Beast House (Beast House Chronicles)
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Beast House (Beast House Chronicles #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  2,316 ratings  ·  83 reviews
The Beast House has become a museum of the most twisted and macabre kind. On display inside are wax figures of its victims, their bodies mangled and chewed, mutilated beyond recognition. The tourists who come to Beast House can only wonder what sort of terrifying creature could be responsible for such atrocities.

But some people are convinced Beast House is a hoax. Nora and...more
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published (first published February 19th 1984)
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After thoroughly enjoying "The Cellar" I couldn't wait to get my hands on its sequel and it was a good read but too short in my opinion. The one thing I adore about Laymon, other than the crazy scenarios and large amounts of cringing gore is the character development. He spend a lot of time making me believe in all the new and old characters in this story and then took the last hundred pages making me sweat because their lives were always in danger.

The Kutch house and The Beast house still stand...more
Time for another snack! I found this on the Friends of the Library bookshelf at Millwood when I picked up Deafening. (Now, having read it...) And what a terrible snack it was, like knowing you'll feel ill and vaguely guilty when you're done, but eating a whole bag of potato chips anyway. Think low-budget, late-night, Sci-Fi Channel creature-horror movie in book form. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who wasn't hung over and bored on an airplane returning home from a trip to Las Vegas.
Barks & Bites
Read The Cellar based on my husband's raving recommendation and thought it was really cheesy but I am a nitpicky crab. My husband, who is much nicer a person than I, says they get better as the series continues but we'll see . . .

I'm going to read this in December for Jare's 2009 Spills & Chills Release Challenge over at This month the theme is monsters.

Laymon is hit or miss for me. The Traveling Vampire Show is one of my favorite books despite the fact that nothing all...more
Brian Schwartz
I was disappointed to find out after I was well into THE BEAST HOUSE, that it was the second in a three part trilogy based on Beast House. The first, called, THE CELLAR, tells the story of how Donna and Sandy came to be there. The third, called THE MIDNIGHT TOUR, tells what happens to Sandy, her brood, and the Beast House.

It worked well as a stand alone novel. Laymon is not much on character development. Tyler, Nora, Abe, and Jack, are really developed only as much as needed to propel the story....more
Another teenage read that I remember.

The first line in this book made me laugh out loud. Some woman was telling her friend that she needed a good "f*ing". That one line reveals the caliber of the book. The story unfolds well, the writing was ok, and this author seems to like throwing in the odd sexual moments for the characters which seems to do little but sauce things up.

It was a typical 80's trashy horror read with blood and sex and characters you could envisage in any episode of Dallas or Dy...more
Kevin Mellor
Apparently this book is part of a series, but I'll be damned if I can see why anybody would be so enthralled with this that they'd want to read more of them. Shoots to be a graduate of the Stephen King School of Character Observation and drops out in the 10th grade. Reading it gives you the same feeling you get when somebody's telling you a really long story and punctuates every third or fourth sentence with "And THEN..."

I'd be willing to take a chance on something else this guy wrote, but if it...more
Reese Copeland
I really enjoyed the book. You get a lot more detail of the beast, and how they came to be. You get more of the story of Maggie's involvement in the Beast House. I had a tough time putting the book down because I just found myself wanting to know what happens next. Initially, the first half of the book, you don't really learn the fate of the characters from the previous book in which you're just left hanging. But, well after half way through the book, it starts coming back to them, which was kin...more
I'm at a loss with this review because this book was in a way so bad it was good! It has a lot of needless violence and sex and points where it was like a mix of horror and porn. It was a mindless guilty pleasure to read, and I do feel guilty for admitting that I read it and remained entertained. The writing style is not great by any means but the cover kind of tells that you won't be reading the Grapes of Wrath. If you are looking for some good nonsense to read I would recommend this book.
I thought I'd give this book a try as I was wanting something new...well that quickly bit me in the rear. This is one of the worst books I've ever had the misfortune of reading and I'll be sure to steer clear of this 'author' in the future. I forced myself to finish it then promptly set it out as 'free' in the hall of my apartment building. Possibly someone might enjoy it, or maybe get some lining for a hamster cage out of it.
Danae Samson
Mar 04, 2008 Danae Samson added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My worst enemy.
Holy cow, this book was terrible! I thought I would try a new horror author (not King, Koonz or one of the classics, somebody new, somebody I had never read before)and it will probably be awhile before I deviate from the familiar faces again. Laymon's writing is super corny and he manages to employ every cliche known to man. I gave him 200 pages and then I had to put it down. So incredibly bad.
Some folks say that the best things in life are free. Others may contend that if it's free, well, it's just too good to be true. For me, Richard Laymon books fall somewheres in between that fine line. I paid $3.20 for Beast House. This was my sixth Richard Laymon book, and it didn't disappoint. I like the fact that this is actually the second book in a four book series (The Beast House Chronicles) and it really stands pretty well on its own two feet. I picked up Friday Night At Beast House as we...more
While not as brilliant as the last Laymon novel I read, "Endless Night", this is a fun, fast read. I wouldn't recommend it as a first Laymon novel, because nothing scary happens for the first third of the book. If you're a Laymon fan, you know what this fiendish imagination can do, so you patiently read through the boring beginning, waiting for the mayhem to begin. When it does, it really takes off, with the last 150 pages or so of the book being as suspenseful, action packed, disgusting, gory a...more
After having read "The Cellar" I'll admit that I did not have high hopes for this book. Not that "the Cellar" was terrible, it just didn't live up to its potential. "The Beast House" does a little better, not much, but there is definite improvement. First of all, as readers we now know the layout of the Beast House and what is actually going on there. This makes it a little harder for him to build suspense. I actually found the most suspense in the hope that the ending wouldn't be as bad as the...more
Carl Alves
Being that I’m a really big fan of Richard Laymon, I wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it did not deliver. In the story a group of people come across a tourist attraction in Malcase Point where an old building has was figures commemorating the victims of the Beast, a victim living in the cellar. The visitors don’t necessarily believe in the Beast, but in the process they are targeted as victims. Without going into too much detail that would spoil things, the plot line is fairly prepostero...more
Well, at least it was an improvement on 'The Cellar' which was truly awful. Mind you, it's still very 'Laymon' by which I mean it's like a 14-15 boy wild on hormones got hold of his first word processor and started banging out his wildest sexual fantasies.

