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    • ISBN:9780755391844
    • Publication date:10 May 2012

The Stake

A corpse holds deadly secrets…

By Richard Laymon

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A spine-chilling tale of horror for fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz. 'Laymon uses a typewriter ribbon soaked in cold blood' Burt Hirschfeld, author of Fire Island

'If you've missed Laymon, you've missed a treat' Stephen King

In an abandoned hotel in a Californian ghost town, horror writer Larry Dunbar and his friends make a chilling discovery. By chance they stumble on a coffin hidden under the stairs. Within lies the corpse of a naked female - with a stake through its heart. Was she the innocent victim of a gruesome murder? Or was she a vampire? There's only one way for Larry to solve the mystery - he must pull out the stake...

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  • ISBN: 9780747235484
  • Publication date: 13 Jun 1991
  • Page count: 512
  • Imprint: Feature
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