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Endless Night

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,764 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Jody Fargo is sweet sixteen, but tougher than she looks - she has to be. She's sleeping over at her friend's when the killers break in. They slaughter the family but Jody escapes with twelve-year-old Andy... Simon Quirt doesn't seem like a crazed killer. But that's just what he and his friends are. Now Simon must dispose of the only eyewitnesses to the massacre and he can' ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published June 23rd 1994 by Headline (first published September 9th 1993)
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RedemptionDenied
Well, this was one hell of a twisted story of survival horror, that is filled to the brim with blood, guts and gore. This is my second Laymon novel, so I knew what to expect...sort of.

Sixteen year old, Jody Fargo, is having a 'sleep-over' at her best friends' house - when her friend Evelyn wakes her up; as she believes she's heard a noise downstairs, which sounds like breaking glass. Initially, Jody dismisses that her friend has heard anything - and tries to go back to sleep; and would have if
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Laymon novels are a guilty pleasure for me. They are disgusting and you pretty much have to throw your brains out the window in order to get through them but I have to honestly say they are very much page-turners. If you enjoy senseless murder and mayhem, that is.

This one starts out with a sixteen year old girl named Jody sleeping over a friend's house. Innocent enough stuff, until a murderous group of madmen target the home for their next killing spree. Jody survives and manages to escape the h
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Amy
Jun 12, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutely the most gruesome, sick, twisted book that I have ever read! It is about a sixteen-year-old girl named Jody who nearly gets slaughtered by a group of killers, the Krulls, while sleeping over at her friend Evelyn's house. Jody manages to escape along with Evelyn's little brother, Andy, while Simon, one of the Krull members, is left behind. Simon's job is to finish off the witnesses or else his girlfriend and his family will be next. Simon becomes obsessed with Jody and can't wa ...more
Kasia
Apr 15, 2010 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read over a dozen of Laymon novels and yes by the way I am a fan, when you crave the kind of story that only he writes so well nothing else can satisfy. At least that's how I see it, take a bunch of sympathetic level headed kids, a crazed killer on their tail ( with a very flamboyant but totally cold soul) and you have some page gripping moments, you'd want to read this over the weekend if you have some time to put into this, it's an entertaining ride and it's well embellished for those w ...more
Tim
Mar 24, 2017 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich muss dieses Buch tatsächlich 5 Sterne geben! Was war das bitte für eine krasse Achterbahnfahrt.. eine kranke Szene nach der anderen, trotzdem gespickt mit Humor. Sowas kann aus meiner Sicht nur Laymon so gnadenlos und glaubwürdig rüberbringen. (P.s bitte niemals beim- oder direkt nach dem Essen dieses Buch lesen... hätte ich vorher auch gerne gewusst... Puhh mein Magen...)
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I have to say I was disappointed reading "Body Rides" with Laymon. I mean, I had heard he was the greatest thing this side of horror, but just wasn’t feeling it. After reading "Endless Nights," however, I just might jump on the Laymon happy go lucky bandwagon after all!

The book starts off with horror and ends with even worse horror. From the very first few pages, tension is high enough to induce a nervous breakdown in the reader.

Laymon whips up a dessert full of dark atmosphere, rich characters,
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Adam Light
Nov 23, 2012 Adam Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the better Laymon books I have read lately. I was happy to find that Laymon went all out as he usually does, but there was a story to go along with it. The last couple of his I read were disappointing. Endless Night features one of the most vile, perverted and absolutely evil antagonists I can remember reading in quite some time.
The good guys were pretty likeable with the exception of Andy. I just wasn't too keen on his character, and some of the situations involving him seemed r
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Sammy Loves Books
I was warned before reading this book that Richard Laymon wrote graphic horror. My curiosity got the best of me. Granted I don't read much horror. This was gruesome. The villain was actually as sick as they come. If you want to be afraid to go to sleep at night, I highly recommend this book. This one will keep you awake at night and have you checking and rechecking the locks on the windows and doors. Yikes!
Unapologetic_Bookaholic
Dec 21, 2008 Unapologetic_Bookaholic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cult killing, graphic horror fans
Recommended to Unapologetic_Bookaholic by: author Brian Keene
Jody is at a sleepover when something wakes her up. Going to investigate starts the ENDLESS NIGHT. The great thing about this Richard Laymon novel is it was smart. The violence was necessary to the killer's motivation and the victim's demise. Sometimes in horror where the violence is senseless it just irritates me.

