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The Beast House

The Beast House - Richard Laymon Being that I’m a really big fan of Richard Laymon, I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it did not deliver. In the story a group of people come across a tourist attraction in Malcase Point where an old building has was figures commemorating the victims of the Beast, a victim living in the cellar. The visitors don’t necessarily believe in the Beast, but in the process they are targeted as victims. Without going into too much detail that would spoil things, the plot line is fairly preposterous. It’s hard to take things seriously because no aspect of the plot is remotely believable. The concept is bad, and the execution is even worse. In addition, the characters are neither realistic or likeable. I have not read any other books in this series, so perhaps I am missing out on some background information. Generally speaking, Richard Laymon is a brilliant writer that I would highly recommend, but this novel is one to skip.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street