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Davey Owen was looking for a little entertainment. He finds instead a nightmare in the form of a beautiful but strangely pale woman. A woman who offers him passion, ecstasy - and eternal life - but takes in exchange his lifeblood and his very soul.


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Davey Owen was looking for a little entertainment. He finds instead a nightmare in the form of a beautiful but strangely pale woman. A woman who offers him passion, ecstasy - and eternal life - but takes in exchange his lifeblood and his very soul.

30 review for Live Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    People are found dead but their blood is missing. Corpses disappear from mortuaries. Ordinary, decent men keep returning to a certain seedy sex peep-show called Live Girls. The police know nothing and do even less. When Walter Benedek, a respectable, middle-aged reporter working for the New York Times, finds his sister and niece dead his world falls apart. He decides to spend the rest of his holiday looking for their potential murderer – his brother-in-law, Vernon Macy. Vernon was last seen near People are found dead but their blood is missing. Corpses disappear from mortuaries. Ordinary, decent men keep returning to a certain seedy sex peep-show called Live Girls. The police know nothing and do even less. When Walter Benedek, a respectable, middle-aged reporter working for the New York Times, finds his sister and niece dead his world falls apart. He decides to spend the rest of his holiday looking for their potential murderer – his brother-in-law, Vernon Macy. Vernon was last seen near Live Girls but Walter is strangely unwilling to go inside that establishment – he has a hunch and he is very healthily afraid. Still while hanging around he accosts Davey, a young, naive assistant editor who doesn’t hesitate to enter. Davey has been dumped by his latest good-for-nothing girlfriend and hasn't been promoted as he expected to – small wonder he tries to enliven his life by looking for some new experiences. A visit to an obscure peep-show? Why not? Plenty of people do it every day.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grady Hendrix

    Sleazy, but satisfying, retrograde and inappropriate, but entertaining, dirty old New York City squalor.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Will Errickson

    Cult '80s horror novel bursting with sleaze, gore & pornography. No wonder I loved it when I was 19! It's still pretty cool today. Set in once-squalid, now long-gone Times Square, LIVE GIRLS features a strip club filled with vampires both grotesque and alluring. Sure, it's corny, not all that well-written, but earnest and quick-moving, original and inventive. I suppose "glory hole" is something you'd never hear in either DRACULA or TWILIGHT. Oh well. Would've made a helluva an '80s horror movie. Cult '80s horror novel bursting with sleaze, gore & pornography. No wonder I loved it when I was 19! It's still pretty cool today. Set in once-squalid, now long-gone Times Square, LIVE GIRLS features a strip club filled with vampires both grotesque and alluring. Sure, it's corny, not all that well-written, but earnest and quick-moving, original and inventive. I suppose "glory hole" is something you'd never hear in either DRACULA or TWILIGHT. Oh well. Would've made a helluva an '80s horror movie.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

    curvily sexy and teethily hot

  5. 5 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    1987 Times Square before Rudy Giuliani cleaned up all the sleazy vampire strip joints. Other than Dracula and Salem's Lot, this may be the best vampire novel I've read. Compulsive reading at its best.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam Light

    Excellent vampire story! LIVE GIRLS is the most fun I've had reading a book in a while. Ray Garton knows how to write. There isn't a wasted word here. I loved it. Fast paced, drenched in gore, sex, and all around craziness. Just the way a good vampire novel should be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Rolfe

    It was a long time coming, but I finally picked up Ray Garton's classic, LIVE GIRLS. Wow! This is what Mass Market Paperback Horror is ALL about. Davey Owen is down on himself, down on his luck, and waiting for life's next kick in the balls when he pays a visit to a lurid place called, LIVE GIRLS. The beautiful seductress slinking behind the glass partition in the viewing room puts her teeth on him and changes his life forever. Yes, this is vampires, but man, oh man, this was a fucking thrill-rid It was a long time coming, but I finally picked up Ray Garton's classic, LIVE GIRLS. Wow! This is what Mass Market Paperback Horror is ALL about. Davey Owen is down on himself, down on his luck, and waiting for life's next kick in the balls when he pays a visit to a lurid place called, LIVE GIRLS. The beautiful seductress slinking behind the glass partition in the viewing room puts her teeth on him and changes his life forever. Yes, this is vampires, but man, oh man, this was a fucking thrill-ride. Filled with great characters, great villains, and paced to perfection, LIVE GIRLS explodes off the pages and leaves you very satisfied. Looking forward to the sequel! I give LIVE GIRLS 5 long overdue stars! Highly recommended!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth McKinley

