Book Reviews of The Cellar (Beast House Chronicles, Bk 1)

The Cellar (Beast House Chronicles, Bk 1)
The Cellar - Beast House Chronicles, Bk 1
Author: Richard Laymon
ISBN-13: 9780843957488
ISBN-10: 0843957484
Publication Date: 10/6/2006
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 147 ratings
Publisher: Leisure Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed The Cellar (Beast House Chronicles, Bk 1) on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This was a very good read. It was a page turner and was written very descriptive. This was a new author for me and now I will be looking for more of his books. There is one caution though. There are very descriptive sexual scenes.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoy reading Richard Laymon's work and this book is just as scary and suspenceful as all his others but some parts with the ex-husband were very hard to read. Not extremly graphic but still hard to imagine while reading. The subject matter is very adult and disturbing to think about. It does happen every day but it's hard for me read about still. Any die hard Laymon fan will enjoy this book very much but you have to have a iron clad constituion to read every word and not have trouble. Some paragraphs I actually passed over.
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Helpful Score: 3
If you are looking just at the plot of the book, I'm a big fan of Laymon's scary ideas. The premise of this book is true horror. I really do think his writing style, though, leaves quite a bit to be desired. The characters are so one dimensional. And for those who would say, "but it's just a fun horror book," look at something like The Taking by Dean Koontz or pretty much any Stephen King. You get totally terrifying reads AND really thoroughly flushed out characters who you identify with. I didn't care what happened to Jud, Donna, and Sandy in this. Nice for a good scare though.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a re-issue of one of Laymon's earliest books & for sure one of his better stories. Has everything you could want in a good horror story. Spooky house, monsters, freaks & psycho killers.
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Helpful Score: 2
Donna hits the road when she finds out that her ex-husband Roy has been released from San Quentin, taking her daughter Sandy with her. They head North about 100 miles past San Francisco when their car breaks down. They end up in the small town of Malcasa Point, thanks to a retarded fellow named Axel Kutch, where The Beast House is a popular tourist attraction. His mother, Maggie Kutch, owns the house and makes her living giving tours, recreating the scenes of the terrible murders that occurred in the house, beastly butchery. While waiting for their car to be repaired, Donna and Sandy decide to take a tour of The Beast House, where they meet Jud and Larry. Roy becomes the least of their worries when they join their new friends in The Beast House at night. This book was gory and graphic, typical Richard Laymon, can't wait to read the sequel!
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book finished it in one evening. .. great characters.. keeps you guessing up until the end. Not for the squeamish!
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Helpful Score: 2
This book was well written, and keeps you wondering, and wanting to know what happens; BUT!! I will be the first to meantion the fact that this book has "children RAPE!!!" in it. An 8 year old girl RAPPED!! and not just once either.

The story about the Beast House was great, the story about the child being rapped Sucked *you know what* and the story that involved with the main characters were good too; but why did he have to ruin it with the children rape?! *sigh*

