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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  1,867 ratings  ·  76 reviews
No one in town has ever seen anything like it; a slimy, mobile tube of glistening yellow flesh with dull, staring eyes and an obscene, probing mouth. But the real horror is not what it looks like, or what it does when it invades your flesh - but what it makes you do to others.
Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Jun 13, 2012 Steve rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: College kids living in dorms
Recommended to Steve by: John Carpenter
Shelves: fiction, horror, laymon
Ah, Laymon. I'm really torn as to how to rate this. I tend to rate within genre. So, as a successful Horror read, I'm thinking 3 1/2 to 4 stars. As I've said before, when it comes to Laymon, I feel I'm reading one of the most (gleefully) manipulative writers I've ever encountered. If you're a fan of cheesy 70s & 80s horror flicks, then Laymon is your man. He is the perfect distillation of what those movies were trying to achieve (and, let's face it, where few succeeded). Laymon's novels are ...more
I have to say that this book turned out way better than I imagined. I guess I thought it would be about random, multiple ppl getting infected and doing crazy things; much like Herbert's The fog...idk, I might have the title wrong. Anyway, thought it might be like that, but I was wrong. The characters were really like able and everything connected really well. And we were dealing with only one creature feature. The ideas that went into the book were really neat and I didn't care to know much abou ...more
Flesh is one of the most enjoyable Laymon novels I've read to date. Fast-paced, gory, bizarre, and one of the few tales in which a creature--a slimy mobile tube of glistening yellow flesh--is doing the killing as opposed to a random psychotic. This one ranks right up there with Beast House on the scale of creepy good times!

Page one starts the action when a coed is nearly run over while bicycling in what appears to be a hit-and-run style `accident' in a remote area of Weber Creek. The van speeds
I had heard of Richard Laymon for many years, yet somehow I've always managed to not read his work until about a year ago. I started with his first book, The Cellar, then read The Beast House. Flesh is my third Laymon novel, and it leaves me impressed.

What I like about Flesh is the writing. There's no attempt at any flashy poetics. It's all very straight forward with little to no errors. Laymon was a writer who knew his strengths and limitations and wrote well within. I also love his characters
Jim Barton
I am big Laymon fan but I was sorely disappointed with this one. There is a lot for Laymon lovers here with his particular style of mixing of sexual tension and gore. Many of characters, especially the co-eds, were particularly well done but some of the plot points needed to be developed more (or ha-ha 'fleshed' out).

This idea of a parasitic worm that can burrow into a body and take control of its hosts is interesting, although not entirely original. I want a scientist dissecting this worm and g
Adam Light
Definitely not my favorite Laymon title, but this was a fun and wicked little creature feature with plenty of the author's trademarks on display. There were a lot of horny characters but none of the graphic sex that you will usually find in a Laymon novel. Worth the read but one I would probably not read again.
First published back in 1987, Richard Laymon’s splatterpunk novel ‘Flesh’ followed on from an already extensive list of horror novels by this very talented and productive author. The novel received the name of ‘Best Horror Novel of 1988’ by the Science Fiction Chronicle, and was later nominated alongside ‘Funland’ for the Bram Stoker Award.

Set in the small student-heavy town of Clinton within the US, the usually quiet location is disturbed when a seemingly deranged manic purposefully attempts to
My girlfriend has been trying to get me to read Richard Laymon for a while now so she lent me this book. I was excited to read it because I read a Stephen King recently and really enjoyed that and Richard Laymon has been compared to him.

Not really similar.

As far as the plot goes, this book was pretty entertaining. I loved this parasite that forced people to eat other people. What I didn't like was the "erotic" aspect of this book. I really don't think men were meant to write erotic fiction. Comp
Richard Laymon yet again pulls out all the stops and creates a rip roaring thriller that will leave you turning the pages and reading feverishly into the night. I recommend reading this book before you know what its about, (don't read the summary on the back cover), because the events unfold very unpredictably. If you have never read anything by Laymon, this would be a great place to start, and if you are a fan, this is a must read. The book's only fault would be that it spends a little too much ...more
This is a book I'll forget about in a few months. Not one of Laymon's best, that's for sure.

