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Darkness, Tell Us

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  1,708 ratings  ·  73 reviews
When six college kids play around with a Ouija board they are promised by a spirit to be led to a hidden treasure--but only if they follow his directions to a secluded spot in the mountains where either riches or death awaits. Original.
Paperback, 392 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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Chris
I'm shocked I even finished ths book. Almost as much that it was pubilshed in the first place. Unconvincing to say the least. Not a believable character(much less likable) in the whole novel. Filled with gaping plot holes. Seems like it was written by a horny virgin obsessed with the word "rump". I literally exclaimed "What the fuck" aloud after he used it for perhaps the 70th time.
Adam Light
Great Laymon! Technically proficient and well told. I love it when a Laymon story works this well.
Gary
This book was amazing. It is everything I love about Laymon. Yes, the dialogue can get clunky. Yes, you have seen scenes like this before. But no one tells a story like this like Laymon does. He is an absolute master at controlling the pace of the story. He increases the speed mercilessly as the novel nears the end.
Predictable is irrelevant in Laymon's hands, and I didn't find the novel entirely predictable by any means. He knows when to reveal details of the plot and when to keep the reader gu...more
Michael
Ich möchte der gütigen Vorsehung danken, dass ich "nur" die gekürzte Hörbuchfassung gekauft habe, aber dann fällt mir ein, dass der Dank recht eigentlich Audible geschuldet ist, da keine ungekürzte Fassung angeboten wird. Schließlich verschiebt sich die Perspektive ein letztes Mal und angedenk der sieben Stunden Laufzeit überlege ich, Audible zu verklagen oder alternativ zumindest mein Abo zu kündigen.

DER GEIST ist mein erstes Buch von Laymon und das zweite Desaster nach McFadyens BLUTLINIE. Wie...more
Keith Chawgo
Darkness, Tell Us is one of those books that have more false endings than a Bergman film and yet when it finally finishes, there is nothing that really makes it memorable or makes you care about none of the characters.

The action sequences are bland and it seems all the energy was put into the sex sequences which flow quite well. When the horror of the situation does come to fruitition, you find yourself wanting to hurry up and finish as you just want to move to the next book on your list.

The st...more
Kristen
It’s the end of the summer semester and you’re at your professor’s house for a party, so the six of you whip our her Ouija board (much to her dismay) and begin chatting with a spirit that tells you to tromp off into the mountains in search of “loot.” What do you do? Well since you’re a bunch of horny college students of course you listen to the ghost and go racing off into the wilderness to hunt for the treasure. And when your professor learns what you’ve done what does she do? Why she takes her...more
Andrew Huff
This is really a terrible book.

I was looking for a horror/thriller that had a Ouija board for a plot device and this was recommended to me. Sadly, while this had a Ouija board in it, there was not much else for me to like about it. I will say this before I get into why this was just awful: the author does a decent job with dialogue, even if some of the slang seems more suited to the 1960s than the 1990s.

So, what's wrong with the book? Imagine a ghost story being told by a horny 15 year-old male...more
Sierra W.
This may be one of the most ridiculous books I have ever read, but I couldn't put it down. =\
Ryan G
Every once in a great while, I get into a mood where I want to delve into the darker side of life. Normally that requires me to watch a few of my favorite horror movies, but occasionally nothing will scratch that itch quite like a good horror novel. And I must put the emphasis on good, because sadly, most horror novels suck. They play with cliches and tend to be the most formulaic of all genre fiction. There are exceptions to that rule, and when a horror novel is great, it's a treat to get lost...more
Matt
Apr 05, 2012 Matt rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Laymon isn’t known for being able to write believable stories. However, even as one accustomed to his style, this is probably one of the most ridiculous books I’ve read in a while. ridiculous events/conversations keep occurring again and again. Does a woman REALLY lose her husband, have a thing for his brother, lose contact with her brother for several years, and then when they finally see each other again, they proclaim their love for each other, have sex, and feel no remorse about it? Hell, no...more
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Victoria
Richard Laymon is such a great writer! This book literally raised the hair on the back of my neck for nearly the entire story! It was creepy, fun and very exciting! His writing really sucks you into the story, making the unbelievable utterly believable. It is a great, summery (the perfect book for a camping trip, haha!) fun. It’s fast-paced and one of Laymon’s better books!
Heike Herrmann
Kurzbeschreibung:


Eine Gruppe von Studenten probiert auf einer Party ein altes Ouija-Brett aus. Tatsächlich können sie Kontakt mit einem Geist aus dem Jenseits aufnehmen, der ihnen verrät, dass auf dem Calamity Peak, einer unzugänglichen Bergregion in Kalifornien, ein Schatz versteckt sein soll. Ein Riesenspaß – so denken die jungen Leute. Doch die Reise, die sie beginnen, führt alle in ein unaussprechliches Grauen.


Meine Meinung:

Laymon ist für mich - neben Stephen King - mein Kultautor Nr.1.
Natür...more
Sara
Loved it couldn't say a bad word about it :)
Chibineko
I have to say that I was both pleased and disappointed by this book. I've never really read anything by Laymon, but I've heard plenty about him and I've flipped through some of his books in the library and the bookstore I used to work at.

