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Davey Owen was looking for a little entertainment. He finds instead a nightmare in the form of a beautiful but strangely pale woman. A woman who offers him passion, ecstasy - and eternal life - but takes in exchange his lifeblood and his very soul.


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Davey Owen was looking for a little entertainment. He finds instead a nightmare in the form of a beautiful but strangely pale woman. A woman who offers him passion, ecstasy - and eternal life - but takes in exchange his lifeblood and his very soul.

30 review for Live Girls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    People are found dead but their blood is missing. Corpses disappear from mortuaries. Ordinary, decent men keep returning to a certain seedy sex peep-show called Live Girls. The police know nothing and do even less. When Walter Benedek, a respectable, middle-aged reporter working for the New York Times, finds his sister and niece dead his world falls apart. He decides to spend the rest of his holiday looking for their potential murderer – his brother-in-law, Vernon Macy. Vernon was last seen near People are found dead but their blood is missing. Corpses disappear from mortuaries. Ordinary, decent men keep returning to a certain seedy sex peep-show called Live Girls. The police know nothing and do even less. When Walter Benedek, a respectable, middle-aged reporter working for the New York Times, finds his sister and niece dead his world falls apart. He decides to spend the rest of his holiday looking for their potential murderer – his brother-in-law, Vernon Macy. Vernon was last seen near Live Girls but Walter is strangely unwilling to go inside that establishment – he has a hunch and he is very healthily afraid. Still while hanging around he accosts Davey, a young, naive assistant editor who doesn’t hesitate to enter. Davey has been dumped by his latest good-for-nothing girlfriend and hasn't been promoted as he expected to – small wonder he tries to enliven his life by looking for some new experiences. A visit to an obscure peep-show? Why not? Plenty of people do it every day.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Happy 55th birthday, Salma Hayek (Salma del Carmen Hayek Jiménez-Pinault) !!! Neon city lights of New York City’s Times Square can be very seductive at times, the promises of dark pleasures on the seedier side streets to, so when Davey Owen falls to the lure of a glowing sign advertising “Live Girls”, he's going to find there much more than the little entertainment he was looking for... Vernon Macy stepped forward. The sounds of traffic and voices and music, the pulse of the whole city seemed Happy 55th birthday, Salma Hayek (Salma del Carmen Hayek Jiménez-Pinault) !!! Neon city lights of New York City’s Times Square can be very seductive at times, the promises of dark pleasures on the seedier side streets to, so when Davey Owen falls to the lure of a glowing sign advertising “Live Girls”, he's going to find there much more than the little entertainment he was looking for... Vernon Macy stepped forward. The sounds of traffic and voices and music, the pulse of the whole city seemed to diminish behind him as he neared the curtained doorway. His muscles tensed and he almost paused, almost turned and caught a cab to go home to that goddamned dinner. But he didn’t. He stepped through the midnight-black curtain of Live Girls. I've read Ray Garton's Live Girls for the first time in 1990, I was just starting to play Vampire the Masquerade RPG with my friends and this was one of the books inspiring the gothic-punk setting of White Wolf's World of Darkness setting, so I wanted to read it and  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I've seen it released here in Italy for Urania Horror a short-lived mass-market paperback horror novels from various authors series, spin-off of most popular sci-fi, and still running, Urania. Benedek gagged once, twice, bent over gasping for air as he spun around and stepped out of the bathroom. It wasn’t that there was a great deal of blood, it was knowing from whom the blood had come. He stood outside the bathroom for several minutes. Then, when he was finally sure of himself, he went to the phone and called the police. My previious vampire readings were just Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Ann Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Charles L. Grant's The Soft Whisper of the Dead, J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, Richard Laymon's The Stake and many others, but I was probably still too young and unprepared for the sex and violence overload waiting for me among these pages, together with one of the mist lurid depictions of New York I ever read in my life, and