Richard Laymon

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Richard Laymon
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Vital statistics
Occupation Author
Gender Male
Birth Date January 14, 1947
Birth Location Chicago, Illinois
Death Date February 14, 2001, age 54
Death Location
Notable Works The Cellar
The Traveling Vampire Show
Night in the Lonesome October
The Beast House

Richard Laymon was born January 14, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He wrote more than sixty short stories and thirty novels, some with the pseudonym Richard Kelly.

His style was often considered to be among the "splatterpunk" subgenre. Often his stories were full of violence, sex and gore. He was nominated for two Bram Stoker awards in his career, once winning one posthumously for The Traveling Vampire Show.

Laymon died of a heart attack at the age of 54 on February 14, 2001.


  • from Stephen King – "If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat."
  • from Dean Koontz – "No one writes like Laymon, and you're going to have a good time with anything he writes."
  • from Jack Ketchum – "I've read every book of Laymon's I could get my hands on. I'm absolutely a longtime fan."
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