A snake-like creature crawls into people and settles at the base of their brain, sending pulses of pleasure whenever the host makes a kill. One thing going for Flesh is that the characters are memorable as far as horror novels go and I loved the playfulness between the two sets of roommates and the insults hurled back and forth between them. It seemed like something real college kids would do.

The plot and
A good bit of old school horror fun. Lots of violence, sex and cheesy writing. A good quick read for the ride to work but not something that needs any form of literary analysis.

I think the only annoying thing about this book is that the word "Breasts" mush have been mentioned at least 1000 times throughout the book. The author must be a fan of those (as am I) :) Although the constant mention of them straining to fit in a top, how they poke out of the top of a sweater, how you can see them throug
‘Flesh’ is about a mysterious snake-like creature which invades people’s bodies and controls them, making them attack and subsequently eat other people.

This book features Laymon’s typical components – plenty of gore, horny characters and sexual elements. However, the detailed descriptions of gore are not quite off-putting as they are over-the-top hence it is hard to really take them seriously. Basically the story is quite light despite the dark and dangerous situations that several characters f
Ekel Adolf
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Zack Olson
As is the case with most of--if not all--of Richard Laymon's novels, this is a silly little horror story with a cast of goofy characters. Don't get me wrong, the book is amusing enough, but it's a throw-away. Saying something like that about Richard Laymon's work isn't really criticism though, since the man never set out to write anything more than fluff. If you're looking for some pure escapism that's big on over-the-top sexual tension and will give you a few chuckles, then go for it.
Flesh is an Invasion of the Body Snatchers type book, but with more gore, violence, and horny college kids. It's everything you could want from a Laymon novel, really, but while I liked this book (it certainly kept me turning the pages) there are other Laymon novels I like much better: The Woods are Dark (restored edition), The Cellar, and Resurrection Dreams. I doubt I will ever find a horror novel I liked as much as Resurrection Dreams, but I'll keep trying.

About Flesh, the thing that really
I enjoyed this horror by Laymon. It reminded me somewhat if Aliens or zombie eaters. And unlike some of the reviews I read, I enjoyed the story/set up of Alice and Evan. There was sufficient gore and creepiness for my liking!
Fernando Pombeiro
Really silly story with annoying one dimensional characters who you don't care about. Snoozer. Skip this one.
Stuart Keane
Back in the day, this was my first step into adult horror. Since then, I hold this book responsible for creating the author within me, for making me want to become a writer. I was seven at the time.

The book has a simple premise. A wormlike creature attacks the inhabitants of a nearby community in order to feed. Praying on the fear of readers with the "what we can't see is terrifying" idea, this works a treat in one of the few Laymon books to be nominated for a literary award.

When I first read t
adrienne price
Mediocre Laymon

I've read all of Laymon's books and am a die hard horror fan but this was a disappointment. Although the book had it's moments, it never truly had me. I measure the worth of a story on how long it takes me to finish. If I fly through it, it's because the story is so good I'm at it's mercy, feverishly turning pages to find out what's going on. If it takes me awhile then I'm reading to just finish and that was the case with Flesh. Again, it had it's moments and I'll continue to read
Just can't seem to get enough of Mr Laymon at the moment. This is a classic creature-feature type story. A sickly yellow worm burrows into people turning them into obedient, horny killers. It's like the very best of the B-movies, but in novel form. Anyone that's read any Richard Laymon at all won't be surprised at the many and varied ways he finds to divest each young lady of her clothes, and I think I've probably mentioned before the fun little game you can have looking out for 'red gym shorts ...more
Richard Laymon is and always will be a guilty pleasure for me. Lots of gore, mindless violence, gratuitous sex(though Flesh was a little more chaste than most, although its a matter of degree)are common in his books. yet they always manage to keep me turning pages, eager to see what comes next.

