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The Cellar ❮Read❯ ➵ The Cellar ➸ Author Richard Laymon – Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood soaked corridors and creaky doors Armed with video camcorders these poor souls enter the forbidden house never to return The deeper they go into th Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood soaked corridors and creaky doors Armed with video camcorders these poor souls enter the forbidden house never to return The deeper they go into the house the darker their nightmares become Don't even think about going into The Cellar.

  • Paperback
  • 309 pages
  • The Cellar
  • Richard Laymon
  • English
  • 18 July 2015
  • 9780843957488

About the Author: Richard Laymon

Richard Laymon was born in Chicago and grew up in California He earned a BA in English Literature from Willamette University Oregon and an MA from Loyola University Los Angeles He worked as a schoolteacher a librarian and a report writer for a law firm and was the author of than thirty acclaimed novels He also published than sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery ueen.

10 thoughts on “The Cellar

  1. Luvtoread Luvtoread says:

    Well There must be something wrong with me because I really enjoyed reading this twisted story I thought this was my first Richard Laymon book but when I reached a certain part I realized I read this book when I was still a teenager and never forgot how disturbing it was but I had no idea it was an RL book Richard Laymon was not in my vocabulary in that lifetime I am looking forward to the next book in the series I have to laugh when I read some of the reviews because this is a true horror book and not to be taken so seriously IMO This story is not for the faint hearted or if a reader is easily offended by graphic violence language and sex since it has it all I thought the book was well written even though it was disturbing in many parts but isn't horror mean't to be disturbing shocking or downright frightening? I recommend this book only to horror lovers who are open to anything goes in their choice of reading material I have rated this book 5 twisted 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars

  2. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    I was going to wait until tomorrow to review this book but fuck it I need to get this over with I read this once before but all I could remember was the creature was cool That's likely because everything else was so bad I blocked it from my memoryThe dialogue was shit the characters were unbelievable and inconsistent the writing was James Patterson lazy the pedophile shit was far too detailed and the regular sex stuff was sillier than this election cycleThere Fuck this bookIn summation I can't be bothered to properly review this flaming sack of collected camel farts Laymon definitely got better with age This one of his first novels is about as pleasant to read as a car manual Final Judgment This book touched me in my no no place

  3. Peter Peter says:

    Here we are with the Godfather of Gore and Splatter's first novel It was very entertaining with all ingredients we know from his later works Donna tries to escape her violent husband Roy who was just released from prison because of rape on their daughter Sandy Jud and Larry are preparing to kill the beast in the Beasthouse What is the secret of the beast? Why do those different characters meet? Fast paced action meets some gore sex voyeurism jiggling breasts violence disgusting child violation the use of a machete and a great final Okay many things are absolutely political incorrect from nowaday's point of view But the 80s were different It's always interesting to turn back to Laymon Reading his books is like watching an unseen Tarentino film Recommended

  4. Bark Bark says:

    This is about a house rud to contain a blood thirsty beast It starts out with a triple murder then murder and as a topper an innocent child is abused and molested in typical Laymon style It's hard to stomach the kiddie stuff it really is and I don't understand the need to put it in the book there are other way to allude to it without the graphics but I plodded on hoping it wouldn't continue in this veinI resisted the urge to DNF and finished every last word but I can't really say that I'm proud of the fact Laymon's writing has a way of sucking you in and not letting you go right? Right? It's not just me It can't beStill I'd be lying if I said I thought this was one of his best The Travelling Vampire Show is by far his best I thought The Cellar was ridiculous and riddled with plot holes Basically it forces us to follow around a nasty pedophile as he commits atrocities two horny dummies hot for the pedophile's wife and Donna and her child who is the wife on the run She has run ins with every lecherous man on the planet and ultimately ends up meeting the beast who resides in The Cellar There's lots of rape and some piss poor characterization to add some spice A little past a third of the way through the book delves into the past of the beast because well we had to know didn't we? It's so silly that it's unintentionally hilarious Don't even get me started on the WTF ending What did I just read? I'm doing my best not to spoil things if you are inclined to check out this monstrosity for yourself But damnitall the last chapter made no sense when given the fact that the womanchild had been abused throughout the entire book When on earth did they develop a weird unearthly attraction to white hairlessbe jowled beasts with lots of teeth and huge male parts? Ew no Please god noI'll never get those scenes out of my head Sexy? I think not Gross? You betcha If this sounds like fun give it a go but don't say I didn't warn you

