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Allhallows Eve

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,084 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Nothing unusual ever happens in Ashburg, until a local family are mutilated and left to die in their own home. Since then, the house has stood empty, but when mysterious invitations arrive announcing a party there, nobody thinks its a joke. After all, it is Allhallow's Eve.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published 1993 by New English Library (first published 1985)
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mark monday
1:00 So what to do now? Feeling kinda happy from the whiskeys. Maybe read some trash?

1:15 Chose Allhallow’s Eve, not sure why. Checked out some Goodreads reviews. All bad.

1:30 This is fun. Killer on the loose, mysterious Halloween party on the horizon. FUN!

1:45 Tight pacing. Nice build-up. Why don’t people like this?

2:00 Sleazy. All the boobs! Boobs, boobs, boobs. Laymon loves that word, all the time, all over the place.

2:05 More whiskey?

2:15 Too much boobs, sweet Jesus, enough already. Also, s
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I like Laymon books, they are fun slasher horror reads. No messing around with building suspense or setting scenes - just murder and maim as many people as you can, as violently as you can in a couple of hundred pages.

I chose to read this one now purely because they are fast reads with no real cerebral input required. They are cheesier than any D grade horror movie but like I said, they are fun.

Allhallows Eve is standard Laymon fare. Let me describe the original setting and see how many cliches
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Ende war ein bisschen zu schnell, aber ist halt ein kurzes Buch. Ansonsten recht spannend.
Gianfranco Mancini
Vote: 3,5

Sherwood House was deserted since the family living there was slaughtered 14 years ago...
This halloween the mansion is opening again for an hell of a party!

A nice Halloween slasher tale, and the storyline is far better than the one in Laymon's Once Upon A Halloween, but after an awesome chilling incipit almost nothing happens until the abrupt rushed ending but for the author's usual description of well made characters and boobs... Laymon was really obsessed by them LOL! Not his best no
Evans Light
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-it
2.5 Stars. Really not worth reading in a world so full of superior books. Murder-mystery story. Starts off promising, then limps along like a kid's book, doing nothing much of anything until the final chapter. The conclusion and epilogue are both abrupt and confusing. It's not a horrible book, but far from essential. Not up to Laymon's standards for either shock-factor or storytelling. Recommended for die-hard Laymon fans and completists only.
This book felt like something that was rushed out in
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Laymon gehört wohl zu den Autoren, die man entweder mag oder meidet, da seine Bücher die Leserschaft auch nach seinem Tod vor einigen Jahren immer noch spaltet. Da ich bereits einige Bücher von Laymon besitze, wollte ich nun endlich eines seiner Werke lesen und ich habe mich für "Das Haus" entschieden. Hier habe ich mir eine spannende Geschichte erhofft und auch bekommen.

Zugegeben: Man merkt dem Buch an, dass es schon mittlerweile dreißig Jahre auf dem Buckel hat, denn auf Handys, Intern
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oktober_17
Lässt sich super schnell lesen, da nicht tiefgründig. 😄 Passend zu Halloween 🎃 ein Splatter-Buch.
Lenas Welt der Bücher

Meine Meinung:
Ich war super gespannt auf das Buch von Richard Laymon. Ich habe bereits "Der Killer" von ihm gelesen, welches mir ganz gut gefallen hat. Ich war super gespannt auf dieses Buch und wie es mir wohl dieses Mal gefallen wird.
Das Buch startet direkt schon brutal und gruselig. Laymon weiß, wie er seine Leser schocken kann. Nach einem tollen Auftakt, plätscherte die Geschichte erst einmal vor sich hin. Es war nicht wirklich gruselig, sondern spannend. Das Buch hatte mittendrin etwas von
Glenn Rolfe
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
4.5 stars
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely disturbing and gross. A true horror, slasher book.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This month was a weak month in terms of reading. With too much work I had little time to read.
This one I had high expections since it's a Laymon book and another it was called Allhallow's Eve - so it was in the right time of the year but it sucked.

First, a difference from other Laymon books it's the lack of sex scenes. In this one are only two or three scenes (including rape scenes) but nothing is described like other of his books. Second is the slower pace of the book. There is also a lack of h
Stuart Keane
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read almost every Richard Laymon entry but when it comes to All Hallow's Eve, I don't remember this one. Having divulged in a flurry of Laymon in my teens, when I was reading this one it actually dawned on me that the text was new. No, I haven't read this before.

I was shocked too.

All Hallow's Eve is one of the shorter Laymon novels. An abandoned house on the edge of town becomes a prime location for a Halloween party. Invitations start arriving for the residents and it's only a matter of ti
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a small town and it problems. Fourteen years ago a maniac massacred the entire Sherwood family. The Sherwood house on Oakhurst Road has been abandoned since. Mysterious invitations to a Halloween party at the Sherwood house, arrive to a select few in town.. Nobody has any idea who is throwing this party. Once the party starts there is no turning back. This was not one of Laymons better works. The beginning of the story was promising but it went quickly down hill. Nothing re ...more
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why do i even bother?!?!

I love his books, i really do, i love the way he writes and the gore involved however he spends like a billion pages explaining the background to the story and then the ending is over in like 2 pages. Left with more questions than answers! Im expecting his next book to end with they all lived happy ever after or it was only a dream.