    Surprises happen all the time - getting that lady in the drive-thru that is refreshingly pleasant and doesn't bitch about how shitty of a job she has, finding a $20 bill in your pants pocket that you didn't know you had, randomly finding that gem of a horror movie that you've never heard of before on Netflix by nothing more than sheer accident - you get the idea. LIVE GIRLS was my pleasant surprise. I'd probably had it sitting patiently on my TBR pile 4-5 years after I had bought it. Finally, it Surprises happen all the time - getting that lady in the drive-thru that is refreshingly pleasant and doesn't bitch about how shitty of a job she has, finding a $20 bill in your pants pocket that you didn't know you had, randomly finding that gem of a horror movie that you've never heard of before on Netflix by nothing more than sheer accident - you get the idea. LIVE GIRLS was my pleasant surprise. I'd probably had it sitting patiently on my TBR pile 4-5 years after I had bought it. Finally, it's time had come and I couldn't be more pleased. Davy Owen is having a shitty day. He gets passed over for a much deserved promotion. After getting all pissed off and telling his boss to go to hell, now he's out of a job. On top of that, his girl left him because he could never stand up for himself. Down on his luck, he happens on a NYC peep show called Live Girls. An odd and strange attraction pulls him inside. When the panel slides up in his booth, he gets more than just a show and a boner. This one comes with a happy ending...well, sort of. What he took home was more than a smile on his face. Garton does a great job taking a story that could've been hokey and breathing life into it, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. This is a vampire story filled with sex and blood and not one of those bastards sparkled. LIVE GIRLS oozes grime and grittiness, just like the seedy NYC streets from the 1980s where the story was set. You feel for Davey and his predicament and close your eyes when you know he's being pulled in the wrong direction. LIVE GIRLS is a wild, joy ride of a vamp tale, just like how they should be. Surprises can be found in the most unlikeliest places, like being buried deep in my TBR pile. I really need to dig through that more often! 4 1/2 Hickies on Your Dicky out of 5 You can also follow my reviews at the following links: https://intothemacabre.com http://intothemacabre.booklikes.com https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teipu

    I was exited to start a perpetual challenge I had in mind for quite a while: Read through the Bram Stoker Award short-list and winners! (I want to do the same with the Man Booker Prize, though that's even more insane). Too bad I kind of started on the wrong foot. I got this book because it was short-listed for Best Novel so I assumed it must be just as great as the winner novel Misery by Stephen King (which tied with Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon which I haven't read yet). Unfortunately, it wa I was exited to start a perpetual challenge I had in mind for quite a while: Read through the Bram Stoker Award short-list and winners! (I want to do the same with the Man Booker Prize, though that's even more insane). Too bad I kind of started on the wrong foot. I got this book because it was short-listed for Best Novel so I assumed it must be just as great as the winner novel Misery by Stephen King (which tied with Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon which I haven't read yet). Unfortunately, it wasn't. Let's start with the good stuff! It's a decent vampire novel with evil, selfish bloodsuckers as opposed to all those romanticized, pale vegan-vampires we have in lots of vampire novels nowadays. I prefer the evil version a lot more! The two main vampires Shideh and Anya were sexy, dangerous and ruthless and I liked that they could walk in daylight (Garton even explained that well) and were not invulnerable. What would happen to a vampire if he/she drinks "poisoned" blood was a great touch and actually one of the most creepy parts. There was a lot of sex in the story, pretty explicit at times, but when you write about a vampire-run peep-show and nightclub, I think that's unavoidable. Some of it was a little bit disgusting though (biting male patrons penises or sucking the menstruation blood out of someone, yuck). Now for the part why I didn't enjoy the book much: the main character. The male lead Davey Owen (how can you name your main character DAVEY? It sound like he's 5 years old) was just so weak and annoying! Half of the book he was whining about his job, his ex-girlfriend and life in general, friendzoning the female lead who did her best to make him feel better. Then he gets bitten by a vampire prostitute and then he keeps emphasizing how weak he feels, every five pages someone thinks how pale and sick he looks and how thin he got... And how exactly didn't he notice that Anya was a vampire? She bit your little buddy! TWICE! She makes you bite her and drink her blood! She's really pale and cold! You found an album of newspaper clippings from her dating back to the 1920s! And she looks still the same! And you're still wondering what's happening to you? Come on... It got better with Davey in the second half of the book (he manned-up) but I still couldn't warm up to him. The female lead, Casey, was okay though I didn't like how she played the emotional rubbish bin for Davey and hoping that he would fall in love with her someday. Benedek was the most interesting character for me. His sister got killed by vampires and he seeks revenge for that which was a nice plot point. The ending finally catched up on the action part and was pretty cool, but the 250 pages before that weren't thrilling me at all. All in all, it wasn't a bad vampire novel, but it wasn't a good one either.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"

