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Richard Laymon Books In Order

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Publication Order of Beast House Chronicles Books

The Cellar (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beast House (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Midnight Tour (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Friday Night in Beast House (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Your Secret Admirer (As: Carl Laymon) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woods Are Dark (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out Are the Lights (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nightmare Lake (As: Carl Laymon) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Show (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dawson's City (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beware (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Allhallow's Eve (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Creature (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Mountain / Tread Softly (As: Richard Kelly) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thin Air (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flesh (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resurrection Dreams (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight's Lair (As: Richard Kelly) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Funland (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stake (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Rainy Night (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Darkness, Tell Us (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Island (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Games (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alarums (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Savage (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Endless Night (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quake (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Body Rides (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bite (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
After Midnight (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wilds (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cuts (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Among the Missing (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Come Out Tonight (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traveling Vampire Show (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Once Upon a Halloween (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Sanctuary (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night in the Lonesome October (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amara / To Wake The Dead (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lake (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Glory Bus / Into the Fire (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

A Good, Secret Place (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fiends (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Writer's Tale (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreadful Tales (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madman Stan and Other Stories (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Stories: The Mystery and Men’s Magazines (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Making Of The Cities Books

as Lee Davis Willoughby

Publication Order of Women Who Won The West Books

as Lee Davis Willoughby
Tempest of Tombstone (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dodge City Darling (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Duchess of Denver (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Lady of Laramie (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Flame of Virginia City (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Angel of Hangtown (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Belle of Fort Smith (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Princess of Powder River (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Making Of America Books

The Wilderness Seekers (By: Lou Cameron) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mountain Breed (By: Aaron Fletcher) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Conestoga People (By: Jeanne Sommers) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forty-Niners (By: John Toombs) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hearts Divided (By: Paula Moore,Fancy Dewitt) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Builders (By: Jeanne Sommers) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land Rushers (By: Elizabeth Zachary) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild and The Wayward (By: Georgia Granger) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Texans (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Alaskans (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Staters (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The River People (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Land Grabbers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ranchers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Homesteaders (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Frontier Healers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Buffalo People (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Far Islanders (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Border Breed (As: Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boomers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wildcatters (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gunfighters (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cajuns (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Donner People (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Creoles (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nightriders (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sooners (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vigilantes (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Express Riders (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Soldiers of Fortune (As: Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wranglers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Baja People (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Yukon Breed (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Smugglers (As: Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Voyageurs (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Barbary Coasters (As: Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Whalers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Canadians (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Prophet's People (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lawmen (As: Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Copper Kings (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caribbeans (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trail Blazers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gamblers (As: Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Robber Barons (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Assassins (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bounty Hunters (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Texas Rangers (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outlaws (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fugitives (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Frontier Detectives (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Raiders (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rough Riders (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warriors of the Code (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sixgun Apostles (As:Lee Davis Willoughby) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scarlet Sisters (As: Lee Davis Willoughby) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Northeast Georgia: A History (By: Gordon Sawyer) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XI(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night Visions 7(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book of the Dead(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Triage(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best New Horror(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hotter Blood: More Tales of Erotic Horror(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book of Best New Horror(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten Tales(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vampire Detectives(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grave Tales(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad News(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Skull Full of Spurs(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
October Dreams(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Children of Cthulhu(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Delicacies(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cemetery Dance: Issue 52(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mondo Zombie(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Laymon's Terms(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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