few scenes so disturbing to hunt my nightmares for twenty years... just imagine something like Vamp (1986) starring Grace Jones, meets Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (1996) and Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk till Dawn all in one, set in a dirty Big Apple filled with drug/sex addicts, pimps, dealers, nightclubs, hookers and , of course, vampires with mostly all of the comedy replaced by high doses of sex, blood, and gore. He stopped on the sidewalk and looked up at the sign. In the dim light of the overcast day, the flashing red letters glowed faintly. The black curtain in the doorway was fluttered gently by the wind. The curtains parted occasionally as they shifted and Davey tilted his head to see inside, but there was only darkness. The absence of garish lights and signs, obnoxious hawkers, made it somehow appealing. No spoilers, but just wait for the infamous "love" scene between Davey and Casey to see yourself with your eyes. He burst from the booth and hurried through the shadows of Live Girls. He passed the cage by the entrance and looked through the bars as he went by. He saw nothing in the darkness, but he knew that someone was sitting there, someone with large, beautiful, pale hands. Someone watching him. But I'm meandering now... let's say that I wanted to read another novel from Ray Garton after his short tale The Man in the Palace Theatre, purchased for free on my kindle a few years ago, sparked my interest in him again. Night Life, sequel to Live Girls set by chance 20 years later, could have been the perfect choice, but besides  a couple of disturbing overmentioned scenes, and some steamy sex ones too, I reminded not much of it, so I was considering to read Ravenous or another book from the splatterpunk american writer. He watched Live Girls for a long time. Even as night began to fall, Benedek watched the black-curtained doorway and tried to see in whenever someone walked in or out. But all he saw was darkness. And that darkness made him strangely uneasy. He finally gave up and took a cab home. Then, looking for reviews on the internet, I've found out (read author's interview here if you want know more) that private investigators Karen Moffett and Gavin Keoph, who first appeared in Night Life, are main characters into Bestial, the follow-up to werewolves novel Ravenous. “So what’s your friend into?” she asked. “I don’t do just anything, you know.” “Sucking.” “Into sucking, huh? Two hundred bucks just for me to come suck her?” He turned his head to her only slightly, one cheek raising with a gentle smile. “No. She does it.” After a few blocks of silent walking, Roger slowed in front of a small black storefront with a flashing sign that read LIVE GIRLS. The four books were connected and a fifth one was upcoming too sooner or later: that was just enough to make my buy all of them on kindle and starting to read again, after twenty years, Live Girls. The applause swelled; there were more cheers. When the dancers slipped back into the darkness, the audience quieted down. “Welcome to the Midnight Club,” the woman continued. “For those new to this establishment, I’m Shideh, your host.” There was more applause, but she raised a quieting hand. “Thank you, but that’s not necessary. We have a full evening of entertainment ahead and we’ve hardly begun.” A pleasant, compelling and entertaining, classic vampire re-read for me, but if explicit M/F - F/F sex scenes, violence, and gore are not your cup of blood tea, just stay away from these series. He hadn’t lost his job, Beth hadn’t left him, he didn’t live in a huge, dirty city that sat on an island like a dark, hunkering beast waiting to gulp down anything that wandered by. His whole body quivered as he fought the urge to furiously devour her beneath him. You've been warned, o' kindly reader who patiently arrived at the end of this, hope not much boring, review. He opened his mouth. What did you do to me? he wanted to ask. What’s wrong with you? But those eyes calmed him, reassured him, and made more silent promises. “Will I … see you again?” he asked, his voice forced. She said, “Of course. And soon.” Then, very softly, as she closed the door: “You’ll have to.” The lock clicked on the other side. Onward to book two, it took twenty years but Night Life is waiting for me at last. He looked away from Benedek. “I’m going to be fine.” He shrugged. “Well, maybe I picked up something in that place. If it doesn’t go away, I’ll see someone.” “Okay, fine. But will you at least do one thing?” The cab stopped at Davey’s building. Benedek asked, “Will you stay away from Live Girls? From Anya?” Davey turned to him again, his brow creased as he shook his head slowly. “I don’t know if I can.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Grady Hendrix