    Enjoyed this vampiric tale! I think it's one of the only times that the vampires actually attack and feed in bat form, just a little thought. Interesting slant on the vampire lore with some nice sexy parts haha mixed with good old fashioned horror. Good fun!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Miller

    Absolute, top-quality, best I've read in decades vampire story! Live Girls is a LOT of fun and paced very quickly. Though the plot moves along quickly, we get time to know our characters and grow to care for or abhor them, and they are very well fleshed out. Davey Owen has a really bad day, and wanders into peep show joint on Times Square called 'Live Girls'. It isn't perversion or lust drawing him in, but genuine curiosity. But his curiosity brings him more trouble than he knows what to do with. Absolute, top-quality, best I've read in decades vampire story! Live Girls is a LOT of fun and paced very quickly. Though the plot moves along quickly, we get time to know our characters and grow to care for or abhor them, and they are very well fleshed out. Davey Owen has a really bad day, and wanders into peep show joint on Times Square called 'Live Girls'. It isn't perversion or lust drawing him in, but genuine curiosity. But his curiosity brings him more trouble than he knows what to do with. This was the first Ray Garton book I've read, and I will CERTAINLY be picking up some more. His writing is fluid and his prose elegant. His characters are realistic and his use of foreboding exceptional. The vampires in this story are at once sexy and seductive, but also genuinely terrifying. They are nightmare creatures. The way vampires ought to be. If you're tired of young, good-looking weeny vampires and want something dark and gritty and which delivers the goods in folds, look no further. Live Girls is for you. I'd recommend this to any fan of horror. Though I wouldn't quite say this is extreme horror, it does have some extremely graphic scenes of violence and sex, which might turn some off. But if not, you're in for the treat of your life. So step in to Live Girls and have a bite.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mya

    What I learned from this book is that garlic is my best bet when encountering vampires, not crosses or bibles or holy water or even stakes. Garlic should do the trick! But seriously, this is my second book by Ray Garton and I enjoyed it so much that I finished it fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about "Live Girls" is something that I'm hoping appears in all his work, which is the dark, truly horrifying portrayal of any monster that he deals with. This book is about vampires that are beasts, What I learned from this book is that garlic is my best bet when encountering vampires, not crosses or bibles or holy water or even stakes. Garlic should do the trick! But seriously, this is my second book by Ray Garton and I enjoyed it so much that I finished it fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about "Live Girls" is something that I'm hoping appears in all his work, which is the dark, truly horrifying portrayal of any monster that he deals with. This book is about vampires that are beasts, disgusting and seductive and horrifying. The story is based around a peep-show/club called Live Girls. It is one of two havens for vampires in the book. During the narrative, several people fall victim to its allure and its danger. I found myself breezing through the pages, curious and shocked by every event. One thing I will say about Garton is that I definitely could not guess the ending. Like "Ravenous" his werewolf novel, I was still left with questions... all involving backstory and details. Don't get me wrong, Garton fleshes his monsters out and gives you exactly what you need to turn the page...but damn...there seemed to be at least 3 types of vampires in the book and I wanted more DETAILS...yeah, I'm greedy. Great horror read though, definitely!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mason

