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The Beast House

Novel by Richard Laymon (USA) 1986.

Richard Laymon returns to his hugely popular debut novel, The Cellar, for a second stab at the Beast House. Here we find Gorman Hardy, sleazy author of the factually doubtful but best-selling 'Horror at Black River Falls', who is visiting Malcasa Point to scope out the Beast House for a possible new blockbuster. He found about the place from the local Welcome Inn's Janice Crogan, who has discovered the revealing diary of the original owner of the Beast House. Also in the area is Nora Branson and her friend Tyler Moran, who have hooked up with a couple of ex-Marines, natural targets for Hardy who wants to send someone into the Beast House at night to check up on just who or what might be wandering about.

Everything The Cellar should have been, but not quite as nasty. Laymon had obviously mastered his style by this point in his career, and thus we find a pretty undemanding, smooth read that is still plenty of fun. The recurrent themes that Laymon is infamous for were beginning to show here: this was his third novel featuring a similarly constructed pair of female leads and the second on the trot with a major character called Wyatt. But his strengths are also starting to show, especially the excellent dialogue that keeps on getting better and better with every succeeding book.


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