    Sleazy, but satisfying, retrograde and inappropriate, but entertaining, dirty old New York City squalor.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Will Errickson

    Cult '80s horror novel bursting with sleaze, gore & pornography. No wonder I loved it when I was 19! It's still pretty cool today. Set in once-squalid, now long-gone Times Square, LIVE GIRLS features a strip club filled with vampires both grotesque and alluring. Sure, it's corny, not all that well-written, but earnest and quick-moving, original and inventive. I suppose "glory hole" is something you'd never hear in either DRACULA or TWILIGHT. Oh well. Would've made a helluva an '80s horror movie. Cult '80s horror novel bursting with sleaze, gore & pornography. No wonder I loved it when I was 19! It's still pretty cool today. Set in once-squalid, now long-gone Times Square, LIVE GIRLS features a strip club filled with vampires both grotesque and alluring. Sure, it's corny, not all that well-written, but earnest and quick-moving, original and inventive. I suppose "glory hole" is something you'd never hear in either DRACULA or TWILIGHT. Oh well. Would've made a helluva an '80s horror movie.

  5. 5 out of 5

    11811 (Eleven)

    1987 Times Square before Rudy Giuliani cleaned up all the sleazy vampire strip joints. Other than Dracula and Salem's Lot, this may be the best vampire novel I've read. Compulsive reading at its best. 1987 Times Square before Rudy Giuliani cleaned up all the sleazy vampire strip joints. Other than Dracula and Salem's Lot, this may be the best vampire novel I've read. Compulsive reading at its best.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Light

    Excellent vampire story! LIVE GIRLS is the most fun I've had reading a book in a while. Ray Garton knows how to write. There isn't a wasted word here. I loved it. Fast paced, drenched in gore, sex, and all around craziness. Just the way a good vampire novel should be. Excellent vampire story! LIVE GIRLS is the most fun I've had reading a book in a while. Ray Garton knows how to write. There isn't a wasted word here. I loved it. Fast paced, drenched in gore, sex, and all around craziness. Just the way a good vampire novel should be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

    curvily sexy and teethily hot

  8. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Garton really serves up a winner here! Not really my intention, but vampires have featured in several books I have read lately (The Lesser Dead, Blindsight). Definitely an old and tired trope today, with scads of 'lovable' vampires featuring in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but Garton's LG is something of a classic in the genre and his vampires are not lovable at all. First published in 1987, LG features Davey Owen as the main protagonist; a 'nice guy' who makes horrible choices with wom Garton really serves up a winner here! Not really my intention, but vampires have featured in several books I have read lately (The Lesser Dead, Blindsight). Definitely an old and tired trope today, with scads of 'lovable' vampires featuring in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but Garton's LG is something of a classic in the genre and his vampires are not lovable at all. First published in 1987, LG features Davey Owen as the main protagonist; a 'nice guy' who makes horrible choices with women. Davey works as an editor for a sleazy publisher in NYC. One day after his latest romance turned sour (she walked out) Davey was wondering around the streets and stumbled into Times Square-- you know, at one time the center of sleaze in NYC. Amid all the loud, bright storefronts advertising nude gals, Davey finds a dark, quite establishment with "Live Girls" under a sedate neon sign; he goes in (his first time in such a place), buys some tokens and enters a booth. One thing leads to another and Davey gets a blow job from hell! Felt great, but he noticed he is bleeding a bit down there... Garton does a nice job capturing the sleazy side of the big apple here, back when it still had a sleazy side. The pages of LG are populated by hookers, drug users/pushers, and of course, vampires. There is nothing really unique about the vampires here except the sun does not kill them (crosses are a joke as well) and that they run Live Girls and another sex club in TriBeCa. Entrepreneurial vampires then, who discovered a unique way to feed. Davey is a fun lead-- mousey to be sure, but when he finally finds his spine things get very interesting. LG is a little slow off the get go, but like a snowball rolling downhill, it really picks up momentum as it goes and builds to a nice denouement. 4 toothy stars!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth McKinley

    Surprises happen all the time - getting that lady in the drive-thru that is refreshingly pleasant and doesn't bitch about how shitty of a job she has, finding a $20 bill in your pants pocket that you didn't know you had, randomly finding that gem of a horror movie that you've never heard of before on Netflix by nothing more than sheer accident - you get the idea. LIVE GIRLS was my pleasant surprise. I'd probably had it sitting patiently on my TBR pile 4-5 years after I had bought it. Finally, it Surprises happen all the time - getting that lady in the drive-thru that is refreshingly pleasant and doesn't bitch about how shitty of a job she has, finding a $20 bill in your pants pocket that you didn't know you had, randomly finding that gem of a horror movie that you've never heard of before on Netflix by nothing more than sheer accident - you get the idea. LIVE GIRLS was my pleasant surprise. I'd probably had it sitting patiently on my TBR pile 4-5 years after I had bought it. Finally, it's time had come and I couldn't be more pleased. Davy Owen is having a shitty day. He gets passed over for a much deserved promotion. After getting all pissed off and telling his boss to go to hell, now he's out of a job. On top of that, his girl left him because he could never stand up for himself. Down on his luck, he happens on a NYC peep show called Live Girls. An odd and strange attraction pulls him inside. When the panel slides up in his booth, he gets more than just a show and a boner. This one comes with a happy ending...well, sort of. What he took home was more than a smile on his face. Garton does a great job taking a story that could've been hokey and breathing life into it, in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. This is a vampire story filled with sex and blood and not one of those bastards sparkled. LIVE GIRLS oozes grime and grittiness, just like the seedy NYC streets from the 1980s where the story was set. You feel for Davey and his predicament and close your eyes when you know he's being pulled in the wrong direction. LIVE GIRLS is a wild, joy ride of a vamp tale, just like how they should be. Surprises can be found in the most unlikeliest places, like being buried deep in my TBR pile. I really need to dig through that more often! 4 1/2 Hickies on Your Dicky out of 5 You can also follow my reviews at the following links: https://intothemacabre.com http://intothemacabre.booklikes.com https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teipu