This book is worth reading if you can over look the nasty part of it; but it's horriable at the same time because of it... I'm not keeping the book, but the story of the actual Beast House was good and is currently keeping from the basement... chilly, sickening, and mysterious horror; really wished he left the part out with the children:(
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Helpful Score: 1
i dint know if im just not cut out for Laymon, but after the first fifty pages i didnt want to finish this one. Maybe it was the child rapist (and consequent molestation scenes) that really bothered me. The premise sounded good, but i think Lovecraft has spoiled me for many other horror authors.
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Helpful Score: 1
The Beast House is a tourist draw-they flock to see its blood soaked corridors and creeky doors. Some go deeper in the house and some never return. The men are dealt with quickly. the women have to wait longer....first they are tortured and sexually ravished.
This is Laymon at his finest, and that is good indeed!
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Helpful Score: 1
Awakened by an early-morning phone call, Donna found out that her ex-husband, Roy, has been released from prison. She immediately drags her twelve-year-old daughter out of bed and together they hit the road-fast. The last thing she wants is for Roy to get his hands on them again. But in fleeing one danger, Donna and her daughter are unknowingly heading straight toward another.They're heading toward Beast House.
Behind the cellar door, down the creaky steps, waits a creature of pure evil. At night, when the house is dark and all is quiet...the beast comes out.
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Helpful Score: 1
Really liked this book--well written with the storyline a continuous flow to it that just keeps you on the edge and wanting to know 'what's next' as you get near the end you won't put it down until the very last page. Not for the squeamish at all and some very descriptive gory details, if you can't handle it don't go for this one.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was the first book I read by this author, but I'm going to read more. It was a page turner and kept me up at night to find the answer and ending. If you like horror, this is for yoy.
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Of all laymons books and I have read most all of them... I like the beast house trilogy the least... it was slow to start and I didnt think it was one of his normal type stories.. although if you read them I liked the last one the best of them all.. it was ok.. but the stories left me with a uneasy feeling.. I wanted to get it over with... yes there usually sex in his books..but this story was just too weird... ( and I usually like weird! and sometimes the people do odd things.. but this one I found the characters to be not realistic at all..and to do things a normal person just would not do.....and right from the beginning too... I plane old dont like the story... if you like laymons other books you may like it.. but for me.. its my least favorite.. the 2nd in this 3 part series was the worst one.. this is the 2nd worse.. but the 3rd is ok...
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If you like Horror/Suspense and are looking for a good book / series to read this one is GREAT! One of the best books ive read in a while starts off good and follows all the way through to the end. The 2 others after this one are just as good I highly reccomend
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I liked this book a lot. Enough that I have ordered the sequel, and am anxious to know what happens next. It was a page turner and a quick read. I didn't find it scary, gory, or graphically sexual, as reviewers have said in other publications of this book. However, I read pretty graphic books so there is a good chance that some may find this book to be disturbing. There are some unusual things about this book and the imagery is amazing. It is clearly one of Laymon's earlier works (first published in 1980) and is the first in the Beast House series. I would recommend it to any horror fan.
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Absolutely loved this book! The only problem I'd have to say is the conversations and relationships between the people didn't seem authentic. Just something a little off there. The story was quite jaw dropping. I had fun reading it.
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This was a great book, finished it in 1 day. It does have some gut wrenching things, and if your able to overlook them your in for a great read! I cannot wait to read the rest of this series!
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This was the first of his books for me. Besides the child being assaulted, this book was excellent! All the way to the ending. Wish he would of kept the child out of it but the concept was awesome!
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As always Richard Laymon writes another good book. If you love Laymon you will love The Cellar.
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Come see the Beast House! Take a tour, but beware. .you must be out of the house before dark. The beast kills only after dark.
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Make sure you don't enter the Beast House after dark, especially if you are female...Well, maybe its better if you are not at least your death is swift if you are male. The women are sexually tortured for as long as the Beast feels the need....A great sequel to The Beast House and pre-quel to The Midnight Tour...Another fine Laymon book!
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I was so disgusted with the relatively graphic child-rape scene early on in the book that I couldn't finish reading it.
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I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was a bit suspenseful, a bit scary and a bit ridiculous. I couldn't wait to finish it, but after I did, I wish I'd never bothered.
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My first book by Richard Laymon and won't be my last. In fact I have a few of the others in this series and will definately continue it. I read this one in one day as I couldn't put it down. It is pretty graphic in some areas but loved the ending as the rapist gets what he deserves--I won't say what happens to him though, you have to read it for yourself to find out. Looking forward to the next in the series!
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This book was very good with a surprise ending.
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Sick! Sick! Sick! Exactly as a horror should be! I didn't care for the child rape-it could have been left out-but perfect for setting you up for the character doing the evil!!
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The book kept me interested but reading about the graphic details of a little girls rape was not cool.
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They call it the Beast House, Tourists flock to see it, lured by its history of butchery and sadistic sexual enslavement. They enter, armed with cameras and camcorders, but many never return. The men are slaughtered quickly. The women have a far worse fate in store. But the worst part of the house is what lies beneath it. Behind the cellar door, down the creaky steps, waits a creature of pure evil. At night, when the house is darkand all is quiet...the beast comes out!
Another Richard Laymon tale of terror, if you like his stories you'll enjoy this one.
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A different plot line makes this a unique among Laymons books.The Hero is vaguely like Jack Reacher,a Lee Child character.A good read, especially for Laymon fans.
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I was unable to get to far into this book for one reason.....the girl is 12 years old and talks and acts like she is six. That really bugged me lol
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one of his very first books. I loved this one and think you will as well. Great monster in the cellar
story.
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This is a disgusting book, so if you like disgusting stuff, you might enjoy it. It's on the level of torture movies like Saw, etc. I'm no prude, but this book is mainly about criminal sexual acts. The writing is tight and Laymon gets where he's going fast, but where he's going isn't anywhere I would let a friend follow.
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Typical Laymon book, with a shocker ending.
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I really enjoyed this book. Very suspenseful, with a totally unpredictable ending.
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"If you have missed Laymon, you have missed a treat." Stephen King
Behind the cellar door down the creaky steps waits a creature of pure evil at night when the house is dark all is quiet the beast comes out.
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Typical Laymon: REALLY GOOD!
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Tried to read but could not get into it.
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From Back Cover:
They call it Beast House. Tourists flock to see it, lured by its history of butchery and sadistic sexual enslavement. They enter, armed with cameras and camcorders, but many never return. The men are slaughtered quickly. The women have a far worse fate in store. The worst pasrt of the house is what lies beneath it. Behind the cellar door, down the creaky steps, waits a creature of pure evil. At night, when the house is dark and all is quiet, the beast comes out. Awakened by an early phone call, Donna found out that her ex-husband, Roy, has been released from prison. She immediately dragged her twelve year old daughter out of bed and together they hit the road. The last thing she wants is for Roy to get his hands on them again. But, in fleeing one danger, Donna and her daughter are unknowingly heading straight toward another. They are heading for Beast House.
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Have read a couple of books by Laymon. Hope this one is as good.