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Night in the Lonesome October

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,875 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Ed Logan is 20 years old and a sophomore at Willmington University. He's also been dumped by his girlfriend. Lonesome and broken-hearted, he goes for a late-night walk. He doesn't know where he's headed. He doesn't know what he's going to do when he gets there. And he has absolutely no idea of the strange people he is about to meet. Like Casey, the athletic blonde who roam ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Leisure Books (first published 2001)
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mark monday
UPDATED REVIEW

one late October night, heartbroken college student Ed decides to soothe his troubled soul by taking a long nighttime stroll to Dandi Donuts. and so begins an addiction. with each subsequent evening walk he learns more about the eerie, threatening, hypnotic underside of the sleepy small town of Wilmington. what lurks in Wilmington? well, let's see... a vindictive cycling senior, predators in a van with alluring bait, a sad and scary shut-in clown, cannibalistic homeless people lurk
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Kaisersoze
Okay Goodreads, you got me. Ha ha ha! Over 1500 ratings and an average score of 3.87 stars. How did you all organise yourselves to vote so highly? Colour me impressed! I'm even now making sure to switch off my webcam to make sure not a one of you has hacked my PC and is filming my reactions for some kind of Candid Camera special as I construct this review...

Wow. For a Laymon book, this was just plain terrible. A 470 page novel about a 20 year old pining about his girlfriend dumping him and proce
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Ben Loory
laymon's books are basically like cheap 80s slasher movies, only for some reason you actually care about the characters. they're quick and mean and dreamlike and more than a little sick. i'd be delighted to be able to write books like these.
Esme
"Night in the Lonesome October" ("Finster") ist nicht so schrecklich wie die anderen Bücher von Richard Laymon, die ich bisher gelesen habe. Es gibt die typischen laymonesken Ingredienzien: wippende Brüste, schwingende Ärsche und einen jugendlichen Held, der mit Dauererektion durch das Buch stolpert. Und ganz viel Splatter, Blut, Folter…

Ed Logan hat Liebeskummer und spaziert in den Oktobernächten durch die kleine Stadt Willmington. Dabei begegnen ihm nicht nur zwei begehrenswerte Frauen, sonder
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Andy
Yeah, the five stars here is a bit of a goof but I did find this book to be an outrageous, fun, and unpredictable read. At the beginning I thought it was perhaps one of the worst books I've ever read, but it eventually finds its groove and develops into an intensely atmospheric, harrowing, and disturbing story. I certainly don't recommend it to anybody who doesn't understand Laymon's style, but if you appreciate Laymon's goofiness and usual assortment of sex-crazed characters, then you'll dig th ...more
Sharon
OMG! What a load of tripe! This is the first Richard Laymon book I have read and by the reviews of his books I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume it's just a dud. If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was written by a 15 year old boy with one hand down his pants the whole time. I found it to be poorly written, there were parts that contradicted itself - Ed leaves his wallet at home but then proceeded to get $5 out of the same wallet a few pages later - (I mus ...more
SSteppenwolFF
Well I expected more from this book ... It was an OK read but I thought it would be a little more strange and off the wall ... {SPOILER ALERT !!!} ... Really wish the author would have explored the cannibals world a bit more ...
Alissa
This would have to be one of my favorite books. Funny as hell, more of a different sense of humor, definitely some creepy moments. Different side of Laymon compared to something like The Cellar, highly recommended.
Lisa Sandberg
I haven't read much from Laymon but have liked what I have read so far.

This was an interesting little read. A lot of excitement and suspense going on. It will keep you turning pages that is for sure.

Ed, Eileen, Casey, and Kirkus sure get involved in some adventures. Poor Ed, he needs to learn to stay home at night and not go wandering around at all hours. Eileen and Casey go through hell, well they all do, but them especially. And Kirkus, well let's just say he is a bit of a weird duck.

