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Books of Blood, Vol. 6 (1985)

by Clive Barker

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Series: Books of Blood (6)

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Noveller om gys og gru, levende dd̜e og omvandrende monstre.
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And we're at the end. Wow, that was a hell of a ride.

There's a couple of quotes that reflect Barker's solid grasp of the horror genre. The first is:

[Let's define] two kinds of fantastic fiction.

One: The kind most often seen in horror novels and movies, offers up a reality that resembles our own, then postulates a second invading reality, which has to be accommodated or exiled by the status quo it is attempting to overtake.

The second kind of fantastique is far more delirious. In these narratives, the whole world is haunted and mysterious. There is no status quo, only a series of relative realities, personal to each of the characters, any or all of which are frail and subject to eruptions from the other states and conditions.


It's this second one that Barker lives in. It's much harder to pull off, but he's a master at doing it.

And finally, the second quote from Barker, from the last page of the last story in the last Book of Blood:

The dead have highways. They run, unerring lines of ghost-trains, of dream-carriages, across the wasteland behind our lives, bearing an endless traffic of departed souls. They have sign-posts, these highways and bridges and lay-bys. They have turnpikes and intersections.

The dead have highways.

Only the living are lost.


Go seek out Barker's stuff. And get lost in it. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
She fought death off once
might as well indulge herself
spread the thrill around. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
Only read the Last Illusion
  tabicham | Jul 22, 2017 |
You simply can't read Clive Barker without going through his Books of Blood: they are a collection of stories that synthesizes this world covered on blood, tragedy & darkness he showed us!

Barker's writing is full of a complex network of dark stories that challenges your mind, defies your beliefs, your perspicacity, your morals and even your reading skills.

The poetic perversity in Barker's words only creates the charming nature of his books.

The 6th instalment of the Books of Blood is particularly gore, even grotesque sometimes and has some of the brutal stories written by him outside the Hellraiser and Agonists universe. ( )
  Hanike | Mar 17, 2016 |
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What happened then -- when the magician, having mezmerized the caged tiger, puolled the tasselled cord that released a dozen swords upon its head -- was the subject of heated argument both in the bar and the theatre and later, when Swann's performance was over, on the sidewalk of 51st Street.
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The U.K. edition of Clive Barker's Books of Blood VI contains only the 5 short stories "The Life of Death", "How Spoilers Bleed", "Twilight at the Towers", "The Last Illusion" and "On Jerusalem Street". It does not contain the novella "Cabal" and should not be combined with the American edition which does include "Cabal". Thank You.
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