The Traveling Vampire Show
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Coming of Age
|Publisher||Cemetery Dance Publications|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
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.
The book was one of Laymon's more popular novels and won a posthumous Bram Stoker Award for best novel in 2001. 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.
- "Cemetery Dance Publications: The Traveling Vampire Show". Cemeterydance.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
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- "Fiction Review: The Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon, Author Cemetery Dance Publications $40 (540p) ISBN 978-1-58767-000-8". Publishersweekly.com. 2000-05-01. Retrieved 2013-09-01.