  5. Katy Katy says:

    For those who are put off by such things this book includes child molestation basically bestiality and several near rape scenes But it is Laymon honestly what else should you expect? Also many of those who do these acts get what is coming to them Like many Laymon books this is PURE horror which means no happy ending Once again if that bothers you perhaps you should skip this book However I was riveted Laymon can put out horror like no other and for horror enthusiasts this is a must have Characters in the book include a man who was one of the very few to escape the Beast House has hired a hit man to kill The Beast; a woman and her child are on the run from her husband who has been in jail for raping her daughter; and the Beast House itself a house in which many gruesome murders have been committed and to which it is said you should not venture in the dark or the Beast will get you Run by a creepy old woman the Beast House overrides almost everything else with its foreboding presence I sometimes uestion my emotional health for enjoying horror novels the way I do but I'm not the only one so that makes me feel better The rest of you if you don't yet have this classic of horror in your libraries go and find it

  6. mark monday mark monday says:

    unnecessary descriptions of child molestation in an odd subplot that is completely inessential to the narrative sort of makes me uestion the author's motives overall an incredibly overrated piece of crap however taken by itself giant humanrat monsters who are obsessed with sex is sort of an amusing concept the description of a pair of these fellows earnestly double teaming their landlady was certainly a first for merichard laymon inspires intense debate view spoilerif you feel like reading what follows know that there are two marks there is me lowercase mark in honor of my idols kd lang and ee cummings and then there is a second Mark who is certainly not me in any way only messages relevant to the debate are includedmessage 445 by mark Chris wrote mark really? Have you actually read the recent novels by both King and Koontz recent being say the last 10 or so books? Laymon not so obvious but it is therehmmmwell although i am a flaming liberal with a few reactionary tendencies i do tend to consciously avoid even recognizing political themes in novels i find political themes to be dull limiting and they are often just the surface layer anyway thematically speaking king koontz may be on opposite sides of the political spectrum particularly in who they cast as their villains or who they choose to deridebut they both share two central things that to me at least are interesting importantnow as far as laymon is concernedhe's a freak a cracked nut and certainly no humanist message 446 by KasiaLike you said your opinion An author that I'm friends with said he met Laymon a few times and he was the nicest guy Koontz says the same thing too so just because you read a few books by him doesn't mean you have him all figured out message 456 by marki have no problem with him being the nicest guy a person could met lots of folks are and that doesn't mean i won't have a problem with what they choose to express either nor do i think it will mean that simply because i judge a person's works the reasons they choose to focus on certain themes ideas and their overall abilitythat doesn't mean i'm judging the whole person what human truly knows every side to any fellow human anyway? but i do feel free to judge not just an artist's work but the representation of themselves that they are expressing through their work and from that perspective in my opinion laymon is an entertaining pulp writer with striking ideas and expertise at writing page turners capable of strong execution but having poor technical writing skills an inability to develop realistic characters and a highly problematic engagement with child abuse molestation perhaps women in general overall a compelling writer in many ways message 457 by KasiaHow astute of you I doubt Laymon wrote his books with hopes of making the most realistic characters ever you know what you’re getting when you pick him up so if you keep reading him don’t be surprised with what you find There is plenty of serious fiction you can turn to if you crave that sort of depth message 463 by Mark One thing to me that hasn't been considered is that most of what us horror fans read is FICTION Sure once in a while a writer's personal opinions may seep into a character he or she created but in a way saying that an author's character's are a mirror image of the author himself is like saying any actor who plays a character IS that character All the folks who played Nazis in Inglorious Bastards are they real Nazis? One even won an Academy Award for his performance it was considered so realistic Sometimes what an author writes has nothing