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Night Show

Novel by Richard Laymon (USA) 1984.

Dani Larson is the top makeup artist doing horror effects in Hollywood, and is being pursued by Tony, a deranged fan who wants her to teach him the trade. Tony is a seriously disturbed character whose chief aim in life is to scare the bejesus out of people, which usually results in him being beaten up. But once upon a time he played his tricks on Linda, the high school beauty, who is intent on getting her grisly revenge.

Clever twists a la Out are the Lights, this double slasher story is very similar in pace and style to that book, Laymon's previous work. After the huge success of The Cellar, The Woods are Dark flopped dismally, and Laymon, an American, began to be published only in England. By this fourth novel, he even had to return to full-time work for financial reasons. Robert McCammon described this as "a very fast, gripping read", and it does read fast, sucking the reader into its plot in the usual Laymon style. Like Out are the Lights, it is centred around horror films and most of the gore features in the films within the book, making it more of a thriller than a horror novel. Consistently good in the style that Laymon has carved out for himself.


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