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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Book Review-Midnight's Lair/Dark Mountain by Richard Laymon

A group of tourists take an tour of underground caverns named Mordock’s Cave. Then a fire in the hotel above traps them with a power failure, which is no reason to panic. The tour guides decide to look for another exit and when they break through into another cave, they unleash the psycho cannibals that live in the dark.

This was a creepy and wonderfully disturbing book and you can put yourself in the position of the scared tourists. Amongst the group is creepy Kyle, son of the hotel owner, both of whom are responsible for the rape of countless young women and whose bodies they feed to the cannibals below. He knows what is out there in the dark but he lets the chaos happen to cover his attempts to rape a young girl on the tour with him.

The reactions of the different tourists to the crisis are just what you would expect in this situation and it was a real rollercoaster ride of horror and gore. Lovely! 

Two families go camping together in the mountains but tragedy strikes when one of the women is raped by a perverted madman who lives in a cave with his witch mother. The madman is dead but the witch puts a curse of them that follows them as they go home, with accidents and disasters happening to them. They know they are going to have to go back to the mountains to deal with the witch before her curse kills them all.

I loved this book! The family dynamics were good with the resentful daughter not wanting to be there with daddy's new girlfriend or her kid brother, but her interest in son of her dad's best friend helps everyone to start bonding. There is better character development in this book and the story switches between them and the madman who is eyeing up the women and waiting for a chance to pounce.

Back home, the accidents and scary crap are making the families believe that they really were cursed and they have to go back to the mountains to take on the witch again. This book was full of tension, good plot and remains one of my favourite Laymon reads.

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