Come Out Tonight by Richard Laymon


Come Out Tonight, Richard Laymon, 1999


My favorite quote: “Her sweaty body glistened golden in the candlelight as if she’d been rubbed with melted butter.” You just can’t beat that kind of cheese …


Notable characters: Sherry Gates, the substitute teacher; Duane, the boyfriend who goes on an ill-fated condom-related errand; Toby Bones, the diabolical sex-crazed teen; Pete and Jeff, the sixteen-year-old pals who make a gruesome discovery


Most memorable scene: When Toby’s brother, Sid, has a meeting with the drill


Greatest strengths: Laymon — and this book in particular — has a way of making you feel like you need a bath when you finish his books. I consider that a writerly superpower
Standout achievements: The outrageousness. While some fault Laymon for his over-the-top tendencies, I consider it part of his appeal


Fun Facts: Richard Laymon is widely considered an influential figure in the “splatterpunk” movement — a subgenre of horror made famous for its gruesome depictions of violence and gore


Other media: N/A


What it taught me: This book reminded me of how much fun horror can be. Full of tits and ass, bloodshed and bad decisions, Come Out Tonight is Laymon at his most Laymon-y


How it inspired me: While a little Laymon goes a long way for me, I always come away from his books with new, twisted ideas. Sometimes, I write something and ask myself, “But … is the sex/gore factor here Laymon-worthy?”


Additional thoughts: Chock-full of Laymon’s signature brutal violence and filthy sex, Come Out Tonight will appeal to lovers of slasher-satire type tales … and promptly turn off the squeamish and easily-offended


My rating: 3.5 of 5


Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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