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The Inhuman Condition by Clive Barker

The Inhuman Condition (1985)

by Clive Barker

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Series: Books of Blood (4)

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Barker has such a knack for creative, poetic writing form. Even if some of the stories can be lacking, his writing is too fascinating to put down. Full review on the stories coming later.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Classic Barker - if you're a fan, don't miss this one. I thought I had read all of the Books of Blood back in high school, but I didn't remember these stories at all.

The book includes 5 short stories:

The Inhuman Condition
A group of delinquents beat up an old homeless man for fun. But when one of them steals a knotted cord from him, and obsessively starts to loose the knots, he may loose demons upon the world... or worse.

The Body Politic
A fresh take on the horror trope of hands that turn against their owner.

A preacher, his wife, and their assistant check into a haunted motel, where the ghosts may be trying to get things right, but the living are still prone to getting things wrong.

Down, Satan!
An evil tycoon, ignored by god, decides to re-create hell, on earth.

The Age Of Desire
Illicit scientific experimentation leads to the creation of an "aphrodisiac" that runs out of control.

"Revelations" and "The Inhuman Condition" were by far my favorites, but the whole book is worth reading. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
A collection of Horror short stories that was originally published in the mid 80's. This is actually Volume 4 of the Books of Blood series, but published as this title in the US. I love short stories, and this is a good collection of some of Barker's early work. ( )
  jphillips3334 | Mar 18, 2010 |
Mr. Barker is a genius. These tales are wicked. He has a great imagination. ( )
  Anagarika | Nov 3, 2009 |
Booklist Nov 1, 1996 v93 n5 p522

Library Journal June 15, 1996 v121 n11 p108
  anton969 | Mar 11, 2009 |
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A master storyteller and unrivaled visionary, Clive Barker has mixed the real and unreal with the horrible and wonderful in more than twenty years of fantastic fiction. The Inhuman Condition is a masterwork of surrealistic terror, recounting tragedy with pragmatism, inspiring panic more than dread and evoking equal parts revulsion and delight.

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Presents five horror tales, including a bloody parable of the body in revolt, a conundrum centered in a piece of string, a fable of Hell on Earth, a story of an unholy coupling of the living and the dead, and a vision of depravity.

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