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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,920 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Laymon Narrator: Bob Barnes Publisher: Audio Realms Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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It's a hot August morning in 1963. All over the rural town of Grandville - tacked to power poles and trees, taped to store windows - flyers have appeared, announcing the one-night-only performance of The Traveling Vampire Show. The promised highlight of the show is the gorgeous Valeria, the only living vampire in captivity. For three local teenagers, two boys and a girl, this is a show they can't miss, but they find much more than they expected!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/18/2014

    " This book is much different from other Richard Laymon books I have read, lacks the sex and gore typical of his books, and moves at a much slower, suspense-building pace. I absolutely loved it! It is hot, the summer of 1963, and three teenagers, Dwight, Rusty, and Slim, are anxious to see the one-night-only performance of The Traveling Vampire Show, which claims to have the only living vampire in captivity, Valeria, at the legendary Janks Field. As soon as they head out to Janks Field to get a sneak peak at Valeria, bad, mysterious things begin to happen. The entire story spans one long day, with occasional mention of past events to help better understand the three main characters, and ends with a bang. I highly recommend this book. It is one of my favorite Laymon reads to date, but if you prefer typical Laymon, you may not enjoy this one as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xdyj | 2/18/2014

    " Laymon's descriptive language is good in this book, however I'm not sure if it's successful as horror fiction as I don't find much horror in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 2/11/2014

    " Richard Laymon is probably better than any other author I've read at generating real suspense and horror, and while this wasn't quite as much of a nail-biter as some of his other books which I've read, it still manages to be suitably alarming. The weaknesses of the book are common to his other material: all too often characters behave in ways that make no sense apart from their ability to drive the story forward, and all of his male characters have a rather disturbingly intense focus on sex that becomes prurient and tiresome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley | 2/8/2014

    " Wow. Talk about a wild story. It starts out a little like Stand by Me.. and then goes terribly wrong. Absolutely hilarious and wild. Combine this writing with Anita Blake series and you would have a story that would make you prefer only vampire stories. Alas not in this lifetime but this book is one to pick up.. just might be a bit much for younger readers though. =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/20/2014

    " It's got some padding in it (like all Laymon books), but it's never boring like it is in King's books,and the pages fly by. Laymon's teenagers are among the very best in Horror Lit. They have one thing in mind: SEX. Outrageous, insane, but fun. A crazy ass dog, a traveling vampire show that recalls Bradbury's Something Wicked, but with horny teenagers and nude wrestling. Even some Lovecraftian weirdness at the end. Probably the best Laymon I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kammie | 1/19/2014

    " Loved loved loved!!!! One of the great vampire books written. MY FAVORITE AUTHOR. I will miss knowing what may have been to come in his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting story. Very reminiscent of Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 1/15/2014

    " Another terrible entry, as a thin story is stretched beyond belief and - once again - the monster is kept firmly under wraps until the reader has pretty much given up on it ever appearing. Can't recommend this at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerri | 1/4/2014

    " Great book, interesting coming of age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kori | 12/24/2013

    " There is a disgusting dog abuse scene but other then that it was a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Beckstead | 12/20/2013

    " It has started out a little slow. I love how Laymon writes though. His books never get old to me. So far I am enjoying this book even though it hasn't started as exciting as some of Laymon's other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Brewster | 11/28/2013

    " Loved it. Pure and simple. I can easily see why this is considered Laymon's best work and even if you've not been a fan of him thus far, give him a go here and if you've just started reading him with this you are in for a treat. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerry | 11/4/2013

    " A nice enough flashback to life in the 50's, but I felt mislead by the title. The "vampire" action is only a couple of chapters at the end. This is barely a "horror" story, it's more of a coming-of-age of 3 friends, a la "The Wonder Years", but with 16-17yr olds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Brannon | 4/20/2013

    " This is one of my favorite Laymon books. It's kind of Stand by Me with vampires. Not necessarily a scary book but I had fun reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Jordan | 1/10/2013

    " About as close as Laymon ever got to mainstream fiction, but still mondo grosso for brutality, perversion and all those good things. Focusing on teens, it reads sort of like the kid days of Stephen King's characters in "It," only more so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BiggisBookBox | 12/22/2012

    " My first book of Richard Laymon but not the best one... Nevertheless I'm a big fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad Selke | 11/27/2012

    " Entertaining but slightly hard to keep interested in as nothing really happens until the last 100 pages or so. I wouldn't strongly recommend it unless you have nothing else to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 9/20/2012

    " This book rocks the characters in it are cool. Laymon yet again wrote another great novel with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Sandman | 4/28/2012

    " One of Laymon's best, and a Stoker winner no less. Laymon has perfect recall for what it's like to be a teenager. Add a coming-of-age tale with vampire "Thunderdome" to wind up with a great book like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bozz | 8/1/2011

    " This read kind of like a horror version of Stand By Me. It's set in the 50's and has a trio of teens as the protaganists. The basic plot is right in the title. My only two gripes are that it takes AGES to get going and the lead is not very likeable. A batshit crazy ending makes up for it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 6/7/2011

    " Easily the BEST Laymon book ever!!! Thoroughly entertaining! I could not put this book down!!! It ranks as one of my all time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/4/2011

    " Great read, but not for the squeamish! Lots of graphic violance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 12/16/2010

    " Interesting story. Very reminiscent of Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Creamoflife | 12/8/2010

    " My first book of Richard Laymon but not the best one... Nevertheless I'm a big fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 11/22/2010

    " If you love suspense (especially set in the "olden days") added with just a touch of HORROR, this is the book for you. Richard Laymon spins a tale that will have you guessing what is going on till the very end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 11/4/2010

    " I loved this book up until the final few chapters. It seemed to disintegrate and got rushed. Still, an Laymon novel is a good novel and I was very hooked by the characters and the concept of this vampire show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/10/2010

    " About as close as Laymon ever got to mainstream fiction, but still mondo grosso for brutality, perversion and all those good things. Focusing on teens, it reads sort of like the kid days of Stephen King's characters in "It," only more so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 8/30/2010

    " Easily the BEST Laymon book ever!!! Thoroughly entertaining! I could not put this book down!!! It ranks as one of my all time favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 5/19/2010

    " Richard Laymon was one of my favorite authors, and I think I read almost everything he wrote. He was definitely one of a kind in the horror genre. I miss him. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Laymon

Richard Laymon (1947–2001) is the author of more than sixty short stories and more than thirty novels, a few of which were published under the pseudonym Richard Kelly. His novel Flesh was named Best Horror Novel of the Year for 1988 by Science Fiction Chronicle.