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Night in the Lonesome October

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,311 ratings  ·  232 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 lurk
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
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 little diffe ...more
Jamie Stewart
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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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

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, but i
Cody | CodysBookshelf
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 thus far. It feels a bit
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
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
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really weird but in a good way.
I've only read maybe half a dozen Laymon books but I would have to say this has been my least favorite. Very short on the scares and very heavy on the gross horny teen, I'd pass on this one. It is a fast read though, so that's a bonus. ...more
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
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. ...more
Arjhay Serpa Juan (Day & Night Reader)
Hella adventure at the night. Although it is weird on what is happening in this story but I love the adventures of Ed, Kirkus, Casey, Eileen and Lois.

By the way the character development of Lois makes me speechless and she was amazing. But all of them are amazing.

Then the Bike Hag makes me laugh here also.
Justin M.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a crazy ass book! So good!
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
Vicki Willis
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, z-2016
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! ...more
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.
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! ...more
Syon Das
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a terrifying, unpredictable, and truly suspenseful reading experience. While I haven’t delved into too many of Laymon’s other books, I can confidently say that NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. All the characters in this novel felt like real people, which is a testament to Laymon’s understanding of how a lot of young men and women really behave. His dialogue is sharp, often times hilarious, and brutally honest. Laymon doesn’t shy away from detail ...more
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
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.

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. ...more
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 to hurt him
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 ...
Dave Edmunds
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four point five stars rounded up to five. Oh Dicky Laymon,so close to a full five stars. I've read some trash from this author, but credit where it's due this is a very fun and quite well written read.

The premise is fairly unique. A heartbroken young guy who has just been royally dumped by the love of his life and takes to wandering the city at night. This leads to all kinds of hijinks as he discovers a dark underbelly within the city he studies in and he develops somewhat of an obsession with i
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 threaded throughout by myste
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Ed is a college student who was just dumped by his girlfriend. While wallowing in his pain, he starts walking around his town in the middle of the night. He makes increasing poor decisions and gets into more and more trouble. He learns about the crazy, nighttime people who also roam the streets, most of them looking for prey.

This book does not have a supernatural element, but there are a lot of disturbing, terrifying people. The people under the bridges are particularly creepy. The story takes p
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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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