The Traveling Vampire Show - Richard Laymon Coming down from reading All Men Are Mortal, I needed a brain breather and Laymon's The Traveling Vampire Show nicely fitted the bill.

Laymon does two things very well: (1) He powerfully invokes the "horror" of being a teen-age boy. If you're a man and not squirming at being reminded of all the awkwardness of that age, you were raised by wolves. (2) He keeps you on the edge of your seat. You really don't know what's going on or what's going to happen next for much of the novel.

There are parts of the book that skirt dangerously close to reading like a Penthouse Forum letter but in the end, The Traveling Vampire Show should be read as a teen-age boy's wish-fulfillment fantasy, and a well written one at that.