This is the Return (return) – as in, no one entered for this prize the first time (what?!) of the Richard Laymon Book Contest. You can view how the contest came about, by clicking here.
So, here goes…
YOU COULD WIN… The Richard Laymon Collection, Volume 1.
This is a triple-book (885 pages) containing The Cellar, The Beast House and The Midnight Tour. This was published by Headline (in the U.K.) in May 2006. This trilogy is arguably what put Laymon on the map, so to speak.
The description of each book is below.
Visitors flock to see the Beast House with its blood-soaked corridors and creaky doors. Armed with Instamatics and video camcorders, these poor souls enter the forbidden house, never to return. The deeper the tourists go into the house, the darker their nightmares become. The men are dealt with quickly. The women have to wait longer…first they are tortured and sexually ravished.
But the worst part of the house is actually beneath the haunted structure. There lies even a more terrifying presence waiting for its next victim. Don’t even think about going into the cellar…
The Beast House
Bodies torn and chewed. Blood blackly-encrusting open wounds. Flaps of skin hanging loose, clawed from the stripped, ripped corpses. Men, women, children, slaughtered, mangled…
The old woman who showed them round was well-practised in her grim, money-spinning take of the mysterious beast that has killed and killed again. Of course it was all in the past and all nonsense. Anyone would agree to that.
Until, trapped, they heard, then smelled and felt the white, night-time creature that had come, grunting and spittle-slicked, for their bodies, their blood.
The Midnight Tour
The sales pitch hasn’t changed much over the years – except now you can listen to it on earphones as you take the audio tour of the house. But the taped tour only gives you a sanitized version of the horrific events that made the Beast House infamous. If you want the full story, you’ll have to take the Midnight Tour. Saturday nights only. Limited to thirteen unlucky tourists. It begins on the stroke of midnight.
Tonight the guide will show you every nook and cranny of the house. She’ll tell you everything – including the details too ghastly and perverse to be mentioned in the daylight. But she might not be able to save you. Because this Saturday night, those on the Midnight Tour will be joined by an unexpected visitor.
They’ll be lucky to get out alive.
So, how do you win, you ask? Simple.
Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line, ‘Richard Laymon Book Contest’ and include your name, mailing address and if you have read any of my stuff before (and no, if you haven’t, it won’t disqualify you from the contest – but it does mean, you better order something of mine and soon or I’ll be forced to send an evil garden gnome after you!).
One lucky winner will be chosen at random on (entries must be received by Midnight on July 31) August 1st from all entries received. The lucky winner will be notified via email. Please, only one entry per person.