    Another winner found for less than a dollar at a thrift store! This book got progressively better as it lead up to the fucking awesome last scene. a few points: - Vampire strippers??? Sign me the fuck up. - I wasn't thrilled with this book until just after the halfway mark. Then I was hooked. - A grown ass man named Davey, really? And his girlfriend is named Casey? If I were his editor, those names would be the first thing to go. - Love Garton's take on vampires and the process of turning into one Another winner found for less than a dollar at a thrift store! This book got progressively better as it lead up to the fucking awesome last scene. a few points: - Vampire strippers??? Sign me the fuck up. - I wasn't thrilled with this book until just after the halfway mark. Then I was hooked. - A grown ass man named Davey, really? And his girlfriend is named Casey? If I were his editor, those names would be the first thing to go. - Love Garton's take on vampires and the process of turning into one. - Love the part about ping pong balls. - LOVE the creepy ass basement full of deformities. - Apparently religious paraphernalia doesn't work against vampires, but garlic sure as hell does. - BUCKETS of gore. Moral of the story: don't go into sketchy strip clubs AND ESPECIALLY don't let a stripper blow you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I hope I don't offend anyone with this review, but here it goes. Let me start by saying, I loved this book, and I am going to read the sequel for sure. Now to get down to the nitty gritty: This is my version of a trashy sleazy beachy speed read book. I could have read this in one gulp while laying out in the sun, or perhaps on an airplane. Instead I powered through it in 2 nights, last night being wide awake at 2am blatantly refusing to put it down. Its a story! Plain and simple and down to the I hope I don't offend anyone with this review, but here it goes. Let me start by saying, I loved this book, and I am going to read the sequel for sure. Now to get down to the nitty gritty: This is my version of a trashy sleazy beachy speed read book. I could have read this in one gulp while laying out in the sun, or perhaps on an airplane. Instead I powered through it in 2 nights, last night being wide awake at 2am blatantly refusing to put it down. Its a story! Plain and simple and down to the guts, it is an easy breezy BAD romance novel with GORE instead of glitter. There is no stylistic writing that hurts your brain to decipher, no metaphors or anything to hurt your brain meats. So, when I say trashy and sleazy, I mean there are some raunchy porn scenes that are pretty intense and bound to make you uncomfortable in public. I sometimes need a reprieve from the heavy stuff I normally need. And this was pure unalderated Fun, with a capital F. I enjoyed it, and that being said: it is not for everyone. I am basically a reformed sewer rat. I do have supreme taste in literature, BUT I still can't help running straight back down to the sewer sometimes. I need my fix. This is identical to those 2-3am Taco Bell trips after a long night of drinking and dancing. Disgusting, but at the time: it is pure EXTACY.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sun Goddess Moon Witch

    DNF @ 45%. You can see the plot coming a mile away, someones going to turn into a vampire! Basically, Davey gets a blow job and gets bit during the process. Then he goes back to the vampire eventually being persuaded to bite the vampire during sex. I couldn't finish this, it was SO boring and slow. Everyone in this book is very stupid and unobservant to these sex worker vampires. What made me drop this book was Davey's turning process into a vampire is taking him way to long to do it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Yeah, that was a really good splatterpunk vampire novel!!! A little perverse for me in certain parts and slow in the beginning but really picked up. Now I see what all the fuss was about. The main character is a writer named Davey Owen going through a crisis who get's himself involved in a peep show/ strip club in Times Square called "LIVE GIRLS" that happens to be run by...VAMPIRES!!! Real nasty, fanged, monstrous blood-sucking vampires! No romantic vampire bullshit here. A lot of people compar Yeah, that was a really good splatterpunk vampire novel!!! A little perverse for me in certain parts and slow in the beginning but really picked up. Now I see what all the fuss was about. The main character is a writer named Davey Owen going through a crisis who get's himself involved in a peep show/ strip club in Times Square called "LIVE GIRLS" that happens to be run by...VAMPIRES!!! Real nasty, fanged, monstrous blood-sucking vampires! No romantic vampire bullshit here. A lot of people compared the premise of this book to the movie From Dusk Till Dawn. I prefer to compare it to the movie, Vamp...which is highly underrated in my opinion. Davey Owen was not a likable character in the beginning of the book, but he redeemed himself towards the end. And GR says this is "Davey Owen # 1". Does that mean there are more books, is this a series? According to Goodreads, this book is currently being made into a movie. Well, I couldn't find anything on that online, but that would be awesome to see. Again, great book! Four stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Sternberg

