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Publication Order of Beast House Chronicles Books

The Cellar (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beast House (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Midnight Tour (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Friday Night in the Beast House (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Making Of America Books

The Texans (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Alaskans (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Staters (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The River People (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Land Grabbers (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ranchers (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Homesteaders (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frontier Healers (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Buffalo People (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Far Islanders (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Border Breed (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Boomers (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wildcatters (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gunfighters (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cajuns (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Donner People (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Creoles (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nightriders (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sooners (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Express Riders (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vigilantes (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Soldiers of Fortune (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wranglers (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Baja People (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yukon Breed (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Smugglers (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Voyageurs (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Barbary Coasters (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Whalers (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Canadians (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prophet's People (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lawmen (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Copper Kings (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caribbeans (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trail Blazers (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gamblers (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Robber Barons (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Assassins (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bounty Hunters (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Texas Rangers (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outlaws (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Fugitives (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frontier Detectives (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Raiders (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rough Riders (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warrior of the Code (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sixgun Apostles (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Women Who Won The West Books

Tempest of Tombstone (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dodge City Darling (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Duchess of Denver (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lost Lady of Laramie (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flame of Virginia City (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel of Hangtown (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Belle of Fort Smith (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Princess of Powder River (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Making Of The Cities Books

Cincinnati (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baton Rouge (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Omaha (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Your Secret Admirer (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Woods Are Dark (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nightmare Lake (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dawson's City (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Show (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beware (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All Hallow's Eve (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flesh (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thin Air (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tread Softly (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resurrection Dreams (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Midnight's Lair (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Funland (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Rainy Night (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stake (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Darkness, Tell Us (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Island (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Games (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alarums (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Savage (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endless Night (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Dark (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quake (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Body Rides (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bite (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After Midnight (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wilds (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Among the Missing (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come Out Tonight (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cuts (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Vampire Show (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon A Halloween (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Sanctuary (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night in the Lonesome October (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amara (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lake (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Glory Bus (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

Shootout at Joe's (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Intruder (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Ride (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caller (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cardiac Arrest (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cobra (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Hand (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Live Bait (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lonely One (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marathon (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Games (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Halloween Hunt (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guts (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beginner's Luck (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Return (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Halloween Mouse (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hearse (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Out Are the Lights and Other Tales (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Good, Secret Place (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ten Tales (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fiends (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Writer's Tale (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dreadful Tales (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Madman Stan and Other Stories (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Triage (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Richard Laymon was one of the most reputed authors from America, who was well known for writing his books based on the suspense and horror genres. He was also known to write the novels based on the sub-genre of splatter punk. The writings of author Laymon were full of sex and violence, and were believed to be not suitable for readers with weak heart. In spite of being an American, Laymon’s books sold very well in most parts of the United Kingdom. In addition to writing solo, Laymon also collaborated with a few other prominent authors of his time in writing historical fiction books. He used to make use of the collective pen name of Lee Davis Willoughby for writing such books. Author Laymon began his writing career in the year 1980 with the release of his debut book titled The Cellar. The final novel written by him was published posthumously in 2005. Author Laymon was born as Richard Carl Laymon on January 14, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, The United States. His death occurred on February 14, 2001 due to a massive heart attack. Now, the only members of his family left behind are his wife named Ann and a daughter named Kelly. Laymon was mostly brought up in and around Chicago. During his teenage years, he used to live in Tiburon, California. Author Laymon completed his high school graduation from the Redwood High School. This was followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Willamette University, located in Oregon, in the English Literature. Later on, Laymon pursued his Master’s degree in the same subject from the Loyola University, in Los Angeles.

The writing career of author Laymon includes over 60 short stories and around 30 novels. He published a few of the novels and short stories under the pen name of Richard Kelly. As many as 20 of his short stories were released as a part of the ‘Fastback Mystery’ series. This series consisted of single stories which were released in the form of books. In spite of receiving praise from other prominent authors of the genre, such as Dean Koontz and Stephen King, author Laymon was not much known in his own homeland. Rather, he enjoyed much more success throughout Europe. In the later parts of his writing career, Laymon got affiliated with the Leisure Books. Author Laymon was of the opinion that his affiliation was the result of bad editing of his first release, from which more than 50 pages were removed. Laymon’s career saw a downfall after the tremendous success of his novel The Cellar because of the unattractive art on the covers and poor editing. The original version of his novel ‘The Woods Are Dark’ was finally released in 2008 by the Leisure publication after it was reconstructed by his Laymon’s daughter Kelly. One of his novels titled Flesh was given the Best Horror award in the year 1988 by the Chronicle of Science Fiction. Laymon’s novels Funland and Flesh had received nominations for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award. Laymon went on to win this award posthumously for one of his other books. An anthology of short stories and essays known as In Laymon’s Terms, were published by the Cemetery Publications. It included contributions from prominent authors like Jack Ketchum, Edward Lee, Bentley Little, and Gary Brandner.

One of the initial books written by Richard Laymon is entitled ‘The Traveling Vampire Show’. Leisure Books released it in the year 2000. At the start of the book, author Laymon has shown that all over the Grandville town, the fliers showing the upcoming Vampire Show were tacked to trees, power poles, store windows, and sidewalks. The show is said to feature Valeria, who is the only vampire known to be held in captivity. The fliers describe Valeria as a stunning and gorgeous beauty. During the performance, she will be stalking volunteers and sinking her teeth in their neck to drink blood. Three teenagers who saw the fliers do not wish to miss the show at any cost. But, it appears that they may be facing many obstacles that would cost them the show. One of the problems is that no one under the age of 18 is allowed to enter the show. The teenagers, Rusty, Slim, and Dwight are nearing 16. One more problem is that the show is scheduled to start at midnight and they were not allowed to leave home at that time. But, the biggest problem of all is that the show is held at the Janks Field, a ground patch known for having bad history. Due to this, the parents do not find it safe enough to send their kids there. As the teenagers think that they are certainly going to miss the show, they think of visiting Janks Field during the day to see a glimpse of the preparations by the crew. They hope to see Valeria practicing for the show. Among the three friends, Dwight is an honest and solid kid. He uses his common sense and is loyal to the other two. Rusty seems to be a bit husky, relishing trouble. While Slim is a brave girl who likes to read novels. The novel shows the story of friendship, love, temptations, and betrayal.

Another interesting novel written by Laymon is called The Midnight Tour. It was released in 2007, after being published in 1998 for the first time. Author Laymon has described the story of a Beast House in this book, which is flocked by the tourists every time. The tourists seem eager to visit the infamous sites of the numerous atrocities and to hear the stories of of the beasts that are believed to prowl the house’s hallways. The tourists are able to hear the audio on the headphones as they move through different rooms of the house. They can also view the recreated corpses that seem realistic. However, the tours only provide the sanitized versions of the Best House horrors in audio form. The house consists of some weird facts that appear very gruesome for the normal thrill seekers. If the tourists wish to hear the full story, they are required to take up the ‘Midnight Tour’. The tour is believed to be very special and strictly limited for only 13 brave visitors. As the tour begins at midnight, it is believed that the visitors might die before the end of the tour. Just like the previous books of author Laymon, this one too became highly popular and helped Laymon to increase his popularity even more. He received wide appreciations from one and all and the critics appreciated his efforts.

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