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Books of Blood 1-3 by Clive Barker

Books of Blood 1-3

by Clive Barker

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I've never experienced anything like the terror, dread, and disgust that I got from reading Cliver Barker's Books of Blood. Some of the stories horrified me in ways I never experienced from literature. Some terrified me deeply, some made laugh at its absurdities, some made me slightly uncomfortable, but all of them unsettled me in their own ways. A truly unique horror literary experience. ( )
  trile1000 | Jul 1, 2018 |
DNF at page 43.

Does the description "full of depraved violence and sex" sound appealing to you? Do you like gore?

Clive Barker writes incredibly well. His descriptive powers are phenomenal. Everything he relates is emblazoned on your brain as clearly as though you were seeing it on film or even in reality. His concepts are clever and unique. My rating has nothing to do with his prowess as an author. That readily deserves a five.

However, my answer to the above questions is no. Gore bores me. It neither titillates nor frightens. "American Psycho"? Found it dull AF. This is not only gorey but strangely full of dicks. I don't mind a penis; I quite like them, in fact. However, I need there to be a reason for a boner beyond salaciousness. I'm very practical about cock.

If your answer to the above questions is yes, you should read this, because it is very well written. It is also absolutely not my cup of tea**.

**In my case, it is my cup of tea. I hate tea. Tried to develop a taste for it for decades, and it never worked out. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jun 6, 2018 |
Some of these stories were a bit difficult for me to read and it got a little taxing for me to finish the entire book. However all-in-all the stories were what I expected from Barker. Very dark, otherworldly and sexual. Very entertaining. A good read. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves Barker and/or horror. ( )
1 vote TheReadingMermaid | Nov 12, 2017 |
The Book of Blood: ★★★☆☆
The Midnight Meat Train: ★★★★☆
  Netpilgrim | Jun 25, 2017 |
I loved this collection of stories. Absolutely loved them. They were gritty, raw, disturbing and at times comical. I enjoyed these stories much more than The Hellbound Heart, which was unfortunately the only piece of writing by Barker that I had read until now. I hope the rumors that these tales are to consecutively be made into films is not true. I find that these are the types of tales much better left to the imagination and have a much greater impact as they are. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
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"Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red." For those who only know Clive Barker through his long multigenre novels, this one-volume edition of the Books of Blood is a welcome chance to acquire the 16 remarkable horror short stories with which he kicked off his career. For those who already know these tales, the poignant introduction is a window on the creator's mind. Reflecting back after 14 years, Barker writes:

I look at these pieces and I don't think the man who wrote them is alive in me anymore.... We are all our own graveyards I believe; we squat amongst the tombs of the people we were. If we're healthy, every day is a celebration, a Day of the Dead, in which we give thanks for the lives that we lived; and if we are neurotic we brood and mourn and wish that the past was still present.

Reading these stories over, I feel a little of both. Some of the simple energies that made these words flow through my pen--that made the phrases felicitous and the ideas sing--have gone. I lost their maker a long time ago.

These enthusiastic tales are not ashamed of visceral horror, of blood splashing freely across the page: "The Midnight Meat Train," a grisly subway tale that surprises you with one twist after another; "The Yattering and Jack," about a hilarious demon who possesses a Christmas turkey; "In the Hills, the Cities," an unusual example of an original horror premise; "Dread," a harrowing non-supernatural tale about being forced to realize your worst nightmare; "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament," about a woman who kills men with her mind. Some of the tales are more successful than others, but all are distinguished by strikingly beautiful images of evil and destruction. No horror library is complete without them. --Fiona Webster

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From a power-invested ancient Roman statue that steals souls to long-dead movie stars resurrected to serve the forces of evil, these three collections of short stories combine the extraordinary with the ordinary, to create a nightmarish world of terror and the macabre.… (more)

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