    Vampire strippers, Times Square in the 1980's..what's not to love in this trashy adventure into a B Movie World?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    When I had first heard of Ray Garton's Live Girls, I checked out a few reviews. There was one Amazon reviewer who enticed me by saying something like, "Nothing can prepare you for Live Girls. I went into this expecting to be shocked, and felt I was prepared. But nothing can prepare you for this". Well, I went into this prepared to be shocked. It didn't happen. This was a pretty good story, though, and it is a novel that is driven by the story alone. That's the problem I have with a lot of horror l When I had first heard of Ray Garton's Live Girls, I checked out a few reviews. There was one Amazon reviewer who enticed me by saying something like, "Nothing can prepare you for Live Girls. I went into this expecting to be shocked, and felt I was prepared. But nothing can prepare you for this". Well, I went into this prepared to be shocked. It didn't happen. This was a pretty good story, though, and it is a novel that is driven by the story alone. That's the problem I have with a lot of horror lately. My favorite novels have all been heavily character driven. I need to really care about them and what they are pulled through to garner a high rating. Garton doesn't spend a lot of time developing his characters, but I have to say, it's impressive that the surface treatment he does give them saves them from being totally cardboard. He shows a fine economy of words. The dialog, however, I found to be very awkward. The exchanges between Beth and her abusive boyfriend reminded me of my struggled attempts at creative writing in grade 9. Live Girls is what it is, a fast paced vampire adventure. I guess if deep characterization is to take a back seat to story, then it's good that the story not waste any time and keep moving forward. And it does. I burned through it. I was just expecting more depth, and some real shocks. In the long run, I don't think it will take me very long to forget it, really. A two-star rating here translates to "it was ok", so 2 it is.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Along with Stokers' Dracula, Matheson's I Am Legend, Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood, King's Salems' Lot, Rice's Interview With the Vampire, Strieber's The Hunger, McCammon's They Thirst, and Lumley's Necroscope series (there, you've got my fave/top Vamp books) - I include this saucy, degenerate, nasty, thoroughly engrossing page turner as one of the pivotal moments in modern vampire lore. Garton's work leaps off the page and goes for the jugular - a nest of sexy vampires in the peepshow parlors o Along with Stokers' Dracula, Matheson's I Am Legend, Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood, King's Salems' Lot, Rice's Interview With the Vampire, Strieber's The Hunger, McCammon's They Thirst, and Lumley's Necroscope series (there, you've got my fave/top Vamp books) - I include this saucy, degenerate, nasty, thoroughly engrossing page turner as one of the pivotal moments in modern vampire lore. Garton's work leaps off the page and goes for the jugular - a nest of sexy vampires in the peepshow parlors of 80s times square! This book luxuriates in its nastiness and I loved every moment of it - long out of print, the mass market is back!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    A while ago, I did a review for Night Life, the sequel to Live Girls. Quite frankly, I didn't care for it. I felt like it was a throwaway title that was written for brand recognition than any care for the characters or story. But I wanted to come back to Live Girls at some point and explain why I liked that story so much and what made Night Life so disappointing. So here we are, vampire strippers galore! The plot is simple enough. Davey Owens has just been dumped by his girlfriend for being a spin A while ago, I did a review for Night Life, the sequel to Live Girls. Quite frankly, I didn't care for it. I felt like it was a throwaway title that was written for brand recognition than any care for the characters or story. But I wanted to come back to Live Girls at some point and explain why I liked that story so much and what made Night Life so disappointing. So here we are, vampire strippers galore! The plot is simple enough. Davey Owens has just been dumped by his girlfriend for being a spineless wet blanket. In his misery, he wanders around New York until he comes across a stripper joint called LIVE GIRLS. He comes out spent, thoroughly satisfied, and missing quite a bit of blood. Doesn't take a genius to figure out the place is filled with vampires. What makes Live Girls work is a few choice creative decisions by Garton. First and foremost, this is a character driven story with Davey as the main focus. Davey doesn't start out as much to look at. He's weak-willed, easily trod-on with little confidence and even less self-worth. But he also has a kind of sweet nature to him that makes him endearing. Even though the plot kicks off right on the first chapter, Garton takes the time to make Davey likeable enough for us to give a shit about what happens to him. It also helps that along the way, Davey comes to realise that his attitude is what gets people fucked over throughout the story. There's actual character development from him and that's something that always gets a big tick from me. Walter Benedek is the other main focus of the story and he's also pretty likeable. He's a lot more proactive than Davey, given that its the disappearance of one of his friends that prompts him to get involved. But he's also resourceful and brave even when shit hits the fan. The vampires as a collective whole are given enough presence in the story that they feel sinister and deadly. They harken back to the classical depictions of the bloodsuckers, i.e. sexually charged predators with no concern for human life. Arya, the vampire given the most focus, is particularly nasty and seductive, taking Casey as a hostage/"lover" and her interactions with Casey are both well written as eroticism and well written as horrifying. If there's one issue I do have with the characters, it's with Casey, Davey's coworker. Early on in the story, Casey is depicted as a no-nonsense, confident, assertive career woman who likes Davey if only because she can see the sweet man beneath the self-loathing. But partway through the story, she enters LIVE GIRLS, gets kidnapped by the vampires and becomes the aforementioned hostage/lover/rape victim of Arya. At which point all that confidence goes out the fucking window. Don't get me wrong, given the circumstances, I understand her fear and impotence. I guess it would have been nice to see some of that confidence shine back through and have her be a little more proactive in the book's climax. The writing is crisp and clear, with just enough description to make the scenes feel alive. New York comes across as a particularly scummy place to live in 80's Reagan's America, with its piss-smelling alleys and shitty neighbourhoods. The vampires feel sinister in all the ways they should; erotically charged, romanticised to a point, but deeply sinister and nasty when they feed. The sex scenes are by and large erotic without feeling titillating for the sake showing the good stuff, while Arya's sexy times feel sexy in all the wrong ways. Another creative flair that Garton uses to differentiate his story is the mythology of the vampires. They don't turn to dust here, they rot within seconds and while it's not a massive overhaul, it was different enough to be appreciated. I'd say however where the story falls down the most is at the end. The climax is kind of decent for the small-scale setting but also a little lacking. Also doesn't help that Arya just comes and goes without any real fanfare or confrontation. A wasted opportunity that wasn't helped by the weak way she left Night Life. Live Girls is a small contained story, a vicious little piece of erotic horror that while it has its trip-ups is still engrossing, heartfelt at times and brutal at others. Definitely recommended for vampire afficianados. Shame I can't get the taste of Night Life out of my mouth.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cruorox

