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The Woods Are Dark by Richard Laymon
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Nov 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: personal-favorites, minimal-socially-redeeming-value, horror-fiction
Recommended for: People who thought Off Season was too tame

What made Laymon so remarkable was that, underneath all of the sex and violence, and sexual violence, and violent sex, &c, there's a man who knows how to pace a story. This is probably the most fast-paced off all his novels I've read to date, and it just drags you along.

Kelly Laymon (Richard's daughter) is also to be praised for her excellent work at patching together the original manuscript. As it is, the book is completely coherent (well, almost--the ending makes less sense than anything), and a harrowing but strangely endearing roller coaster ride.

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