to do w his or her personal feelings on a matter Sometimes they just create characters and let them live message 465 by mark you raise a good point and one that should always be brought up to use your acting analogy while i can't say that an actor who plays say a flamingly gay villain is therefore a flamingly gay villain in real life that would idiotic i can judge both 1 his actual acting ability and 2 the decision by the actor and director to play a gay villain in a stereotypical or offensive way meaning i can judge the content the craft AND the reasons they choose to create a character in this way i am not judging what they are doing in their personal lives; i'm looking with a critical eye at the choices and decisions meaning that they are bringing to whatever they choose to display publicly be it acting writing sports whatever message 466 by Branden I would say that is right Mark but you cannot then go on to judge how these individuals are in real life like you have with Laymon saying that the man the individual has a highly problematic engagement with child abuse molestation perhaps women in general I'm an actor and I have played countless roles If I played a serial killer who kills women and children it was because I was cast in the role if in undergrad or the money was good not because I have a problem with women and children Is this what you are saying? So one of your critiues of the actor who plays a flamingly gay villain would be that the actor himself based on his choice is insert whatever commentary on the actor you want here? That is wrong and a poor judge of character If I am misunderstanding you I apologizemessage 471 by Mark Other Mark I agree you have the right to uestion why authors and screenwriters choose to portray a character in a certain way or include certain repulsive scenes But I still think it's a stretch to claim Laymon had a possible child abuse fetish Horror movies and novels have always been reflections of their time and when Laymon began publishing kidnapping and serial murder were becoming big stories on the nightly news Even small towns were no longer immune I was very small at the time but I still remember hearing reports about these new items back then I remember being told never to take rides from strangers run and scream if someone I didn't know tried to grab me all of this and I lived in a tiny town where almost everyone knew everyone else I think this sort of thing is what Laymon was pulling from The cruelty of humanity not the cruelty within himself I know several of you don't care for Laymon's writing style the words shlock and pulp being mentioned but I have to disagree with that assessment I've been a pulp magazine fan for the last several years and have read extensively within each decades and each genres writers Granted many of the authors who wrote for the pulps wrote too fast wrote too sloppy and didn't engage in the most extensive character development But the pulps also birthed Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler to name but two; names that have had a huge influence on the way modern prose is composed Hammett and Hemingway began their experiments in stripped down minimalist writing techniues at about the same time and these writers are who I think Laymon most resembles message 475 by mark at no point did i say that that laymon had a possible child abuse fetishegads i have no clue about that and would not presume to weigh in on that or in regards to his personal family life i literally have clue about what he is all about on a personal level what i DID say is that he has a a highly problematic engagement with child abuse molestation perhaps women in general i am talking about laymon as a WRITER not as the whole human being certainly not as someone that i actually knew on a personal level as a writer laymon consistently include scenes of child abuse molestation sexualization of children etcas a reader i find this preoccupation to be disturbing because these scenes are sometimes unnecessary and sometimes written in a way that i see as salacious or at the very least insensitive therefore i do find that he has a troubling engagement with depicting scenes of child abuse molestation i could say similarly that hemmingway has a troubling engagement with women in general i am only judging what i read and i am only judging the author insofar as he is allowing me to judge him by consistently engaging with certain topics in a troubling way within his novels i am critiuing laymon the author not laymon the actual person who i've never met i have no idea what his fetishes wereregarding use of the word pulp to me this is not an insult it is simply a description laymon reminds me of the many pulp writers i've read who are short on technical skills but long on imagination and the ability to provide propulsive exciting narratives there are many many