31 Days of My Favorite Horror Books – Day 17 – THE ISLAND by Richard Laymon

For the month of October, I will be writing brief essays about my 31 favorite horror books.


Richard Laymon is one of the trashiest horror authors to have ever lived. And I only mean that as a compliment. His work is a perfect example of modern pulp fiction. The plots of thrilling and the stories are filled with sordid sex and violence.

He wrote a shit-ton of novels. Well, over fifty. I haven’t read all of them but I’ve read around twenty and of all of them, THE ISLAND is the one that blew me away. After a yacht mysterious explodes, a bunch of people find themselves stranded on an island in the Bahamas while being stalked by a serial killer. It features everything that makes Laymon great—a thrilling, page-turning plot, crazy scenes of violence, over-the-top cheesy sex, and a dirty, sleazy grindhouse feel.

What really makes this entry in his bibliography is the last page of the story. Those that have read this book know immediately what I am talking about. If you don’t, you need to read this for an example of amazing plotting and how you do a twist ending right. Out of all the horror novels I’ve read in my life, this book stands out as having my absolute favorite last line of any book. It blows your mind and will make you gasp. Just absolutely perfect.

You can buy this book here.

Looking for more Halloween reading? Check out the newest titles from Deadite Press:



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