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3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  909 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King.

When he was in high school Tony Johnson locked school beauty Linda Allison in a haunted house for the night. Now he has moved to Hollywood, determined to break into horror movies, and he's forgotten all about her. But Linda is a girl with vengeance in her heart - and she certainly hasn't forgotten him...
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 13th 1994 by Feature (first published 1984)
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Edward Lorn
Mar 01, 2016 Edward Lorn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of bad porn with low expectations.
Night Show was one of the only Laymon novels I had not read. That is no longer the case. Unfortunately, I'm left with a feeling that I should have ignored this one when I saw it on NetGalley. Alas, I requested a copy for review, and was provided one. So here we go...

This book isn't very good. In fact, it's probably down there in the bottom five of Laymon's work. I am and always will be a huge fan of Dick's (may he rest in peace), but like every prolific author in existence, he produced several s
Aug 08, 2016 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Night Show” is a re-read of a book I originally read back in 1987, as I recall the book was published by “Tor” as a paperback that I had purchased at a Target along with some camping supplies. As far as I recall the book had never been released as a hardcover and now, wowwie zaowie, here is a spiffy deluxe one with additional material that includes story notes by author Richard Laymon, and introduction by Ed Lee.

Though perhaps, all in all, not one of Mr. Laymon’s best book, it was great to take
Mar 15, 2016 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, samhain
THE NIGHT SHOW, by Richard Laymon is not one of his more "over the top" books in terms of gratuitous gore and rape scenes. That's not to say that there wasn't any--just not as much as fans of his are accustomed to seeing.

The story itself was very straightforward--two separate plot lines, but each ultimately linked by a common factor. The main part of the story concerns Dani Larson--a woman who makes gory special effects for movies, and a star-struck admirer, Tony, who decides he belongs alongsid
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Dani makes her living doing horror movie special effects, she's an expert in scaring an audience but ends up on the receiving end of unwanted attention from someone who calls himself the Chill Master. Is he a misguided young man or something more sinister?

I've apparently already read this book in a much earlier edition but I couldn't remember anything about the story so it was great to read someth
Bob Milne
While it is still a decent horror read, Night Show is a rather average, middle-of-the-stacks title from Richard Laymon that does nothing to showcase the man's true splatterpunk madness.

The novel's best scenes are dumped in opening chapter, which sees beautiful young Linda abducted by a carload of teenage punks and left tied up inside the haunted Freeman house, where she is all-too briefly terrorized. There's so much potential here, both in the house and in Linda's slow-burning desire for revenge
Michael Fierce
Jul 21, 2014 Michael Fierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Splatterpunk, 80's Horror movies and early Stephen King
3 1/2 stars rounded up because, though the subject matter & plot were not as intriguing as other books I've read of his, Richard Laymon is a Master storyteller of Horror, and I couldn't put this down until I finished.
The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft
Review of NIGHT SHOW by Richard Laymon

The more I read of this exceptional author, the more I find to love. NIGHT SHOW is a bifurcated story line, one taking place in New York State, the other in Hollywood, then eventually merging (horrifically, of course). In New York State, a high school girl is abducted and terrorized, escaping only to be hit by a vehicle and collapse into a coma. When she recovers, she has only one purpose, only one mission.

In Hollywood, an up-and-coming special effects desig
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have only read a few of Mr. Laymon’s novels, in fact this is the third. I found this one to be lacking compared to The Vampire Show and Amara. What The Vampire Show had, interesting and intriguing subplots, and Amara which had several twisted and convoluting plots intertwined, Late Show just lacks. Without these, there is only sex in Mr. Laymon’s books, which would be ok, but even these wer
Feb 22, 2012 Bandit rated it really liked it
Classic Laymon, albeit considerably less sexually deviant as some of his work. No rape for one thing. No bestiality. Both leads are fairly capable females. I loved the fact that it has to do with horror movies. Still plenty of T & A and horny teenagers and scares, but relatively tame comparing to some of Laymon's work. Entertaining and very quick read and glorious Steve Crisp's cover, which makes UK published Laymon books such a treat. Definitely recommended.
Keith Chawgo
A Story told in two parts. This is a second reprint of the 1994 horror novel by Richard Laymon. First published by Headline Features and described as thus:

High-school prankster Tony Johnson kidnapped school beauty Linda Allison and locked her in a haunted house for the night. Linda didn't see the funny side. Now Tony is in Hollywood and has forgotten all about Linda. But she certainly hasn't forgotten him.

