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Live Girls (Davey Owen #1)

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THE CULT CLASSIC THAT CHANGED VAMPIRE FICTION FOREVER When Davey Owen loses his girlfriend and his job, he seeks solace in the seedy darkness of Times Square's Live Girls. Inside its peepshow booth, Davey finds a hypnotic fantasy, an irresistible ecstasy, an obsession. Soon, the beautiful dancer Anja offers him an insatiable demonic kiss, and with that Davey seals his fate ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by eReads.com (first published January 1st 1987)
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Adam Light
Dec 03, 2013 Adam Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, ray-garton
Excellent vampire story!

LIVE GIRLS is the most fun I've had reading a book in a while.

Ray Garton knows how to write. There isn't a wasted word here. I loved it.

Fast paced, drenched in gore, sex, and all around craziness. Just the way a good vampire novel should be.
11811 (Eleven)
Jan 06, 2012 11811 (Eleven) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1987 Times Square before Rudy Giuliani cleaned up all the sleazy vampire strip joints. Other than Dracula and Salem's Lot, this may be the best vampire novel I've read. Compulsive reading at its best.
Will Errickson
Cult '80s horror novel bursting with sleaze, gore & pornography. No wonder I loved it when I was 19! It's still pretty cool today. Set in once-squalid, now long-gone Times Square, LIVE GIRLS features a strip club filled with vampires both grotesque and alluring. Sure, it's corny, not all that well-written, but earnest and quick-moving, original and inventive. I suppose "glory hole" is something you'd never hear in either DRACULA or TWILIGHT. Oh well. Would've made a helluva an '80s horror mo ...more
Teipu
Jul 05, 2011 Teipu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, paperback
I was exited to start a perpetual challenge I had in mind for quite a while: Read through the Bram Stoker Award short-list and winners! (I want to do the same with the Man Booker Prize, though that's even more insane). Too bad I kind of started on the wrong foot.

I got this book because it was short-listed for Best Novel so I assumed it must be just as great as the winner novel Misery by Stephen King (which tied with Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon which I haven't read yet). Unfortunately, it wa
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Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"
Enjoyed this vampiric tale! I think it's one of the only times that the vampires actually attack and feed in bat form, just a little thought. Interesting slant on the vampire lore with some nice sexy parts haha mixed with good old fashioned horror. Good fun!
Bill
Jun 11, 2008 Bill rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
When I had first heard of Ray Garton's Live Girls, I checked out a few reviews. There was one Amazon reviewer who enticed me by saying something like, "Nothing can prepare you for Live Girls. I went into this expecting to be shocked, and felt I was prepared. But nothing can prepare you for this".

Well, I went into this prepared to be shocked. It didn't happen.

This was a pretty good story, though, and it is a novel that is driven by the story alone.
That's the problem I have with a lot of horror l
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Mya
Feb 04, 2009 Mya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I learned from this book is that garlic is my best bet when encountering vampires, not crosses or bibles or holy water or even stakes. Garlic should do the trick! But seriously, this is my second book by Ray Garton and I enjoyed it so much that I finished it fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about "Live Girls" is something that I'm hoping appears in all his work, which is the dark, truly horrifying portrayal of any monster that he deals with. This book is about vampires that are beasts, ...more
Mason
Another winner found for less than a dollar at a thrift store! This book got progressively better as it lead up to the fucking awesome last scene. a few points:

- Vampire strippers??? Sign me the fuck up.
- I wasn't thrilled with this book until just after the halfway mark. Then I was hooked.
- A grown ass man named Davey, really? And his girlfriend is named Casey? If I were his editor, those names would be the first thing to go.
- Love Garton's take on vampires and the process of turning into one
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Nicholas
Nov 17, 2007 Nicholas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire nuts
Along with Stokers' Dracula, Matheson's I Am Legend, Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood, King's Salems' Lot, Rice's Interview With the Vampire, Strieber's The Hunger, McCammon's They Thirst, and Lumley's Necroscope series (there, you've got my fave/top Vamp books) - I include this saucy, degenerate, nasty, thoroughly engrossing page turner as one of the pivotal moments in modern vampire lore. Garton's work leaps off the page and goes for the jugular - a nest of sexy vampires in the peepshow parlors o ...more
Alondra
Jul 29, 2016 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vamp-lovers
3.5 Stars

Vampires. Really nasty ones. I love my vampires vile, ugly, pretty, violent, crazy,...but never sparkly. Ever. You know; because they're dead.

