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Night in the Lonesome October

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,063 ratings  ·  201 reviews
When Ed receives word from his college girlfriend that she's in love with someone else, Ed's world changes in a second. Heartbroken and half-mad, Ed goes for a nighttime walk, but on this lonesome October night, he is not alone. There are others roaming the streets, waiting to show Ed just how different his world can be. Some are enticing, some disturbing--and some are dea ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Leisure Books (first published 2001)
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mark monday
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

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 lurking under
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 h
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Adam Light
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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,
Edward Lorn
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The second best book Laymon ever wrote. Nothing what you expect. Utterly terrifying.

***** 5 Stars

Bri | bribooks
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars rounded up!

Richard Laymon does a lot of right here, and he does some wrong. I quite enjoyed the dream-like aspects of the story — the sheer mystery of Ed’s nighttime walks — but I did get bogged down a bit by his and Eileen’s relationship. That whole thing moved a bit too quickly; it’s the cause of my taking eight days to finish this relatively quick book.

Still, this is considered one of Laymon’s finest, and it is quite different from his titles that I’ve read t
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really weird but in a good way.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm actually kind of shocked and appalled that this got such good reviews because I found this entire book awful? It's one of those books that's so awful I thought everyone would unanimously agree that it's awful?????

Before I read this book I wasn't super onboard the "We need more books by women! Blahblah cliche male writer and manic pixie girls sexism blah blah" but now I'm like holy crap this is the definition of all the things those women were complaining about. The whole book he's upset his
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 ti
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
Ben Loory
Jul 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Vicki Willis
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
May 09, 2016 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!
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Ken B
Dec 05, 2013 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.

Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This would have to be one of my favorite books. Funny as hell, more of a different sense of humor, definitely some creepy moments. Different side of Laymon compared to something like The Cellar, highly recommended.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most bizarre and interesting books I've read. It's like a pseudo-Seinfeld, seemingly about nothing but full of a bit of everything. The story is simple: a guy takes a walk at night and gets involved with some crazy stuff. That's about it. I think it's one of those stories that you'll either love or hate. I found myself looking forward to joining 'Eduardo' on his nightly excursions.
Aug 26, 2014 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
Joshua Dodd
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, getting past all the stalkerish business, I really enjoyed this novel! The suspense even as he waited to peer into a strangers window calibrated me and kept me hooked. Laymon has a way with a story always keeps me turning the page and is paced with incredible precision. I felt the world he painted after 11 PM to be spooky and oddly realistic lol, I live in the inner city and this book kept me suspicious of the transients hahahaha.

Very good read imo, not his best but far from the worst.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...
Julie Powell
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good, well-written story about a young man roaming the streets at night and the bizarre and mysterious outcome.

Ed is heartbroken and begins walking late at night...which turns out to be a world of weird. The night is filled with eccentric characters, some horrifying, others intriguing and yet this cast make for a compelling read because 'we just have to know what happens next'.

It has themes such as love, betrayal, insanity, loneliness and friendship while been thre
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, richard-laymon
Laymon book that can actually be read by the faint-of-heart...

My first Laymon novel was "Island," which grossed me out, creeped me out, left me feeling so uneasy and bad and got under my skin so much that I couldn't read any horror books for a few weeks following.

My second Laymon venture came a relatively short while later (within a few months) with "Endless Night," which was not really scary but was just too much twisted, sick stuff for me to even finish it at the time, so I
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-stuff
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 rated it liked it
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
Daniel Ray
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.

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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,
“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” 92 likes
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