O is for One Rainy Night . . . and Oingo Boingo (#AtoZChallenge)

The A to Z Challenge is a daily meme posting every day (except Sundays) in April. Check out the list of 1500+ participants below and follow along for 26 days (and 26 letters) of fun. The 2-letter code after each blog name may help narrow your choices - (BO) is Books, (WR) is Writing, (PH) is Photography . . . and, if you're concerned about those NSFW pages, (AC) is Adult Content.

For my theme, I'm going with a little author/title alliteration.

Today's challenge post is brought to you by the letter O, as in One Rainy Night by Richard Laymon (ahem). Okay, so today seems to be the day that theme falls apart, but that's OK because it offers me a little flexibility to feature the classic that originally established me as a Laymon fan. The basic premise is as simple as it is horrifying - a mysterious black rain falls upon a small town, turning everyone it touches into violent psychopaths. Laymon pulls no punches in exploring the consequences of such a rain, and pushes the weird, creepy, unsettling horror up a notch higher than most authors could only dream of. Better yet, he wastes no time trying to explain it away or justify it all. In terms of guilty pleasures, Laymon is right up there with Bentley Little in my books.

The musical accompaniment for the day comes to us courtesy of Oingo Boingo, the alternative, new wave, college rock, call-it-what-you-will, band that Danny Elfman fronted for so many years. They had so many great songs, and so many movie anthems, but this is the one track that always comes to mind when I think of the guys.


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