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Resurrection Dreams

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  1,023 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A man discovers he has the ability to bring people back from the dead, and he's determined to work his magic on the girl of his dreams--but first he'll have to kill her.
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Published March 1st 2005 by Leisure Books (first published September 15th 1988)
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Michael Fierce
Jul 16, 2014 Michael Fierce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any and ALL Zombie fans


Resurrection Dreams is the funniest most fun best book I ever read that helped add to the growing, gnawing, bone-crunching, lipsmacking interest in zombies that, by this point, has swept nearly everyone up into an uncontrollable off the heezy zombie frenzy, that forever changed the world we know, leaving in its' wake a land of apocalyptic death, ruin, and destruction. A world that will never be the same. EVER AGAIN.

And I've been thanking this book ever since!

And all the cool George Romero zombi...more
Adam Light
This was okay, but not one of the breast Laymon books I have ever read. Oh geez, I have to watch that, its just that sometimes I accidentally slip one in like that.
Melvin is the poster boy for goofy villains. He has two obsessions; Vicki, the only girl that was ever nice to him in high school (the lesson there is never be nice to the weird guy), and bringing people back from the dead.
Both of these fetishes are going to cause an undue amount of grief for a lot of people, but Melvin could honestly...more
Written in 1988 this book starts off sounding unlike Laymon in many ways but by the time I got sucked into it I appreciated the book for what it was. Published after his untimely death in 2001 the story came out without his final editing but still a good read, especially for the die hard fans. This is certainly not his best book but I enjoyed it, the suspense kept on building up and made me twist in my seat, wondering what is going to happen next.

After finishing medical school Vicki Chandler com...more
MK (Food actvist)
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Hmm...I don't know how I feel about this one, my fifth Richard Laymon book. It's like one of those USA Up All Night movies (hosted by Gilbert Godfrey), mixed with Weeked At Bernie's, a little Porky's, and maybe even a dash of Peter Jackson's Braindead. In a paperback. Yeeesh, I want to like it, I really do! It starts out great, has some gnarly dream sequences, some knee slapping scenes, and even a fairly interesting premise. But, then he doesn't really do anything with the premise. Our antagonis...more
When you read a Laymon novel, you know what you're getting into
and this novel certainly is in keeping with that. Vicki Chandler returns home to Ellsworth after finishing medical school, even has a job lined up at the local doctor's clinic, but doesn't look forward to seeing Melvin Dobbs again. You see, Melvin owns and operates the town gas station and garage. But he's also known for his crazy high school stunt, when Vicki went to school with him, in which he'd attempted to resurrect a dead cheer...more
Nov 19, 2013 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, suspence, zombie fans
Recommended to Angie by: it was a buddy read on horror aficionados
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This was what I now expect from a Richard laymon novel, a good story, that's got all the crazy you need and to have him still obsessed with nipples and asses!

Melvin is the town physco who wants to bring people back from the dead beginning in his senior year with the dug up corpse of a cheerleader classmate. It doesn't work, he ends up hospitalized for a few years, before being released back to his town.

Vicky, the girl he is obsessed with, is also back in town after training to be a doctor. Thin...more
This is my second and final Richard Laymon novel. After reading and eviscerating "The Cellar," still possibly the worst horror novel I've ever read, I swore off of Laymon's books. Later, I figured that, seeing as it was his first novel, I owed Laymon another try. Some of my favorite writers (i.e. Brian Keene) cite him as a major influence and, let's face facts, first novels aren't always the best indicator of one's talent. I struggled through "Resurrection Dreams." The characters still aren't ch...more
I do like Laymon. He's definitely one to file under 'guilty pleasures' but I like him nonethless. Much of this is his usual fare but rather than being filled with a desire to be outright vile, it's written with a sort of impish glee.

