The Traveling Vampire Show, Richard Laymon. Just finished this. EXCELLENT READ. The book follows three 16-year-olds on an idle summer day in 1963. The narrator, Dwight, and his best friends Slim, a tomboy, and Rusty, an overweight male, find fliers for an exotic vampire show. They sneak a peek at Valeria, who is billed as the world's only living captive vampire. Later they sneak into the show itself and discover a sinister truth about the vampires.