I can't believe I'm saying this, but I did not enjoy Bite. For the first time, twenty-two Laymon books later, I didn't find the experience satisfying. It could be that I followed the wholly satisfying experience of Stephen King's new epic with this one. Perhaps it's because I'm getting a little tired of constant extensive dialogue (the very reason I may be the only person who didn't enjoy Inglourious Basterds). In any case, Bite doesn't offer anything enjoyable, in my opinion. There are no surprises--a Richard Laymon trademark. The characters are weak, the plot remains loose, and the action is monotonous and boring. It's a shame, too, because every Laymon book I've read has been a literary journey unlike any other.
If you're thinking of trying Richard Laymon, steer clear of this pointless offering. As a fellow blogger once said about Takashi Miike, "With such a large body of work, there are bound to be misfires." Instead, I recommend any of the following: The Cellar, Island, Night in the Lonesome October, or The Woods Are Dark.