On their way to Las Vegas for a weekend of debauchery; Dawn, Cindy and Morgan decide to stop at a greasy spoon to get some grub. Mel's Diner looks like a decent enough place and their advertised 'best burgers this side of Vegas' entice the girls to give it a try. While at the diner; they eat, make fun of the restaurant's patrons and finish the meal off by doing the most saOn their way to Las Vegas for a weekend of debauchery; Dawn, Cindy and Morgan decide to stop at a greasy spoon to get some grub. Mel's Diner looks like a decent enough place and their advertised 'best burgers this side of Vegas' entice the girls to give it a try. While at the diner; they eat, make fun of the restaurant's patrons and finish the meal off by doing the most sacrilegious thing a customer can do - skip out on their bill.What ensues is a large truck with its headlights off following them along a deserted stretch of road, a blinding light that causes them to almost wreck, a few shotgun blasts, a long walk down a dark road and some horrific events that unfold inside a cabin deep in the woods. Is it the diner's owner coming to collect on girl's tab or someone with more than just money on their mind? What do they want? What is the driver of the truck willing to do once they come to an abrupt stop on the side of the road?The three college friends will find out soon enough....
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This is copy 71 of 72 copies printed by Bad Moon Books signed by Ty Schwamberger.
The late Richard Laymon was responsible for a certain brand of horror. The practically real time narration of a thriller (often without a supernatural theme) of men and women inflicting violence and sex upon each other. But there was something to Laymon books, despite the gore and T&A parade, there was a sort of glee and lightness to it, which is what made them such good entertainment. Ty Schwamberger's Laymonesque Dinin' follows the formula, but doesn't have that certain something...like following the recipe and not getting the spices right. The writing is a tad clunky and repetitive, the plot is a tad too predictable. Pure B horror and apparently optioned for a film, it also reads like one. Gore, violence and rape...caveat emptor. Nothing game changing here, but this cautionary tale of the dangers of dine and dash approach is a decent way to pass an hour.
One of the first things I learned about Ty Schwamberger when I stumbed across his blog a few years back was the fact he is a fan of Richard Laymon's work. And I dare say that the influence rings quite strong in this intense novella.Dawn is on a road trip with her two best friends, making their way to Las Vegas in her brand new car that her daddy bought her, when they run afoul of a good ol' boy in a pickup truck on a lonely dirt road. She suspected trouble when she saw the fella jump into his truck when she and her friends left a roadside diner to follow them, then she knew for sure when her friends let her know they'd pulled a dine-and-dash back at the diner. Things go from bad to worse when the truck runs them off the road, when the fella steps out of the truck with a shotgun. What follows is a relentless and outright gruesome night of terror for Dawn.I don't think I'm spoiling much by saying her friends are shot fairly early in the story. It's with that first shotgun blast that the tone of the story is firmly established. I mean, after Dawn's two friends get shot up along with her new car, the story really takes a turn after the killer chases her into the night.Grim and graphic, Dinin' is not for the fainthearted. There's even a scene late in the story that made me a little squeamish. If there's a weak spot in the tale, it comes from really failing to connect with Dawn as the story unfolds. I think it might have been the damsel vibe I got from her early on, but she does take matters into her own hands and turns into a self-saving damsel by the end. There was just something missing from her that had me fully in her corner.I got a bit of a Wolf Creek or a Wrong Turn (sans mutants) kind of vibe from the story. Bloody, unapologetic violence with little sign of escape. If you dig that kind of stuff, you should check this one out, but if you want something more subtle, you won't find it here.