writers that i respect who are clearly pulp writers philip k dick comes immediately to mind so does robert howard as do your own examples i like pulp i may critiue technical skills or at least point out the lack of them but for me at least i enjoy so many things about writing and being able to write at a certain level is only one of those things characterizations basic ideas atmosphere world building etc are all things that i enjoy eually to ability to be a good writer message 476 by mark brandeni do not think it is wrong nor do i think it is being a poor judge of character yes i am judging a real side of a person so in a sense i am judging a part of their character but i am not judging the whole person that point really needs to be clear i may judge a politician on the legislation he puts forward that may be a character judgment because i may find he has poor engagement with something i care about i may speak negatively about this side of himbut what i am absolutely not doing is judging him as a father or husband or philosopher or whatever i am judging him in his role as a politician just as i am judging laymon on his role as a writer people don't just get off scott free with me simply because they are doing a job or writing a novel for entertainment or just following orders and they also don't get judged let alone condemned in their entirety because i am unaware of the entire person i'm only aware of what they've put out for me to see and anyone should feel free to judge an artist's representation of themselves on a consistent public basisback to the acting analogy and the gay villain analogy as wellif there was an actor who consistently played only gay villains and who only played them as stereotypically offensively as possiblethen yes i should feel free to judge that person as an actor and in particular the choices they've made when engaging in their art i'm not saying they should be criticized for taking particular kinds of roles unless those kinds of roles are consistently offensive whether in their conception or their execution gay villains are awesome but a gay villain or a black villain or whatever that is rendered stereotypically and crudely and offensively is not so awesome unless there's some level of irony involved and the actor who consistently takes offensive roles andor plays them offensively is in my opinion an assand again this does not mean that i am judging them for what they do in their private lifei'm commenting on what they've chosen to present in their public life work life whatever kind of life that has connected with my life as an actor that person would be an ass to me but i would not presume to weigh in on them as a whole person message 478 by KasiaThats a lot of words You make the author sound like an actor ok I'm done this gave me a headache message 481 by Mark mark I think the problem I have is in an earlier post you said Laymon is a freak a cracked nut then said he has a highly problematic engagement with child abuse molestation perhaps women in general which changed to depicting scenes There's a big difference between being occupied w something and being allegedly occupied w depicting something Yes it's semantics and you may've meant the writer and not the person but I feel that the way it was worded and having made the freak retort earlier it seems like an indictment on the man himself I'm glad to hear you like pulp too The reason I thought you meant Laymon's writing being pulpish as an insult is because you married pulp with having poor technical writing skills while discussing Laymon earlier today To me saying someone has poor technical skills is insulting And I disagreed w the idea that they're technically poor because to me they are reminiscent of Hemingway Hammett and even many of the minimalist short story writers who published throughout the 1980s and went on to influence writers like Palahniuk Many people dislike this writing style but it was featured in many of the Best American Short Story anthologies since it's inception and re Hemingway and Hammett influenced every writer that came after them to a lesser or greater degree Given that I wouldn't necessarily call that writing style poor It's of course your prerogative to like or not like it but I think it's a bit of an overstatement to claim the writing to be technically poor when it's indicative of two influential schools of writing message 495 by mark ah well that makes sense it's funny in a way because this is rather a misunderstanding when i called laymon a freak a cracked nut i really didn't mean anything by it if anything that's just a funny way to me of expressing how unusual he ise i enjoy the company of freaks am one myself and enjoy reading their works hell everyone's freakish or nutty in one way or another and i can see how you can connect that to my genuine critical viewpoint in regard to