Prime One Rainy NightAuthor Richard Laymon – Andy-palmer.co.uk

One Rainy Night Formerly friendly neighbors turn to crazed maniacs A stranger at a gas station shoves a nozzle down a customer s throat and pulls the trigger A soaking wet line of movie goers smashes its way into a theater to slaughter the people inside A loving wife attacks her husband, still beating his head against the floor long after he s dead As the rain falls, blood flows in the gutters and terror runs through the streets


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 ofthan thirty acclaimed novels He also publishedthan sixty short stories in magazines such as Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, and Cavalier, and in anthologies including Modern Masters of Horror.He died from a massive heart attack on February 14, 2001 Valentine s Day Also published under the name Richard Kelly



10 thoughts on “One Rainy Night

  1. says:

    This was just as good as the last book I read by the author Endless Night although, not quite as funny Bob Hanson, a patrol officer, returns to the scene of a gruesome crime where someone has been tied to the goalposts of Lincoln High School s Football Stadium and set on fire After climbing the chain link fence to gain entry to the stadium he has a look around the crime scene, when suddenly, the stadium lights come to life, and he sees someone walking towards him from one of the stadium This was just as good as the last book I read by the author Endless Night although, not quite as funny Bob Hanson, a patrol officer, returns to the scene of a gruesome crime where someone has been tied to the goalposts of Lincoln High School s Football Stadium and set on fire After climbing the chain link fence to gain entry to the stadium he has a look around the crime scene, when suddenly, the stadium lights come to life, and he sees someone walking towards him from one of the stadium s tunnels Toby Barnes Head of Maintenance introduces himself to Hanson, telling him what he knows about the victim, which isn t much After they get better aquainted, there s a massive roar in the night sky, and it starts to rain the rain is black.Barnes attacks Hanson and Hanson draws his weapon and blasts the maintenance guy in the head For some reason, the black rain causes people to turn into homicidal maniacs, it also gives them a feeling of euphoria.The story is told in the third person from multiple POV as we re introduced to some of the denizens of Bixby, as they try to deal with the crisis and stay alive and not get contaminated themselves Interestingly, the storm seems to be stationary and not affecting other areas only Bixby Also, if an unaffected person touches someone who is affected by the black rain then it won t turn them into a crazy person only direct contact with the rain will make people turn not secondary contact although, some of them are crazy anyway.I m now wondering if I should read three Laymon novels consecutively After a self debate, me and myself have reached the consensus that things usually happen in threes and I may be pushing my luck if I do.In summation put your brain into neutral, and go along for the crazy ride There s the usual blood, guts and entrails being thrown around the place, but its a fun book to read


  2. says:

    I had never heard of Richard Laymon until I noticed a blurb on a Stephen King novel saying something like Besides Laymon and Koontz, King hasblah, blah, blah So I went to my favorite used bookstore in my hometown and decided to see for myself what this Laymon guy was up to And, man, the dude had written like thirty books Vampires Aliens The unexplained Etc Etc I chose randomly, three or four titles ONE RAINY NIGHT was among the fortunate to come home with me As I began the book I t I had never heard of Richard Laymon until I noticed a blurb on a Stephen King novel saying something like Besides Laymon and Koontz, King hasblah, blah, blah So I went to my favorite used bookstore in my hometown and decided to see for myself what this Laymon guy was up to And, man, the dude had written like thirty books Vampires Aliens The unexplained Etc Etc I chose randomly, three or four titles ONE RAINY NIGHT was among the fortunate to come home with me As I began the book I thought, No big dealjust another run of the mill horror writer That is until the action heated up You see, Laymon knows where the line is and is not only unafraid of crossing it, he does so with pleasure Women and children, fair game Heroes, they may or may not survive And that s what s so fascinating with his writing It constantly keeps the reader off balanced, eagerly flipping pages just to see who will make it to the next chapter, and who has had thier final curtain call ONE RAINY NIGHT is a simple storytoxic rain, makes people go crazy But the way that Laymon describes how the people go crazy is the real beauty of this novel It s a bit over the top, but Laymon s writing stylethan makes up for it A great book to read when the thunderclouds roll in HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  3. says:

    This is one of my new favorite Laymon books What an action packed, fun filled ride through a night of terror and violence I would shelf One Rainy Night as Classic Laymon Other such titles I have thought as highly of from this amazing, but grossly underrated author are Island, Body Rides, Into The Fire, After Midnight and The Cellar I haven t read all of his books, as I am slowly working my through them Unfortunately, we lost Laymon in 2001, when he was felled by a massive heart attack, so This is one of my new favorite Laymon books What an action packed, fun filled ride through a night of terror and violence I would shelf One Rainy Night as Classic Laymon Other such titles I have thought as highly of from this amazing, but grossly underrated author are Island, Body Rides, Into The Fire, After Midnight and The Cellar I haven t read all of his books, as I am slowly working my through them Unfortunately, we lost Laymon in 2001, when he was felled by a massive heart attack, so once I read through them all, well, that s that.The plot of One Rainy Night is best described in the blurb I can t do it any better than that The black rain falls, and everyone that gets wet with the gooey stuff goes insane and becomes overwhelmed by the desire to kill and rape and pillage The people not affected by the insanity rain may just be the least fortunate residents of Bixby, CA Theirs is indeed a most unenviable position.Filled with gore, sex and wacky characters, One Rainy Night is a must read for any Laymon fan, or anyone out to experience an awesome horror read


