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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.
Each one of these stories is very well written and the concepts, although sometimes a little surreal, are all very good.
Even the great H.P. Lovecraft, who was lauded for his imaginative stories, lacked a little in his writing style.
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 2 days ago by StacyMG
My girlfriend recommended this book series and out of interest from her high praises I went out on a limb and bought this. It's safe to I was not disappointed! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kyle Couch
It's nice to have all of these classic short stories in a single volume. I have to say that I really miss the old, "dark" Clive Barker.Published 17 days ago by Gregory A. Layne
Clive Barker is an amazing author!!! Books of Blood deserves five stars! It is interesting and very suspenseful right from the start! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ashley
Something evil or un-natural is usually present in the stories in this collection - people with strange powers or rituals, long dead souls that have unfinished business to attend... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bonemonkey
Classic Clive Barker. Enough has probably been said in the other reviews. If you like visceral, macabre, and sometimes gory horror stories, these are some of the best there are.Published 6 months ago by R. Queen
Magically woven stories that both enchant and scare one witless. Barker's amazing linguistic and imaginative writing keep me always pining for more. Delighfully gory. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer