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Allhallow's Eve

Novel by Richard Laymon (USA) 1986.

Fifteen years ago, the small town of Ashburg saw a local family mutilated and murdered in their own home; the killer was never found. Now the killing has started again: the police chief has been murdered and the Harper home burned to the ground. And someone has invited everyone to a Hallowe'en party at the old Sherwood house, scene of the original killings. Sam Wyatt, local policeman, is investigating but Hallowe'en is only one night away �

Fast-paced, enjoyable and full of the patented Laymon violence and perversion. But, especially compared to his previous five books, it's also a thoroughly predictable and short read with no plot twists, little characterisation or plot and precious little that sticks in the mind. Small wonder it's the author's least favourite of his many works. This is the sort of thing you could expect from a 'young adult' horror novel if the author were allowed to go overboard on sex and gore.


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