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When Ed receives word from his college girlfriend that she's in love with someone else, Ed's world changes in a second. Heartbroken and half-mad, Ed goes for a nighttime walk, but on this lonesome October night, he is not alone. There are others roaming the streets, waiting to show Ed just how different his world can be. Some are enticing, some disturbing--and some are dea When Ed receives word from his college girlfriend that she's in love with someone else, Ed's world changes in a second. Heartbroken and half-mad, Ed goes for a nighttime walk, but on this lonesome October night, he is not alone. There are others roaming the streets, waiting to show Ed just how different his world can be. Some are enticing, some disturbing--and some are deadly, in search of prey.


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When Ed receives word from his college girlfriend that she's in love with someone else, Ed's world changes in a second. Heartbroken and half-mad, Ed goes for a nighttime walk, but on this lonesome October night, he is not alone. There are others roaming the streets, waiting to show Ed just how different his world can be. Some are enticing, some disturbing--and some are dea When Ed receives word from his college girlfriend that she's in love with someone else, Ed's world changes in a second. Heartbroken and half-mad, Ed goes for a nighttime walk, but on this lonesome October night, he is not alone. There are others roaming the streets, waiting to show Ed just how different his world can be. Some are enticing, some disturbing--and some are deadly, in search of prey.

30 review for Night in the Lonesome October

  1. 4 out of 5

    mark monday

    UPDATED REVIEW one late October night, heartbroken college student Ed decides to soothe his troubled soul by taking a long nighttime stroll to Dandi Donuts. and so begins an addiction. with each subsequent evening walk he learns more about the eerie, threatening, hypnotic underside of the sleepy small town of Wilmington. what lurks in Wilmington? well, let's see... a vindictive cycling senior, predators in a van with alluring bait, a sad and scary shut-in clown, cannibalistic homeless people lurk UPDATED REVIEW one late October night, heartbroken college student Ed decides to soothe his troubled soul by taking a long nighttime stroll to Dandi Donuts. and so begins an addiction. with each subsequent evening walk he learns more about the eerie, threatening, hypnotic underside of the sleepy small town of Wilmington. what lurks in Wilmington? well, let's see... a vindictive cycling senior, predators in a van with alluring bait, a sad and scary shut-in clown, cannibalistic homeless people lurking under bridges, a sociopath with the looks of a male model who fixates on Ed and his new lady, and an enticing young miss who makes a practice of sneaking into homes to make herself at home. Richard Laymon, Richard Laymon! you wrote a good one! what a happy relief to finally find the book to justify my increasingly inexcusable desire to return to his trashy, sleazy worlds again and again. Night in Lonesome October is appealing and didn't inspire the usual guilt or feelings of squirmy dirtiness. Ed is a likeable (and increasingly feckless) hero who tries to do the right thing, nurses petty feelings of anger towards the lass who dumped him, is realistically horny (as opposed to the over-the-top uber-horniness of most Laymon teen protagonists), and his increasingly addictive behavior in exploring the disturbing underworld of the town around him is portrayed with interesting, often frustrating realism. and the ongoing motifs of nudity and voyeurism in Laymon's novels are handled with a lot more intelligence here - and in a way that rather expertly places the protagonist and the reader in the same shoes. very Hitchcock! very Blue Velvet! the novel delivers genuine chills in set-piece after set-piece, from the creepy exploration of various silent homes to the image of a silent lumbering figure climbing over a fence on the edge of a ballpark at midnight to an increasingly threatening conversation with a lunatic to an ill-judged decision to have a little moonlit sex under a bridge. this was a genuinely tense novel. it is also, per standard Laymon, a microscopic narrative. although it takes place over the course of several days, we are often in Ed's head on a minute-by-minute basis. although this can get a bit tedious at times, happily, it mainly works. it is all so you are there now. i was also pleased at how Laymon handles his gay character. as is