What pleased me about this book is that it doesn't focus an awful lot on rape. I've heard that Laymon always includes at least one rape scene in his work, if not several scenes. He's to rape what Frank Miller is to prostitutes: he seems to be incapable of creat...more
Jayziel
I was expecting a spooky, scary feel in this book. I bought this book specifically for that matter. But what it gave was different - adventure, little romance and some sex, and the eccentric villains. The first few chapters were okay, but the next hundred pages went boring. I really would have dropped this book if it were not for the adventure and treasure hunting. But I became a little curious as to what would happen, if there's a real loot or Butler's just fooling around. Anyway, it became int...more
Chris
If you are a follower of Richard Laymon than you should know what to expect from most of his books. This is no different! I enjoy his material to a point, but something tells me he is never going to get more than a 3 star review from me.

This is a story about a group of friends who hike into the wilderness in search of a treasure that has been foretold by their trusty Ouija board!!! Yeah...college kids following the Ouija!!!! They are quickly terrorized by some crazy mountain dwelling man hellben...more
Nick
A run-of-the-mill horror tale about a group of college students convinced by an entity named Butler to search for "loot" in the mountains. The group sets out on the quest for fortune despite ominous warnings from their English professor. Needless to say, the journey does not quite go as expected. [return][return]Laymon is pretty hit or miss for me and this one is definitely a miss. The horror aspects, though disturbing, are quite minimal as most of the story focuses on one of the very virginal m...more
Rei
A fan of Laymon in general, but not one of my favorites. I didn't like any of the characters particularly and the only decent part about the book really was the twist with who Butler was, but again; even THAT wasn't amazing.

The bad guys were mediocre; the usual shotgun-swinging madmen in Laymon novels and for some reason (either that I can't remember or I honestly don't think they went into) a crazy mountain-dwelling nutcase who runs around in skimpy underwear trying to kidnap the girls. <_<;...more
Amy
In this book we have six college kids, Lana, Keith, Doris, Glen, Howard, and Angela, celebrating the end of their summer semester at Corie's place, their professor. They get the Ouija board game out for fun and meet a spirit named Butler. Before they know it they are sneaking off to the mountains on an adventure to look for treasure. Corie is worried about the kids after what happened to her late husband Jake last time she used the Ouija board, so she goes after the kids with Chad, her former br...more
Andre Higgins
Very enjoyable, but the wrap up felt a bit rushed. Although we once again get to stumble through the minds of sexually inept and overly horny young males (seems to be a returning theme with all Laymon books I've read so far) Laymon managed to make this a nice enough page turner.
The Chad character turns out to be extremely inept for someone who has spent many years living in the wilds, and I was hoping to see a match up between him and the different creeps in the story. Didn't happen though. That...more
Erica
Loved this book! Usually not my cup of tea, but my boyfriends favorite author and the second Laymon book I've read, behind 'Endless Night'. This book was more suspenseful yet slightly terrifying in my eyes as opposed to the all out terror of some other horror novels. Great read, and still had an offbeat happy ending.
Alex Budris
Again I'm here talking about Mr. Laymon. All the complaints I have about his books aside, I do like his books. He's a hard guy to pin down. I gave the book two stars out of comparison for his other works. I would say make it three stars if you are delayed for five hours at the Newark Airport (That's where I read it.) It's totally satisfying killing time in a terminal. But he uses the same motifs that appear over and over in his other work, and this one just does not have the juice. I got spoiled...more
chucklesthescot
Six college kids at a party get out their Professor's Ouija board and contact a spirit called Butler. He tells them of a treasure in the mountains and they are divided about going to search for it. But of course they do and a whole series of bad people are going to cross their path on their quest. Corie is worried about the kids and follows them with her brother-in-law.

Yes the foolish kids are going to the big bad mountain on a fool's quest and bad things are going to happen. It is the typical L...more
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Mar 02, 2014 Book rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Another author to add to my fav list. A well done story with nice twists. Not always predictable events. Read it cover to cover in one sitting. Couldn't put it down.
John Bruni
As usual, Laymon kicks all form of ass! It's the creepy story of a group of college kids who go on a quest for loot in the wilderness because a Ouija board told them to. Of course, not everything is as it seems, and the ghost, Butler, has quite a few surprises in store for them, including a musclebound maniac dressed only in a banana hammock, wielding a machete. The only thing is, near the end, things slow down. A lot. But just when you're letting your guard down, Laymon strikes with one of his...more
Donna Humble
A decent story but, not one of my favorites to be read over and over.
Ashley James
Completely agree with the negatives people have given this book it is random the loose ends are never really tied together and much of what happens is so over the top even by laymons standards but at the same time this is laymon people know what to expect its his style of writing only he can write a book so technically poor yet be so enjoyable I flew through this book and as usual with laymons bokos consider it a classic I will re visit in the future whilst I agree with most of the criticism on...more
Bill
The story is very enjoyable and drew me in much more than I expected. I found myself liking/believing most of the characters - accept the deviant - he was a little ridiculous and I had a hard time understanding or finding anything believable in him, mostly because of his attire (as silly as that sounds). I did struggle a bit in the end as some of the things came together a little - too neatly. Although I have to admit, I didn't necessarily see it coming, so kudos to Laymon for revealing the deta...more
Mel (who is deeply in love with herself)
That weirdo in a thong was just the most random thing in the world, and that's really saying something with the books i've read. It's also true that the end was shit and probably completely unplanned by Laymon, but something to just dig himself out of the corner he had shoved himself in. I loved the maniac for all his freakiness though! Even though I can't remember him ever saying a coherent word, he was probably my favourite character in the story, Well, not that that's saying much with all the...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.

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