All in
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Kristen
After reading and being fairly ambivalent to several of Laymon's works... this one entertained me. Perhaps because there really was no point other than - the world changes at about midnight... the loonies come out and be prepared for the unexpected. Though this book contained some figures we've seen before in either movies or other stories (the crazy bike hag, the van, etc) they come at you with such a randomness that the reader has to wonder if Laymon wasn't a bit high while writing it. Though ...more
Andrew
Alright, so I read The Lake, and yes, I came back for more. This book, however, is great. I was talking with a friend of mine, and I really believe that Laymon is magnificent when telling a story from the first person. The Lake, for all its faults, still held my attention; but it didn't bring me along on that full-fledged, highly candid experience that Laymon is so good at when he's the one telling the story vicariously through a character. In this book, he tells the story through Ed's perspecti ...more
James
I love stories with towns that are white-bread normal during the day, but at night everything turns to shit. Every dark corner has some creep, criminal or ghoul just waiting to GET YOU. Buffy the Vampire Slayer lived in a town like that, and so did Opie Taylor. That's why you never saw Mayberry at night.

Ed Logan lives in a town where strangeness and danger take over the night. It seems like you can't really go outside without some crazy character chasing you or sticking their tongue down your th
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Daniel Ray
I read a lot of reviews of Night in the Lonesome October that said how weird and strange it was. Really? Interesting and unpredictable are much better adjectives in my opinion.

This is the third book I have read by Richard Laymon. The Traveling Vampire Show is still my favorite, but this is very good. Strong and unique characters dominate the piece throughout.

I can honestly say I had no idea where the story was going. If I had any problems, i'd say I wanted more out of the ending. That seems to
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Julie
When I read the description on Amazon, I was excited to read the book. unfortunately, the description was the best part and did not have much in common with the actual book. I was disappointed to say the least. The characters lacked development. Ed got laid a lot and thought about getting laid a lot, and really had no redeeming qualities. The troll attack under the bridge, the mysterious night-wandering girl, and the pick-up truck-driving, donut-eating rapist were just random--they jsut didn't a ...more
Ken
As I was reading this novel, I kept asking myself, "Where the hell is Laymon going with this one?". As I finished it, I asked myself, "Where the hell was Laymon going with this one?". The story is engaging and the characters are unique to say the least. It was more than enough to keep the pages turning. The only thing I can say for sure as I wrapped this one up, was that I have never read anything even remotely like this book.

5 STARS
Dan
In my opinion, if an author can paint a picture and make me feel like I am in his or her world, the author has achieved greatness. Richard Laymon always wrote with a straight-forward prose. Nobody was going to confuse him with King or Koontz. But boy can he pull me in.

In Night in the Lonesome October, I felt like I was running with the protagonist in the night air, sneaking through the dangerous neighborhoods, looking for the mysterious, pretty girl, and hiding from the man who wants to hurt him
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Edward (The Book Pusher) Lorn
The second best book Laymon ever wrote. Nothing what you expect. Utterly terrifying.

***** 5 Stars

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Teresa
I liked the collection of odd characters
David
That hag is creepy.
Shane
This was very interesting. An air of the slightly strange or weird pervades this novel from start to finish. It's about a man who's girlfriend, Holly, has left him, and so he takes to going on long walks at night whence he encounters various weird and wonderful characters and ends up getting himself into all kinds of trouble after his current squeeze, Eileen, gets herself kidnapped by her former boyfriend.

Some very well written characters here too. Casey was a particular favourite. She's a stran
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J.J. Zep
This was my first exposure to Richard Laymon and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. On the one hand it is not particularly well written. The author has a rather annoying habit of describing every insignificant action (or inaction) of every character, my personal favorite being "they stood around for a while doing nothing." It also includes some of the most inane and pointless dialogue I've read in a long while. And the author also enjoys slotting in literary references, even when the are irr ...more
Janie Johnson
Ok wow I am not really sure what to say about this or what I had expected since it is Laymon. What I read was not what I expected at all. I had read Dark Mountain a couple of months ago and had really enjoyed it which led me to buy this one and try it out. There aren't many of his books that I don't enjoy. This one on the other hand was pretty out there IMO.