probably clear from my reviews, i'm a queer and so i am often rather thensitive to how queer supporting characters are portrayed. at first the hero's frenemy Kirkus was straight-up stereotype and i was annoyed. he's swishy and he speaks in some kind of affected Noel Coward voice and he is constantly predatory towards our hero's apparently hot little bod. but then we get Kirkus' horrifying backstory and i was rather blown away by just how tough Laymon decided to be when depicting how bad it can get for young queers. kudos! no punches pulled, and even better, the punches thrown land in surprisingly ambiguous and troubling places. and after this revelation... Kirkus is still the same pretentious, pathetic, and rather creepy guy, one who acts in an even more predatory style. it doesn't matter - Kirkus became real, to me and to Ed, and his move from asshole to assholish friend felt well-earned. oh and spoiler: he also saves the day, so there's that. okay this review is really too long for its enjoyable but minor subject matter, so i'll just close out by saying that if you are a Laymon fan and if any of the above makes you think that this atypical Laymon offering lacks the typical Laymon excesses of torture, rape, sadism, and excessive blood-is-everywhere type violence... well, i guess don't worry. the climax has all of that, sicko. ____________ YE OLDE PLACEHOLDER REVIEW 'tis the season... 13 TALES OF TERROR: BOOK 12 i had a dream last night... a dream that Richard Laymon actually wrote a good book. not just a fun and pulpy trash rollercoaster that made me feel ashamed and dirty afterwards, but a novel of value. eerie, unpredictable, and surprisingly thoughtful. a protagonist who actually felt real and a journey that was strange and disturbing and grotesque... but somehow not cheap. not typical Laymon. it was not just a dream - it was a nightmare! a beautiful nightmare. i woke up tangled in my sweat-soaked sheets, confused and off-balance, wanting to dive back into the dream and finish that strange trip. but instead i had a cigarette; it's best to draw out these kinds of pleasures. now here are some special Halloween visuals for your viewing pleasure: (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    Okay Goodreads, you got me. Ha ha ha! Over 1500 ratings and an average score of 3.87 stars. How did you all organise yourselves to vote so highly? Colour me impressed! I'm even now making sure to switch off my webcam to make sure not a one of you has hacked my PC and is filming my reactions for some kind of Candid Camera special as I construct this review... Wow. For a Laymon book, this was just plain terrible. A 470 page novel about a 20 year old pining about his girlfriend dumping him and proce Okay Goodreads, you got me. Ha ha ha! Over 1500 ratings and an average score of 3.87 stars. How did you all organise yourselves to vote so highly? Colour me impressed! I'm even now making sure to switch off my webcam to make sure not a one of you has hacked my PC and is filming my reactions for some kind of Candid Camera special as I construct this review... Wow. For a Laymon book, this was just plain terrible. A 470 page novel about a 20 year old pining about his girlfriend dumping him and proceeding, because of this, to make one stupid decision after another, and all the time becoming increasingly unlikeable. But this isn't the worst thing about the novel. That "honour" goes to the fact that there is absolutely no narrative drive to the entire thing - at least not until the last 80 or so pages. Until that point we simply follow protagonist Ed around as character after character throws themselves at him and he manages to come across as a cretin by vacillating between them, all the while lamenting in the first person about how hurt and "messed up" he is as he moons over his ex. No, seriously. That's it. Occasionally we get a glimpse of a horror novel trying to come out. In one scene, a crazy stalker (no, not Ed, another crazy stalker) comes out to play, only to disappear for Ed to spend two-thirds of the book being a douche. Then there's another promising scene about a bunch of (view spoiler)[cannibal vagrants, but they just turn out to be a convenient tool so that all the surviving characters can live happily ever after (hide spoiler)] . Normally, I'm a huge fan of Laymon's and I'd heard great things about Night in the Lonesome October, but this missed every mark I have - other than being well-written - and then some. 1.5 Reckless Post-Midnight Wanders for Night in the Lonesome October.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Adamus