Now it has been made available by Samhain Publishing for a release date of 17 May 2016. The
Mar 11, 2016 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I miss Richard Laymon...

NIGHT SHOW was first published in 1984. I read it back then (and thought I was so cool to be reading this cutting-edge fiction) and just read it again. Layton was known for his outrageous, bloody, gutty, balls to the wall stories. This one is actually kind of mild compared to some of his others - QUAKE comes to mind.

There's a couple of storylines in this tale, one about Linda, a teenage girl that gets locked in a haunted house and gets the piss scared out of her, then rus
May 30, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Show is, in typical Laymon fashion, a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish. The tale follows Dani, known in the movie biz as the Queen of Horror Movie Special Effects, as she is relentlessly stalked by a disturbed superfan who calls himself the Chill Master. His enthusiasm for scaring movie audiences seems creepy yet innocent enough at first until the Chill Master keeps showing up to Dani's house at the most opportune times. Will Dani be the Chill Master's next victim? Not as brutally ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Trace rated it it was ok
Hmmm not sure why I keep bothering with Laymon other than the fact I want to keep up with reading a different book every few days and I enjoy a fast read sometimes that doesn't require much thought. This one was pretty lame to be honest. But nonetheless I definitely know what I am in for when reading Laymon so my own fault! Says a lot about myself actually that I keep reading his novels!!!
Aug 09, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
NIGHT SHOW reads like a made-for-TV thriller, like a mix between a TNT Original Movie and something you might stumble across on Cinemax late at night in your hotel room.
It's a guilty pleasure that caters to undiscerning consumers, men and women alike: Blood, guts, and old-school horror film references for the men; Harlequin-style sex and romance for the women.
The plot is about as basic as you can get: A woman is being followed by a stalker. Things escalate. The end. There is a brief additional
Dec 10, 2011 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

I must admit to being a huge Laymon fan and have physical copies of practically every one of his novels, so it won't be a surprise to anyone that I read this book many years ago. It is classic Laymon, although not one of his best. However, one thing which stood out for me was, despite this having been written many years ago, it still stands up as a decent horror novel. In true Laymon style,
Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
Review Excerpt: : I don’t feel that Night Show is one of Laymon’s better works. While I was initially drawn to it, by around the halfway point, I had no interest in continuing to read it. I wasn’t adverse to what I was reading; I just found it entirely too easy to walk away from and my attention was constantly being diverted as it seemed to settle into a rut of the same things happening in different form repeatedly.

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Mar 02, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick and creepy read.

One night a disturbed youth who gets off on scaring people decides it would be great fun to lock a girl in the local "haunted" house as a prank. Something goes wrong and now this girl is out for revenge.

Meanwhile this disturbed young man has moved on to stalking Dani, a horror movie special effects expert. He insinuates himself into her life with dire consequences.

A fun and suspenseful read.

I received an advance copy for review.
Sep 16, 2015 Meg rated it liked it
Fast paced little book. I read it for a day, but not the best Laymon book. I will keep reading his stuff cause he is still one of my favorite horror authors.
Aug 02, 2015 Patrizia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Rache ist süß
May 03, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Though I found it a bit slow in the beginning, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it :)
Jeff Jellets
Jan 21, 2017 Jeff Jellets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror

“But that’s the whole point, Danielle. I want into your life. How did you like my surprise?”

