The night promises more than one encounter for Sherry...
In Come Out Tonight, Richard Laymon writes a chilling horror story full of suspense, dark humour and a deadly killer. Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
'A grisly cocktail of horror, murder and mayhem laced with Laymon's distinct blend of black humour. Great stuff' - Yorkshire Evening Press
Sherry's getting nervous. When Duane left for the 24-hour Speed-D-Mart, he said he'd be back in ten minutes. But that was twenty minutes ago, and that store isn't someplace you'd generally want to go at this time of night. Then Sherry hears a noise from up the street. It could have been a car door slamming. Or a backfire. But it sounded like a gunshot.
Sherry tells herself she has nothing to worry about. Still, she puts on her clothes and heads out into the night. She's afraid of what she'll find, but she has no idea of what's really in store for her. If she did, she would never have left the safety of her home. And she never would have met a madman named Toby Bones...
What readers are saying about Come Out Tonight:
'It will have you gripped from start to finish and you won't want to put it down. The excitement and tension is out of this world'
'Sheer brilliance. The way the story keeps twisting and turning kept me turning the pages so fast I left scorch marks'
There's not a crime novelist around who writes cleaner prose than Laymon--and few who can jack up the tension the way he does. Yet despite his popularity overseas and a minor resurgence here (Bite, Forecasts, May 24), his readership has of late been limited in the States. This new novel, his first since The Midnight Tour, probably won't change that. Laymon likes to grasp readers by the neck with expert wordsmithery, then haul them into a diabolical situation. Here, foxy substitute teacher Sherry Gates goes searching for her boyfriend, who's late returning from a condom-run to a local L.A. market, and gets snatched by a homicidal, sex-crazed teen, Toby Bones. Many readers will find that too much of what ensues focuses, graphically, on Toby's violations of Sherry (and others), including rape, child molestation, slashings, beatings, shootings, a beheading and fratricidal murder by electric drill. Laymon's outrageousness is part of his appeal, but in his best books it's leavened by a gratifyingly sardonic sense of humor. That wickedness flashes at times here, as does a surprising tenderness: the series of scenes in which a naked Sherry is aided by two horny teen boys combines both qualities in a dashing display of emotionally complex writing. Once again, Laymon offers unexpected, well-rounded characters blown about in a narrative that moves like the wind. But the many scenes of sadistic torture cross the line from terror to lurid cruelty and will curdle the enjoyment of all but the most dedicated Laymon fans.