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I look at these pieces and I don't think the man who wrote them is alive in me anymore.... We are all our own graveyards I believe; we squat amongst the tombs of the people we were. If we're healthy, every day is a celebration, a Day of the Dead, in which we give thanks for the lives that we lived; and if we are neurotic we brood and mourn and wish that the past was still present.
Reading these stories over, I feel a little of both. Some of the simple energies that made these words flow through my pen--that made the phrases felicitous and the ideas sing--have gone. I lost their maker a long time ago.
These enthusiastic tales are not ashamed of visceral horror, of blood splashing freely across the page: "The Midnight Meat Train," a grisly subway tale that surprises you with one twist after another; "The Yattering and Jack," about a hilarious demon who possesses a Christmas turkey; "In the Hills, the Cities," an unusual example of an original horror premise; "Dread," a harrowing non-supernatural tale about being forced to realize your worst nightmare; "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament," about a woman who kills men with her mind. Some of the tales are more successful than others, but all are distinguished by strikingly beautiful images of evil and destruction. No horror library is complete without them. --Fiona Webster
Clive Barker here brings us an excellent collection of short fantasy and horror stories.
Overall "Books of Blood" is a very good shot story collection it will keep you reading though the night and maybe give you a few nightmares in the process.
Each one of these stories is very well written and the concepts, although sometimes a little surreal, are all very good.
Great overall story and book. I was upset that the book had a little crease in corner when it got delivered to my place.Published 28 days ago by Jose
I've always loved Clyde Baker, but have never been one to read short stories, even though I write them and I have always enjoyed horror but this just wasn't the kind of book that... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phyllis Snook
I love it.... amazing buy.. will be buying the next three volumes here soon.Published 2 months ago by Ney Hallock
This particular edition of the book has some typos, so if that bothers you, steer clear. Otherwise this is a fantastic set of stories and a great read.Published 3 months ago by J. L. Thatcher
Overall - excellent, longish horror stories, heavy on the description, very much about the dangers of hedonism, and addiction to any kind of pleasure (religion, pleasing society,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DeAnna Knippling
Years ago, if you asked me to read a Fiction book, I would laugh in your face. I hated fiction up until now. Read morePublished 6 months ago by StacyMG