Weak, but lovable boy gets bit by hot vampire chick and tries to fight the hunger. He gets others killed and/or bit in the process; so the love just spreads.... ya know? Anti-climactic end scenario; I mean I saw it coming. No surprise. This was still a fun ride; and I recommend vampire addicts to read it.

DJMikeG
May 07, 2011 DJMikeG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book by Ray Garton that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Its a highly original take on the vampire mythos and would make a great companion piece to John Skipp and Craig Spector's "The Light At the End". Of course, the reimagining of vampires is old hat in 2011, but I imagine that this book was quite mindblowing when it was originally published in 1987. It definitely holds up today, as Garton throws some truly bizarre things into the mix that I haven't heard of anywhere els ...more
Mark
Sep 09, 2009 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, old-school
First published in 1987, this is instantly recognisable as an 80s horror novel - sleek vampires (still seedy and not overly goth-sad), fairly explicit sex. the squalor of New York and Times Square and, of course, lashings of gore. For the most part, it’s a fun, quick read, though the pace does lag somewhat in the middle sections and occasionally the characterisation could be better - “Hey, Jackie, oh, bye, Jackie”. It’s nothing earth-shattering but as an enjoyable dose of old-school horror, it’s ...more
Wendy
Apr 03, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great horror read. I read this in one day since I did not want to put it down once I started. Wonderfully dark and interesting take on modern day vampires. The characters were well developed and the story was great. Just the right amount of horror to make it interesting but not go over the top. Can not wait to get into the sequel 'Night Life'.
Bandit
Mar 22, 2011 Bandit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First experience with Garton and what a pleasant one. This book was great, exactly the kind of visceral, bloody, violent, crazy ride that vampire fiction should be but keeps forgetting to be or getting confused and watered down by sparkly vampires. Alternatively, this was a clever metaphor for how dangerous random sex was in the 1980s in NY. Either way a great read. Highly recommended.
Joel
May 21, 2013 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ultra-pulpy and lurid blast of 80s splatterpunk. Great fun, with some jaw-dropping set pieces, executed with gusto. On the minus side, the characterization is somewhat thin and the NYC milieu doesn't always quite convince (it feels as if it were written by a tourist).
Rebecca McNutt
I don't know... frankly I didn't enjoy reading about Davey the perv and his world of "live girls", and although I like horror novels I didn't find this one very scary.
Melissa ownsbey
Apr 21, 2012 Melissa ownsbey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book was good i have reads any else by you though cause every where i go they dont have any of yopur books
i bought this book a bookstore i did not win this book on good reads
Anachronist
Synopsis:

Something is rotten in the city of New York. People are found dead but their blood is missing. Dead corpses disappear from mortuaries. Ordinary, decent men keep returning to a certain seedy sex peep-show called Live Girls. The police know nothing and do even less.
When Walter Benedek, a respectable, middle-aged reporter working for the New York Times, finds his sister and niece dead his world falls apart. He decides to spend the rest of his holiday looking for their potential murderer –
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Issam
Nov 03, 2016 Issam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, crime, vampires
This book got me out of my reading slump! It's exactly what I expect a good vampire story to be: sexy, gory, gruesome, with a few nods to Stoker's classic. I was surprised to learn that this was written in the '80s, because aside from the occasional mention of a pay phone, it did not feel dated in any way.

The ending was a bit abrupt, but otherwise I still enjoyed it, and thought it was worth the read.
Eggp
Davey's a sad sack
gets dick chomped by a vampire
goes begging for more.
Nathan Robinson
Jul 17, 2012 Nathan Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Live Girls by Ray Garton
If I say Vampire Strippers to you, immediately you’ll think of From Dusk til Dawn, But Garton originally released Live Girls in 1987 a decade before Dawn. So he gets the point for originality on this one, plus the similarities end there.
Something’s rotten in New York City; our hero Davey finds himself dumped and fired in the same week, seeking happiness and gratification in the wrong part of town he finds himself stood with his precious danglies hanging through a glory ho
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Christian
Dec 16, 2016 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carlos
Nov 11, 2012 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
"Live Girls" una agradable sorpresa descubierta en mi añoranza de R. Laymon.