    I was exited to start a perpetual challenge I had in mind for quite a while: Read through the Bram Stoker Award short-list and winners! (I want to do the same with the Man Booker Prize, though that's even more insane). Too bad I kind of started on the wrong foot. I got this book because it was short-listed for Best Novel so I assumed it must be just as great as the winner novel Misery by Stephen King (which tied with Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon which I haven't read yet). Unfortunately, it wa I was exited to start a perpetual challenge I had in mind for quite a while: Read through the Bram Stoker Award short-list and winners! (I want to do the same with the Man Booker Prize, though that's even more insane). Too bad I kind of started on the wrong foot. I got this book because it was short-listed for Best Novel so I assumed it must be just as great as the winner novel Misery by Stephen King (which tied with Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon which I haven't read yet). Unfortunately, it wasn't. Let's start with the good stuff! It's a decent vampire novel with evil, selfish bloodsuckers as opposed to all those romanticized, pale vegan-vampires we have in lots of vampire novels nowadays. I prefer the evil version a lot more! The two main vampires Shideh and Anya were sexy, dangerous and ruthless and I liked that they could walk in daylight (Garton even explained that well) and were not invulnerable. What would happen to a vampire if he/she drinks "poisoned" blood was a great touch and actually one of the most creepy parts. There was a lot of sex in the story, pretty explicit at times, but when you write about a vampire-run peep-show and nightclub, I think that's unavoidable. Some of it was a little bit disgusting though (biting male patrons penises or sucking the menstruation blood out of someone, yuck). Now for the part why I didn't enjoy the book much: the main character. The male lead Davey Owen (how can you name your main character DAVEY? It sound like he's 5 years old) was just so weak and annoying! Half of the book he was whining about his job, his ex-girlfriend and life in general, friendzoning the female lead who did her best to make him feel better. Then he gets bitten by a vampire prostitute and then he keeps emphasizing how weak he feels, every five pages someone thinks how pale and sick he looks and how thin he got... And how exactly didn't he notice that Anya was a vampire? She bit your little buddy! TWICE! She makes you bite her and drink her blood! She's really pale and cold! You found an album of newspaper clippings from her dating back to the 1920s! And she looks still the same! And you're still wondering what's happening to you? Come on... It got better with Davey in the second half of the book (he manned-up) but I still couldn't warm up to him. The female lead, Casey, was okay though I didn't like how she played the emotional rubbish bin for Davey and hoping that he would fall in love with her someday. Benedek was the most interesting character for me. His sister got killed by vampires and he seeks revenge for that which was a nice plot point. The ending finally catched up on the action part and was pretty cool, but the 250 pages before that weren't thrilling me at all. All in all, it wasn't a bad vampire novel, but it wasn't a good one either.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    I hope I don't offend anyone with this review, but here it goes. Let me start by saying, I loved this book, and I am going to read the sequel for sure. Now to get down to the nitty gritty: This is my version of a trashy sleazy beachy speed read book. I could have read this in one gulp while laying out in the sun, or perhaps on an airplane. Instead I powered through it in 2 nights, last night being wide awake at 2am blatantly refusing to put it down. Its a story! Plain and simple and down to the I hope I don't offend anyone with this review, but here it goes. Let me start by saying, I loved this book, and I am going to read the sequel for sure. Now to get down to the nitty gritty: This is my version of a trashy sleazy beachy speed read book. I could have read this in one gulp while laying out in the sun, or perhaps on an airplane. Instead I powered through it in 2 nights, last night being wide awake at 2am blatantly refusing to put it down. Its a story! Plain and simple and down to the guts, it is an easy breezy BAD romance novel with GORE instead of glitter. There is no stylistic writing that hurts your brain to decipher, no metaphors or anything to hurt your brain meats. So, when I say trashy and sleazy, I mean there are some raunchy porn scenes that are pretty intense and bound to make you uncomfortable in public. I sometimes need a reprieve from the heavy stuff I normally need. And this was pure unalderated Fun, with a capital F. I enjoyed it, and that being said: it is not for everyone. I am basically a reformed sewer rat. I do have supreme taste in literature, BUT I still can't help running straight back down to the sewer sometimes. I need my fix. This is identical to those 2-3am Taco Bell trips after a long night of drinking and dancing. Disgusting, but at the time: it is pure EXTACY.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mason

    Another winner found for less than a dollar at a thrift store! This book got progressively better as it lead up to the fucking awesome last scene. a few points: - Vampire strippers??? Sign me the fuck up. - I wasn't thrilled with this book until just after the halfway mark. Then I was hooked. - A grown ass man named Davey, really? And his girlfriend is named Casey? If I were his editor, those names would be the first thing to go. - Love Garton's take on vampires and the process of turning into one Another winner found for less than a dollar at a thrift store! This book got progressively better as it lead up to the fucking awesome last scene. a few points: - Vampire strippers??? Sign me the fuck up. - I wasn't thrilled with this book until just after the halfway mark. Then I was hooked. - A grown ass man named Davey, really? And his girlfriend is named Casey? If I were his editor, those names would be the first thing to go. - Love Garton's take on vampires and the process of turning into one. - Love the part about ping pong balls. - LOVE the creepy ass basement full of deformities. - Apparently religious paraphernalia doesn't work against vampires, but garlic sure as hell does. - BUCKETS of gore. Moral of the story: don't go into sketchy strip clubs AND ESPECIALLY don't let a stripper blow you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Craig "NEEDS MORE DAMN TIME TO READ !!!!"

