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Short Stories: The Mystery and Men's Magazines

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A collection of Richard Laymon's short stories from the mystery and men's magazines of the '70s and '80s.

Stories included are Desert Pickup, Roadside Pickup, Oscar’s Audition, Paying Joe Back, Out of the Woods, A Good Cigar is a Smoke, Immediate Opening, The Direct Approach, The Champion, Stiff Intruders, Blarney, Spooked, The Grab, and Eats.
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Kindle Edition, 102 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Laymusings
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Rob Errera
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
These stories are a throwback to a simpler time; a time when people drove around in faux wood panel station wagons, wore bell bottoms, and read fiction magazines for entertainment.

That’s right. People used to read. Fiction. For fun! In magazines!

The first Richard Laymon story I ever encountered was “The Champion” published in an early issue of Cemetery Dance magazine. Here was a story filled with grit, unpredictable characters, non-stop action, and a twist ending that would make O. Henry jealous
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J.B.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it
There wasn't an overwhelmingly good story in this collection. They were short and sweet, and all of them had a nice little twist to compliment the plot. Each was solidly written, and fun. You get a mixed bag. A little bit horror, gumshoe, action, suspense, silly, and downright weird.

If you haven't read any Laymon (I hadn't before I read this book) and want to get a good idea of what you can expect from one of his books. Well, get this collection. It's a little over a hundred pages, so it's a qu
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Cynthia Magness
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love me some Laymon!

Great stories. Laymon never fails to satisfy. A wonderful, old school horror author if there ever was one. Even Stephen King recommends him.
Stuart Olver
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Mr. Laymon, as usual, is superb. Stories as short and sharp as a paper cut.
Andy
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's a great collection. Very short stories as they were written for magazines. I really enjoyed most of them. A few seemed like ideas Laymon wanted to use in novels. If your a Laymon fan it's a great buy. If you've never read Laymon before go check out his stuff totally worth reading. ...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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