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An innocent woman… or a vampire?

The Stake is a spine-chilling tale of horror by Richard Laymon, perfect for fans of Stephen King and Clive Barker.

‘Laymon uses a typewriter ribbon soaked in cold blood’ – Burt Hirschfeld

In an abandoned hotel in a Californian ghost town, horror writer Larry Dunbar and his friends make a chilling discovery. By chance they stumble on a coffin hidden under the stairs. Within lies the corpse of a naked female – with a stake through its heart. Was she the innocent victim of a gruesome murder? Or was she a vampire? There’s only one way for Larry to solve the mystery – he must pull out the stake…

What readers are saying about The Stake:

‘A totally brilliant and vibrant read, the storyline was always nail biting

‘The characters are richly developed, and the story is a real page turner; so much so you end up hoping you never reach the end’

Richard Laymon is the king of horror


Praise for Richard Laymon: In Laymon's books, blood doesn't so much as drip as explode, splatter and coagulate
No one writes like Laymon and you're going to have a good time with anything he writes
Dean Koontz
A gut-crunching writer
<i>Time Out</i>
A brilliant writer
Sunday Express
The author knows how to sock it to the reader
The Times
If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat
Stephen King
Laymon uses a typewriter ribbon soaked in cold blood
Burt Hirschfeld