Flesh is a good horror novel. It starts with an attempted murder. A man has inexplicably tried to run down a young woman who was innocently riding her bike. The truck crashes and the man is killed, but a p
Richard Laymon is and always will be a guilty pleasure for me. Lots of gore, mindless violence, gratuitous sex (though Flesh was a little more chaste than most, although its a matter of degree)are common in his books. yet they always manage to keep me turning pages, eager to see what comes next.

Flesh is a good horror novel. It starts with an attempted murder. A man has inexplicably tried to run down a young woman who was innocently riding her bike. The truck crashes and the man is killed, but a
This has been a great year for re-issues of horror classics: Douglas Clegg's Neverland, John Skipp and Craig Spector's The Bridge, and now Richard Laymon's novel Flesh. Richard Laymon sadly died too early, but his list of published novels is long, with almost 30 novels to his name.

I have not read Laymon as deeply as I have meant to. I read The Stake when I was younger and loved it. I read Savage a few years back and thought it was masterful. Flesh, although nominated for the Bram Stoker award,
Alex Telander
Posted with permission from the Sacramento Book Review

Welcome to an idyllic American town where life seems simple, except for those who try to make it something else. Then Eddie, driving along in his van, attempts to run down a high school girl innocently riding her bike. She throws herself off the road, saving her life, while Eddie crashes, burns and dies. Meanwhile the evil thing escapes from Eddie’s body in search of new hosts. It needs a new live body to feed and become stronger. The town wi
Patrick Hayes
I'm not a fan of Mr. Laymon's works, but this one is a bit better than usual. There is still a lot of violence and gore, though the body count is in the single digits, and the sex, though graphic and deviant at times, is not as far fetched as his other outings have been. That said, the premise is very close to the movie 'Slither', in that a parasitic worm enters someone turning them into a cannibalistic monster. The female protagonist, though a college student, is not an idiot, tramp, gun toting ...more
'"So we're talking here," Jake said, "about a snake-like creature that burrows into a person, takes control of his mind, and compels him to eat human flesh. That IS what we're talking about here, right?"'
Right! Good old Richard Laymon. A nasty little book that I couldn't put down. I've read a couple of his before so couldn't resist this one when I read the back and it mentioned "a slimy, mobile tube of glistening yellow flesh with dull, staring eyes and an obscene, probing mouth." OoOoOoOoh! Alt
Ich besitze eine ganze Sammlung von Richard-Laymon-Werken und kann deshalb behaupten, dass dieses Buch, auch wenn die Geschichte absolut klasse ist, nicht gerade in seiner mir bekannten typisch-brutalen Art geschrieben ist. Dieses Buch zählt zu den harmloseren seiner Werke. Dies tut der Spannung und dem Lesegenuss aber dennoch keinen Abbruch. Absolut, wie all seine Bücher, empfehlenswert.
This is a pretty enjoyable book. Of course, it's got Laymon's trademarks; sex and gore. But it's actually a pretty interesting story, if a tad predictable towards the end. Fans of Richard Laymon's other work will not be disappointed, but it won't be changing anyone else's mind about him.
"Flesh" is a great read for those who love zombie stories but need a break from the undead. As usual, I enjoyed Richard Laymon's writing. He has a way of giving the prospective of all the main characters, in a single chapter, without jumbling the plot. Similar to all of Laymon's other novels, it's sexy without being sexual. At one point I had to put my Nook down, take a breather from the story. It's thrilling a creepy way. Like Saw minus the cheesiness. Jake and Alison were very likable protagon ...more
Tony Strong
What can I say. I've read most of Laymon's books and this is a typical Laymon. Not exactly literature, and I'm sure it would never have won the Booker prize, but it's a fun romp none the less! Take it for what it is and you'll have a good time!
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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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