Simon Quist is the murderer and you are told this early and let known his background and understand why he is the way he is. Wouldn't it be nice to know, that while still twisted and
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Addy
Nov 26, 2013 Addy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This laymon book was definitely my least favorite story wise. The beginning was awesome and grabbed me right a way, but then it got into details about truly what this book was about and I guess I didn't really care for it. Definitely one of the most descriptive laymon books out there but, thankfully, I've encountered worse. I'll still give a 4 star rating because I really did enjoy the parts with Jody and her misdirected little step brother, at least that's how I pictured him. Simon, excuse me, ...more
Kelly
Oct 06, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: For all of you who are weak of heart, loose of mind or those that hold a moral stance equal to or greater than Tammy Faye Baker - need turn away! For the love of all that’s innocent and pure, turn away!

Now, for all you morally lacking readers out there who thrive on violence, gore and degradation of the lowest kind or just aren’t the sharpest pencil in the box, I have one word for you – Sweet! With no holds barred, Laymon gives us a tale so chilling and boundless that you begin to wand
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Andrew
Mar 20, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...this here's my friend, Richard. He's kinda shy. Won't come in for a soda, or tea or anything like that. Just sort of run into him when I take my trash outside. He's sometimes just standing there, and he'll turn to me, almost as if he's been talking to somebody else and just stops mid sentence. But I never see no one. My wife's a little spooked by him. She says she's glad he won't come in. Might scare the babies. Or the dogs. Well, he ain't a bad guy in my humble opinion. Says he works third s ...more
Stuart Keane
Apr 06, 2014 Stuart Keane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read-horror
I discovered Richard Laymon at a very young age. Once hooked, I grabbed any novel I could get my horror-seeking little hands on. I've read all but two of Laymon's works but this is the one that will always resonate with me. To this day, this still stands at #2 on my Favourite Laymon list.

Laymon really pulls out the stops in this book. At times, it feels like a Hollywood blockbuster and a gritty independent project combined. Every scene is easily imaginable due to Laymon's tempered pace, vivid im
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James
Jul 27, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dick Laymon comes through again with the cheap thrills. This time it's kind of a family vacay meets psycho bloopers blend of shock shtick. I think this one is one of his best, although I've only read about 7 or 8 of his books.

I won't run over the plot with you too much but I will say that this book has a split personality and I really enjoyed that aspect. It is told in third person when concerning our damsel in distress, but when the perspective switches over to the big baddie, it is told in fir
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kas
Apr 19, 2009 kas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: violent-sex horror enthusiasts
If you like violent-sex horror, you will love this.

The book was a quick read that really kept me on the edge of my seat. I am not a quick reader (verrrry slow) and read this pretty quickly.

Overview:
Basically it is told from two points of view from one of the survivors and one of the killers.

Jody, a young girl staying at a friends house, wakes up to her friends concern of someone in the house and quickly sees her friend killed. She and the friends brother survive and are soon chased by the kill
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Ali
Sep 10, 2011 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Warning: One major spoiler.) I liked that he actually tried to guess at the motives of the villain, rather than portraying him as a human monster without expecting the reader to ask why he is this way, as many horror novels do. As usual with Laymon, the sexual plotlines made me want to take a long shower, especially one between the protagonist and an eleven-year-old boy that culminates with the boy almost joining the villain so that he can, um, get his rape on with the protagonist, before heroi ...more
Nattie
I'll admit that part 1 had my full attention. The disgust became too much to ignore after the escape. All was downhill once Simon's POV came into play.
This is a sick read. Foul. I never hated any book so much since I read James Patterson's vomit-inducing Swimsuit. I have yet to read another Patterson novel since, and I won't even look once at another Laymon book.
I was quite turned off by all the graphic rape talk and the way he wrote sexually about Andy. Andy was 12 years old for gripe's sake. T
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Angie
Oct 29, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror and thriller
Recommended to Angie by: the q&a with the light brothers book club
Shelves: richard-laymon
This was a roller coaster of a book from the moment Jodi is woken up in the middle of the night while at her friends house. A gang of men had broken in and in what seemed the blink of an eye, Evelyn, and her mum and dad had been murdered.Jodi escapes with Andy, her friends 12 year old brother.

Simon is the murderer we follow as his friends leave him behind as he didn't catch the two kids. This does not stop him killing and raping , far from it, he narrates is tale ion some tapes.

