If you were to visit a travelling vampire show you would expect the vampire to be one of great beauty, especially if it were advertised as ‘Valeria, gorgeous, beguiling, and lethal.’ But to find the actual vampire to be something quite grotesque is a bit of a shock.
Valeria had just been the 'in show' entertainment, a way of finding a meal or two for the real vampire. Volunteers were asked to fight Valeria in her cage for 5 minutes, after which they would receive a sum of money. However, none of them lasted 5 minutes. Guys go all goo goo when the see her beauty, which then make them easy prey. Once she had drawn blood, they are taken away to the awaiting ambulance, or so they think because the ambulance doesn't really exist. The bodies are piled into a hearse instead, a hearse that contained the real vampire, hungrily waiting to be fed.
As a big fan of Richard Laymon I was a little disappointed in this one, however I do admire his courage to kill off one of the main characters in this book.