The Woods are Dark was one of Richard Laymon’s earliest novels. Whilst it’s certainly not the strongest amongst the many horror books which he wrote during his lifetime, it exudes much of that style which came to define one of the canon’s great contributors. He’s also a personal favourite genre writer of mine, but I won’t let that bias the review (too much).
The book focuses upon the dangerous and bloodthirsty backwater community of Barlow. Those unfortunates whose travels take them on a path through this small town find themselves at risk of kidnap, terror, torture and death, and often in that order. For Barlow harbours an evil secret, and a collective of duplicitous inhabitants set on murderous intent. Click here to read more.. »