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Night In The Lonesome October

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,384 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Ed Logan is 20 years old and a sophomore at Willmington University. He's also been dumped by his girlfriend. Lonesome and broken-hearted, he goes for a late-night walk. He doesn't know where he's headed. He doesn't know what he's going to do when he gets there. And he has absolutely no idea of the strange people he is about to meet. Like Casey, the athletic blonde who roam ...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published by Headline (first published 2001)
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mark monday

one late October night, heartbroken college student Ed decides to soothe his troubled soul by taking a long nighttime stroll to Dandi Donuts. and so begins an addiction. with each subsequent evening walk he learns more about the eerie, threatening, hypnotic underside of the sleepy small town of Wilmington. what lurks in Wilmington? well, let's see... a vindictive cycling senior, predators in a van with alluring bait, a sad and scary shut-in clown, cannibalistic homeless people lurk
Oct 29, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poor ole heartbroken Ed. Out night wandering in the small college town of Wilmington. May want to rethink the whole midnight strolling thang. You don’t want to be out after dark in this town with all the night loonies and trolls. You just may get “the works”. And you do not want that. Trust me.

Some authors have a certain ease about their writing and their stories seem to float along with little effort. Laymon is like that. Dark, creepy, atmospheric. I wasn’t sure where this one was going, but it
Adam Light
Strange, atmospheric outing for Laymon. This one was, by no means, a barn burner, but it was absorbing and featured a cast of interesting characters whose motives were never quite concrete.
Definitely a unique story, and one I would recommend to anyone looking to break into Laymon's work. I would not categorize this one as horror.
Okay Goodreads, you got me. Ha ha ha! Over 1500 ratings and an average score of 3.87 stars. How did you all organise yourselves to vote so highly? Colour me impressed! I'm even now making sure to switch off my webcam to make sure not a one of you has hacked my PC and is filming my reactions for some kind of Candid Camera special as I construct this review...

Wow. For a Laymon book, this was just plain terrible. A 470 page novel about a 20 year old pining about his girlfriend dumping him and proce
Edward Lorn
The second best book Laymon ever wrote. Nothing what you expect. Utterly terrifying.

***** 5 Stars

Ben Loory
laymon's books are basically like cheap 80s slasher movies, only for some reason you actually care about the characters. they're quick and mean and dreamlike and more than a little sick. i'd be delighted to be able to write books like these.
Gianfranco Mancini

If you like walking alone at night you never know what is going to happen to you... And October's nights are the creepiest ones.

I used working on shifts and sometimes the 3 am night bus simply "vanished" so I had long creepy walks in the cold (often rainy) October nights here in Rome, but luckly nothing happened to me like the ones told in this book.

The whole time I was asking to myself where the hell this Laymon's story was going on, but at the end it just seemed to me that he was just puttin'o
Sep 08, 2011 Sharon rated it it was ok
OMG! What a load of tripe! This is the first Richard Laymon book I have read and by the reviews of his books I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume it's just a dud. If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was written by a 15 year old boy with one hand down his pants the whole time. I found it to be poorly written, there were parts that contradicted itself - Ed leaves his wallet at home but then proceeded to get $5 out of the same wallet a few pages later - (I mus ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Adamus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Wow!! Definitely my favorite Laymon book so far I think!! This book was filled with so much I suspense & was also sooo funny!! One minute you wanna scream at the book & your flipping pages so quick with suspense you almost get a paper cut then your laughing from what's going on or what's being said. The books story was very well done & I really liked the characters. I felt like I was rite there with them in every scenario. This wasn't the normal slasher type book Laymon does it is a ...more
Vicki Willis
Wow... what a crazy book. I loved it. It was strange and scary and tense and terrifying. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The characters were bizarre just the way Laymon likes them. The night went from bad to worse to unbelievable. The events were disturbing. This book was like a train wreck I couldn't stop reading. 5 stars from me!
"Night in the Lonesome October" ("Finster") ist nicht so schrecklich wie die anderen Bücher von Richard Laymon, die ich bisher gelesen habe. Es gibt die typischen laymonesken Ingredienzien: wippende Brüste, schwingende Ärsche und einen jugendlichen Held, der mit Dauererektion durch das Buch stolpert. Und ganz viel Splatter, Blut, Folter…

Ed Logan hat Liebeskummer und spaziert in den Oktobernächten durch die kleine Stadt Willmington. Dabei begegnen ihm nicht nur zwei begehrenswerte Frauen, sonder
Feb 25, 2008 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, the five stars here is a bit of a goof but I did find this book to be an outrageous, fun, and unpredictable read. At the beginning I thought it was perhaps one of the worst books I've ever read, but it eventually finds its groove and develops into an intensely atmospheric, harrowing, and disturbing story. I certainly don't recommend it to anybody who doesn't understand Laymon's style, but if you appreciate Laymon's goofiness and usual assortment of sex-crazed characters, then you'll dig th ...more
Dec 05, 2013 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this novel, I kept asking myself, "Where the hell is Laymon going with this one?". As I finished it, I asked myself, "Where the hell was Laymon going with this one?". The story is engaging and the characters are unique to say the least. It was more than enough to keep the pages turning. The only thing I can say for sure as I wrapped this one up, was that I have never read anything even remotely like this book.

