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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  4,764 ratings  ·  252 reviews
Jody is pretty tough for a sixteen-year-old girl. That's the only reason she's still alive - for now. She was sleeping over at her friend Evelyn's house when a group of killers broke in and tried to slaughter everyone. She saw Evelyn spitted on a spear, but Jody managed to escape, along with Evelyn's little brother, Andy. — Simon was one of the killers that gruesome night. ...more
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Published August 1st 2009 by 47North (first published September 9th 1993)
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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
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Endless Night started off with a bang and I was instantly hooked. Though I do think I need the Lord’s guidance after finishing it.

Jody was sleeping over at her friend Evelyn’s house when Evelyn heard a crashing sound. Not being able to get it off her mind, they both decided to check the noise out. As soon as she opened the door, Evelyn was speared. Her body leapt straight up and dangled from her doorway. Jody stood frozen behind Evelyn’s limp body, hidden from the killer. She knew she needed to
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
4.0 Stars
This was one of the most disturbing, terrifying horror novels I have ever read. This one is not for the faint of heart The initial chapters were particularly memorable, launching the reader immediately into the horrifying action. Given the premise, readers must go into this story expecting all the terrible things that could transpire in a home invasion situation. Trigger warnings for extreme, gruesome violence and sexual assault. This novel will not be for everyone. The writing was not
Evans Light
For every Laymon book I find to be perversely delightful, I find another that misses the mark.
Endless Night kicks off with a way-over-the-top opening full of bloody action, but soon after wades into a flabby midsection morass featuring the endless inane family melodrama of individuals who by all rights should be too traumatized to speak.
Jody's friend and her friend's family has been brutally murdered and raped (in that order) in front of her by a pack of crazed maniacs, after which a man dressed
Jun 12, 2008 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
Apr 15, 2010 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
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,
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - 3.75 stars.

I wasn't expecting THAT much from this, so I can't really say that I was disappointed.

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this book is gross. Laymon's writing brought everything that happened in this book to life, and sometimes I had to put the book down because I needed a break from time to time.

This book is told in two points of views, Jody and Simon. This is an interesting contrast because Jody is a seemingly squeaky clean 16 year old girl, and Simon i
Susan Crowe
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-on-kindle
I just couldn't finish this. I'm usually not a huge stickler for typos in kindle versions but this is unreal.

The violence in this book just became more than I could handle. I'm usually pretty tough, but the girl wearing the bra made from murdered baby's faces became too much.
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Endless Night is a tight coil of tension overflowing with unspeakable horrors and acts of human depravity which will churn the stomachs of even the most horror-hardened of readers.

Jody and Andy, two teens find themselves in the cross-hairs of a cult of crazies hellbent on murder most macabre. Lucky for Jody, her father is a police chief, unlucky for her, is one of the cult crazies has an unhealthy obsession with her, one which her father may not be able to shield her from.

I couldn't read this
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!
My mind is a-whir with all the points I want to make here, and all the disclaimers I have as well. Ultimately, this book is dated, which means some of the issues I have are a result of societal evolution. Still, my making allowances for this, as I routinely do, did not help me to enjoy this book more.

Before I get into the main focus of my issues -- but the image above is a preview -- I'd like to say almost nothing worked for me in the story. I found all the characters either creepy or strange
Stuart Keane
Apr 06, 2014 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
Adam Light
Nov 23, 2012 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
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
Mar 20, 2014 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
Dec 21, 2008 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
Nov 26, 2013 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
Jan 23, 2016 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.
Sarah Marie
Endless Night by Richard Laymon

1 star

Jody is sleeping over at her best friend Evelyn’s house when Evelyn shakes her awake in the dead of night and claims that a window downstairs has been broken. As Evelyn and Jody brave waking up the parents in the house Evelyn is murdered with a spear. The killer walks off with her body and Jody is able to find a weapon and get Jody’s brother. There’s something strange about the killer in the house. There’s more than one, they smell rotten, don’t appear to be

Oct 06, 2010 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 wan
Jul 27, 2013 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
Apr 19, 2009 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.

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
Jun 16, 2011 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
Oct 29, 2013 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
Oct 29, 2013 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
Ekel Adolf
Aug 20, 2015 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.
Nov 13, 2009 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:]
Apr 16, 2017 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.
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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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