Characters are once again paper thin and fall in 'love' in an instant.... by which I mean screw each others brains out, irregardless of what was happening 5 minutes before hand. More misogyny and (attempted) rape. More idiocy from the characte...more
This is my first Laymon and though I didn't hope for much (reviews warned me away from The Cellar and I expected little better here) I was still disappointed. As many other reviews note, the first hundred pages involve very little except drinking, sex, references to sex, and a rough outline of Beast House history. When the action finally shows up, it is predictable and uncreative; everything ends as expected. Equally unfortunate, every sex scene is described in minute detail while only a couple...more
Melissa Bennett
This was my 2nd Laymon book. The first book (Endless Night) was a page turner. It kept me glued to the book the entire time. Although I wasn't really terrified, it was still intense. I couldn't wait to get my hands on another Laymon book. Unfortunately, this one was nothing like the first book I read. It was slow, the romance between two of the characters seemed forced and cheesy, and it was not scary at all. I think there might of been 30 - 40 pages throughout the book that I actually enjoyed....more
May 09, 2010 chucklesthescot rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laymon fans
Shelves: horror, fiction
Back at the Beast House! The usual mix of misfits that you don't really care about and hope they all die, descend upon the town with the famous Beast House, now doing more trade because of alleged recent murders and missing people. Now another group of people are preparing to sneak into the house at night to uncover the secrets of the beasts and see if the stories in the old diary written by the house owner are actually true. Oh you stupid people...
The Beasts are a great invention and I like th...more
HORRIBLE!!! Warning... Do not read this book! It is a complete waste of time. I read this not realizing it was the middle of a series but that is not why I hated it. The characters have no depth at all. There is about zero plot. Basically it is pornography with a bit of horror mixed in. I would say there is a graphic sex scene every couple of pages and this is not an exagerration. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a sex scene in and of itself but this book goes way over the top. Wa...more
Jeremy Hurd
At the risk of drawing the ire of fanboys, I thought this was considerably better than The Cellar. Laymon clearly improved his writing in the six years between the two books, especially in the area of characterization. I also liked the way he used characters from the last novel in new and interesting ways. This won't win any awards, and is full of classic 80's horror tropes, but it's tight, concise, and scary.
Carrie Carpenter
Reading people's comments always fires me up. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion which is how it should be and I write in many reviews very simillar things. Richard Laymon was a cheesy,gory,creepy misunderstood author. Yes most of his books in fact 95% of them are all the same,sex, gore murder,torture etc. That is what he writes that is what he does best. If you don't like it don't read it. He was cheesy and full of cliches yes but again that was him. You either love him or hate him. I fo...more
Kellie Ann
The wonderful world of horror is brought to life once again by the true master himself. "Beast House" is a truly horrifying book that will have you looking twice at creepy old house. Like most of his books Richard Layman creates a creature so horrific and evil that only he could come up with it. This book rates up there as one of my favorite ones by him, fore the sheer fact that i could not for the life of me put it down. The plot as amazing and i absolutely loved the characters, my favorites be...more
Classic Richard Laymon horror! If you haven't read The Cellar read that one first, this is pretty much a direct sequel taking place the following year. Beware, this is pure no-holds-barred horror with all the blood and sex you would expect from Richard Laymon.
A quick, fun read. I concede it is not especially scary and yes, there is some graphic sex mingled in with a bit of gore, but it was entertaining in a good horror B-movie kind of way. Keep in mind, it was written in the mid-1980s, so it fits with the popular horror films of the times, such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Motel Hell, Friday the 13th, The Return of the Living Dead, etc. So, if you're a fan of those types of movies, you will probably enjoy Richard Laymon's Beast House series of books...more
Luna Nightingale
A fantastic horror, really leaves you guessing and on the edge of your seat.
The industry lost one of the greats when Mr Laymon passed on.
This book is the second in a series but I read it first. Perhaps that's why I felt rushed into the story. It certainly didn't read like a stand alone book. Regardless, the happenings in The Beast House were told well enough for me to appreciate the tale. The ever elusive beast seemed more perverted than scary but I still wouldn't want to meet the thing face-to-face. The keepers of the monstrosity were more terrifying than the creature itself. Showcasing human cruelty is Laymon's talent so I wasn...more
Sean Cisneros
This book introduced me to Richard Laymon and I loved it . A very dark but good book .
I liked the characters in the book, I wish the story could have been better
M. Joseph Murphy
Weird and disturbing. Very well written.
Starts out pretty bland. It gets a bit more interesting once they start exploring the beast house, and I enjoyed this book more than I did Laymon's The Traveling Vampire Show, but it's still pretty meh. Other than feeling bad for Janice, I didn't really care about any of the characters. Hardy is so unlikeable that he's not even believable.

I haven't read The Cellar, so I don't know how that affects my view of The Beast House. After this, I'm not sure I'm willing to try another Laymon book.
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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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