    Wow!! Definitely my favorite Laymon book so far I think!! This book was filled with so much I suspense & was also sooo funny!! One minute you wanna scream at the book & your flipping pages so quick with suspense you almost get a paper cut then your laughing from what's going on or what's being said. The books story was very well done & I really liked the characters. I felt like I was rite there with them in every scenario. This wasn't the normal slasher type book Laymon does it is a little diffe Wow!! Definitely my favorite Laymon book so far I think!! This book was filled with so much I suspense & was also sooo funny!! One minute you wanna scream at the book & your flipping pages so quick with suspense you almost get a paper cut then your laughing from what's going on or what's being said. The books story was very well done & I really liked the characters. I felt like I was rite there with them in every scenario. This wasn't the normal slasher type book Laymon does it is a little different, but a lot more unique. I highly recommend to all horror fans!! If you want to read a book that's a big thrill suspense horror novel this is definitely the book!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Stewart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 Stars!! I felt weirdly conflicted while reading this book. This book is a break-up book that opens with the protagonists girlfriend dumped in after he’s returned to college with hopes that they would be moving in together and progressing their relationship. Not only has she dumped him, but she also dumped out of attending the same college as him, leaving the protagonist to be consoled by her former friend who also had a similar experience with a fiancé. The protagonist takes to walking the c 3.5 Stars!! I felt weirdly conflicted while reading this book. This book is a break-up book that opens with the protagonists girlfriend dumped in after he’s returned to college with hopes that they would be moving in together and progressing their relationship. Not only has she dumped him, but she also dumped out of attending the same college as him, leaving the protagonist to be consoled by her former friend who also had a similar experience with a fiancé. The protagonist takes to walking the campus and city streets at night to cure his lonely heart and discover a young mysterious woman who happens to break into houses along with all sorts of night creatures. I’ve read enough of Laymons’ work to know that sometimes his protagonists are not the nicest of people so I was aware going into this that maybe the protagonist wasn’t a reply view point for right and wrong. That being said I was constantly left shouting at this book. The protagonist develops a relationship with his former girlfriends friend, Eileen, whose an incredibly endearing character yet he chooses at every waking moment to say he’s not interested despite sleeping with her many times. He is instead fixated on this mysterious woman for reasons the reader is made aware of. He just happens to see this woman one night walking alone and becomes obsessed. They don’t even interact until a good two thirds into the story. This would be perfectly fine if the protagonist turned out to be some sort of stalker and while the novel flirts with the idea he is, in the end he turns out to be a ‘good guy’, which makes no sense considering his previous behaviour. That being said the interactions between the characters are fantastic. Two stand out, those of Eileen and Kirkus, both are attractive to the main character and both make various attempts to be with him. Eileen is a stand out favourite, which is probably while I didn’t like how the main characters treated her. There’s also sub plots that feature cannibal homeless people and a psychopath that has a obsession with Eileen, which feels like this is were the story should be focused rather than the hundreds of pages focusing on the protagonist attempts to locate his mystery woman.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    The second best book Laymon ever wrote. Nothing what you expect. Utterly terrifying. ***** 5 Stars E.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Light

    Strange, atmospheric outing for Laymon. This one was, by no means, a barn burner, but it was absorbing and featured a cast of interesting characters whose motives were never quite concrete. Definitely a unique story, and one I would recommend to anyone looking to break into Laymon's work. I would not categorize this one as horror. Strange, atmospheric outing for Laymon. This one was, by no means, a barn burner, but it was absorbing and featured a cast of interesting characters whose motives were never quite concrete. Definitely a unique story, and one I would recommend to anyone looking to break into Laymon's work. I would not categorize this one as horror.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    If you like walking alone at night you never know what is going to happen to you... And October's nights are the creepiest ones. I used working on shifts and sometimes the 3 am night bus simply "vanished" so I had long creepy walks in the cold (often rainy) October nights here in Rome, but luckly nothing happened to me like the ones told in this book. The whole time I was asking to myself where the hell this Laymon's story was going on, but at the end it just seemed to me that he was just puttin'o If you like walking alone at night you never know what is going to happen to you... And October's nights are the creepiest ones. I used working on shifts and sometimes the 3 am night bus simply "vanished" so I had long creepy walks in the cold (often rainy) October nights here in Rome, but luckly nothing happened to me like the ones told in this book. The whole time I was asking to myself where the hell this Laymon's story was going on, but at the end it just seemed to me that he was just puttin'on words some of his night nightmares and wet dreams. The result is a great dreamy page-turner tale with really unique characters and a story far away from being predictable at all. Like Lynch meets Tarantino... With lots of sex and creepy weird events. One of best Laymon's novels I've read, a perfect Halloween mood tale.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Poor ole heartbroken Ed. Out night wandering in the small college town of Wilmington. May want to rethink the whole midnight strolling thang. You don’t want to be out after dark in this town with all the night loonies and trolls. You just may get “the works”. And you do not want that. Trust me. Some authors have a certain ease about their writing and their stories seem to float along with little effort. Laymon is like that. Dark, creepy, atmospheric. I wasn’t sure where this one was going, but i Poor ole heartbroken Ed. Out night wandering in the small college town of Wilmington. May want to rethink the whole midnight strolling thang. You don’t want to be out after dark in this town with all the night loonies and trolls. You just may get “the works”. And you do not want that. Trust me. Some authors have a certain ease about their writing and their stories seem to float along with little effort. Laymon is like that. Dark, creepy, atmospheric. I wasn’t sure where this one was going, but it wasn’t about the destination, it was about the journey. 4 Stars and Highly Recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cody | CodysBookshelf