May 09, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2016
I think I liked this book so much because I am a night wanderer too. I love to walk at night. Always have and always will. Of course, I don't go messing about under bridges or slipping into the homes of people I don't know!
Jul 17, 2009 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the description on Amazon, I was excited to read the book. unfortunately, the description was the best part and did not have much in common with the actual book. I was disappointed to say the least. The characters lacked development. Ed got laid a lot and thought about getting laid a lot, and really had no redeeming qualities. The troll attack under the bridge, the mysterious night-wandering girl, and the pick-up truck-driving, donut-eating rapist were just random--they jsut didn't a ...more
Well I expected more from this book ... It was an OK read but I thought it would be a little more strange and off the wall ... {SPOILER ALERT !!!} ... Really wish the author would have explored the cannibals world a bit more ...
Donald Armfield
Oct 03, 2016 Donald Armfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-thrillers
One of my October reads for 2016.
I guess this is the light horror from Laymon. The suspense kept me reading the ending was a little blah for me. I plan on reading more of Laymon's work as some friends said "the good ones" I'm missing out on.
Oct 07, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
After reading and being fairly ambivalent to several of Laymon's works... this one entertained me. Perhaps because there really was no point other than - the world changes at about midnight... the loonies come out and be prepared for the unexpected. Though this book contained some figures we've seen before in either movies or other stories (the crazy bike hag, the van, etc) they come at you with such a randomness that the reader has to wonder if Laymon wasn't a bit high while writing it. Though ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alright, so I read The Lake, and yes, I came back for more. This book, however, is great. I was talking with a friend of mine, and I really believe that Laymon is magnificent when telling a story from the first person. The Lake, for all its faults, still held my attention; but it didn't bring me along on that full-fledged, highly candid experience that Laymon is so good at when he's the one telling the story vicariously through a character. In this book, he tells the story through Ed's perspecti ...more
Sep 21, 2013 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love stories with towns that are white-bread normal during the day, but at night everything turns to shit. Every dark corner has some creep, criminal or ghoul just waiting to GET YOU. Buffy the Vampire Slayer lived in a town like that, and so did Opie Taylor. That's why you never saw Mayberry at night.

Ed Logan lives in a town where strangeness and danger take over the night. It seems like you can't really go outside without some crazy character chasing you or sticking their tongue down your th
Aug 26, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, if an author can paint a picture and make me feel like I am in his or her world, the author has achieved greatness. Richard Laymon always wrote with a straight-forward prose. Nobody was going to confuse him with King or Koontz. But boy can he pull me in.

In Night in the Lonesome October, I felt like I was running with the protagonist in the night air, sneaking through the dangerous neighborhoods, looking for the mysterious, pretty girl, and hiding from the man who wants to hurt him
Daniel Ray
May 28, 2012 Daniel Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of reviews of Night in the Lonesome October that said how weird and strange it was. Really? Interesting and unpredictable are much better adjectives in my opinion.

This is the third book I have read by Richard Laymon. The Traveling Vampire Show is still my favorite, but this is very good. Strong and unique characters dominate the piece throughout.

I can honestly say I had no idea where the story was going. If I had any problems, i'd say I wanted more out of the ending. That seems to
Christopher Fulbright
I read this on a plane ride to China. I have liked just about everything I've read by Laymon. It's been a while since I checked this one out, but I'd say for those trying to decide if it's one they want to read, you should expect a lot of the same things that give Laymon's work his signature stamp. There are a lot of sexually charged situations, a bit of perversion, but there's somehow also an amazing sense of magic at an almost Bradburian level. In this book, Laymon treats the night as a world ...more
Lisa Sandberg
I haven't read much from Laymon but have liked what I have read so far.

This was an interesting little read. A lot of excitement and suspense going on. It will keep you turning pages that is for sure.

Ed, Eileen, Casey, and Kirkus sure get involved in some adventures. Poor Ed, he needs to learn to stay home at night and not go wandering around at all hours. Eileen and Casey go through hell, well they all do, but them especially. And Kirkus, well let's just say he is a bit of a weird duck.

All in
Ashley James
Jul 07, 2013 Ashley James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I can't help but think RIchard Laymon went into this book with no idea of what he was going to write as the book seems to be all over the place basically a man goes out walking at night and stumbles across all sorts of odd characters and the book seems to just go with that as stated above it doesn't even seem like the author knows where it's going yet somehow it's still an amazing book it has so much going on that its almost impossible to be bored I understand some people may prefer more structu ...more
Jan 01, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the spookiest, creepiest book I have ever read. Really had me scared to walk at night for a while. And I live across the street from a park with a play ground and baseball diamond, I am scared to look out of the window at night for fear of seeing the guy climbing on the fence like an ape and running across the field like a human monkey hybrid! And I will never walk under a bridge at night for as long as I live.
Dec 06, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That hag is creepy.
Feb 21, 2011 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the collection of odd characters
Anna Willett
Jul 05, 2016 Anna Willett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it's weird and spooky. Just the sort of thing I'd expect from Laymon.
Childerich III
Feb 12, 2017 Childerich III rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trivialliteratur - nicht mehr und nicht weniger. Aber das Buch macht Spaß, und darauf kommt es bei reiner Unterhaltungsliteratur schließlich am meisten an. Tatsächlich hatte ich beim Lesen die Momente, für die ich von Zeit zu Zeit zu diesem Genre greife: das fast fiebrige Verlangen, immer weiterzulesen, jede Seite gierig zu verschlingen, bis ich am Ende des Buches angekommen war. Und die Geschichte ist nicht nur überaus spannend, sondern auch erfrischend ungewöhnlich und unvorhersehbar. Zumindes ...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 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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“Except I think it feels more like an empty stomach than a broken heart. An aching hollowness that food can't cure. You know. You've felt it yourself, I bet. You hurt all the time, you're restless, you can't think straight, you sort of wish you were dead but what you really want is for everything to be the same as it was when you were still with her.. or him” 89 likes
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