The book is very
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Angie
Oct 29, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
Recommended to Angie by: no one
Shelves: richard-laymon
From the moment when Jody was woken up when she was staying over at her friends house to the last page, it was all blood ,guts, chases and Simon.

The book is about a gang of guys that rape and murder there way through as many people as possible, and have been doing so since they were teens. You get a brief history of their activities from Simon, the guy they left behind when he didn't catch Jody and her friends brother Andy.

Didn't stop him killing and scheming to get a- Jodi and b- even against
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Ekel Adolf
Aug 20, 2015 Ekel Adolf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Endless Night is one of the best of Laymon's work, being especially mercyless and thrilling and also quite experimental in the way the story is narrated. Albeit, the most charming aspect is maybe the metafictional one, since the gang of killers in Endless Night calls themselves the Krulls, a name which they got from a horror novel not mentioned by title, but being nothing else than Laymon's masterpiece The Woods Are Dark.
Tammy
Nov 13, 2009 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the way this book switched perspectives. Just when I thought I couldn't read another twisted word from the killer's first-person perspective, SWITCH. Just in time.

The book was entertaining, riveting, but the last chapter was very depressing and reached even darker depths of the male id. [shudder:]
Beth
Jan 23, 2016 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I can't really remember if this was any good, I read it so long ago. What I do remember is, for a girl that was raised on horror stories and still actively seeks them, this book creeped me the hell out. Over a decade later, that feeling still lingers when I think about this book.
Nik's Nook
Whoa. Not for the faint of heart.
Ben
Apr 16, 2017 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really sinister and one of the most depraved characters (Simon) you'll ever meet. Whenever I feel down about life or how bad the world is going I can always read a Laymon book and remind myself the world could be a lot more nastier.
Erica
Jan 24, 2010 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This felt like something between a Dean Koontz thriller mystery and a Jack Ketchum sick and twisted novel. Only he didn't get it right. I don't know if I liked it or full on hated it. Although the book flowed, it seemed to have too much sick shit in every aspect you can think of being thrown at you, at the same time with out any one suffering any major breakdown, shock or upset (not that he didn't try to make that happen, he just couldn't do it)...I never really got the urgent, intense edge of y ...more
Cece Rose
Nov 24, 2016 Cece Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, sick, twisted, fucked-up, evil, skin your face off and wear it kind of messed up.

***Warning*** Do not read this book if you like getting a good nights sleep. :)

Exactly what you expect from and get from this book by Laymon. The murderer in this book, Simon Quist is quite possibly the most sick motherfucker I have ever read about and he really is the stuff of nightmares.

The twisted in me loves reading gritty horror like this. - First read this as a kid, I must of been like 11. (I was a m
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Brian
Jun 16, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Richard Laymon. He’s a quick read which means that I can get the sense of accomplishment from reading a book and not feeling like a slug. I was trying to read The Alienist by Caleb Carr before reading this book and was having a hard time getting into it. Back to Endless Night, basic plot, girl, Jody is staying over a friends house when a bunch of crazies break in and kill almost everyone except her and her friends little brother. They escape and one of the crazies, Simon follows them. The ...more
Jamie
Dec 14, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, okay...I know I said Tread Softly and Resurrection Dreams were my favorite Laymons but this one just bumped those down a notch. I loved the shifting perspective of the story and how we got to look inside the villains head in this story. I got the shivers when Simon/Simone was debating whether or not to warn his sisters because it might be embarrassing...Embarassing!?!
I would guess that you should be at least embarassed if you helped in the murders of entire families! I do think Laymon cap
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Janie Johnson
Jan 07, 2012 Janie Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: richard-laymon
Another awesome book by Richard Laymon. I read this book back in 2007 and I am now putting up my review. I have decided that Laymon is up there with all my fave authors, because I really have not been disappointed in any of his works.

Our main character is Jody. What happens initially is that she is spending the night with her best friend Evelyn. Evelyn and her family are brutally murdered on that night. Except for Evelyn's brother Andy.

So now Jody must save herself and Andy from the "murderer"
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Jason  morton
May 15, 2016 Jason morton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Violently fun

One does not simply read a laymon book , one lives a laymon book
Which means one gets grossed out, sexually perverted, and of course ones secret passion of becoming a killer!! I think Richard Laymon is my favorite author because he was a genius! I highly recommend for all fans of modern horror
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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.

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