My only realy complaint (aside from the frequency with which characters herein either change clothes or shower) is the ending: it's truly awful. I've come to terms with the fact that most endings are at the very least unsatisying, often worse. But this? Was he near a...more
I keep hoping that I’ll find a Richard Laymon novel that truly impresses me – but it hasn’t happened yet. Certainly, Laymon was a most competent horror writer, but his work just seems to lack that extra something that would make it vibrant and unforgettable. Resurrection Dreams is a case in point; one of several novels published after Laymon’s untimely death in 2001, it features a most predictable storyline with few surprises along the way, and the supernatural aspect upon which the crux of the...more
Ashley James
Love Laymon and loved this book, however this has a awful ending and I feel a bit cheated. Wish readers were given clarification as to what happened to Melvin inparticular. Feel a couple more chapters were need however that may be a sign of not wanting the book to end as i loved the rest of the book.
AS usual with Laymon, I found this book gorey, horrific and down right fun to read! Laymon's books are like watching a cheesy B horror flick; one of my all-time favorite pasttimes...yeah, you need a vivid imagination and a suspension of reality to get 'sucked in', but boy oh boy, is it worth it!
This book was so mortifiying that I could barely put it down. I loved it for that fact. Laymon is positively one of the most gruisome writters I have read.
Barks & Bites
This is an amusingly vile take on the back from the grave plot. Laymon takes twisted delight in creating Melvin, a junk food ingesting geek with an all consuming desire to bring back a woman from the dead. He uses old tomes with recipes/spells to bring the dead back to life but never truly believes it’ll work (we would’ve heard about on the news if were possible, wouldn’t we?!). Somehow his most recent *recipe* works and then the fun begins because he’s unprepared to deal with the consequences....more
Un libro interesante.
Con un estilo ameno, ágil y sin florituras, Richard Laymon nos explica una historia entretenida. Empieza de forma impactante, la trama baja un poco el nivel y de ritmo visto lo que apuntaba el inicio y el final vuelve a coger "punch" y acaba de forma trepidante y extrema.
Richard Laymon nos regala sus habituales escenas de violencia y sexo explícito en ciertos pasajes de la novela, aunque en mi opnión sin llegar a la aberraciones de su brutal Sangre en el Bosque. Está más com...more
Hailed as a king in the genre, I can guarantee this review will attract flamers and enough hate mail to make even Vanilla Ice feel good about his life, but someone has to say it and it might as well be me. As much as I respect and admire Richard Laymon, he has now become the Tupac Shakur of the writing world, and it’s beginning to show. Wait, put down those pitchforks and torches and let me explain.

After I put this book down, I realized that – much like second-hand smoke- the plot had sucked ye...more
Scott Rachui
Every October I find myself picking up a horror book or two in celebration of Halloween. This book represents the first of that genre for 2006. I had heard a lot about Richard Laymon and thought I'd give him a try. After reading Resurrection Dreams, I'll say that he writes fairly well, his stories are interesting and well-paced, and I have generally enjoyed his writing.

In this book, the main character is a very disturbed youngster in high school obsessed with the idea of resurrection from the de...more
Sarah Jordan
Melvin Dobbs hat sich für den Wissenschaftsbeitrag an der Highschool etwas ganz Besonderes einfallen lassen. Von seinen Mitschülern wurde er schon immer beäugt und als Sonderling dargestellt. Melvin hat es satt, ohne ersichtlichen Grund den Außenseiter zu spielen und möchte seine Gegenspieler schocken. Und zwar mit einer Wiederbelebungsmaschine. Als Testobjekt dient ihm eine kürzlich verstorbene Mitschülerin, die er selbst für das Projekt auf dem Friedhof wieder ausgegraben hat.
Als Melvin versu...more
Trevor Firetog
Out of all the Richard Laymon books I've read (and believe me, I have read quite a few) this one is the only one with an ending that I have truly enjoyed! There are NO spoilers here, I would just like to say that this ending gave me the satisfaction that I craved.

Other than that, while not my favorite Laymon book, it is right up there! The characters are enjoyable. It's bloody, and sexy, as you would expect from his books. And it has a concept that I actually enjoyed reading about.