    Entertaining enough. Perhaps a little bit too descriptive when it comes to the more sexual scenes, but overall not too ''painful'' to read through, nor were such scenes indefinitely dominating. The characters are rather boring, and the story itself wasn't as shocking nor vile as I was hoping it to be. It has some rather realistic vampires, but then again, why infect so many people. Wouldn't that just raise suspicion? I don't get it. The most interesting thing in this book, are the things under l Entertaining enough. Perhaps a little bit too descriptive when it comes to the more sexual scenes, but overall not too ''painful'' to read through, nor were such scenes indefinitely dominating. The characters are rather boring, and the story itself wasn't as shocking nor vile as I was hoping it to be. It has some rather realistic vampires, but then again, why infect so many people. Wouldn't that just raise suspicion? I don't get it. The most interesting thing in this book, are the things under lock and key. The vampires who fed on bad blood. That's a concept I'd like to read more about! But sadly they are barely mentioned... Because of the bland characters, and the not-as-well planned out plot, I'm giving this book 3/5 stars. And really only recommend it to people who like, or at least are intrigued by, splatterpunk.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Herman

    Not a bad vampire story. 1987! Sheeesssh I’m a little late in finding this one. Actually it’s pretty obvious that it’s a story about New York years ago, no cell phones, no internet, but it’s a good story I thought the ending was a bit of a let-down although it does have a book 2 almost twenty years later (?) but I’ll check it out sometime. Over all just three stars but worth the time and I’ll read “Night Life” sometime this year.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angus McKeogh

