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    In Silent Graves by Gary A. Braunbeck (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: In Silent Graves and Cabal have many plot points in common, though the stories are executed in very different ways.
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    Books of Blood 1-3 by Clive Barker (Hanike)
    Hanike: You simply can't read Clive Barker without going through his Books of Blood: they are the synthesis of this world covered on blood, tragedy & darkness he showed us!
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    The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker (Anonymous user)
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This book consists of the novella 'Cabal,' the story which the movie
'Nightbreed' was based on, and four short stories: The Life Of Death, How Spoilers Bleed, Twilight At The Towers & The Last Illusion.
'Cabal' shows Barker at the height of his obsession with grotesque
sensuality. It begins with Boone, a mentally disturbed man who had
recently hoped he had been getting his life together and making a new start. he recently met a girlfriend, Lori, and things had been going well. But now, his psychologist has convinced him that he is actually a brutal serial killer who has been repressing the memories of his atrocious crimes. Right here, it seems this would be enough a a premise for a work of psychological horror - but Barker quickly
changes tack and introduces the shadowy world of Midian - an
underworld populated by monsters - but monsters who desperately needed a refuge from the horrors of our mundane life.
Boone and Lori's flight from the deranged doctor, and their efforts to expose his deeds, are action-filled enough, but the really significant part of the story is Barker's morally ambiguous Nightbreed and their world, delicately and sympathetically portrayed, even while filled with unpleasantly corporeal and carnal details. While acknowledging that some outcasts are cast out for good reason, Barker also makes his case, eloquently, for the need for a refuge for all those with dark secrets, for those driven to desperation.

'The Life Of Death' - a woman who has just - barely - survived a
dangerous surgery has become oddly obsessed with death. She, driven by curiosity, ventures secretly into a just-dug-up plague crypt. In a bizarre state of mind, she becomes convinced that a man she meets there is Death. But is her strange state of mind just the aftermath of her surgery? Or is she becoming ill?

'How Spoilers Bleed' - a couple of Europeans who cold-bloodedly
murder a tribe of Native Americans meet the terrible curse of a
shaman. (And never did two people deserve it more!)

'Twilight At The Towers' - the CIA and the KGB have secretly been training werewolves to work for them. But werewolves want to run and live free, not to be secret agents.

'The Last Illusion' - a stage magician's power has derived from a deal with the devil. And now, the magician is dead. But he wished to cheat the devil at the very last, and a mysterious friend of the performer teams up with a hired detective to try to save his soul from a fate worse than death. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Muy buena historia... y una fatalmente mala traducción a cargo de Plaza ( )
  Don.A | Apr 1, 2013 |
*note to self.copy from Al.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
Have you ever wondered whether the things that can only come out at night really exist?
Well in the town of Midian not only do they exist but they have made a home there. Those who belong with them know that Midian is a safe place for those that are made of humanity's nightmares.

When Boone is confided in by his therapist that he believes that Boone has committed a series of brutal murders, Boone unsuccessfully tries to take his own life. While in the hospital he hears of Midian and believes that as a murderer he would be welcome in a place of horrors. Sadly, he is wrong.

This was creepy. Very creepy. ( )
  ChelleBearss | Mar 20, 2013 |
Clive Barker's writing style impresses: His words are strong, raw, and blunt, while managing to still keep a literary feel to them, (although they're overdone at times, seemingly to exasperate disgust). In Cabal, (the entire work), particularly, he uses the technique of brutal wording to seduce the reader into dark, imaginative worlds bordering between the dredges of reality and the dredges of hell -- an admirable feat he is able to accomplish. Sewn together, he pulls you into the void with him.

His plots are intricately and creatively woven along with his language, creating an atmosphere apropos to the theme largely at hand in this book: Death in many perspectives. Barker did well to tie up loose ends while still leaving them quite loose at the end of every story. I was expecting all stories to coincide with one another, and yet I closed the book satisfied.

Good book -- creative, unnerving, and well-written. ( )
  fluidly | Dec 26, 2011 |
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We are all imaginary animals...
-Domingo d'Ybarrondo, A Bestiary of the Soul
'We are all imaginary animals...'
Domingo D'Ybarrondo
A Beastiary of the Soul
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For Annie
To Annie
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Of all the rash and midnight promises made in the name of love, none, Boone now knew, was more certain to be broken than "I'll never leave you."
Of all the rash and midnight promises made in the name of love none, Boone now knew, was more certain to be broken then: 'I'll never leave you'.
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The U.K./Canadian editions of Cabal: The Nightbreed published by Fontana, Collins or Harper/Collins contain only the novella and do not include the additional 4 stories & epilogue of the original U.K. "Books of Blood VI" which were added to the U.S. editions of Cabal published by Poseidon, Doubleday or Pocket Books. The U.K./Canadian and U.S. editions of "Cabal" should not be combined due to this different content.
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Collection consisting of Cabal; How spoilers bleed; The last illusion; The life of death; Twilight at the towers
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Believing himself responsible for horrific crimes, Boone secludes himself in a remote Canadian necropolis, pursued by hunters and a woman who loves him, in a short novel accompanied by four short stories

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