The idea of re...more
Dec 29, 2007 Samantha rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror Fiction Fans
Shelves: miscellaneous
I picked up this book at a friend's house on Christmas Day when they were all watching movies that I wasn't in the mood to see. I got through the first 125 pages fairly quickly, then ignored it for about three days, then finished it in one sitting.

Why, then, if I couldn't seem to put it down, did I only give it two stars? Easy. For two simple reasons: there were too many eye-rolling moments and the ending (right before the last chapter/epilogue) was just too neat and convenient.

I'm not generally...more
One thing I can say for Laymon, he can be counted on to deliver if you are looking for sick & twisted.

Melvin Dobbs is the kind of guy that no one likes and everyone likes to pick on and for good reason. Melvin's obsession is to resurrect the dead. After a high school stunt to resurrect a dead cheerleader backfires, Melvin is sent away to an institution where he is 'cured' of his obsession, or so he says.

Vicki was the only girl in high school who ever stood up for Melvin. Now she is back in...more
Erin (Paperback Stash)
People praise Laymon like he is the messiah of Horror; so far my experiences with him have been hit and miss. I was sorely disappointed with Body Rides, madly in love and ready to give my virginity (if it existed any longer, that is) to Resurrection Dreams, but as for this one, I’m stuck smack dab in the middle. On the brink, but never quite getting there.

The plot is cheesy, childishly simple, and mainly predictable. Predictable, cheesy, simple plots can be enjoyed, of course, but one usually ex...more
Zombies were never as much fun as this! I am not, in general, a zombie fan... I find most of the movies to be amongst the worst in the horror genre, and the few times I have stumbled across zombies in books, I tend to roll my eyes. But Laymon has a real knack for horror, and made me really enjoy this entertaining and excitingly creepy zombie story. At first the villain, Melvin, seemed so sympathetic on account of his brutally bullied past, as the story continued, he really grew from bullied boy...more
Melvin Dobbs is a social outcast with dreams of bringing the dead back to life. Not to bring back lost loved ones, but rather to have servants that will obey him unconditionally. Vicki Chandler, was cordial to Melvin in high school and when she returns to town to pursue being a small town doctor, Melvin has grand plans for her.[return][return]Richard Laymon does not hesitate when it comes to writing horror fiction. If a highly disturbing image escapes his pen, it is not edited out. In fact, it m...more
William M.
Being one of my top 5 all-time authors, this Richard Laymon book isn't one of his better ones. In fact, it ranks among his worst... which is actually better than most other horror authors. However, the villain is not very interesting and the ending is very rushed. If you want classic Laymon that is currently available in stores, try IN THE DARK or ISLAND. The other thing that bothered me is the copy editing. This book has been re-released numerous times so there is no reason for all the spelling...more
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Wesley Thomas
Great book, as is expected from Laymon! But this one had some great twists, I found myself gasping out loud at some of the unexpected twists in the story. There was also a great deal of character work put into this book, you develop serious connections to the two main female characters, and other characters within the book. The tension building in this is also great, as if your watching a movie and are yelling at the screen 'run, run' or 'hurry, quick, he is catching up to you'. All in all a gre...more
Vicki always stood up for creepy Melvin-until the science fair where he tried to bring back to life the dead body of a girl he dug up.Now Vicki has moved back to her home town and is not exactly thrilled to see that Melvin is out on the streets.Melvin has perfected his resurrection skills and decides that Vicki is just what he wants for the next stage.
Not a great book.The story itself was interesting but I didn't find it a great read.I did give the book a second try but still didn't like it and...more
It pains me to write this but this has to be one of Laymons weakest novels. I'm not sure if it was the first book he had written or not. The lead character is awful and makes Bella Swan look like one of literatures most pro-active forward thinking heroines. There are tons of contrived plot points which are unblievable. However I'll give credit where credit is due. The last 50 or so pages of this book are bat shit crazy. Some typical Laymon mayhem which fans love but sadly it's too little too lat...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, and an MA from Loyola University. 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, Alfred Hitchcock, and Cavalier,...more
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