problematic engagement with blah blah blah however they are not supposed to be connected imo laymon's a freak because he writes crazy stories with nutty characters and bizarre narratives also imo he has a problematic engagement blah blah blahbut the former is really not caused by the latter even if his novels didn't include a single scene of child abuse i'd still say he was a freak because of his crazy novels and that's neither a good thing or a bad thing it just means he's uniuei'm still going to have to disagree with you re pulp technically polished writing and i love pulp to me at least a pulp writer does not usually have the sophistication or technical ability of a non pulp writer that doesn't mean i'm dismissing them or that they won't eventually get to that level of writing or that they even need to try to get to that level message 497 by mark Kasia wrote Thats a lot of words You make the author sound like an actor ok I'm done this gave me a headachegolly i thought this was a group for people who read have i somehow stumbled upon the BiffBangPowWoweeMcWowClubForFolksWhoAlwaysAgreeYahoo group?you know kasia i'm so very sorry that you can't deal with critical comments about your hero laymon i don't consider this a fan club it is a discussion group i have not personally attacked your hero i have critically analyzed his writings which i should be free to do without any inane commentary re this gave me a headache and a lot of words feh message 498 by Mark I think Kasia is under the same impression I was that your authorial critiues were spilling over into personal critiues So to her it DID feel like you personally attacked Laymon I will let her tell you whether he's a hero or an author she enjoysYou have to admit you even said it was a lot of writing boy i'm talkative today remember? D message 500 by Maciek I don't think Laymon was a freak Since he was a horror writer he propably decided to put as much stuff into his books as possible including sluttish women and lots of gore message 502 by Aloha It's actually pretty fun popping up into hilarious and strange situations like popping into this forum at just the right time when Branden is confused about the Marks I can sympathize with Branden LOLIt's the Mark vs Mark in the Matrix The battle is on oD message 516 by Phil I really liked The Cellar but the peodophile stuff in it stops me from recommending it to people I do think it's pretty dodgy message 517 by Chris Againit was PART of the storywhateverincidentally Phil I recall the scene you speak of and thank you for mentioning itbut for chrissakes'it is HORRORsometimes the horror portrayed is REAL as in not supernatural and I don't think Laymon was at all glorifying such a heinous act Like what Ketchum did with TGND takes a lot of guts to go there message 520 by Kasia Mark wrote Kasia wrote Thats a lot of words You make the author sound like an actor ok I'm done this gave me a headache golly i thought this was a group for people who read have i somehow stumbled u He’s not my hero I simply like his writing but personally I don’t think it’s fair for you to hint that he’s some psycho and secret child molester or something besides he’s not even around to defend himself I think you’re pissed because you spend all that time writing things and I didn’t reciprocate with an effluvia of words you can certain feel what you want but you say that someone is a nut and is crazy then five minutes later you say it doesn’t mean anything that its just fun talk then I guess nothing means anything if we don’t mean the things we say You wrote some comments and I responded to them you want to have the freedom to analyze his writing and post things about him yet you don’t want me to comment on it that I have a headache well then don’t give me one mmkay? message 521 by Phil Chris wrote Againit was PART of the storywhateverincidentally Phil I recall the scene you speak of and thank you for mentioning itbut for chrissakes'it is HORRORsometimes the horror port Jeez Chris I didn't say Laymon was glorifying anything But thanks for assuming the worst P I agree on the HORROR thing though if you're gonna read or watch horror you have to expect to be horrified every now and again Still even if someone says they like horror there's still stuff you have to be careful of recommending imo message 548 by mark Chris wrote I have been reading Laymon novels since 1987 Other than teen agers having SEX which ahem they DO NONE of his books portray child abuse then you have not actually read his novels my friend or you are from opposite world The Cellar and Island both have extended scenes of child abuse unnecessarily presented in one case and salaciously presented in the other apparently child abuse is also present in Darkness Tell Us Beast House and The Traveling Vampire Show although i cannot attest to that personally Continued Below hide spoiler

