The Cellar

The Cellar

by Richard Laymon


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Arguably Laymon’s most celebrated—and most infamous—novel, The Cellar is the first book in his Beast House Chronicles.

Only the bravest tourists dare to venture inside the sealed-up Beast House, long rumored to be haunted. But the creature that lives in the cellar is no ghost, and it’s hungry!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477806258
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 309
Sales rank: 479,176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Laymon is the prolific author of more than 30 novels and 65 short stories which have been published in Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and Cavalier. A Bram Stoker and Science Fiction Chronicle Award-winning author, his novels have been translated into fifteen languages.

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Cellar 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Jonny-Morbid More than 1 year ago
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.
Cica_1984 More than 1 year ago
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.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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).
PiccoultFan More than 1 year ago
This could quite possibly be the worst book I have ever read. I bought it after reading the reviews and hearing that it was in the top ten list of scary novels. It was horrible!!!!! Don't waste your time...The characters were cut-outs, the plot was ridiculous and completely unbelievable. I won't give away the ending but the book is about a creature who kills people. Not very original at all...if you want a good horror novel read Stephen King!!!! After reading The Cellar, I felt my intelligence lower.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought I was devoting my valuable time wisely. Apparently not. This book was terrible. I stuck it out hoping it would improve. Sadly to say it didn't. The villian could have been stopped many times and was allowed to get away. He continued to ruin lives over and over again. His vile relationship with a small child was disgusting. The whole story was about rape and how the victims were violated. No justice in this book. Only to end with the very same victim happily accepting a life of rape. Thank God we have many authors to choose from. This was my first and last book by Richard Laymon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know if you are the type of person that is squeamish about certain things when reading a horror novel such as this, if you are then this would not help matters any. It will only keep you up at night. I bought this book from Barnes and Noble, I was looking for something extreme. As a horror writer and horror lover I tend to find the most bizarre thing in a book. The Celler had everything in it that makes a horror novel what it truly is. The characters were well written, the book actually gives you a bad guy that you would love to see die a horrible death. The setting is traditional, the creature itself is intriguing and makes you want to learn more about it and see it in action. The whole history behind what is taking place was well documented. When I heard this was a trilogy, I immediately knew that I had to buy the rest of the books, I am starting to read The Beast House now, I will write a review for that one when I am done. If you are into hardcore horror with a touch of sexuality in this then by all means pick this book up, once you start reading you will not be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its called Beast House. People from all over flock to see it. It has a dark and murderous history. For the last seventy five years people who have dared to live within its walls have met horrible fates. They have been found butchered and partially eaten. The locals don't believe that the murders were the work of any man. They believe it was The Beast. It lives in the house and it waits. It waits and hungers for some unlucky soul to venture in at night. Donna and her daughter Sandy are on the run. They are on the run from Roy, Donna's ex-husband. He's been in prison for abusing and raping Sandy. He has just been released and Donna knows that he will be looking for them, so she and Sandy have hit the road. They hope to find a place were Roy will never find them. They will soon learn that Roy isn't the only thing they have to worry about. They have fled one danger only to find themselves face to face with another. Beast House. I am a huge Laymon fan. I have enjoyed almost every story of his I've read. I was expecting big thing from The Cellar and I wasn't disappointed. I was drawn in on the first page and stayed hooked until the shocking end. The Cellar is the fastest paced Laymon novel I have ever read. I didn't realize how long I was reading it till I looked up at my watch and realized I had been buried in it for four straight hours. I could not put it down. I must warn though that there is a lot of graphic sex and violence. There is one particular scene of pedophilia that was very hard to read. This book isn't for everyone. No punches are pulled in this story. The Cellar is Hardcore Horror make no mistake about it. I recommend The Cellar to anyone who loves a hardcore and fast paced horror story. There are a number of sequels to The Cellar and I cant wait to get my hands on them. I look forward to seeing were this story goes next. Go grab a copy of The Cellar and see if you have the stomach for it. You wont be sorry.
NKSCF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cellar is one of those novels you read and you wonder why it gets so gratuitous in its usage of violence and mistreatment of women, because it has so much promise. The story seems a little simplistic at times, but has its moments. The mother/daughter dynamic is well-played, and the reason behind their journey makes perfect sense, as well as how they lose the chance to ever leave the area near the Beast House. The main (human) antagonist has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and is about as monstrous as the real ones waiting inside the Beast House. I've read better, but The Cellar is still a good story and a great way to introduce readers to Richard Laymon's unique writing style.
DChurch71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Cellar is a great early novel from Richard Laymon. I am always amazed by people who review this book and give it negative reviews because of a graphic scene of child molestation. Granted this is not my cup of tea either but I understand that this is the ¿Horror Genre¿ of fiction. And I am not going to let a shocking depiction of this scene of violence skew my view to the whole book. This is a sad part of reality that occurs far too often in the real world; at least the author is not afraid to tackle the subject. If reviewers get so easily offended they should start reading R.L. Stine. Overall I really enjoyed the book, it was original and I really enjoyed the offbeat ending of the book which was not the typical fairy tale book ending. I can admit there is some cheesiness with some of the character interaction but that is ok it was one of his first novels. Richard Laymon in my opinion is one of the founding fathers of the ¿splatterpunk¿ horror fiction. If you can not handle this, grab the more ¿PG¿ friendly Dean Koontz.
SomeGuyInVirginia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Disgusting, puerile and not scary. The second and last book by him I'll ever read. This is the published equivalent of finding a baby playing with its own feces. Since Laymon was an adult when he wrote it, it's more a cry for help than something that should be traded for money. No stars, don't bother. (I gave it a half star to bring the rating down; I don't think 0 stars get counted.)
TheTwoDs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laymon's first novel, he staked out his voice and territory early. Sex and violence pervade, good guys don't always seem so good, bad guys don't always get their comeuppance. It's a fast, nasty, grisly read.
elizabethn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great guilty pleasure.
lesleydawn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
By far the best Laymon book that I have read so far. Creepy, surprising, and a lot of fun.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first story I have read by Richard Laymon and I was quite pleased. The novel was a bit predictable and the characters were not terribly deep, but nonetheless this was an engaging entry in the horror genre. The basic plot is that a Mother and Daughter leave town when they learn that her ex-husband was freed from jail and will without a doubt hunt them down. The pair find themselves in a small town that is home to the infamous "Beast House". Blood, guts, gore, rape and many other unspeakable deeds follow. This is not a horror story for those that are easily disturbed by gruesome imagery.Upon purchase of this book I did not realize that this was Richard Laymon's first novel. I look forward to picking up his later works to see how he matures as an author.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The idea of a murderous beast killing hapless victims in the beast house sounds like a great read, however this book was plagued by too much disgusting child molestation and sadistic sex. The scary monster got lost in all the other crap and the ending was terrible. Wouldn't recommend this one.
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It kept my attention and I was on the edge of my seat the entire book.
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Love this book
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It was a "different" kind of book. The ending just blew me away. I plan on reading another one of his books next.
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