    Enjoyed this vampiric tale! I think it's one of the only times that the vampires actually attack and feed in bat form, just a little thought. Interesting slant on the vampire lore with some nice sexy parts haha mixed with good old fashioned horror. Good fun! Enjoyed this vampiric tale! I think it's one of the only times that the vampires actually attack and feed in bat form, just a little thought. Interesting slant on the vampire lore with some nice sexy parts haha mixed with good old fashioned horror. Good fun!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cody | CodysBookshelf

    Grim, sleazy, scary: a vampire novel in ‘80s NYC, Live Girls is better than it has any right to be. After not enjoying The Light at the End I was hesitant to read any other New York-set horror novels published in the splatterpunk era, but Ray Garton’s solid grip on the language makes this one work. His short story “Sinema” was one of my favorites in Silver Scream, so maybe I should check out more of this guy’s work. I knocked a star off for the rushed ending. It’s not a bad ending . . . just rus Grim, sleazy, scary: a vampire novel in ‘80s NYC, Live Girls is better than it has any right to be. After not enjoying The Light at the End I was hesitant to read any other New York-set horror novels published in the splatterpunk era, but Ray Garton’s solid grip on the language makes this one work. His short story “Sinema” was one of my favorites in Silver Scream, so maybe I should check out more of this guy’s work. I knocked a star off for the rushed ending. It’s not a bad ending . . . just rushed. I could’ve done with this novel being longer, I wanted to spend more time in this world. It’s seedy and sexy and bloody. A fun little vintage horror novel: perfect for Paperbacks from Hell fans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Miller

    Absolute, top-quality, best I've read in decades vampire story! Live Girls is a LOT of fun and paced very quickly. Though the plot moves along quickly, we get time to know our characters and grow to care for or abhor them, and they are very well fleshed out. Davey Owen has a really bad day, and wanders into peep show joint on Times Square called 'Live Girls'. It isn't perversion or lust drawing him in, but genuine curiosity. But his curiosity brings him more trouble than he knows what to do with. Absolute, top-quality, best I've read in decades vampire story! Live Girls is a LOT of fun and paced very quickly. Though the plot moves along quickly, we get time to know our characters and grow to care for or abhor them, and they are very well fleshed out. Davey Owen has a really bad day, and wanders into peep show joint on Times Square called 'Live Girls'. It isn't perversion or lust drawing him in, but genuine curiosity. But his curiosity brings him more trouble than he knows what to do with. This was the first Ray Garton book I've read, and I will CERTAINLY be picking up some more. His writing is fluid and his prose elegant. His characters are realistic and his use of foreboding exceptional. The vampires in this story are at once sexy and seductive, but also genuinely terrifying. They are nightmare creatures. The way vampires ought to be. If you're tired of young, good-looking weeny vampires and want something dark and gritty and which delivers the goods in folds, look no further. Live Girls is for you. I'd recommend this to any fan of horror. Though I wouldn't quite say this is extreme horror, it does have some extremely graphic scenes of violence and sex, which might turn some off. But if not, you're in for the treat of your life. So step in to Live Girls and have a bite.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mya

    What I learned from this book is that garlic is my best bet when encountering vampires, not crosses or bibles or holy water or even stakes. Garlic should do the trick! But seriously, this is my second book by Ray Garton and I enjoyed it so much that I finished it fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about "Live Girls" is something that I'm hoping appears in all his work, which is the dark, truly horrifying portrayal of any monster that he deals with. This book is about vampires that are beasts, What I learned from this book is that garlic is my best bet when encountering vampires, not crosses or bibles or holy water or even stakes. Garlic should do the trick! But seriously, this is my second book by Ray Garton and I enjoyed it so much that I finished it fairly quickly. What I really enjoyed about "Live Girls" is something that I'm hoping appears in all his work, which is the dark, truly horrifying portrayal of any monster that he deals with. This book is about vampires that are beasts, disgusting and seductive and horrifying. The story is based around a peep-show/club called Live Girls. It is one of two havens for vampires in the book. During the narrative, several people fall victim to its allure and its danger. I found myself breezing through the pages, curious and shocked by every event. One thing I will say about Garton is that I definitely could not guess the ending. Like "Ravenous" his werewolf novel, I was still left with questions... all involving backstory and details. Don't get me wrong, Garton fleshes his monsters out and gives you exactly what you need to turn the page...but damn...there seemed to be at least 3 types of vampires in the book and I wanted more DETAILS...yeah, I'm greedy. Great horror read though, definitely!

