The Beast House
Written by: Richard Laymon
Published By: Leisure Books
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
There are stories about the Beast House; stories of horrifying dismemberment; stories of murders so violent that they could only have been performed by some hideous creature. The Beast House is a tourist attraction in Malcasa Point, a tourist attraction of the most macabre kind, with wax statues recreating some of the most hideous murders to have occurred in the house. When he first hears about Beast House, controversial author and con-artist extraordinaire Gorman Hardy sees dollar signs. With exclusive information about the house, Hardy plans to write a new bestseller. Tyler Moran and Nora are in Malcasa Point to find Tyler’s old boyfriend – the one that got away. They, too, are directed toward Beast House and what they find there is more shocking than either of them imagined. Together, Hardy, Tyler and Nora with the help of some newly found friends, will uncover the secrets behind the murders at the Beast House. They’ll soon discover that some secrets are better left undisturbed.
The Beast House is one disturbing horror novel. When it comes to the kingdom of horror, author Richard Laymon reins supreme. His writing style is infectious – once you start reading, you can’t put the book down until it is done. Laymon’s idea of horror is two-fold. This is not a man whose sole idea of horror is bloody death. No. This man gets into your head and plagues you with a beast so monstrous that it would normally be beyond imagination. Unfortunately, Laymon is so descriptive that he actually creates an image in your mind’s eye – one you’ll wish you never saw. As I said, this book is rather disturbing. Although the deaths described in The Beast House are horrific, the description of the anatomy of the creature who is committing the brutal murders makes for some of the most disturbing reading I have ever done.
What’s a horror novel without some gripping action, right? Well, The Beast House is definitely no slouch when it comes to that category. We’re talking edge of your seat, white-knuckled, wonder what’s going to happen next action scenes. And when it’s all said and done and you think that the mystery has been solved and the story is over…guess again! Laymon writes the ending in such a way as to leave things open for a sequel.
I must say that I was quite unprepared for The Beast House. I was expecting a creature to be the killer – after all, the word BEAST is a part of the title. However, such a monstrous creature with such an insatiable appetite for lust and death? This took me by surprise. The Beast House will sit proudly on any horror fan’s book shelf as a step above the rest in the macabre category. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out on a dark, gloomy night and see how freaked out you feel afterwards.