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Horror Meets Humor Week on HO: Live Girls

October 29, 2012

In this scene, protagonist Davey Owen has sneaked into the basement beneath Live Girls, a peepshow in Times Square run by beautiful, deadly vampires. …


He began kicking his legs to push himself against the wall and to kick away whatever was in the dark before him.  Pressing his back to the wall, he reached into his coat pocket and clumsily removed the gun and penlight.  He flicked on the light and held it between his teeth as he gripped the gun in his right hand and prepared to use it.

At first he saw nothing.  The air was dusty and smelled … diseased.  It conjured up images in his head of gaping, cauterized wounds and freshly sawed bone.  Something dripped steadily.

Then the blackness beyond his light began to take shape and move.  There was a whisper.  Another.  A stifled giggle.

Davey heard the shuffling on the floor again and swung his beam downward to what looked, at first, like no more than a big lump in the floor, until its head looked up, its eyes squinting at Davey, and reached its stub of an arm toward him, its smile revealing rotted teeth.

Davey pushed himself to his feet and moved along the wall away from the creature.

It pulled itself closer to him with its other arm, except it wasn’t an arm, it was a stiffened, twisted wing, a bat’s wing with leathery folds and nail-sharp claws curling out of the top and dark veins that mapped the moist, tender-pink flesh.  It had no legs.  Saliva glistened on the creature’s lips as they pulled back even further into a rigid, black-tongued grin.

“Another live one,” it gargled, sliding closer, its fleshy stumps trailing behind.


“Gripping, original, and sly.  I finished it in one bite.”

— Dean R. Koontz


“There are two vampire novels I think you can put on the same shelf with Dracula and I Am Legend.  One is ‘Salem’s Lot and the other is Live Girls.”

— Ed Gorman, award-winning author of the Sam McCain Mysteries


Ray Garton

Ray Garton is the author of over 60 novels, novellas, short story collections, movie novelizations and TV tie-ins. His work spans the genres of horror, crime, and suspense. His 1987 erotic vampire novel LIVE GIRLS was called "artful" by the New York Times and was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award at the World Horror Convention. His 2001 comedy thriller SEX AND VIOLENCE IN HOLLYWOOD is being developed for the screen. His most recent novels, TRAILER PARK NOIR and MEDS (a thriller with deadly side effects), are available from E-Reads as trade paperbacks, for Kindle at Amazon, Nook at Barnes and Noble, and in multiple ebook formats at Fictionwise.com, and his seventh short story collection, WAILING AND GNASHING OF TEETH, was recently published by Cemetery Dance Publications. “The Man in the Palace Theater,” a short emotional horror story, and his erotic noir novella SERPENT GIRL are available for Kindle and Nook. You can see his bibliography and keep up with new releases at his website, RayGartonOnline.com. He lives in northern California with his wife Dawn. “Garton has a flair for taking veteran horror themes and twistingthem to evocative, entertaining effect.” — Publishers Weekly “Ray Garton has consistently created some of the best horror ever set to print.” — Cemetery Dance magazine “Razor-sharp and gut-punch brutal, Garton will scare you.” — Fangoria magazine "Ray Garton is, and always has been, one of horror fiction's great innovators." — F. Paul Wilson, bestselling creator of Repairman Jack "Garton never fails to go for the throat." — Richard Laymon, bestselling author of THE LAKE "It's scary, it's involving, and it's also mature and thoughtful." — Stephen King on Ray Garton's novel DARK CHANNEL "LIVE GIRLS is gripping, original, and sly. I finished it in one bite." — Dean R. Koontz

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