The Traveling Vampire Show

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The Traveling Vampire Show
Author Richard Laymon
Country United States
Language English
Genre Horror Fiction
Vampire Fiction
Coming of Age
Publisher Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date
May 2000
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 534 pages
ISBN 978-1-58767-000-8
OCLC 44409667

The Traveling Vampire Show is a 2000 horror novel by American author Richard Laymon.


The book follows three 16-year-olds on an idle summer day in 1963. The narrator, Dwight, and his best friends Slim, a tomboy, and Rusty, an overweight male, find fliers for an exotic vampire show. They sneak a peek at Valeria, who is billed as the world's only living captive vampire. Later they sneak into the show itself and discover a sinister truth about the vampires.

The book focuses on the interactions between the three teens and their sexual awakening.


The first run of the book included two special limited editions. A signed limited edition hardcover (1000 copies) had the same production values as the hardcover and included a signature sheet. The traycased[clarification needed] lettered edition (26 copies) was signed and lettered,[clarification needed] and bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker and additional full-color artwork.[1]


The book was one of Laymon's more popular novels and won a posthumous Bram Stoker Award for best novel in 2001.[2] A starred review from Publishers Weekly praised the novel for its "emphasis on atmosphere" specifically pointing out the social and sexual tensions among the three teens.[3]

Film adaption[edit]

Independent filmmaker Chris Sivertson wrote a film adaption of the novel and planned to direct the film for release in 2011.[citation needed]