    3.5 stars rounded up! Richard Laymon does a lot of right here, and he does some wrong. I quite enjoyed the dream-like aspects of the story — the sheer mystery of Ed’s nighttime walks — but I did get bogged down a bit by his and Eileen’s relationship. That whole thing moved a bit too quickly; it’s the cause of my taking eight days to finish this relatively quick book. Still, this is considered one of Laymon’s finest, and it is quite different from his titles that I’ve read thus far. It feels a bit 3.5 stars rounded up! Richard Laymon does a lot of right here, and he does some wrong. I quite enjoyed the dream-like aspects of the story — the sheer mystery of Ed’s nighttime walks — but I did get bogged down a bit by his and Eileen’s relationship. That whole thing moved a bit too quickly; it’s the cause of my taking eight days to finish this relatively quick book. Still, this is considered one of Laymon’s finest, and it is quite different from his titles that I’ve read thus far. It feels a bit more nuanced, more atmospheric. This is certainly an ideal read for the autumn season . . . as the title implies. I didn’t quite love this book like I thought I would (what can I say, I think I prefer Laymon’s slasher-gasher stories), but I had a nice time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I'm actually kind of shocked and appalled that this got such good reviews because I found this entire book awful? It's one of those books that's so awful I thought everyone would unanimously agree that it's awful????? Before I read this book I wasn't super onboard the "We need more books by women! Blahblah cliche male writer and manic pixie girls sexism blah blah" but now I'm like holy crap this is the definition of all the things those women were complaining about. The whole book he's upset his I'm actually kind of shocked and appalled that this got such good reviews because I found this entire book awful? It's one of those books that's so awful I thought everyone would unanimously agree that it's awful????? Before I read this book I wasn't super onboard the "We need more books by women! Blahblah cliche male writer and manic pixie girls sexism blah blah" but now I'm like holy crap this is the definition of all the things those women were complaining about. The whole book he's upset his ex left him - probably because he's a digusting human being whose unbearable and then for some reason a super hot babe takes an interest in him! But she's not up to par with his ex, obviously. Plus he likes to go out late at night and literally stalk this fit girl who doesn't look like she's of legal age ?????????????????????????? Anyway he settles for hot babe but still stalks fit girl. This is the plot for like I don't know the entire book (AKA there's no plot. At all.) Also a gay guy totally wants him which he makes super clear. Ugh. So hard being him. Now the girl he stalks wants him too! Ugh! Two hot girls and a gay guy, woe is him. Don't worry, we'll add the girl he was watching through her windows naked while he was peeping in her bushes. Because that's normal. Everyone likes this guy who lurks and stalks. Why did his ex leave him? So great, great book, five stars obviously WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE THERE WASN'T EEVEN A PLOT OH MY GOD GOOD READS

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    OMG! What a load of tripe! This is the first Richard Laymon book I have read and by the reviews of his books I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume it's just a dud. If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was written by a 15 year old boy with one hand down his pants the whole time. I found it to be poorly written, there were parts that contradicted itself - Ed leaves his wallet at home but then proceeded to get $5 out of the same wallet a few pages later - (I mus OMG! What a load of tripe! This is the first Richard Laymon book I have read and by the reviews of his books I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume it's just a dud. If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was written by a 15 year old boy with one hand down his pants the whole time. I found it to be poorly written, there were parts that contradicted itself - Ed leaves his wallet at home but then proceeded to get $5 out of the same wallet a few pages later - (I must admit I didn't personally pick this up but someone who had previously loaned the book from the library had pointed this out and pencilled it in the margin), and what the characters did were just plain stupid. Now you're probably thinking "then why not give it 1 star" - that's because despite the fact this book annoyed the crap out of me from the first to last page, unfortunately it held my interest enough to make me want to finish it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    Really weird but in a good way.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I've only read maybe half a dozen Laymon books but I would have to say this has been my least favorite. Very short on the scares and very heavy on the gross horny teen, I'd pass on this one. It is a fast read though, so that's a bonus. I've only read maybe half a dozen Laymon books but I would have to say this has been my least favorite. Very short on the scares and very heavy on the gross horny teen, I'd pass on this one. It is a fast read though, so that's a bonus.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ben Loory

    laymon's books are basically like cheap 80s slasher movies, only for some reason you actually care about the characters. they're quick and mean and dreamlike and more than a little sick. i'd be delighted to be able to write books like these. laymon's books are basically like cheap 80s slasher movies, only for some reason you actually care about the characters. they're quick and mean and dreamlike and more than a little sick. i'd be delighted to be able to write books like these.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justin M.