  17. 4 out of 5

    William M.

    3 AND 1/2 STARS While not as impressed as some of the other readers, this 1987 outing by veteran Ray Garton is certainly one of the better modern vampire tales. It has all the mystery, gore, violence, and sex that one expect from a book like this, but certain scenes felt awkward and the dialogue a bit melodramatic at times. Although I saw many plot points coming way ahead, I still had a lot of fun with this book. Definitely better than Garton's THE LOVELIEST DEAD, but not the classic I was hopin 3 AND 1/2 STARS While not as impressed as some of the other readers, this 1987 outing by veteran Ray Garton is certainly one of the better modern vampire tales. It has all the mystery, gore, violence, and sex that one expect from a book like this, but certain scenes felt awkward and the dialogue a bit melodramatic at times. Although I saw many plot points coming way ahead, I still had a lot of fun with this book. Definitely better than Garton's THE LOVELIEST DEAD, but not the classic I was hoping for.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sun Goddess Moon Witch

    DNF @ 45%. You can see the plot coming a mile away, someones going to turn into a vampire! Basically, Davey gets a blow job and gets bit during the process. Then he goes back to the vampire eventually being persuaded to bite the vampire during sex. I couldn't finish this, it was SO boring and slow. Everyone in this book is very stupid and unobservant to these sex worker vampires. What made me drop this book was Davey's turning process into a vampire is taking him way to long to do it. DNF @ 45%. You can see the plot coming a mile away, someones going to turn into a vampire! Basically, Davey gets a blow job and gets bit during the process. Then he goes back to the vampire eventually being persuaded to bite the vampire during sex. I couldn't finish this, it was SO boring and slow. Everyone in this book is very stupid and unobservant to these sex worker vampires. What made me drop this book was Davey's turning process into a vampire is taking him way to long to do it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    First experience with Garton and what a pleasant one. This book was great, exactly the kind of visceral, bloody, violent, crazy ride that vampire fiction should be but keeps forgetting to be or getting confused and watered down by sparkly vampires. Alternatively, this was a clever metaphor for how dangerous random sex was in the 1980s in NY. Either way a great read. Highly recommended.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Ray Garton delivered again! I had heard great things about this book and was not disappointed. I really enjoyed this dark, erotic vampire tale and look forward to reading the sequel as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. What fate awaits Davey and Casey, I wonder?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mika Lietzén

    Sleazy sex vampires in 80's New York! All vampire fiction alludes to sex in one way or another, so it makes perfect sense that these 80's bloodsuckers have set up a strip club or two. They offer full service to discerning clientele and in return receive a ready and willing supply of the red stuff. Hapless magazine editor Davey Owen stumbles into the nondescript Live Girls venue and is immediately smitten by the alluring featured performer who goes way further than is legal. While the bitemarks o Sleazy sex vampires in 80's New York! All vampire fiction alludes to sex in one way or another, so it makes perfect sense that these 80's bloodsuckers have set up a strip club or two. They offer full service to discerning clientele and in return receive a ready and willing supply of the red stuff. Hapless magazine editor Davey Owen stumbles into the nondescript Live Girls venue and is immediately smitten by the alluring featured performer who goes way further than is legal. While the bitemarks on his penis and continued bleeding cause him some worry, Davey is well and truly hooked and keeps coming back for more. Meanwhile Walter Benedek, a reporter, is investigating his sister's gruesome murder which somehow also ties into the same sex joint. Soon Benedek and Owen are figuring out how to fight vampires. Crosses don't work, garlic does. Like most good horror fiction, Live Girls uses a (more or less) realistic background to root the supernatural horrors in a certain time and place. It works beautifully and gives the novel a certain degree of believability. Indeed, the modus operandi of the vampires in Live Girls actually makes a lot of sense: an industry which already operates in the shadows and involves close contact with random strangers is a perfect opportunity for someone who needs to feed on humans. The traditional method of biting the neck also seems somewhat old-fashioned after the methods employed by the Live Girls. And how about that title? It's perfect.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Yeah, that was a really good splatterpunk vampire novel!!! A little perverse for me in certain parts and slow in the beginning but really picked up. Now I see what all the fuss was about. The main character is a writer named Davey Owen going through a crisis who get's himself involved in a peep show/ strip club in Times Square called "LIVE GIRLS" that happens to be run by...VAMPIRES!!! Real nasty, fanged, monstrous blood-sucking vampires! No romantic vampire bullshit here. A lot of people compar Yeah, that was a really good splatterpunk vampire novel!!! A little perverse for me in certain parts and slow in the beginning but really picked up. Now I see what all the fuss was about. The main character is a writer named Davey Owen going through a crisis who get's himself involved in a peep show/ strip club in Times Square called "LIVE GIRLS" that happens to be run by...VAMPIRES!!! Real nasty, fanged, monstrous blood-sucking vampires! No romantic vampire bullshit here. A lot of people compared the premise of this book to the movie From Dusk Till Dawn. I prefer to compare it to the movie, Vamp...which is highly underrated in my opinion. Davey Owen was not a likable character in the beginning of the book, but he redeemed himself towards the end. And GR says this is "Davey Owen # 1". Does that mean there are more books, is this a series? According to Goodreads, this book is currently being made into a movie. Well, I couldn't find anything on that online, but that would be awesome to see. Again, great book! Four stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike Hughes

