The Funland Amusement Park provides more fear than fun these days. A vicious pack known as the Trolls are preying on anyone foolish enough to be alone at night. Folks in the area blame them for the recent mysterious disappearances, and a gang of local teenagers has decided to fight back. But nothing is ever what it seems in an amusement park. Behind the garish paint and br...more
No, no, no, no...bad Laymon. Baaaaaad. Okay, this isn't the worst book I've ever read, but for a Laymon book, it's distinctly horrible, in extremely bad taste, and too dull in too many sections to give it that zap! and zing! I've come to expect from him.
The late Richard Laymon is always my go-to guy for a pulpy, sometimes sleazy, never politically correct but always satisfying horror romp. There's just something so delightfully wicked and deranged about his straightforward, shoot from the hip, ...more
I probably would have upped my rating on this one to a 5 if not for the laggier sections and an odd loose thread in the story that Laymon could have tied up with a single scene or even just a short paragraph. It wasn't anything major, and it didn't keep me from enjoyi ...more
You really can understand the attitude of the trollers as these 'trolls' are vicious, offensive and violent, caus ...more
Funland is no exception. The story clips along quite briskly for the first 400 pages, keeping you intrigued and getting you involving you in the (somewhat messed up) lives of the characters. Then from around page 420, it explodes into the most bizarre, nasty, bl ...more
I am glad I did keep with it. The book started to come alive after its slow start. I started to get a real feel for the locatio ...more
After reading "Funland", I'll certainly get around to "The Stake" sometime soon, but maybe not right this minute.
"Funland" isn't particularly creepy, but the story is solid, about a group of kids who hang out on the boardwalk at night, in a California beach town, and attack "trolls," the homeless denizens of the boardwalk ...more
Yet still, Laymon knows how to structure an exciting story (admirable considering nothing really happens for 400 pages) and keep you engaged. The ludicrous characters all somehow come ...more
The problem I had with this one is just that the story itself, while certainly a page-turner, was not very good (although I must admit that the fun-house scenes were pretty creepy). As a fan of Laymon, I must say that this is not an example of his best work, though folks who enjoy his in-your-face style of horror shoul ...more
This time I stuck it out for the first few chapters, but by chapter 3 I was hooked. I will say this is very era specific to the 80's the pulp raunchiness, the graphic violence seemingly out of nowhere. I was overall ...more
I love that the story is based around a gang of kids, it reminded me of my own younger life. Mischief and mayhem.
The trolls of course are not nice, make you're skin crawl. You can see yourself in the position of the characters - at night, walking on t ...more
He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen, ...more