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Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3 Paperback – October 1, 1998
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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
From Library Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
The initial offering, The Book of Blood, stands out as a unique ghost story, but it also serves as a provocative abstract for everything Barker sought to accomplish with these stories. After this enticing introductory tale, we head below the streets of New York to sneak a ride on The Midnight Meat Train. This story is vintage Clive Barker, full of blood and gore. Barker isn't trying to drown the reader in blood as a means to hide any lack of skill on his part, though, because the skill is undeniably there for all to see. In The Yattering and Jack, a dark comedy farce, a poor demon does everything he can think of to make the unshakeable Jack miserable, driving himself almost mad in the process. I think of The Yattering and Jack as an amusing sort of Barker bedtime story. Pig Blood Blues forces the casual reader to once again don hip hugger boots for a trek into gore and depravity. At a certain school for wayward boys, the other white meat is not pork. Sex, Death and Starshine is a good story, touching upon the needs of the dead to be entertained every once in a while, but it lacks a certain oomph.
Dread is a somewhat sadistic tale of one man's obsession with death.Read more ›
All of these long-to-novella-length stories are quality. Of course, some work better than others. None are weak. The ones that really pierced deepest: "Pig Blood Blues" - my favorite; just scary and resonant and so well-written and executed. "In the Hills, the Cities" - this story, a not exactly subtle allegory about collectivism and The State, got to me in such a way that I had to put it down as I read into the night, needing the sober light of day to get me through. Truly creeped me out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Barker delivers haunting tales and crafts horror in its physical and mental form. Tales of phsychological horros and creatures of murder and doppelgängers. Read morePublished 23 days ago by aaron navon
Clive Barker can be hard to get into - I'm not a huge fan - and this book doesn't make it any easier. Volume 3 is the worst here, and vols. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Max Roga
Gift for my wife . She loves it! Barker is her favorite author and she was happy with the book.Published 2 months ago by El duderino
Not going to lie, I'm just not a fan of short stories. For the most part a well done book, but the potential for more is just right there on the edge for me. never going over it.Published 3 months ago by tabi
Despite being very gross, it just didn't provide a good scare. No suspense, just gross-out. Felt like a moody college student's final paper in a creative writing class where he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kristin F.
The book had some wear but I expected that. But for the price...I cant complain.
It's an excellent book and Barker is a master at what he does.
Though this book wouldn't make it into my favorite horror books list, it is probably the most unique collections of horror stories I've ever read, and Barker's best work BY FAR in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Derek McCumber
Clive Barker is one of the great suspense writers of all time. These are short fast moving stories with wicked twists.Published 5 months ago by F. Harshbarger