October 26, 2015

The Stake By: Richard Laymon Review



As a huge horror fan I am ashamed to admit that this is my first Richard Laymon read. For years I have seen his books in stores and I have heard that he is a great horror novelist. However, for some reason I never read one of his books before now. This won't be my last read by Richard Laymon either.

The Stake begins with Larry, his wife Jean, and another couple (Barbara and Pete) exploring a ghost town in Sagebrush Flats. In an abandoned hotel they find a woman naked in a coffin with a stake in her heart. While writing a novel about it Larry begins a search to find out what happened to her. Was she the victim of a lunatic who believed she is a vampire? Is she really a vampire and will she reanimate when the stake is pulled out?

Full disclaimer here--- if you are looking for a fast-paced novel then this probably isn't for you. It was quite slow in some parts and I wouldn't say this is a SCARY novel, but The Stake has a lot of great tension. There was even a part that I was so tense that I almost threw the book across the room. To be fair though I was home alone and the doorbell rang just as I got to a really intense part. That scared the bejesus out of me! Thanks UPS guy. 

The plot was pretty good, but the characters definitely made this story. In particular the main character Larry, who is a horror writer. Throughout the book he is writing a novel about everything that is going on and I found his writing process fascinating. I just love when writers have stories where the main character is a writer! I also really enjoyed Lane's (Larry and Jean's daughter) story line and it was pretty cool how it intertwined with the main story line. 

Overall the writing was great, however I didn't like that multiple times things that already happened had to be told in too much detail to other characters. I already know that, move on! I really don't like when authors make it so repetitive. If that was taken out the book probably could have been 50-80 pages shorter. Also, I probably would have given this 5 stars if this wasn't an issue in the book. I loved everything else about it!

I would recommend The Stake for fans of Stephen King, tension horror (Is tension horror an actual thing? I have no idea. If not then I'm making it up!), and vampires. Just hang in there through a few slow parts and a bit of repetitiveness. 


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12 comments:

  1. Lol! Those UPS guys can be really scary! Omg I love you. You're so funny <3

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

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    1. That was such horrible (or maybe great?) timing! Lol. I seriously jumped up and almost threw the book. Haha!

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  2. I love a good horror, though preferably more fast paced so I might give this one a miss. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it though, even though the UPS guy clearly gave you quite the shock ahah

    Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/sunday-post-1.html

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    1. He sure did! I don't get scared by much anymore, but I do get jumpy over stuff like that lol. Or like in scary movies all the jump scenes get me really good! :P

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  3. I've never tried this author before either Erin so I'm right there with you! Glad this was such a good read for you!

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    1. I looked up some other reviews on this author and from what I've seen this one isn't very popular. Since I liked it I guess I'll definitely have to try more of his! :)

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  4. This sounds really good! I also love horror and have been looking for books like this, thanks for sharing! :D

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. You're welcome. If you get around to reading it, I hope you like it. :-)

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  5. I love that you compared it to a Stephan King novel! I haven't picked up a book like this in a long time, I will be adding this one to my TBR! :)

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    1. It's definitely worth the read! Whenever you get around to it I would love to know what you think about it. :)

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  6. If the writing is good I can handle slow, i love the sound of the tension. Great review and perfect for this week

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    1. That's how I am too, the writing has to be well done! :)

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