  7. Will Errickson Will Errickson says:

    I've been reading horror fiction for almost 30 years and THE CELLAR is easily one of the very worst books in the genre that I've ever read Laymon's reputation as some sort of extreme horror writer would be understandable if he didn't write like a complete amateur with no understanding of human motivation personality or interaction I've rarely if ever thought that writers who work in this field have issues with sex and violence and women but I had to wonder with Laymon The whole child molestation angle is witless and crude He's so clumsy at executing his horror set pieces which are not at their base terrible ideas that rather than coming off as horrifying or shocking or disturbing they collapse weakly due to his sheer lack of writing skills Other parts are simply boring and half hearted The ending has no referent to anything that occurred with characters previously so its cynical pitch blackness is phony THE CELLAR is simply no fun and no good You want fun graphic tasteless sexual horror read Graham Masterton's THE MANITOU PIN by Andrew Neiderman or Ray Russell's INCUBUS You want dead serious graphic horror with a sexual element read Jack Ketchum's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR BLACK DAHLIA by James Ellroy NIGHTRUNNERS by Joe Lansdale or Clive Barker's BOOKS OF BLOOD You want smart erotic horror read Poppy Z Brite or Thomas Tessier's FINISHING TOUCHES I've also read Laymon's RESURRECTION DREAMS from '88 and again its central idea was fine but the finished product was one big turd I warn you stay out of THE CELLARMy longer review is here

  8. Addy Addy says:

    Ok After much deliberation I've come to the conclusion that I was very glad I gave this a shotfinally When I first became interested in reading a little extreme horror I was very reluctant to dip into topics that might offend me If u read this book you know that it does have scenes of sexual abuse of a minor or minors Bothered me and still does but after reading jack Ketchum's Stranglehold I figured I could handle it Stranglehold was far difficult to read than this Now that I got that out this book was pretty good The best parts for me being the beast and the diary that unfolded the mystery of how he became The ending was a tad disappointing but surprised me as I wanted a different outcome I hope to be revisited by unsaid characters in The Beast House Disturbing but somehow enjoyable;

  9. Rob Errera Rob Errera says:

    Some people dismiss the late Richard Laymon as a hack horror writerThose people should go fk themselvesAn originator of the early splatterpunk movement Richard Laymon was an unsung artist who made the job of “novelist” look easy with his literary virtuosity and prolific outputBut like Rodney Dangerfield Richard Laymon got no respect He never found a big American audience for his work during his lifetime He pumped out thrillers alongside Dean Koontz Peter Straub John Saul and Stephen King but never achieved the fame and fortune of his contemporaries Critics dismissed his work as too sexiest andor too violent Laymon was an “underground favorite” who had a hard time finding American publishers for his novelsFortunately Laymon found an audience overseas His sales in England and Australia during the ’80 and ‘90s kept his literary career alive He was able to eek out a living feed his family and keep a roof over their headsThis alone ualifies him as a literary heroThings improved for Laymon in the late ‘90s Leisure Books published his back catalog to great success Laymon’s American fan base grewBut — because life is as random and violent as well a Richard Laymon novel — Richard Laymon died of a massive heart attack in February 2001The Cellar 1980 is Richard Laymon’s first published novel and one of his best rivaled only by 1988′s Resurrection Dreams It’s the first volume in The Beast House Series and showcases Laymon’s lean writing style penchant for fast paced plots and masterful use of dialogueThe Cellar is a blend of creature feature and crime thriller like From Dusk ‘Til Dawn A mother and daughter flee an abusive boyfriend just released from prison But their car breaks down in remote Malcasa Point home of a strange tourist attraction called The Beast House According to local legend several gruesome murders occurred in the The Beast House committed by “demonic beasts” that allegedly still haunt the placeMom and Daughter cross paths with a Monster Bounty Hunter a Creepy Old Man and The Creepy Beast House Homeowners before Psycho Ex Boyfriend makes the scene and fireworks flyBut things really go ass over teakettle when The Beasts show up hellacious gargoyle like creatures sporting enormous gnarled erections Creepy indeedThe true gem of The Cellar is its epilogue Laymon’s crafts a twisted ending using only dialogue that is one of the best endings in any novel ever PeriodLong live Richard Laymon I am humbled by his greatnessMiss you Dick

  10. Layton Layton says:

    45 Stars rounded up to 5 The book ended a little too abruptly so it lost half a star This is my first book in my goal to read all of Laymon's books in order I still need to find copies of Out Are The Lights Night Show and Allhallow's Eve though The rest of his bibliography I already have on my Kindle The three books I still need to get aren't available as ebooks

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