    What a crazy ass book! So good!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    When I read the description on Amazon, I was excited to read the book. unfortunately, the description was the best part and did not have much in common with the actual book. I was disappointed to say the least. The characters lacked development. Ed got laid a lot and thought about getting laid a lot, and really had no redeeming qualities. The troll attack under the bridge, the mysterious night-wandering girl, and the pick-up truck-driving, donut-eating rapist were just random--they jsut didn't a When I read the description on Amazon, I was excited to read the book. unfortunately, the description was the best part and did not have much in common with the actual book. I was disappointed to say the least. The characters lacked development. Ed got laid a lot and thought about getting laid a lot, and really had no redeeming qualities. The troll attack under the bridge, the mysterious night-wandering girl, and the pick-up truck-driving, donut-eating rapist were just random--they jsut didn't add for me. Not really an effective horror novel in my opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    Wow... what a crazy book. I loved it. It was strange and scary and tense and terrifying. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The characters were bizarre just the way Laymon likes them. The night went from bad to worse to unbelievable. The events were disturbing. This book was like a train wreck I couldn't stop reading. 5 stars from me! Wow... what a crazy book. I loved it. It was strange and scary and tense and terrifying. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The characters were bizarre just the way Laymon likes them. The night went from bad to worse to unbelievable. The events were disturbing. This book was like a train wreck I couldn't stop reading. 5 stars from me!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    This would have to be one of my favorite books. Funny as hell, more of a different sense of humor, definitely some creepy moments. Different side of Laymon compared to something like The Cellar, highly recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I think I liked this book so much because I am a night wanderer too. I love to walk at night. Always have and always will. Of course, I don't go messing about under bridges or slipping into the homes of people I don't know! I think I liked this book so much because I am a night wanderer too. I love to walk at night. Always have and always will. Of course, I don't go messing about under bridges or slipping into the homes of people I don't know!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Syon Das

    This was a terrifying, unpredictable, and truly suspenseful reading experience. While I haven’t delved into too many of Laymon’s other books, I can confidently say that NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. All the characters in this novel felt like real people, which is a testament to Laymon’s understanding of how a lot of young men and women really behave. His dialogue is sharp, often times hilarious, and brutally honest. Laymon doesn’t shy away from detail This was a terrifying, unpredictable, and truly suspenseful reading experience. While I haven’t delved into too many of Laymon’s other books, I can confidently say that NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. All the characters in this novel felt like real people, which is a testament to Laymon’s understanding of how a lot of young men and women really behave. His dialogue is sharp, often times hilarious, and brutally honest. Laymon doesn’t shy away from detailing vulgar, crass, and graphic thoughts, which adds another level of authenticity. This especially makes the malicious characters we come across seem all the more menacing. While the story is rather “tame” throughout most of the book, there is an underlying sense of terror that never lets up. I felt uncomfortable the whole way through, and was literally holding my breath while reading the last few chapters. Definitely check this book out, even if you aren’t a fan of Laymon’s other work. While there is still a fair bit of content that could be seen as offensive, I promise you that the overall plot is a drastic departure from his usual subject matter. I loved this book. 5 out of 5.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    Yeah, the five stars here is a bit of a goof but I did find this book to be an outrageous, fun, and unpredictable read. At the beginning I thought it was perhaps one of the worst books I've ever read, but it eventually finds its groove and develops into an intensely atmospheric, harrowing, and disturbing story. I certainly don't recommend it to anybody who doesn't understand Laymon's style, but if you appreciate Laymon's goofiness and usual assortment of sex-crazed characters, then you'll dig th Yeah, the five stars here is a bit of a goof but I did find this book to be an outrageous, fun, and unpredictable read. At the beginning I thought it was perhaps one of the worst books I've ever read, but it eventually finds its groove and develops into an intensely atmospheric, harrowing, and disturbing story. I certainly don't recommend it to anybody who doesn't understand Laymon's style, but if you appreciate Laymon's goofiness and usual assortment of sex-crazed characters, then you'll dig this one. I put this one up there with "The Island" and "The Traveling Vampire Show" as Laymon's most entertaining reads. It's an absolutely nutty story but I give props to Laymon for taking things to the extreme and following it through to the end. I was riveted and couldn't put the book down because I never had any clue as to what was coming next. Definitely a "must read" for Laymon fans and horror fans in general, although the author's prose and the character's questionable actions will certainly not work for everybody.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ken B

