When Laymon is good, he is very, VERY good...and this is one of his best. The monstrousness of what may or may not be a vampire is not the issue but rather that of a predator that is far more successful than anything occult.
The story opens as Santa Monica narrator Sam, 26, is visited by old flame Cat: she wants him to kill Elliot, an unwelcome nightly visitor whom she claims is a vampire. Sam agrees, slaying Elliot with a stake in a scene that, typical for Laymon, is bloody, tinged with eroticism and unfolds a whisker away from black humor. The remainder of the novel details Sam and Cat's violent misadventures, including run-ins with homicidal drifters, as they try to dispose of the body. There's some thematic play about the vampire in us all, and Laymon's writing is as crisp and gleefully malevolent as ever.....
It's hard for me to rate a book from Laymon, because everyone of his books that i have read have been great, and well above most of the other Horror writers. Bite has plenty of everything i love about his books, with some interesting characters. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of Mr. Laymon, or fan of horror in general.
This is acclaimed as one of Laymon's best books, and considering that I have not found even one of his books inferior,but a few are superior,such as this one. The vampire is coming-Sam's in the closet with a hammer in one hand and a wooden stake in the other. His former girlfriend Cat is laying on the bed naked--
It's almost midnight. Cat's on the bed, facedown and naked. She's Sam's former girlfriend, the only woman he's ever loved. Sam's in the closet, with a hammer in one hand and a wooden stake in the other. Together they wait as the clock ticks down because...the vampire is coming.
When Cat first appeared at Sam's door he couldn't believe his eyes. He hadn't seen her in ten years, but he'd never forgotten her. Not for a second. But before this night is through. Sam will enter a nightmare of blood and fear that he'll never be able to forget - no matter how hard he tries.
I was a bit disappointed in this book, the title makes you think it is about vampires, but it is not. It's only MENTIONED. Otherwise, the book was pretty good. Would I read it again? Probably not, but if you want a fast entertaining read, go for it. Just don't order it, thinking it is about vampires, you will be disappointed.
One of laymons lighter books.. I kept expecting it to really get even more violent ( and yes it was but not nearly as bad as some of his can get) and scarey but it pretty much kept at a middle suspense level.. some of his books really can get my heart thumping... if you have read any of laymons books you know what I mean! I liked this one though...it wasn't as scary as some of his or as suspenseful. Well worth the read. This isn't really a vampire story either.. in fact the vampire only has a small part even though he is there in the background throughout the whole thing... its more of a love story in a way and a story of two people who try to look at the god side of things and never let whats happening to them really get to them or to dwell on what MAY happen. I liked how the female in the book, even after all the bad things that had happened n her past tried to keep her outlook on on the positive. If you like Laymons books but are not up for a really truly bizarre horror like most of his are..... this ones for you.. its got a little less of the sex (and in fact this one has some sex but not as much as most of his books do.. I thin the sex in this one was right in the right places.. usually, although I dont think in real life.. people would have been having sex a few of the times they did in real life.. ), violence and bizarreness in it.. but still has those things with them not being as bad as they usually are in his books.. if that makes any sense to you.. I think if you have read his books you'll get what I mean.. lol
The beginning was excellent and was everything you could want in a vampire novel. All the good traditional stuff like a love story, heroine a hero and a villian, but after that it all trails off into a different kind of story with the vampire in the background not one of my favorites. But worth reading.
When cats first appeared at Sam's door he couldnt believe his eyes. He hadnt seen her in ten years but hed never forgotten her. Not for a second but before this nnight is through Sam will enter a nightmare of blood and fear that hell never be able to forget
It's almost midnight. Cat's on the bed, facedown and naked. She's Sam's former girlfriend, the only woman he's ever loved. Sam's in the closer with a hammer in one hand and wooden stake in the other. Together they wait as the clock ticks down because...the vampire is coming. Another great horror tale by Richard Laymon.