    Absolutely loved this book. dont know why i put it off so long, but once i received the Centipede Press version i just had to read it. Not normally something i read, but now i want to read all of Gartons books, including the next one in this world. Great take on the vampire story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Sternberg

    Vampire strippers, Times Square in the 1980's..what's not to love in this trashy adventure into a B Movie World? Vampire strippers, Times Square in the 1980's..what's not to love in this trashy adventure into a B Movie World?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bill

    When I had first heard of Ray Garton's Live Girls, I checked out a few reviews. There was one Amazon reviewer who enticed me by saying something like, "Nothing can prepare you for Live Girls. I went into this expecting to be shocked, and felt I was prepared. But nothing can prepare you for this". Well, I went into this prepared to be shocked. It didn't happen. This was a pretty good story, though, and it is a novel that is driven by the story alone. That's the problem I have with a lot of horror l When I had first heard of Ray Garton's Live Girls, I checked out a few reviews. There was one Amazon reviewer who enticed me by saying something like, "Nothing can prepare you for Live Girls. I went into this expecting to be shocked, and felt I was prepared. But nothing can prepare you for this". Well, I went into this prepared to be shocked. It didn't happen. This was a pretty good story, though, and it is a novel that is driven by the story alone. That's the problem I have with a lot of horror lately. My favorite novels have all been heavily character driven. I need to really care about them and what they are pulled through to garner a high rating. Garton doesn't spend a lot of time developing his characters, but I have to say, it's impressive that the surface treatment he does give them saves them from being totally cardboard. He shows a fine economy of words. The dialog, however, I found to be very awkward. The exchanges between Beth and her abusive boyfriend reminded me of my struggled attempts at creative writing in grade 9. Live Girls is what it is, a fast paced vampire adventure. I guess if deep characterization is to take a back seat to story, then it's good that the story not waste any time and keep moving forward. And it does. I burned through it. I was just expecting more depth, and some real shocks. In the long run, I don't think it will take me very long to forget it, really. A two-star rating here translates to "it was ok", so 2 it is.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    I guess you could call this one Bordello of Blood meets The Hunger. Davy Owen is a door-mat, he has a girlfriend who sponges off him and the people in his publishing house walk all-over him. His girlfriend leaves him for an abusive drug dealer and he quits his job when he's passed over for promotion yet again. He wanders into a seedy district and not quite knowing why, enters a nudie peep-show club called 'Live Girls' where the girls take their payment in blood.... AS Davy gets turned into a vamp I guess you could call this one Bordello of Blood meets The Hunger. Davy Owen is a door-mat, he has a girlfriend who sponges off him and the people in his publishing house walk all-over him. His girlfriend leaves him for an abusive drug dealer and he quits his job when he's passed over for promotion yet again. He wanders into a seedy district and not quite knowing why, enters a nudie peep-show club called 'Live Girls' where the girls take their payment in blood.... AS Davy gets turned into a vampire, Casey, the girl in love with him, and a Time Journalist all get embroiled in this sleazy world of vampire night-clubs. I liked how this subverts audience expectation - it isn't simply the good guys vs the vampires. Bad things happen to good characters. I love the whole world of the vampire clubs and the idea of vampires feeding from gloryholes seems perfectly plausible. I like the monster nature of the vamps - with bat-wings and snouts. And the idea that there are deformed sub-vampires hidden away in the basement. This is fast paced and very much a page turner - It's very visual and crying out to be filmed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Along with Stokers' Dracula, Matheson's I Am Legend, Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood, King's Salems' Lot, Rice's Interview With the Vampire, Strieber's The Hunger, McCammon's They Thirst, and Lumley's Necroscope series (there, you've got my fave/top Vamp books) - I include this saucy, degenerate, nasty, thoroughly engrossing page turner as one of the pivotal moments in modern vampire lore. Garton's work leaps off the page and goes for the jugular - a nest of sexy vampires in the peepshow parlors o Along with Stokers' Dracula, Matheson's I Am Legend, Sturgeon's Some of Your Blood, King's Salems' Lot, Rice's Interview With the Vampire, Strieber's The Hunger, McCammon's They Thirst, and Lumley's Necroscope series (there, you've got my fave/top Vamp books) - I include this saucy, degenerate, nasty, thoroughly engrossing page turner as one of the pivotal moments in modern vampire lore. Garton's work leaps off the page and goes for the jugular - a nest of sexy vampires in the peepshow parlors of 80s times square! This book luxuriates in its nastiness and I loved every moment of it - long out of print, the mass market is back!