    As I was reading this novel, I kept asking myself, "Where the hell is Laymon going with this one?". As I finished it, I asked myself, "Where the hell was Laymon going with this one?". The story is engaging and the characters are unique to say the least. It was more than enough to keep the pages turning. The only thing I can say for sure as I wrapped this one up, was that I have never read anything even remotely like this book. 5 STARS As I was reading this novel, I kept asking myself, "Where the hell is Laymon going with this one?". As I finished it, I asked myself, "Where the hell was Laymon going with this one?". The story is engaging and the characters are unique to say the least. It was more than enough to keep the pages turning. The only thing I can say for sure as I wrapped this one up, was that I have never read anything even remotely like this book. 5 STARS

  23. 5 out of 5

    KAggie97

    One of the most bizarre and interesting books I've read. It's like a pseudo-Seinfeld, seemingly about nothing but full of a bit of everything. The story is simple: a guy takes a walk at night and gets involved with some crazy stuff. That's about it. I think it's one of those stories that you'll either love or hate. I found myself looking forward to joining 'Eduardo' on his nightly excursions. One of the most bizarre and interesting books I've read. It's like a pseudo-Seinfeld, seemingly about nothing but full of a bit of everything. The story is simple: a guy takes a walk at night and gets involved with some crazy stuff. That's about it. I think it's one of those stories that you'll either love or hate. I found myself looking forward to joining 'Eduardo' on his nightly excursions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    In my opinion, if an author can paint a picture and make me feel like I am in his or her world, the author has achieved greatness. Richard Laymon always wrote with a straight-forward prose. Nobody was going to confuse him with King or Koontz. But boy can he pull me in. In Night in the Lonesome October, I felt like I was running with the protagonist in the night air, sneaking through the dangerous neighborhoods, looking for the mysterious, pretty girl, and hiding from the man who wants to hurt him In my opinion, if an author can paint a picture and make me feel like I am in his or her world, the author has achieved greatness. Richard Laymon always wrote with a straight-forward prose. Nobody was going to confuse him with King or Koontz. But boy can he pull me in. In Night in the Lonesome October, I felt like I was running with the protagonist in the night air, sneaking through the dangerous neighborhoods, looking for the mysterious, pretty girl, and hiding from the man who wants to hurt him and his girlfriend. I don't even want to discuss the bridge scenes - they were ghastly and horrific, and again I felt a part of the horror. Not a lot of new ground is broken here, but it was an effectively told story. Somehow, the night walks resonated strongly with me. I have read this story twice, and enjoyed it immensely each time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Dodd

    Wow, getting past all the stalkerish business, I really enjoyed this novel! The suspense even as he waited to peer into a strangers window calibrated me and kept me hooked. Laymon has a way with a story always keeps me turning the page and is paced with incredible precision. I felt the world he painted after 11 PM to be spooky and oddly realistic lol, I live in the inner city and this book kept me suspicious of the transients hahahaha. Very good read imo, not his best but far from the worst.

  26. 5 out of 5

    SSteppenwolFF

    Well I expected more from this book ... It was an OK read but I thought it would be a little more strange and off the wall ... {SPOILER ALERT !!!} ... Really wish the author would have explored the cannibals world a bit more ...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dave Edmunds

    Four point five stars rounded up to five. Oh Dicky Laymon,so close to a full five stars. I've read some trash from this author, but credit where it's due this is a very fun and quite well written read. The premise is fairly unique. A heartbroken young guy who has just been royally dumped by the love of his life and takes to wandering the city at night. This leads to all kinds of hijinks as he discovers a dark underbelly within the city he studies in and he develops somewhat of an obsession with i Four point five stars rounded up to five. Oh Dicky Laymon,so close to a full five stars. I've read some trash from this author, but credit where it's due this is a very fun and quite well written read. The premise is fairly unique. A heartbroken young guy who has just been royally dumped by the love of his life and takes to wandering the city at night. This leads to all kinds of hijinks as he discovers a dark underbelly within the city he studies in and he develops somewhat of an obsession with it. Particularly when he crosses paths with a mystery girl who completely takes his mind of that horrible ex of his. Arn't all exes horrible? There's some really interesting and memorable characters in this one and I found Ed (the main character) very relatable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's given me a taste for some more Laymon. It's now 01:54 in the morning and I'm going to head out for some late night strolling and see what scrapes I can get into. Wish me luck!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie Powell