Drives me crazy!
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Even tho it's not as long as normal Laymon books it was really really good. The storyline was really good & he could of made it longer, but it was good just the way it was. It's one of his older story's so it is a little more violent then some of his others, but it was packed with suspense. Definitely a favorite for Halloween!
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2016
Typischer Laymon halt, nur diesmal kürzer. Viel pubertierendes Gestarre auch milchweiße Brüste und Pobacken, jede Menge steife Glieder die versteckt werden müssen und die notgeilen Gedanken einiger 14jähriger und eines erwachsenen Polizisten, die mich mehrfach beim Lesen genervt mit den Augen rollen ließen.
Die Idee um das Sherwood Haus fand ich gut. Auch die Geschichte des Hauses war nicht schlecht. Allerdings ging die Party, die im Klappentext erwähnt wurde, erst auf den letzten 30 Seiten los.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Richard Laymon is a name virtually every fan of horror novels would be familiar with (unless they're relatively tender of age). In most of his early works published in the 80s, Laymon displayed a signature style consisting of dialogue-heavy, stripped-back prose, flawed characters, tension-ratcheting build ups to explosive climaxes, surprising moments of violence, and oodles, (by which I mean bucketloads) of sleaze.

Not that sleaze is a bad thing. You just have to be prepared to feel a little down
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read a number of Richard Laymon's books in the past, finding this in a charity collection was a buy-on-sight. Unfortunately, it's really not one of Richard's best.
I finished reading this in 3 and a half hours, as the pacing on the build of the story is fantastic. However, once the main story is built and ready for the twist and climax, it seems that the steam had run out. There are too many characters introduced to care about any given one - none of which have any real development, and th
Annika loves Books
Mein 1. Laymon. Der Klappentext hat mich total gefesselt und ich wollte dieses Buch unbedingt lesen. Mit 270 Seiten ist es ein sehr dünner Thriller, was der Spannung aber nichts anhaben kann!
ich fand die Geschichte toll, die Protagonisten waren sympatisch und ich fand das Ende auch wirklich toll als Auflösung. Jedoch hat es trotz der nur knapp 300 Seiten ganz schön lange gedauert, bis es zum eigentlichen Thema kam. In diesem Buch kommen viele Personen vor die jedoch auf spannende Art alle irgend
Wesley Thomas
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual fantastic read. Characters, plot, sub-plot, storylines, character motives, and cliffhangers at the end of most chapters. This would be one of my top 5 for Laymon if it wasn't for one flaw. The ending! It was too abrupt, the pace of the book is very fast and everything seems to happen very quickly, but even so, the ending, kind of came from nowhere. It consisted of two pages explaining who lived and who died between two characters, which i was very dissapointed with, but the rest of the ...more
Mar 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
The house was the scene of terror and brutality. Now mysterious invitations to a Halloween party are arriving with selected people in town and nobody seems able to resist getting a look inside to see who their host is. Then the screaming begins again...
For such a short book I found the build up to the party quite slow going. The scenes of gore at the party are just what you expect in a Richard Laymon book but it wasn't worth sitting through the boring bits to get to the end.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Halloween read coutesy of always entertaining and dearly missed Richard Laymon. All the things you've come to expect from his books, although this time there could have been a murder mystery there thrown in with all the horny angry teens, if Laymon didn't make a reveal too early on. Nevertheless, lots of fun in this quick read, great cover art and a pretty unforgettable halloween party. Recommended.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: richard-laymon
Laymon was one messed up genius of a dude. Lots of plot twists and one sick psycho killer. Not the best Laymon I've ever read but a perfect quick read with October and my favorite holiday looming around the corner....
Tara Calaby
Aug 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, horror, own
This is not anywhere near Laymon's best book. It is, however, as wonderfully escapist as all his books are. I don't read Richard Laymon for quality, after all :D
Das Buch kommt erst gegen Ende richtig in Fahrt, dann aber richtig und typisch Laymon
Did you hear? There's a party at the old Sherwood place. You know, the house down at the end of Oakhurst Road.

What do you mean, "When's the party?" Halloween night! When did you think they'd plan something like that, butt smear? No idea who's throwing it though. The invitation doesn't say. Just 9pm, October 31st and all the standard crap about games and refreshments and come in costume, bring a friend, yadda yadda yadda.

Guess ol' Morley decided to do something with it since there's no way in hel
Nov 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Zusammengefasst kann ich sagen, dass das Gesamtpaket einfach nicht für mich funktioniert hat. Es begann eigentlich recht vielversprechend, die Anfangsszene gefiel mir gut und ich hoffte auf eine Atmosphäre à la John Carpenters "Halloween". Auch Sams Ermittlungskapitel gefielen mir zu Beginn noch ganz gut, weil ich ein nettes "Wer ist der Mörder?"-Mitratespiel erwartete. Aber dann kam leider schnell die Wendun
Jeff Jellets

“A medium-strength Richard Laymon novel. It’s quite typical of his eighties-era novels with its alternately horny and murderous cast of teens afoot in the latter days of October, interspaced with equally questionable adults and an unseen killer.” –

The second of my 2017 Richard Laymon reads is another of his early works Allhallow's Eve. The book has a great hook. Years ago, the Sherwood family was brutally murdered in their own home by a killer who was never caught. Now someone is send
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I always find that while Richard Laymon's writing is solid—his style is strong and his prose is easy to read and understand—it's in the way his stories hang together that everything comes apart.

Which is sad, really. It's almost as if he had this power with his words, this capacity to tell great stories, but was more interested in output than quality. The result being that his stories feel jumbled, and lack the kind of internal logic that makes them believable—in many respects detracting from an
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This could have been an effective book: unpopular boy raging against his mother and her new boyfriend falls into a plan to murder the people who upset him during a halloween party at the local creepy place that just happened to have a bunch of murders happen during it. It's a good setup for a really gripping story, but the structure of this one falls completely flat. Which is a shame because for Laymon it could be one of his better novels if he only knew how to tell a story.

The real shame of the
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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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