Posts Tagged ‘Richard Laymon’

Like Porno For Pyschos

Like Porno For Pyschos. Wrath James White. 2011.

Splitting my time between watching full length horror films, reading horror novels and……sigh….work, I sometimes get the urge for a quick “hit” of gruesome goodness; something that I can read in the time it takes me to drink a cup of coffee and have a smoke. I decided to put down Richard Laymon‘s, The Midnight Tour (the third book in his teratophiliac BDSM series appropriately named The Beasthouse) in favor of a quick 15-20min blood soaked joy ride. I just happened to have a nasty little tome laying around called-Like Porno For Pyschos.  Catchy title isn’t it? Written by a fellow named Wrath. Wrath James White; that’s a pretty kick ass name if you ask me. You could write a story about this guys life; Philidelphia street tough, kickboxing in the Orient (a-la Bloodsport) and full time splatterpunk virtuoso.

I opened Like Porno For Pyschos and selected a story entirely at random-Feeding Time. I was wholly shocked and disturbed by this tale of sexual fetishism gone wrong; or right depends on how you look at it. A lonely wife with a fetish for Lions (yes I said Lions) spends her free time at the zoo masturbating while she watches the zookeeper feed the big cats raw meat. That’s really about as much as I can describe without giving away too much, it’s a short story after all. Needless to say that any fetish involving lions, the Kings of the Jungle (or the savannah if you want to be accurate) will usually end terribly. And it does, in a twisted depraved and utterly disturbing way. All I can say is wow! Truly truly twisted. I will be devouring (no pun intended) the rest of this fantastically sick collection ASAP! I suggest you do the same. Enjoy.

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The Beasthouse puremassacre

The Beasthouse. 1986.

Author Gorman Hardy is hot on the trail of another bestseller and if half what’s said about Malcasa Point is true, he’s bound to make a killing. Petite and pretty Tyler and sexy Nora visit Malcasa full of expectation. But Malcasa Point is a place of pain, bestiality and death in The Beast House. (Amazon)

Just finished The Beasthouse this afternoon. Having completed The Cellar two days ago, the story of Malcasa Point and the legend of Beasthouse is still fresh in my memory, burned into my neurons permanently. I breezed through the book rather quickly hoping for more bloody carnage along the way but was a little disappointed to find that Beasthouse was a little tame compared to The Cellar. I thoroughly enjoyed the read though; the characters and their various relationships grew on me and I found myself emotionally invested in their struggles (weird I know, I usually just want most people to meet a horrible end in the most bloody and disgusting way possible). I especially despised the shock author Gorman Hardy, what a complete sleazeball a#$hole, I truly wanted him to die! Anyway while Beasthouse was a less brutal (I thought so) entry in the series, it was nonetheless an entertaining read and shed some more light on the sick and perverse legends surrounding Malcasa Point and that terrible house. I will be jumping right to the third book in the series….The Midnight Tour. The Beasthouse @ Amazon.

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The Cellar

The Cellar, Richard Laymon. 1980.

Donna, the book’s protagonist, goes on the run with her daughter Sandy when she learns that her ex-husband, who molested Sandy for years, has been released from prison. After a car accident leaves them stranded in the small California coastal town of Malcasa Point, Donna and Sandy cross paths with Judge, a mercenary hired to track down and kill the murderous creature that supposedly haunts a local tourist attraction, the Beast House. Judge’s employer, Larry, is an elderly man who had a traumatic encounter with the Beast as a child.

Just finished reading The Cellar and I loved it. There is some difficult subject matter contained in the book that some readers will find offensive. Numerous scenes of graphic horror violence and sexual sadism blend together nicely creating a great horror/monster read. I breezed through the 309 page novel in about 7 hours reaching The Cellar’s haunting climax. As this is the first book in the Beasthouse series I am looking forward to reading the rest in short order. Laymon is a Twisted Genius. The Cellar @ Amazon

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