    A very good, well-written story about a young man roaming the streets at night and the bizarre and mysterious outcome. Ed is heartbroken and begins walking late at night...which turns out to be a world of weird. The night is filled with eccentric characters, some horrifying, others intriguing and yet this cast make for a compelling read because 'we just have to know what happens next'. It has themes such as love, betrayal, insanity, loneliness and friendship while been threaded throughout by myste A very good, well-written story about a young man roaming the streets at night and the bizarre and mysterious outcome. Ed is heartbroken and begins walking late at night...which turns out to be a world of weird. The night is filled with eccentric characters, some horrifying, others intriguing and yet this cast make for a compelling read because 'we just have to know what happens next'. It has themes such as love, betrayal, insanity, loneliness and friendship while been threaded throughout by mystery, horror and suspense. Though, on one level, it's about just how much young men think about sex, in addition to how contrary human behaviour can be, especially when trying to be good when desires may tempt 'not so good'. Recommended to those who love horror with a difference.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Ed is a college student who was just dumped by his girlfriend. While wallowing in his pain, he starts walking around his town in the middle of the night. He makes increasing poor decisions and gets into more and more trouble. He learns about the crazy, nighttime people who also roam the streets, most of them looking for prey. This book does not have a supernatural element, but there are a lot of disturbing, terrifying people. The people under the bridges are particularly creepy. The story takes p Ed is a college student who was just dumped by his girlfriend. While wallowing in his pain, he starts walking around his town in the middle of the night. He makes increasing poor decisions and gets into more and more trouble. He learns about the crazy, nighttime people who also roam the streets, most of them looking for prey. This book does not have a supernatural element, but there are a lot of disturbing, terrifying people. The people under the bridges are particularly creepy. The story takes place over several nights, and at times it moves at a leisurely pace. But in the second half things start to pick up and end in a crazy, wild climax. Not as weird as some of Laymon's other works but still very enjoyable.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    After reading and being fairly ambivalent to several of Laymon's works... this one entertained me. Perhaps because there really was no point other than - the world changes at about midnight... the loonies come out and be prepared for the unexpected. Though this book contained some figures we've seen before in either movies or other stories (the crazy bike hag, the van, etc) they come at you with such a randomness that the reader has to wonder if Laymon wasn't a bit high while writing it. Though After reading and being fairly ambivalent to several of Laymon's works... this one entertained me. Perhaps because there really was no point other than - the world changes at about midnight... the loonies come out and be prepared for the unexpected. Though this book contained some figures we've seen before in either movies or other stories (the crazy bike hag, the van, etc) they come at you with such a randomness that the reader has to wonder if Laymon wasn't a bit high while writing it. Though this book contained far less gore (almost none) than his others, the sex was still there though most of it takes place in the mind of our pouty, whiny leading man. So Ed was dumped by his first love... in order to get over it, he starts taking midnight walks. These midnight walks take him into the realm of Laymon's night time which is by no means a safe or normal place to be. But there is the rabbit leading him down the hole... the beautiful girl he keeps seeing and desperately wants to meet. So he continues his walks, trolls under the bridge be damned... and as the danger of the evening increases, so does his burning desire to re-enter that realm. As I said before, this book has really no point, and a very thin plot. But it is just so strange that I couldn't help but be interested. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed in Laymon's homophobia coming to the surface in this one... but then I compare it to how he views all of us women and I realize that the homosexual community got off light. Warning to that community - there is a character in here that is what every meathead thinks the gay community is; down to all but forcing himself on a straight man while speaking in a forced British accent. Speaking of accents, in the opening of the book Laymon forgot what country we were in and had the Americans telling each other "Sod you" and using some other British slang. But all of my complaints aside, this was still a step into the bizarro world for about 300 or so pages. I won't say it's a must read, but of the Laymon books that I have read, this is among my top 5 or so. If you are looking for gore and lots of explicit nakedness, pick up one of his other books... this one is just strange.

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