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Endless Night

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,134 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Jody is pretty tough for a sixteen-year-old girl. That's the only reason she's still alive - for now. She was sleeping over at her friend Evelyn's house when a group of killers broke in and tried to slaughter everyone. She saw Evelyn spitted on a spear, but Jody managed to escape, along with Evelyn's little brother, Andy. — Simon was one of the killers that gruesome night. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 466 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Leisure Books (first published September 9th 1993)
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Laymon novels are a guilty pleasure for me. They are disgusting and you pretty much have to throw your brains out the window in order to get through them but I have to honestly say they are very much page-turners. If you enjoy senseless murder and mayhem, that is.

This one starts out with a sixteen year old girl named Jody sleeping over a friend's house. Innocent enough stuff, until a murderous group of madmen target the home for their next killing spree. Jody survives and manages to escape the h
This is absolutely the most gruesome, sick, twisted book that I have ever read! It is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Jody who nearly gets slaughtered by a group of killers, the Krulls, while sleeping over at her friend Evelyn's house. Jody manages to escape along with Evelyn's little brother, Andy, while Simon, one of the Krull members, is left behind. Simon's job is to finish off the witnesses or else his girlfriend and his family will be next. Simon becomes obsessed with Jody and can't wa ...more
Kasia S.
I have read over a dozen of Laymon novels and yes by the way I am a fan, when you crave the kind of story that only he writes so well nothing else can satisfy. At least that's how I see it, take a bunch of sympathetic level headed kids, a crazed killer on their tail ( with a very flamboyant but totally cold soul) and you have some page gripping moments, you'd want to read this over the weekend if you have some time to put into this, it's an entertaining ride and it's well embellished for those w ...more
Adam Light
This was one of the better Laymon books I have read lately. I was happy to find that Laymon went all out as he usually does, but there was a story to go along with it. The last couple of his I read were disappointing. Endless Night features one of the most vile, perverted and absolutely evil antagonists I can remember reading in quite some time.
The good guys were pretty likeable with the exception of Andy. I just wasn't too keen on his character, and some of the situations involving him seemed r
Sammy Loves Books
I was warned before reading this book that Richard Laymon wrote graphic horror. My curiosity got the best of me. Granted I don't read much horror. This was gruesome. The villain was actually as sick as they come. If you want to be afraid to go to sleep at night, I highly recommend this book. This one will keep you awake at night and have you checking and rechecking the locks on the windows and doors. Yikes!
Dec 21, 2008 Miss rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cult killing, graphic horror fans
Recommended to Miss by: author Brian Keene
Jody is at a sleepover when something wakes her up. Going to investigate starts the ENDLESS NIGHT. The great thing about this Richard Laymon novel is it was smart. The violence was necessary to the killer's motivation and the victim's demise. Sometimes in horror where the violence is senseless it just irritates me.

Simon Quist is the murderer and you are told this early and let known his background and understand why he is the way he is. Wouldn't it be nice to know, that while still twisted and
Stuart Keane
I discovered Richard Laymon at a very young age. Once hooked, I grabbed any novel I could get my horror-seeking little hands on. I've read all but two of Laymon's works but this is the one that will always resonate with me. To this day, this still stands at #2 on my Favourite Laymon list.

Laymon really pulls out the stops in this book. At times, it feels like a Hollywood blockbuster and a gritty independent project combined. Every scene is easily imaginable due to Laymon's tempered pace, vivid im
(Warning: One major spoiler.) I liked that he actually tried to guess at the motives of the villain, rather than portraying him as a human monster without expecting the reader to ask why he is this way, as many horror novels do. As usual with Laymon, the sexual plotlines made me want to take a long shower, especially one between the protagonist and an eleven-year-old boy that culminates with the boy almost joining the villain so that he can, um, get his rape on with the protagonist, before heroi ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror and thriller
Recommended to Angie by: the q&a with the light brothers book club
Shelves: richard-laymon
This was a roller coaster of a book from the moment Jodi is woken up in the middle of the night while at her friends house. A gang of men had broken in and in what seemed the blink of an eye, Evelyn, and her mum and dad had been murdered.Jodi escapes with Andy, her friends 12 year old brother.

