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Books of Blood, Vol. 2 by Clive Barker
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Books of Blood, Vol. 2 (1984)

by Clive Barker

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3.5
One of the interesting things about this selection of stories is that I found myself rooting for a homicidal clown (or a clownish character to be precise), a female serial killer and demons.

Dread
I prefer supernatural horror to the realistic human monsters. Dread features a real life possibility, a man who in his quest to beat his fears became an unfeeling monster.

Hell's Event
Every hundred years a race takes place in London. Only few know about it. This year a young successful runner will have to give his best to beat the odds.

Jacqueline Ess: Her Will And Testament
It starts with a woman trying to commit suicide. Her husband gets to her in time. This is the turning point in Jacqueline Ess's life. Thanks to her pain, loneliness, general misogyny and other people's betrayals she gets a strange power over flesh. Literally. This disturbing story even has a very satisfying happy ending. It is even romantic.

The Skins of the Fathers
Man is created by beings he drove underground when he became too strong. This time there will be another violent encounter between the two species. Humans do not look good in this story.

New Murders in the Rue Morgue
A creepy, weirder and much more disturbing than Poe's story. An old man gets a cry for help from a friend in Paris. Her brother, who is over sixty, has been accused of murder of his nineteen year old lover. ( )
  Aneris | Dec 29, 2016 |
3.5
One of the interesting things about this selection of stories is that I found myself rooting for a homicidal clown (or a clownish character to be precise), a female serial killer and demons.

Dread
I prefer supernatural horror to the realistic human monsters. Dread features a real life possibility, a man who in his quest to beat his fears became an unfeeling monster.

Hell's Event
Every hundred years a race takes place in London. Only few know about it. This year a young successful runner will have to give his best to beat the odds.

Jacqueline Ess: Her Will And Testament
It starts with a woman trying to commit suicide. Her husband gets to her in time. This is the turning point in Jacqueline Ess's life. Thanks to her pain, loneliness, general misogyny and other people's betrayals she gets a strange power over flesh. Literally. This disturbing story even has a very satisfying happy ending. It is even romantic.

The Skins of the Fathers
Man is created by beings he drove underground when he became too strong. This time there will be another violent encounter between the two species. Humans do not look good in this story.

New Murders in the Rue Morgue
A creepy, weirder and much more disturbing than Poe's story. An old man gets a cry for help from a friend in Paris. Her brother, who is over sixty, has been accused of murder of his nineteen year old lover. ( )
  Aneris | Oct 31, 2016 |
Dread***
Hell's Event**
Jacqueline Ess****
The Skins of the Fathers****
New Murders in the Rue Morgue*** ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Nov 11, 2015 |
The next volume of Clive Barker's sick but dreadfully original fantasies. Not everyone's cup of tea but if you like strong and original horror stories you'll be not disappointed. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Nov 28, 2014 |
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From World Fantasy Award-winning author Clive Barker comes a collection of fourteen horror and ghost stories to chill the blood. This is the second omnibus in the 'Books of Blood' sequence.

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