A few of my books, over the years, have been optioned for film. The subject matter of my books, however, is not exactly conducive to Hollywood film treatment. If and when a 'big-budget' film is ever made based on one of my books, my fans and I will more than likely loathe it because it won't be true to its source. That's almost a given.

— Richard Laymon

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In a sense, all fiction is experimental.

Every new book is an adventure into unknown territory. As Hemingway told us, you (the writer) have to go out beyond where you have gone before.

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Horror writers are specialists in the worst case scenario

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Except I think it feels more like an empty stomach than a broken heart.

An aching hollowness that food can't cure. You know. You've felt it yourself, I bet. You hurt all the time, you're restless, you can't think straight, you sort of wish you were dead but what you really want is for everything to be the same as it was when you were still with her.. or him

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Ray Garton never fails to go for the throat!

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No book, no matter how good, has a chance of reaching a large audience unless the publisher SEES the book's value.

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My feeling about fiction, regardless of the genre, is that it is meant to be a representation of life. I want my books to give a whole spectrum of experiences to my readers. Not just fear or terror or revulsion, but excitement, laughter, pain, sorrow, desire, etc.

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In my vast experience, I've found it always wiser to go along with female advice... First, you make them happy by doing what they tell you. That's the main thing. Let them think they're in control. They love it. Then, if it turns out they were right, everything's cool. If it turns out they were wrong... then you have the pleasure of basking in the glow of superiority.

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I don't worry much about whether or not one of my stories contains elements of the supernatural. If I come up with what I think is a nifty concept, I'll give it a whirl.

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Love is always right.

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Bring a vampire around, people start discovering religion.

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