En "Live Girls" Ray Garton nos cuenta sobre un mundo alternativo y nocturno alojado en el corazón de Nueva York.

Mediante los ojos de Davey Owen, un ayudante en una editorial especializada en lo escandaloso y 'amarillo', conocemos "Live Girls" oscuro centro de entretenimiento donde hermosas mujeres bailan y brindan favores sexuales a los clientes a cambio de algo más que dinero. A causa del fracaso romántico, la frustraci
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Adam Wilson
Live Girls was one of those books in horror that everyone seems to love so I go into it thinking that I will love it too and being disappointed when I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t anything special for me. Some creepy scenes (vampire teeth marks on a penis is pretty brutal stuff) but for the most part I was glad that it wasn’t that long. Maybe I just have the Twilight syndrome where I just can’t take vampires seriously anymore, but I can’t say for certain because I rea ...more
Kevin
Oct 10, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
LIVE GIRLS

Live Girls was the first Ray Garton book I read. Friends who gave the book rave reviews recommended it to me. I must admit I enjoyed the book also.

Ray Gartons writing style is simple and to the point. His writing reminds me a bit of the Richard Laymon technique: Straightforward, tell the story, and keep the reader turning pages. You will not find colorful prose nor in-depth extremely fleshed out characters. What you will find is a fast paced story with just enough color and pop to ke
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Beth
Dec 22, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, well-written vampire novel that I enjoyed quite a bit.

The premise is that a Times Square peepshow is a nest of sexy undead bloodsuckers. Sad sack Davey Owen ends up in the club and is captivated by the talented Anya. As he slowly realizes what she is doing to him, he becomes determined to stop them. It's too late for him, but as vampires go, he's got a pretty good heart, and doesn't want his fate to befall others. Bonus points for a character named Beth! Unfortunately, she's a p
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Beth
Jan 17, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, well-written vampire novel that I enjoyed quite a bit.

The premise is that a Times Square peepshow is a nest of sexy undead bloodsuckers. Sad sack Davey Owen ends up in the club and is captivated by the talented Anya. As he slowly realizes what she is doing to him, he becomes determined to stop them. It's too late for him, but as vampires go, he's got a pretty good heart, and doesn't want his fate to befall others. Bonus points for a character named Beth! Unfortunately, she's a p
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La Stamberga dei Lettori
Il protagonista del romanzo è il trentenne Dawey Owen, che attraversa un periodo di depressione per problemi sul lavoro e motivi sentimentali. Il suo difetto più grande è la debolezza di carattere, tant'è che si lascia convincere a entrare nel tenebroso locale a luci rosse "Live Girls" più per tendenza all'autodistruzione che per vero desiderio sessuale.
Qui incontra una bellissima donna da cui viene trasformato in vampiro. Spinto dalla sete di sangue che consegue alla sua nuova natura, si accani
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Michael
I read about half this book then returned it. Here is why: horror is immature. This book was written in 1987, back when horror fiction was all the rage and I was deeply, deeply invested in reading as much as of it as I could. I don't know how many horror novels and short stories I read while I was in high school, college, and my early years in the military. Hundreds? Probably. I couldn't get enough of it! I loved it!
Live Girls is a perfect example of 1980s horror. It has sex, blood, vampires, a
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Matt Manochio
May 17, 2014 Matt Manochio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Is "daringly original" too cliched? Probably. But Live Girls is that, and it's why the book still is talked about and recommended some 27 years after it was published in the late 1980s, when Times Square was a seedy den of strip and porn joints. I won't recap the plot or story other than to say that the scene involving the flawed hero, Davey, entering the Live Girls' booth for the first time made me extremely uncomfortable (I must be a prude), but also made me appreciate Ray Garton's ability to ...more
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Ray Garton is the author of several books, including horror novels such as LIVE GIRLS (which has a movie in the works), CRUCIFAX, E4 AUTUMN, and THE FOLKS; thrillers like TRADE SECRETS and SHACKLED; and numerous short stories and novellas. He's also written a number of movie and television tie-ins for young readers. He lives with his wife, Dawn, in California.
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