Richard Laymon might just be my favorite horror writer. His stories – fright factory terrors heavy on the splatter, sex and psychos – remind me of all those B-grade horror flicks I rented (on VHS!) years and years ago – slightly sleazy little nightmares that Laymon manages to make into bloody little gems. So … one of my silly little reading goals of 2017 is to savor as many of Laymon’s books as I can – re
Ben Boulden
Mar 03, 2017 Ben Boulden rated it really liked it
An early Richard Laymon novel, NIGHT SHOW, has all the elements that make his work special. Likable, if poor decision making, characters, cinematic plotting, smooth prose, and a mixture of subtle humor and horror. Enjoyable and recommended.
Mar 04, 2017 Dave rated it it was ok
Too much bedroom stuff and introspection padding the book out .
Gordon Mcghie
Mar 17, 2016 Gordon Mcghie rated it liked it
Back when I was a teen (many years ago) I discovered I enjoyed horror stories. This came as a bit of a shock to me as I really do not like horror films so making the decision at age 13 to read a collection of ghost stories was a pretty big deal to me at the time. Hooked from that point on!

Having whet my appetite with some Stephen King and James Herbert books I stumbled upon the works of Richard Laymon. These were stories I could get into very easily and the plots were sufficiently nasty that the
Oct 12, 2015 Marina rated it really liked it
hell, yeah that was somewhat scary! and also, this book makes THE perfect horror/splatter movie!


I think the description of the book is a bit misleading, because, as it turns out, Linda is not as important as one might think. I expected her story, how she prepares for her revenge. I also expected more details of the night when she was locked up in that house, because I thought that something 'scarier' would happen.
BUT, the story turned out really interesting even though it wasn't as e
Digital Book Freak
Review rating: 5 Gory Stars!

Thank you to Samhain Publishing via Netgalley, for providing me with a free copy of Night Show by author, Richard Laymon, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat'.
Stephen King


So we went camping last weekend and as my husband lit the fire, and the sea mist gradually made its appearance, I realized that I still have this little gem on my Kindle to read! What is more satisfying than sitting next to a campfire, having a gl
Jun 20, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: woah-man
One of the leanest Laymon novels I've ever read. Definitely not the prime rib with all the trimmings - no, sir, 'Night Show' is that sirloin choice cut. A little weirdness here and there, the sleazy glazed potatoes on the side and some of that Laymon gorgonzola on the house salad. Straightforward revenge story mixed up with some romance novel erotica and a solid dash of melodrama. A lot of people tend to define Mr. Laymon's work as 'splatter punk'. I honestly have no idea what that means. To me, ...more
Jul 06, 2008 OutlawPoet rated it really liked it
Dick Laymon was a horror God. If this is your first Laymon read, I envy you the experience. And if you’re already a fan, then you know what you’re in for.

Night Show is classic Laymon. There’s no slow build up to the action. You are immediately thrown into a blast of a read with characters who are just *wrong* in a freak show sort of way, hard and fast horror, and bouncing breasts straight out of a teen scream slasher fic.

Night Show is especially fun as it adds some Hollywood FX into the mix, a s
Debby P.
Mar 09, 2016 Debby P. rated it it was ok
When I read the synopsis of Night Show I loved the premise and the first couple of chapters lived up to my expectations, however it was all downhill from there. Night Show read like the bad B-movies that played at the drive-in when I was a teenager, the ones you watched the first 15 mins. of and spent the rest of the movie making out. The "psychopath" had the mentality of a 13 yr. old with some of the skills of a cat burglar, he was just sad. I skipped the gratuitous sex scenes between Dani and ...more
Mar 13, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, horror
Tony liked to play nasty tricks on people at school and his prank led to Linda being badly hurt. But Tony has moved on and is trying to get the job of his dreams working for the Queen of special effects in Hollywood, by using his tricks to scare her as well. Linda hasn't forgotten Tony though, and is plotting her revenge against him.

This was a decent read. You hated Tony and his nasty friends and I loved the way Linda started to get her revenge on those who had wronged her! I was cheering her on
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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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