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Live Girls (Davey Owen #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,818 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
Davey Owen was looking for a little entertainment. He finds instead a nightmare in the form of a beautiful but strangely pale woman. A woman who offers him passion, ecstasy - and eternal life - but takes in exchange his lifeblood and his very soul.
Paperback, 337 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Adam Light
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ray-garton
Excellent vampire story!

LIVE GIRLS is the most fun I've had reading a book in a while.

Ray Garton knows how to write. There isn't a wasted word here. I loved it.

Fast paced, drenched in gore, sex, and all around craziness. Just the way a good vampire novel should be.
Horace Derwent
curvily sexy and teethily hot
11811 (Eleven)
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
1987 Times Square before Rudy Giuliani cleaned up all the sleazy vampire strip joints. Other than Dracula and Salem's Lot, this may be the best vampire novel I've read. Compulsive reading at its best.
Will Errickson
Cult '80s horror novel bursting with sleaze, gore & pornography. No wonder I loved it when I was 19! It's still pretty cool today. Set in once-squalid, now long-gone Times Square, LIVE GIRLS features a strip club filled with vampires both grotesque and alluring. Sure, it's corny, not all that well-written, but earnest and quick-moving, original and inventive. I suppose "glory hole" is something you'd never hear in either DRACULA or TWILIGHT. Oh well. Would've made a helluva an '80s horror mo ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012, paperback
I was exited to start a perpetual challenge I had in mind for quite a while: Read through the Bram Stoker Award short-list and winners! (I want to do the same with the Man Booker Prize, though that's even more insane). Too bad I kind of started on the wrong foot.

I got this book because it was short-listed for Best Novel so I assumed it must be just as great as the winner novel Misery by Stephen King (which tied with Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon which I haven't read yet). Unfortunately, it wa
Enjoyed this vampiric tale! I think it's one of the only times that the vampires actually attack and feed in bat form, just a little thought. Interesting slant on the vampire lore with some nice sexy parts haha mixed with good old fashioned horror. Good fun!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fangbang
I hope I don't offend anyone with this review, but here it goes.
Let me start by saying, I loved this book, and I am going to read the sequel for sure.
Now to get down to the nitty gritty: This is my version of a trashy sleazy beachy speed read book.
I could have read this in one gulp while laying out in the sun, or perhaps on an airplane.
Instead I powered through it in 2 nights, last night being wide awake at 2am blatantly refusing to put it down.
Its a story! Plain and simple and down to the
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
What I learned from this book is that garlic is my best bet when encountering vampires, not crosses or bibles or holy water or even stakes. Garlic should do the trick! But seriously, this is my second book by Ray Garton and I enjoyed it so much that I finished it fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about "Live Girls" is something that I'm hoping appears in all his work, which is the dark, truly horrifying portrayal of any monster that he deals with. This book is about vampires that are beasts, ...more
Sun Goddess Moon Witch
DNF @ 45%.
You can see the plot coming a mile away, someones going to turn into a vampire! Basically, Davey gets a blow job and gets bit during the process. Then he goes back to the vampire eventually being persuaded to bite the vampire during sex. I couldn't finish this, it was SO boring and slow. Everyone in this book is very stupid and unobservant to these sex worker vampires. What made me drop this book was Davey's turning process into a vampire is taking him way to long to do it.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another winner found for less than a dollar at a thrift store! This book got progressively better as it lead up to the fucking awesome last scene. a few points:

- Vampire strippers??? Sign me the fuck up.
- I wasn't thrilled with this book until just after the halfway mark. Then I was hooked.
- A grown ass man named Davey, really? And his girlfriend is named Casey? If I were his editor, those names would be the first thing to go.
- Love Garton's take on vampires and the process of turning into one
Glenn Rolfe
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback-lbhc
It was a long time coming, but I finally picked up Ray Garton's classic, LIVE GIRLS. Wow! This is what Mass Market Paperback Horror is ALL about.

Davey Owen is down on himself, down on his luck, and waiting for life's next kick in the balls when he pays a visit to a lurid place called, LIVE GIRLS.
The beautiful seductress slinking behind the glass partition in the viewing room puts her teeth on him and changes his life forever.

Yes, this is vampires, but man, oh man, this was a fucking thrill-rid
  Dan  (thinks Negan should die on TWD)
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like spatter punk, or are looking for a good vampire horror book.
Yeah, that was a really good splatterpunk vampire novel!!!

A little perverse for me in certain parts and slow in the beginning but really picked up. Now I see what all the fuss was about.

The main character is a writer named Davey Owen going through a crisis who get's himself involved in a peep show/ strip club in Times Square called "LIVE GIRLS" that happens to be run by...VAMPIRES!!! Real nasty, fanged, monstrous blood-sucking vampires! No romantic vampire bullshit here.

A lot of people compar
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
When I had first heard of Ray Garton's Live Girls, I checked out a few reviews. There was one Amazon reviewer who enticed me by saying something like, "Nothing can prepare you for Live Girls. I went into this expecting to be shocked, and felt I was prepared. But nothing can prepare you for this".

Well, I went into this prepared to be shocked. It didn't happen.