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Great horror read. I read this in one day since I did not want to put it down once I started. Wonderfully dark and interesting take on modern day vampires. The characters were well developed and the story was great. Just the right amount of horror to make it interesting but not go over the top. Can not wait to get into the sequel 'Night Life'. Great horror read. I read this in one day since I did not want to put it down once I started. Wonderfully dark and interesting take on modern day vampires. The characters were well developed and the story was great. Just the right amount of horror to make it interesting but not go over the top. Can not wait to get into the sequel 'Night Life'.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    4.5 stars. This would have been a 5 star review but there were a couple of chapters I didn’t enjoy but overall I really enjoyed this book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    A while ago, I did a review for Night Life, the sequel to Live Girls. Quite frankly, I didn't care for it. I felt like it was a throwaway title that was written for brand recognition than any care for the characters or story. But I wanted to come back to Live Girls at some point and explain why I liked that story so much and what made Night Life so disappointing. So here we are, vampire strippers galore! The plot is simple enough. Davey Owens has just been dumped by his girlfriend for being a spin A while ago, I did a review for Night Life, the sequel to Live Girls. Quite frankly, I didn't care for it. I felt like it was a throwaway title that was written for brand recognition than any care for the characters or story. But I wanted to come back to Live Girls at some point and explain why I liked that story so much and what made Night Life so disappointing. So here we are, vampire strippers galore! The plot is simple enough. Davey Owens has just been dumped by his girlfriend for being a spineless wet blanket. In his misery, he wanders around New York until he comes across a stripper joint called LIVE GIRLS. He comes out spent, thoroughly satisfied, and missing quite a bit of blood. Doesn't take a genius to figure out the place is filled with vampires. What makes Live Girls work is a few choice creative decisions by Garton. First and foremost, this is a character driven story with Davey as the main focus. Davey doesn't start out as much to look at. He's weak-willed, easily trod-on with little confidence and even less self-worth. But he also has a kind of sweet nature to him that makes him endearing. Even though the plot kicks off right on the first chapter, Garton takes the time to make Davey likeable enough for us to give a shit about what happens to him. It also helps that along the way, Davey comes to realise that his attitude is what gets people fucked over throughout the story. There's actual character development from him and that's something that always gets a big tick from me. Walter Benedek is the other main focus of the story and he's also pretty likeable. He's a lot more proactive than Davey, given that its the disappearance of one of his friends that prompts him to get involved. But he's also resourceful and brave even when shit hits the fan. The vampires as a collective whole are given enough presence in the story that they feel sinister and deadly. They harken back to the classical depictions of the bloodsuckers, i.e. sexually charged predators with no concern for human life. Arya, the vampire given the most focus, is particularly nasty and seductive, taking Casey as a hostage/"lover" and her interactions with Casey are both well written as eroticism and well written as horrifying. If there's one issue I do have with the characters, it's with Casey, Davey's coworker. Early on in the story, Casey is depicted as a no-nonsense, confident, assertive career woman who likes Davey if only because she can see the sweet man beneath the self-loathing. But partway through the story, she enters LIVE GIRLS, gets kidnapped by the vampires and becomes the aforementioned hostage/lover/rape victim of Arya. At which point all that confidence goes out the fucking window. Don't get me wrong, given the circumstances, I understand her fear and impotence. I guess it would have been nice to see some of that confidence shine back through and have her be a little more proactive in the book's climax. The writing is crisp and clear, with just enough description to make the scenes feel alive. New York comes across as a particularly scummy place to live in 80's Reagan's America, with its piss-smelling alleys and shitty neighbourhoods. The vampires feel sinister in all the ways they should; erotically charged, romanticised to a point, but deeply sinister and nasty when they feed. The sex scenes are by and large erotic without feeling titillating for the sake showing the good stuff, while Arya's sexy times feel sexy in all the wrong ways. Another creative flair that Garton uses to differentiate his story is the mythology of the vampires. They don't turn to dust here, they rot within seconds and while it's not a massive overhaul, it was different enough to be appreciated. I'd say however where the story falls down the most is at the end. The climax is kind of decent for the small-scale setting but also a little lacking. Also doesn't help that Arya just comes and goes without any real fanfare or confrontation. A wasted opportunity that wasn't helped by the weak way she left Night Life. Live Girls is a small contained story, a vicious little piece of erotic horror that while it has its trip-ups is still engrossing, heartfelt at times and brutal at others. Definitely recommended for vampire afficianados. Shame I can't get the taste of Night Life out of my mouth.

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