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4.62 of 5 stars 4.62  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Deadline Pr
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John
This book is great for die-hard Laymon fans.
But for everyone else...not so much.
Speaking personally, I've only read one other Laymon book (COME OUT TONIGHT), and it was just OK.
Nothing special.
Laymon's books feel like they were written in a hurry. (Turns out that's exactly the case.)
His tendency to overuse one sentence paragraphs gets on my nerves after a while.
Especially, when it comes to non-fiction.
Dude, seriously.
You don't have to emphasize everything.
Also, not being a "gore-hound," I think
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Mark
Part memoir, part writing tips, part overview of the genre, this is worthwhile read and very much recommended.
Varun
Comparisons to Stephen king's On Writing seem apt,but we must consider that this book came much earlier in print than the King book.This is one of the best books Laymon has ever written.after reading 3 of his short stories in the ebook format,I was a tad disappointed that the man did not live up to his reputation as the father of the Splatterpunk genre.I decided to check out his non fiction book,hence to know about his views on writing.I thought Laymon to be a hack like the genre's other writers ...more
Phil Zimmerman
I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this unique book. I sincerely hope it is reissued at some time in the future. This book is half biography and half criticism of the publishing industry.

The biography part is excellent. Laymon takes the opportunity to write briefly about everything he has published, from his novels and short stories, to his childrens books, romance novels, and the one western. Inevitably, after reading this book, you will have some obscure works to seek out.

The publishin
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David Tabacco
This is a masterpiece. It's the type of book you want to re-read every year because there are so many nuggets of wisdom that you'll want to revisit. In some ways, this book is the exact opposite of his novels - it's not throw-away escapism, but rather a form of valuable personal development.

I'm not an author, not do I aspire to be, but Laymon's advice can benefit any type of creative endeavor. In addition to his overall views on writing, publishing and war stories from his early career, you'll
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Pussycat
I love it and I own a copy!
Pat Dreadful
One part autobiography and one part field guide- this is the most inspirational book on writing that I have ever read. Laymon is honest and funny as he encourages the readers to get out there and pursue their dreams.
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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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