He made all the characters totally stupid. They were all doing things that you and I both know would be ridiculously dangerous and could get
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Justin
May 15, 2013 Justin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Justin by: eleven
when eleven recommended this book to me he said it was kind of like Richard laymon just sat down with no idea what was going to happen and wrote until he hit the page count he needed and then tied up the loose ends and finished it. that might not sound like a positive review but it actually is, his random wanderings where very entertaining and creepy. the thing I liked best is that out of all the creeps and wierdos he encounters you never know which ones will come back into play later and which ...more
Christopher Fulbright
I read this on a plane ride to China. I have liked just about everything I've read by Laymon. It's been a while since I checked this one out, but I'd say for those trying to decide if it's one they want to read, you should expect a lot of the same things that give Laymon's work his signature stamp. There are a lot of sexually charged situations, a bit of perversion, but there's somehow also an amazing sense of magic at an almost Bradburian level. In this book, Laymon treats the night as a world ...more
Nick
I love Laymon's books. They are definitely not for the weak of heart. This book kept me up very late at night. There are so many creepy situations and encounters with people who are not quite right in some way. If you've ever walked a dimly lit street late at night and felt that tingle on the back of your neck that told you that you weren't alone, then you'll get this. I just ordered a bunch more Laymon, so there will be more of his reviews to follow.
David
Probably the spookiest, creepiest book I have ever read. Really had me scared to walk at night for a while. And I live across the street from a park with a play ground and baseball diamond, I am scared to look out of the window at night for fear of seeing the guy climbing on the fence like an ape and running across the field like a human monkey hybrid! And I will never walk under a bridge at night for as long as I live.
Shawn
It was another creepy Richard Laymon book. Fun , especially for this time of year. Not sure who I would reccomend his work to. If you are into original, disturbingly violent books, with a dash of humor and sex then this would be up your alley. Short on plot but long on characters in increasingly stranger and stranger situations that make you think wow really?
Candice Mckinney
Ed Logan is a college student who's girlfriend has broken up with him. He feels lost so he decides to go for a walk late at night. For a destination he chooses Dandi Donuts which is 7 miles away on the other side of town. Late at night he sees different people wandering around, some of them up to no good. He becomes interested in a girl he calls the mystery girl so he continues to go out late at night in search of her.

Night in the Lonesome October is my third Richard Laymon book. Just like the
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Robjr73
Ideally this is a 4.5 stars. It's classic Laymon. What I loved about this book was that there are some absolute horrific scenes that I cannot wipe out of my nightmares. I'll never walk near a bridge at night. I'll never walk through a park at night. I'll never go to a donut shop by myself late at night. I'll never look at clowns the same way. Thanks a lot Laymon! But that's what a good horror novel does. No, that's what a great horror novel does. My only gripe that made me want to take a half a ...more
Paul
Obwohl dieses Buch wahrscheinlich keine Literaturpreise gewinnen wird, ist es dennoch sehr angenehm und macht Spaß zu lesen. Als Mann, der sich seine Uni-Tagen erinnern könnte, könnte ich auch mit dem Protagonist identifiziert—mit seinem Herzschmerz, mit seinem abenteuerlustigen Lebensausblick... und auch mit seinen schlechten Entschlüsse.

Ich wünschte, dass die Handlung der Geschichte, die das Mädchen betrifft, besser entwickelt worden wäre. Es gab darüber viel Geheimnis und Intrige im Laufe des
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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.

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“Except I think it feels more like an empty stomach than a broken heart. An aching hollowness that food can't cure. You know. You've felt it yourself, I bet. You hurt all the time, you're restless, you can't think straight, you sort of wish you were dead but what you really want is for everything to be the same as it was when you were still with her.. or him” 78 likes
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