Simon is the murderer we follow as his friends leave him behind as he didn't catch the two kids. This does not stop him killing and raping , far from it, he narrates is tale ion some tapes.

The book is very
This laymon book was definitely my least favorite story wise. The beginning was awesome and grabbed me right a way, but then it got into details about truly what this book was about and I guess I didn't really care for it. Definitely one of the most descriptive laymon books out there but, thankfully, I've encountered worse. I'll still give a 4 star rating because I really did enjoy the parts with Jody and her misdirected little step brother, at least that's how I pictured him. Simon, excuse me, ...more
...this here's my friend, Richard. He's kinda shy. Won't come in for a soda, or tea or anything like that. Just sort of run into him when I take my trash outside. He's sometimes just standing there, and he'll turn to me, almost as if he's been talking to somebody else and just stops mid sentence. But I never see no one. My wife's a little spooked by him. She says she's glad he won't come in. Might scare the babies. Or the dogs. Well, he ain't a bad guy in my humble opinion. Says he works third s ...more
I liked the way this book switched perspectives. Just when I thought I couldn't read another twisted word from the killer's first-person perspective, SWITCH. Just in time.

The book was entertaining, riveting, but the last chapter was very depressing and reached even darker depths of the male id. [shudder:]
Dick Laymon comes through again with the cheap thrills. This time it's kind of a family vacay meets psycho bloopers blend of shock shtick. I think this one is one of his best, although I've only read about 7 or 8 of his books.

I won't run over the plot with you too much but I will say that this book has a split personality and I really enjoyed that aspect. It is told in third person when concerning our damsel in distress, but when the perspective switches over to the big baddie, it is told in fir
This felt like something between a Dean Koontz thriller mystery and a Jack Ketchum sick and twisted novel. Only he didn't get it right. I don't know if I liked it or full on hated it. Although the book flowed, it seemed to have too much sick shit in every aspect you can think of being thrown at you, at the same time with out any one suffering any major breakdown, shock or upset (not that he didn't try to make that happen, he just couldn't do it)...I never really got the urgent, intense edge of y ...more
Warning: For all of you who are weak of heart, loose of mind or those that hold a moral stance equal to or greater than Tammy Faye Baker - need turn away! For the love of all that’s innocent and pure, turn away!

Now, for all you morally lacking readers out there who thrive on violence, gore and degradation of the lowest kind or just aren’t the sharpest pencil in the box, I have one word for you – Sweet! With no holds barred, Laymon gives us a tale so chilling and boundless that you begin to wand
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
I have to say I was disappointed reading "Body Rides" with Laymon. I mean, I had heard he was the greatest thing this side of horror, but just wasn’t feeling it. After reading "Endless Nights," however, I just might jump on the Laymon happy go lucky bandwagon after all!

The book starts off with horror and ends with even worse horror. From the very first few pages, tension is high enough to induce a nervous breakdown in the reader.

Laymon whips up a dessert full of dark atmosphere, rich characters,
Ekel Adolf
Endless Night is one of the best of Laymon's work, being especially mercyless and thrilling and also quite experimental in the way the story is narrated. Albeit, the most charming aspect is maybe the metafictional one, since the gang of killers in Endless Night calls themselves the Krulls, a name which they got from a horror novel not mentioned by title, but being nothing else than Laymon's masterpiece The Woods Are Dark.
Apr 19, 2009 kas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: violent-sex horror enthusiasts
If you like violent-sex horror, you will love this.

The book was a quick read that really kept me on the edge of my seat. I am not a quick reader (verrrry slow) and read this pretty quickly.

Basically it is told from two points of view from one of the survivors and one of the killers.

Jody, a young girl staying at a friends house, wakes up to her friends concern of someone in the house and quickly sees her friend killed. She and the friends brother survive and are soon chased by the kill
I'll admit that part 1 had my full attention. The disgust became too much to ignore after the escape. All was downhill once Simon's POV came into play.
This is a sick read. Foul. I never hated any book so much since I read James Patterson's vomit-inducing Swimsuit. I have yet to read another Patterson novel since, and I won't even look once at another Laymon book.
I was quite turned off by all the graphic rape talk and the way he wrote sexually about Andy. Andy was 12 years old for gripe's sake. T
Janie Johnson
Another awesome book by Richard Laymon. I read this book back in 2007 and I am now putting up my review. I have decided that Laymon is up there with all my fave authors, because I really have not been disappointed in any of his works.

