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Books of Blood, Vols. 4-6 (v. 2) Paperback – February 1, 1988


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751512257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751512250
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I literally could not read him alone. His stories are compulsively readable and original. He is an important, exciting and enormously talented writer STEPHEN KING Gushing gore and flying flesh ... read it with gloves on Time Out Clive Barker writes about horrors most of us would scarcely dare imagine Ramsey Campbell

About the Author

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the author of The Books of Blood (in six volumes), The Damnation Game, Weaveworld, Cabal, The Great and Secret Show, Imajica, Everville and Sacrament as well as writing, directing and producing for the screen - his films include Hellraiser and Nightbreed. He presently lives in Los Angeles.

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the worldwide bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short story writer he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Clive Barker is one of the best authors.
IAMKING
If you love horror stories with a bit of twists and a lot of thought, this is a good book for you.
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All of the stories in this collection are top notch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James D. Pratt on July 2, 2012
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Clive Barker is best known for the Hellraiser movies which is sort of a mixed blessing. I assume he's made piles of cash off of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, but Barker's real strength lies in his writing, most of which is far more visceral than overt and just wouldn't translate well to the big screen. He isn't so much a horror author as an amazing writer who happens to set most of his tales in the horror genre. Even his mediocre stories consist of a decent hook bolsterd by clever pose and imagery ranging from artfully understated to squirm-inducingly vivid. As it turned out I'd already read some of these stories as part of another Barker collection ('Books of Blook vol. 5' contains the same stories as 'The Inhuman Condition', I believe), but it was fun to revisit them. Stand-out stories include 'Revelations' (I love Barker's take on ghosts and hauntings), 'Down Satan!' (a quick little tale about obsession), 'In the Flesh' (a weird tale that would have done H.P. Lovecraft proud), and 'The Life of Death' (a great demonstration of the fine art of dread). Long story short, Barker rules.

James Pratt, author of 'Cthelvis and Others'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonemonkey on February 21, 2014
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Volumes 4-6 pick up where volumes 1-3 left off. Pages dripping with blood and horror, with plenty of decent length stories which boast a large range of themes and ideas. You get a good helping of body horror, as well as a sizeable chunk of the monstrous and the weird. The stories are as follows -

1) The Body Politic (10/10) When hands plan to sever all ties, pretty soon there is a bloody uprising afoot.
2) The Inhuman Condition (8/10) A boy steals something seemingly harmless from a tramp, and he wants it back.
3) Revelations (8/10) Murderous past events are replayed in a motel room, where history is in danger of repeating itself.
4) Down, Satan (8/10) In order to gain acceptance from God, a rich man believes that he must first tame the Devil.
5) The Age Of Desire (9/10) A test subject finds it hard to control himself when an experiment goes horribly right.
6) The Forbidden (9/10) A photographers growing obsession with the graffiti and gossip of a local estate can only invite trouble.
7) The Madonna (8/10) A deal to transform a disused swimming baths leads to two men being forced to change their ways.
8) Babel's Children (8/10) The worlds best kept secret is revealed when a tourist goes off the beaten track.
9) In The Flesh (8/10) A criminals time suddenly gets hard with the arrival of a new cell mate.
10) The Life Of Death (7/10) A woman finds that the closer she gets to death, the more alive she feels.
11) How Spoilers Bleed (8/10) An attempt to evict an ancient tribe from their land leads to things falling apart.
12) Twilight At The Towers (7/10) A meeting with a Russian defector leads to a spy's inner beast coming to life.
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There is some good stuff in this book, and even a few moments of greatness. But also some mediocre stuff too. I didn't dislike any of it, but I feel over all it's inferior in many ways to the first 3 volumes. The Forbidden is a major standout here however, the short than inspired the CandyMan films. This, in my opinion, is one of Barker's absolute best short horror stories. The atmosphere was excellent, with a creeping sense of dread throughout and just extremely well written. A very intelligent horror story.

Reading through In the Flesh made me seriously feel like I was reading a Stephen King story. That's not an insult in any way, it's a good story, and a good bit different than the typical gory, surreal horror Barker is more known for in those early years.

The Inhuman Condition was also pretty solid. And I feel it could have made for an excellent horror film no less.

The Body Politic. The idea behind this story is unsettling, but it's so absolutely outlandish both in concept and in execution that it was honestly pretty difficult to take it too seriously. I ended up coming away from it feeling like I'd read a horror-comedy, even parody. It was entertaining however.

Revelations. This one was pretty good, even if a bit bland. A more traditional ghost story, kept me interested, but wasn't anything special.

Some of the rest of the stories are pretty decent, others even better. But overall I can't help but feel slightly let down by the overall package. Especially coming off the bat from the exquisitely excellent Vols. 1-3. The Forbidden aside, I just don't think this set of tales stacks up the majority of those before them. A good read all the same though. I do recommend it.
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AN AMAZING COMPILATION OF THE BOOKS OF BLOOD FROM 4 TO 6 , IT HAS NO WASTE WHATSOEVER , MUST HAVE , I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THE HARDCOVER EDITION BUT I DIDNT HAD THE CHANCE BUT NEVERTHELESS THIS ARE THE STORIES OF A MIND OF A GENIUS.
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I've been a long time fan of Barker's horror fiction. So it was a treat to purchase this to pass along to my son.
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By James Deirmendjian on September 1, 2013
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The first Books of Blood collection was pretty exceptional. There were a number of shorts that were very memorable in there, in particular Skeins of the Fathers and Rawhead Rex. This collection, IMO, blows the first out of the water. There was little that I felt compelled to pass over, and only one story that seemed to me a flop (Down, Satan!). Favorites included for The Forbidden, The Age of Desire, The Last Illusion, The Madonna, In the Flesh, Revelations, How Spoilers Bleed and the Inhuman Condition. What I like about Barker the most, I think, is the way he fleshes out his ideas, pun intended. "The Madonna", for instance, is perhaps the counter-part story to Rawhead Rex, wherein Barker presents an implicit thesis on the inherent goodness of the Maternal. "The Last Illusion" is one of the most entertaining bits of fiction I've ever read, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek hardboiled detective story with a fantasy/horror element that makes it into a delightful romp. Every story has its own weight and intensity, discloses a way of knowing the world that is as unsettling as it is alluring. Highly recommended.
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