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No Sanctuary by Richard Laymon
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Mar 24, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror, adult-fiction, own, mm-content
Read from March 24 to 26, 2010 — I own a copy , read count: 1

When you pick up a Richard Laymon book, you can expect his female characters to be dealt with in certain ways. Their bodies will definitely be described in copious detail and it's likely they'll be raped or almost raped before the book is done. It's uncomfortable, but he wrote such fantastic trashy horror that one can get past it.

This offering felt more uncomfortable than many of Laymon's other books, however. There was a strong focus on sexual violence throughout, whereas usually that is something more of a sideline. This novel paints all women as potential victims of rape, torture and murder, and all men as potential rapists and killers, with even the good guys being capable of wanting to do such acts, even if they don't go ahead.

I still enjoyed this, just as I enjoy all of Laymon's books. They're the perfect example of the genre. But if you're sensitive to depictions of sexual violence, you should avoid this book most of all of Laymon's books.

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