The family, including Richard and his older brother, attended Methodist Church. Proof that, despite two decades passing since it's release, the book is still a riveting horror story. This is only the second of his works I've read, and there are plenty more to dive into. A must for any horror fan. It's a quick and often fun read, but surely this cannot be in the basis for the author's popularity? Laymon avoids any sort of gritty nature to the novel and instead plays more with a Romero style comic book approach that gives the tale a colourful and exaggerated feel to it.
The climax is superbly crafted, both satisfying the reader and leaving them feeling on edge. Consider: if you were this guy who is going to sleep overnight on the floor in this gristly crime scene and were concerned you might chicken out, what action might you consider?. Who or whatever he is, he's on a roll now, raging out of the Virginia backwoods and leaving in his wake a trail of blood, guts, and disgust far beyond the limits of your reckoning. He became editor of the high school literary magazine. What I like about Flesh is the writing.
His works include more than sixty short stories and more than thirty novels, many of which were published posthumously in the United States. There will be plenty to enjoy… just keep a look out for the trolls… and stay away from the boardwalk at night. Flesh is all of the above. Product Shipping Estimate: Summer 2018. What saved the novel for me is its outrageousness.
Every time the word backside, butt or ass could have been used, he used the word rump. Jake then beats the creture to death before burning it. Plot Celia Jamerson is an English-major student out cycling when she is ambushed by a psychopath who tries to run her over in his van. There's paranoia here equivalent to the Thing, but it all stops before it gets more developed. Flesh primarily shifts point-of-view between Jake Corey, and Allison--a coed with boyfriend troubles--as the creature assumes its newest host, a college outcast named Roland with connections to Allison's roommates. A series of unexplained disappearances, and holiday-makers threatened by an army of leering bums, casts a shadow over summer pleasures. Many of characters, especially the co-eds, were particularly well done but some of the plot points needed to be developed more or ha-ha 'fleshed' out.
He had picked up representation by a couple of agents along the way, one of whom opened the door to a 3-book contract with Warner Books, starting with The Cellar, which was published in 1980. Alison receives a note from Evan beggin for forgiveness. The book has a simple premise. You will be enthralled by not only the constant catastrophes, but by the timeframe of the book with all action taking place over a twenty four hour period. And the most ridiculous things happen. There is also a very personal touch in the character of Larry, we get the impression that Laymon has created this character based on himself, at moments describing how he is successful but not quite at the level of Stephen King or Dean Koontz. Both stories were about an entity that invaded humans and affected their minds to commit acts of violence.
It was your typical slasher story, but I have to be biased with it since it was published back when the genre was still on its baby steps. I think it would rate a solid 3 stars, which for me is about average. This idea of a parasitic worm that can burrow into a body and take control of its hosts is interesting, although not entirely original. Island To the untrained eye when reading the blurb of this novel you may make the fatal mistake in assuming it will be a mundane route of murder and mayhem, conveniently set on an island with no possible escape but swimming a vast sea for miles. An adapted, rejuvenated game of cat and mouse, only whereby the cat does not chase the mouse but provokes acts of insanity, pushing the boundaries of life or death gambles.
Anyway, thought it might be like that, but I was wrong. Sex and violence are the catapults of this story, three groups of people find themselves in the woods at the same time, all for different motives. The van speeds Flesh is one of the most enjoyable Laymon novels I've read to date. Ah well, trashy horror that delivered at the end. When I first read this in 1988, it terrified me.
I am big Laymon fan but I was sorely disappointed with this one. Worst yet, the reaction of the characters to the discovery of this creature doesn't seem plausible. Evan only wants to be with Alison for sex. Reading a Laymon novel is a rite of passage into the genre. With each death of the host, the snake-like creature moves on to a fresh body.