Tuesday, October 7, 2008

To Wake The Dead by Richard Laymon

To Wake The Dead To Wake The Dead by Richard Laymon

An ancient beauty . . .
Amara was once the Princess of Egypt, the beautiful wife of Mentuhotep the First. Now, 4000 years later, she and her coffin are merely prized exhibits of the Charles Ward museum. Her lovely face and strong, young body are no more. If you were to look at her today you would see only a brittle bundle of bones and dried skin. But looks can be very deceiving. . . .

A missing mummy . . .

Barney, the museum's night watchman, is the first to make the shocking discovery that the mummy's coffin has been broken open. He immediately assumes it's the work of grave-robbers who care nothing about the sanctity of the dead. But Barney doesn't have a chance to do anything about it. Then two security guards come upon the open coffin and they too believe that the mummy has been stolen. What else could sane men think? By the time they realize the unbelievable truth, it's far too late for them to do anything . . . ever again.

The walking dead!

Now Amara is once again freed from the cramped confines of her coffin, free to walk the earth, free to stalk her prey. Free to kill. Nothing can satisfy her deadly bloodlust. And no one can stop her. You cannot kill what is already dead.

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Excellent Laymon read for Horror month. This book had a lot of typical Laymon-- sex, gore, etc.

It was almost like reading two separate books as there were two different story lines that we were following. One was the story of the mummy Amara and her rise and killing rampage from the dead. The other was totally different with characters being captured, caged and used as sex slaves.

The two story lines do converge at the end and although there were a couple of things left unanswered the book was worth the read. If you can handle Laymon.

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1 comment:

Steve said...

That's the one with the blind girl in the cage, isn't it. It is a while since I read that one, but I don't remember any unanswered questions. I will have to read it again sometime. I have just finished reading Funland for the second time and might read Beast House next time.

Sadly there can be no more Laymon books,and he had a unique style, so when I miss reading his work I have to read what there is for a second time.