    Novel summed up in the following x-rated phrase: dick-sucking and pussy-licking vampires. Perhaps a unique idea, but nothing more than just middling. And frankly the story has inspired me to write nothing more in this review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    4.5 stars. This would have been a 5 star review but there were a couple of chapters I didn’t enjoy but overall I really enjoyed this book

  25. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    This is a book that's stuck in the back of my mind for almost thirty years. I remember being intrigued by a review in Twilight Zone Magazine back in the day, but I never did find a copy until now.* One of those holy grail books. The book was considered pretty extreme for its time, but realizing that things have gone much further since then (and also that my interests and tastes weren't quite the same as when I was a teenager) I kept my expectations low, and I enjoyed the book. It's about a man w This is a book that's stuck in the back of my mind for almost thirty years. I remember being intrigued by a review in Twilight Zone Magazine back in the day, but I never did find a copy until now.* One of those holy grail books. The book was considered pretty extreme for its time, but realizing that things have gone much further since then (and also that my interests and tastes weren't quite the same as when I was a teenager) I kept my expectations low, and I enjoyed the book. It's about a man who, after losing his live-in girlfriend, decides to visit a strip club and gets a little more than he expected. The book chronicles Danny's gradual descent into vampirism and also a reporter's quest for the truth about his sister's murder. You can guess that these two things are related. *Leisure Books reprinted it many years later but it had a hideous cover and I refused to purchase it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    DJMikeG

    This was the first book by Ray Garton that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Its a highly original take on the vampire mythos and would make a great companion piece to John Skipp and Craig Spector's "The Light At the End". Of course, the reimagining of vampires is old hat in 2011, but I imagine that this book was quite mindblowing when it was originally published in 1987. It definitely holds up today, as Garton throws some truly bizarre things into the mix that I haven't heard of anywhere els This was the first book by Ray Garton that I have read and I really enjoyed it. Its a highly original take on the vampire mythos and would make a great companion piece to John Skipp and Craig Spector's "The Light At the End". Of course, the reimagining of vampires is old hat in 2011, but I imagine that this book was quite mindblowing when it was originally published in 1987. It definitely holds up today, as Garton throws some truly bizarre things into the mix that I haven't heard of anywhere else. Garton is a talented writer, this is a great book and I look forward to checking out more of Garton's work. Recommended.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    First published in 1987, this is instantly recognisable as an 80s horror novel - sleek vampires (still seedy and not overly goth-sad), fairly explicit sex. the squalor of New York and Times Square and, of course, lashings of gore. For the most part, it’s a fun, quick read, though the pace does lag somewhat in the middle sections and occasionally the characterisation could be better - “Hey, Jackie, oh, bye, Jackie”. It’s nothing earth-shattering but as an enjoyable dose of old-school horror, it’s First published in 1987, this is instantly recognisable as an 80s horror novel - sleek vampires (still seedy and not overly goth-sad), fairly explicit sex. the squalor of New York and Times Square and, of course, lashings of gore. For the most part, it’s a fun, quick read, though the pace does lag somewhat in the middle sections and occasionally the characterisation could be better - “Hey, Jackie, oh, bye, Jackie”. It’s nothing earth-shattering but as an enjoyable dose of old-school horror, it’s not too bad at all.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alondra Miller

    3.5 Stars Vampires. Really nasty ones. I love my vampires vile, ugly, pretty, violent, crazy,...but never sparkly. Ever. You know; because they're dead. Weak, but lovable boy gets bit by hot vampire chick and tries to fight the hunger. He gets others killed and/or bit in the process; so the love just spreads.... ya know? Anti-climactic end scenario; I mean I saw it coming. No surprise. This was still a fun ride; and I recommend vampire addicts to read it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Great horror read. I read this in one day since I did not want to put it down once I started. Wonderfully dark and interesting take on modern day vampires. The characters were well developed and the story was great. Just the right amount of horror to make it interesting but not go over the top. Can not wait to get into the sequel 'Night Life'.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bandit

    First experience with Garton and what a pleasant one. This book was great, exactly the kind of visceral, bloody, violent, crazy ride that vampire fiction should be but keeps forgetting to be or getting confused and watered down by sparkly vampires. Alternatively, this was a clever metaphor for how dangerous random sex was in the 1980s in NY. Either way a great read. Highly recommended.

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