Night Show by Richard Laymon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of NIGHT SHOW by Richard Laymon
The more I read of this exceptional author, the more I find to love. NIGHT SHOW is a bifurcated story line, one taking place in New York State, the other in Hollywood, then eventually merging (horrifically, of course). In New York State, a high school girl is abducted and terrorized, escaping only to be hit by a vehicle and collapse into a coma. When she recovers, she has only one purpose, only one mission.
In Hollywood, an up-and-coming special effects designer is badgered by an eighteen-year-old man who claims he is “the Chill Master.” She and her new assistant/lover are the target of this boy's attentions, her because he wants to be her apprentice and lover, her boyfriend because he wants him out of the way. While these two plot threads are inextricably playing out, Laymon turns up the heat and keeps it boiling, with horror and fright non-stop, while he continues to deeply characterize the inhabitants of his novel.
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