of Flesh. Larry Durban, his neighbor Pete and their wives find the body of the young woman hidden in the basement of a ghost-town hotel. Pete persuades Larry, who has started writing a vampire novel, to bring the body home. Hoping for a great PR stunt, Pete plans to film the removal of the stake. But Larry has second thoughts. An old man tried to kill them when they picked up the coffin, suggesting that he, for one, believes in vampires. And Larry starts to have disturbing dreams about his ``houseguest,'' whose finger bears a class ring identifying her as ``Bonnie'' and a onetime student at the high school that his own teenage daughter, Lane, attends. Even more disturbing is the deepening relationship between Lane and her English teacher, Hal Kramer. Early on, Laymon shows Kramer engaging in a bloody murder, thereby raising the possibility of a connection to Bonnie. By studying old newspaper clippings, Larry learns that numerous young women had disappeared at the same time as Bonnie, but surely, he tells himself, these were innocents, not vampires. By this point, the reader shares Larry's doubts, and the tension becomes electric.The novel's only flaw may be overindulgence in dialogue. But its lighthearted tone sets up some white-knuckle moments, and the ending is more than worthy of Laymon's buildup. (June)
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The Stake based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This was the second book I read by Richard Laymon, and I am speechless by (1) his writting abillity, and skill (2) the totally believable characters and the way he makes you feel like you've known them forever. (3) his intriging plot and plot twists (4) And the unusual ways he sheds new light on old horror ideas.
This book caught my attention and wouldnt let go. The way Laymon writes is incrediable. The details were great and very explicit...i felt as if I was in the scene. I finshed it in 4 days. Its overall a great book.
I HIGHLY reccomend this book to everyone who enjoys horror tales that have a 'bite' to them. Laymon really hit the roof with this one, and I think that he just may be the best horror writer of this generation. Move over, Stephen King! We've found your match.