  4. says:

    Vote 3,5Laymon s version of The Craziesthe remake than George Romero s original one meets The Twilight Zone with lots of the author s trademark Sex, violence and bouncing boobs.A brutal action packed page turner that I finished in a few nights, sadly characters were so lame that in the end I was just not caring very much about their often bloody fate.Not best Laymon s novel I ve read, still not worst, just not bad at all Vote 3,5Laymon s version of The Craziesthe remake than George Romero s original one meets The Twilight Zone with lots of the author s trademark Sex, violence and bouncing boobs.A brutal action packed page turner that I finished in a few nights, sadly characters were so lame that in the end I was just not caring very much about their often bloody fate.Not best Laymon s novel I ve read, still not worst, just not bad at all


  5. says:

    I wasn t sure at first what to expect from this book, whether it d be just another duty free shop mass market paperback, or a truly great and worthwhile book I m glad to say that One Rainy Night was much better than I thought and that although it has some excessive violence that really seemed unnecessary, it was a creative story and the writing had evident thought put into it.


  6. says:

    Another awesome tale from Richard Laymon The shit really hits the fan in this one, everybody s fucking crazy Well, almost You can t go wrong reading Richard, his books RULE 4 5 Skulls


  7. says:

    First published back in 1990, One Rainy Night came at half way through Laymon s career Following Laymon s fast paced, action packed, blood filled formula for creating a novel that will be adored by many horror fans, One Rainy Night does not disappoint when it comes to an intensive splatter punk style tale of blood lust and unrelenting violence With huge similarities to novels such as James Herbert s The Fog , David Moody s Hater and Danny Boyle s 2002 film 28 Days Later , One Rainy First published back in 1990, One Rainy Night came at half way through Laymon s career Following Laymon s fast paced, action packed, blood filled formula for creating a novel that will be adored by many horror fans, One Rainy Night does not disappoint when it comes to an intensive splatter punk style tale of blood lust and unrelenting violence With huge similarities to novels such as James Herbert s The Fog , David Moody s Hater and Danny Boyle s 2002 film 28 Days Later , One Rainy Night sees a large proportion of the population in this case the vast majority of a town , turn into psychotic killers when they are subjected to the mysterious black rain that starts falling on the town From very early on the reader is thrown into the nail biting tension and claustrophobic fear that surrounds the town as the story spirals into an almost post apocalyptic scenario that is not too dissimilar in feel to Laymon s classic novel The Quake that came out five years later The blood starts spilling from every page, with moments that appear to be lifted straight from any one of Romero s Dead series A somewhat weak sub plot is threaded loosely along the novels storyline, that half tries to explain the mysterious turn of events as some sort of voodoo curse that was visited upon the town in the way of revenge for crimes upon a particular family This half baked explanation is not necessary to the overall enjoyment and structure of the novel, but does not really detract at all from the tale Yet again, Laymon throws in a collection of comic book style colourful characters that are brought to vivid life with their individual loveable and instantly identifiable traits The violence is strong yet not over descriptive that allows for the Dawn of The Dead style of comic gore Even with this, the reader is subjected to bursts of suspense throughout that will leave you on the edge of your seat at the end of each and every chapter For those who are relatively new to Laymon s work, this is a good novel to approach first, with classic Laymon touches and his non stop blood drenched action formula that is sure to please almost every fan of horror The novel lasts for a total of 410 blood soaked pages, of which all 410 of these will keep your heart racing, as you sit there perched on the edge of your seat


  8. says:

    This was a very entertaining read The action was nonstop as well as the gore The story was easy to follow There s no thinking involved in this one just enjoy the ride.