This was a pretty good story, though, and it is a novel that is driven by the story alone.
That's the problem I have with a lot of horror l
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Vampire nuts
Along with Stokers' Dracula, Matheson's I Am Legend, Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood, King's Salems' Lot, Rice's Interview With the Vampire, Strieber's The Hunger, McCammon's They Thirst, and Lumley's Necroscope series (there, you've got my fave/top Vamp books) - I include this saucy, degenerate, nasty, thoroughly engrossing page turner as one of the pivotal moments in modern vampire lore. Garton's work leaps off the page and goes for the jugular - a nest of sexy vampires in the peepshow parlors o ...more
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was the first book by Ray Garton that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Its a highly original take on the vampire mythos and would make a great companion piece to John Skipp and Craig Spector's "The Light At the End". Of course, the reimagining of vampires is old hat in 2011, but I imagine that this book was quite mindblowing when it was originally published in 1987. It definitely holds up today, as Garton throws some truly bizarre things into the mix that I haven't heard of anywhere els ...more
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, old-school
First published in 1987, this is instantly recognisable as an 80s horror novel - sleek vampires (still seedy and not overly goth-sad), fairly explicit sex. the squalor of New York and Times Square and, of course, lashings of gore. For the most part, it’s a fun, quick read, though the pace does lag somewhat in the middle sections and occasionally the characterisation could be better - “Hey, Jackie, oh, bye, Jackie”. It’s nothing earth-shattering but as an enjoyable dose of old-school horror, it’s ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: vamp-lovers
3.5 Stars

Vampires. Really nasty ones. I love my vampires vile, ugly, pretty, violent, crazy,...but never sparkly. Ever. You know; because they're dead.

Weak, but lovable boy gets bit by hot vampire chick and tries to fight the hunger. He gets others killed and/or bit in the process; so the love just spreads.... ya know? Anti-climactic end scenario; I mean I saw it coming. No surprise. This was still a fun ride; and I recommend vampire addicts to read it.

Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great horror read. I read this in one day since I did not want to put it down once I started. Wonderfully dark and interesting take on modern day vampires. The characters were well developed and the story was great. Just the right amount of horror to make it interesting but not go over the top. Can not wait to get into the sequel 'Night Life'.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Horror, fable, and morality tale all in one, Live Girls hooked me from page one the same way that "Live Girls" snared all the men in the book. Garton continues to impress and thrill me with every book of his I read. Thirty years after its initial publication, Live Girls is as relevant and inventive as ever!
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
First experience with Garton and what a pleasant one. This book was great, exactly the kind of visceral, bloody, violent, crazy ride that vampire fiction should be but keeps forgetting to be or getting confused and watered down by sparkly vampires. Alternatively, this was a clever metaphor for how dangerous random sex was in the 1980s in NY. Either way a great read. Highly recommended.
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
An ultra-pulpy and lurid blast of 80s splatterpunk. Great fun, with some jaw-dropping set pieces, executed with gusto. On the minus side, the characterization is somewhat thin and the NYC milieu doesn't always quite convince (it feels as if it were written by a tourist).
Sean Grigsby
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is what vampire fiction should be. It was written when I was 2 years old and still stands as one of the best horror novels ever written. To this day, it is still relevant and relatable. If you like sex with your gore, and believe vampires don't sparkle in the daylight, this one is for you.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ray Garton delivered again! I had heard great things about this book and was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this dark, erotic vampire tale and look forward to reading the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. What fate awaits Davey and Casey, I wonder?
Rebecca McNutt
I don't know... frankly I didn't enjoy reading about Davey the perv and his world of "live girls", and although I like horror novels I didn't find this one very scary.
Melissa ownsbey
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
the book was good i have reads any else by you though cause every where i go they dont have any of yopur books
i bought this book a bookstore i did not win this book on good reads
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2017
Davey Owen is having a tough time, in his pathetic job and with his crazy and unfaithful girlfriend... Walking on the streets of New York he finds himself in the middle of Times Square in front of a Peep Show joint called Live Girls (good old 80s when sex parlors were available openly in the heart of major cities) and the decision he makes of crossing that black curtain will change his life forever, because what he finds in that booth is much more than a sensual and exotic dancer, he is now subm ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it

Something is rotten in the city of New York. People are found dead but their blood is missing. Dead corpses disappear from mortuaries. Ordinary, decent men keep returning to a certain seedy sex peep-show called Live Girls. The police know nothing and do even less.
When Walter Benedek, a respectable, middle-aged reporter working for the New York Times, finds his sister and niece dead his world falls apart. He decides to spend the rest of his holiday looking for their potential murderer –
John Bruni
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know how vampires in modern fiction tend to be romantics and even erotic? Ray Garton takes it that extra step. This is vampire porn at its finest. Davey is a wishy-washy guy who lets everyone walk all over him. He's the kind of person you just want to grab by the shoulders and shake him until he sees sense. Well, he decides it's time to walk on the wild side. He heads into Live Girls. It's the sort of place that used to fester in Times Square before the area got Disney-fied. One thing leads ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir, crime, vampires
This book got me out of my reading slump! It's exactly what I expect a good vampire story to be: sexy, gory, gruesome, with a few nods to Stoker's classic. I was surprised to learn that this was written in the '80s, because aside from the occasional mention of a pay phone, it did not feel dated in any way.

The ending was a bit abrupt, but otherwise I still enjoyed it, and thought it was worth the read.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I don't really like too many vampire books because there all turning into more "love stories" in my opinion, but this book was def a great read. Prob my favorite vampire book so far. It had a lot of blood & gore & I feel that it got how real vampires are. This was my first Ray Garton read & def won't be the last!
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Ray Garton is the author of several books, including horror novels such as LIVE GIRLS (which has a movie in the works), CRUCIFAX, E4 AUTUMN, and THE FOLKS; thrillers like TRADE SECRETS and SHACKLED; and numerous short stories and novellas. He's also written a number of movie and television tie-ins for young readers. He lives with his wife, Dawn, in California.
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