Our main character is Jody. What happens initially is that she is spending the night with her best friend Evelyn. Evelyn and her family are brutally murdered on that night. Except for Evelyn's brother Andy.

So now Jody must save herself and Andy from the "murderer"
Okay, okay...I know I said Tread Softly and Resurrection Dreams were my favorite Laymons but this one just bumped those down a notch. I loved the shifting perspective of the story and how we got to look inside the villains head in this story. I got the shivers when Simon/Simone was debating whether or not to warn his sisters because it might be embarrassing...Embarassing!?!
I would guess that you should be at least embarassed if you helped in the murders of entire families! I do think Laymon cap
I like Richard Laymon. He’s a quick read which means that I can get the sense of accomplishment from reading a book and not feeling like a slug. I was trying to read The Alienist by Caleb Carr before reading this book and was having a hard time getting into it. Back to Endless Night, basic plot, girl, Jody is staying over a friends house when a bunch of crazies break in and kill almost everyone except her and her friends little brother. They escape and one of the crazies, Simon follows them. The ...more
Oct 31, 2013 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: horror fans
Recommended to Angie by: no one
Shelves: richard-laymon
From the moment when Jody was woken up when she was staying over at her friends house to the last page, it was all blood ,guts, chases and Simon.

The book is about a gang of guys that rape and murder there way through as many people as possible, and have been doing so since they were teens. You get a brief history of their activities from Simon, the guy they left behind when he didn't catch Jody and her friends brother Andy.

Didn't stop him killing and scheming to get a- Jodi and b- even against
Craig Swalwell
This is my first read of a Richard Laymon book and overall I enjoyed it. Reading it on holiday is probably the best time to read it, as it is definitely a one you can switch your mind off for. I knew initially what to expect with Laymons style and for this it is not disappointing. Very violent and delves into the darker and more psychotic nature of 'man'. I did not find the descriptive nature of the gore/sex/violence too disturbing as some have, maybe as I know it's "not real" I find I can't emp ...more
Heike Herrmann

Jody ist ziemlich clever für eine Sechzehnjährige. Nur deshalb ist sie noch am Leben – bis jetzt. Sie war zu Besuch im Haus ihrer Freundin Evelyn, als eine Bande junger Killer sie überfiel. Sie sah ihre Freundin aufgespießt auf einem Speer, aber es gelang ihr zu fliehen, zusammen mit Evelyns jüngerem Bruder Andy. Doch einer der Mörder hat sie gesehen und ist jetzt auf der Jagd nach ihr.

Meine Meinung:

Wieder einmal hat es Richard Laymon geschafft, mich voller Spannung - diesmal pa
Ashley James
This is possible the fastest paced book I've ever read the tension is non stop and the bad guys are horrendous I can't help but feel this would of made a really good film it's such a simple horror done well two kids are chased by a perverted killer it's the type of book almost all horror authors do but not as well as laymon
Mike Kazmierczak
I've said it before and will probably say it again: Laymon is a master at making an unbelievable event something believable, and more importantly an awesome read. In this case, Jody is sleeping over at her friend's house when a group of killers break in and kill everyone but Jody and her friend's little brother. And that's only to get things rolling. Luckily Laymon doesn't take it too far as he has in some other novels. Instead the story develops and moves naturally with no more crazy events. No ...more
This book was totally disturbing! Laymon has a twisted mind, but yet he writes in a way that you just have to keep reading to see what happens next.
Gizmatic Cantor
This is the book that started my addiction to Richard Laymon....sick sick book and wicked fun
When I started Endless Night by Richard Laymon, I could not put it down. I had only planned to read the first chapter as I was in the middle of something else when I purchased it. However, it immediately drew me in and I can't say I would have heard a loud band coming through my house at that point. I do, however, have to say (in my humble opinion and according to my taste in books), after quite a few chapters of this high-speed, adrenaline pulsing scenario, the story turned in such a way that I ...more
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Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.

He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen,
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