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is how books are meant to be I read 165 pages in one day Too me that only happens with specific kind of books I really enjoy it I couldn t stop reading it I will make a big review this week I read some reviews about racism in this book What racism Because it was a black kid killed in the beginnig of the book and his grandfather made a voodoo ritual so everyone start kill one another Oh please An apart now One day I will stop reading reviews because of stupid things like that This is how books are meant to be I read 165 pages in one day Too me that only happens with specific kind of books I really enjoy it I couldn t stop reading it I will make a big review this week I read some reviews about racism in this book What racism Because it was a black kid killed in the beginnig of the book and his grandfather made a voodoo ritual so everyone start kill one another Oh please An apart now One day I will stop reading reviews because of stupid things like that What a heck Oh there wasn t a lot of black character Oh that serie is all whites Oh the deversity of cultural aspects is not that real Oh the girl on the cover is a bit whiter than the character in the book Ohh my the Whitewash of the writers Oh the black always die first on the horror movie I m sick of reading things like this and they are from WHITE PEOPLE People are so foccused on Racism that they see racism everyone They even saw it on Tolkien because all characters were white, the white tower and the orcs are black Oh my goodness.Most of horror authors from the seventies or eighties are white It s normal to them to write White Main Characters I think some writers are now portraying some black characters because of this intimidation It s like gay characters You ve got Clive Barker portraying in some novels a gay character and is portrayed with some depth and relevant to the character development and plot and that s good and you ve got writers portraying a gay character that if it wasn t you wouldn t know the diference I remember reading Brian Keene s Dead Sea book portraying a black gay character and I thought that being gay didn t matter a little bit to the story It was irrelevant And to do that just stop doing it It s stupid Now my rambling got almost out of hand I am not racist and neither am I homophobic But I support free speech and free writing If a writer wants to write a neo nazi character and portraying it as the king of the block why shouldn t they do it Some rap singers portray the black culture as superior to the white, that the white are bad people, and most of them just treat women poorly and they win awards at mtv So You can t be a white supremacist but you can be a black supremacist Oh well the world today Now for the book.This book deals with a voodoo curse that befalls in a little town after the death of a black youth As anyone touches the rain it turns to a bloodcrazy frenzy to kill and rape We follow four main views that converge in a big plot One is Buddy and his buddies the killers of the black kid the other is Denise a beautiful girl that is taking care of a child Kara , the other is the fathers of Kara as they are besiege in a restaurant and other is a policeman and the girlfriend of the black kid as they try to survive Praises The different perspectives As the action changes each chapter so our interest in it The sex and gore This is both a criticism and a praise Each chapter and there are lot of chapters are fill with sex references and violent deaths There is also a rape scene and evensex I get that most humans think of sex every hour You see a girl, and you start undressing her You see a naked girl and you want to jump and plumb her Yes I get that we are sex perverts disguised as humans We are Can any out there say that they don t think of sex every hour Even in awkward situations you think of it My question is In a hostile situation that you and a beautiful perfect girl are bounded together by terrorists and they tell you to undress would you get wood I guess we would But that s me Well where was I Yes Sex and Gore references There are too many and some of them were a bit overdone But that s a trademark of Laymon and I was okay with it Criticism Plotholes There are some plotholes Some people when touch by the rain turn bloodcrazy but in the end as one of the group are touch by the black rain they are able to think almost rational and kill the maker of the rain We see all girls from this book Naked, partially naked We know that every girl on this book is a greek goddess.These irrealities bother me First not all girls are greek goddess but everyone was slim and big breasted girls like Lara Croft and they all get naked at some point of the book Final Thoughts Advisable If you want to read a fast paced book with sex and gore elements like chainsaw massacre go right ahead If, what you want is a frightful exprience that look someplace else If won t find it here.To anyone who wants to read the book be very careful to read it on the train some sexual references could make you in a awkward situation


  10. says:

    Been a long time since I have read a Laymon book so this was certainly a pleasure to embark upon As I have said before as far as Laymon s stuff goes, you either like him or you don t I happen to like most of his stuff He writes with a dark, dry, almost humorous at times with grotesque horror elements thrown in In this book we start out with a murder of a black teen, he was burned to death Shortly after the investigation starts, a storm comes to the town of Bixby and with comes a black rain Been a long time since I have read a Laymon book so this was certainly a pleasure to embark upon As I have said before as far as Laymon s stuff goes, you either like him or you don t I happen to like most of his stuff He writes with a dark, dry, almost humorous at times with grotesque horror elements thrown in In this book we start out with a murder of a black teen, he was burned to death Shortly after the investigation starts, a storm comes to the town of Bixby and with comes a black rain The rain causes people to go crazy with murder and cannibalism if they are caught out in it The townspeople of Bixby who have not been affected are forced to fight for their lives.This is definitely wrote in Laymon style Lot of gore, sex, murder and the like and done up with imaginative, vivid and grotesque imagery So much so that the images refuse to leave the mind once the story is over The scenes in this one really were quite graphic So keep that in mind if you are planning on reading this.The characters are like they usually are in a Laymon book, quite simple and non descriptive which really does not allow readers to connect with the characters of any of his books They are not all that believable or realistic, but it is almost ok because this is really just his style of writing You come to expect theyou read his stuff Almost all of his books are plot driven, and the time is put into that instead of the characters.I thought the premise of this story was pretty awesome and per normal the book flowed very well no matter how over the top it might or might not get If you like Laymon but have not yet read this one that you really must try it out This book is not for the faint of heart, so if you don t like horror books then this is probably not a book for you


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