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Book Title: The Stake|
The size of the: 878 KB
Edition: St Martins Pr
Date of issue: May 1991
ISBN 13: 9780312060169
The author of the book: Richard Laymon
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:When a horror author and his wife, along with their friends, visit Sagebrush Flats, a ghost town near their home, they stumble upon a truly bizarre discovery - the withered corpse of a woman with a stake driven through her heart. Was she a vampire? The only way to find out is to pull the stake, see if she reanimates.
The blurb on the back of this delightful novel ( in my opinion, one of Laymon's best) has to be one of the worst I have read
This book has several storylines woven together, and it takes a while to pick up steam, but when it does, look out.
Though slow at times, this book really delivers some excellent writing, a great cast of characters, a heaping dollop of wry humor, and some chilling horror.
As I read through Laymon's immense output, I often find him to be hot or miss, never totally bad, sometimes brilliant.
The Stake is high on the awesome list for me. I would say it holds its own with some of Laymon's other gems, like ISLAND, AFTER MIDNIGHT and BODY RIDES.
Fun, crazy and disturbing, never takes itself too seriously.
My only gripe is that there are multitudinous rehash scenes. There always seems to be a character who needs to be brought up to snuff on what happened in the previous chapter. I found myself skimming through in several places, but if you read Laymon, this is nothing new.
Read information about the authorRichard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California. He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University, Oregon and an MA from Loyola University, Los Angeles. He worked as a schoolteacher, a librarian, and a report writer for a law firm, and was the author of more than thirty acclaimed novels.
He also published more than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, and Cavalier, and in anthologies including Modern Masters of Horror.
He died from a massive heart attack on February 14, 2001 (Valentine's Day).
Also published under the name Richard Kelly
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