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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Sunset Productions; Abridged edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564310957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564310958
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,926,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four novellas by horror writer Barker ( The Inhuman Condition ) make up this slim but worthwhile collection. In one, a prison inmate is haunted by the spirit of his grandfather; in another, a young woman studying graffiti in a seedy housing project encounters a local legend in the flesh. This British writer's plots are extremely inventive and creative; like Peter Straub, he produces intellectual horror stories that are truly frightening. Only the final story, in which an American tourist stumbles across a strange asylum, with world-shaking results, is weak in comparison to the compelling eeriness and atmosphere of the others, yet still clever. Horror fans unacquainted with Barker's work will enjoy a new author; established fans will be enthusiastic. Recommended for large fiction collections. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib., Ct.
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Detroit News With elegant, terrifying strokes, Barker draws a universe of fear underlying the commonplace....Behind every mirror, under every carpet and in the heart of dirty streets is an elemental evil, a raw and hungry power....This is good, scary, stuff...The pacing is inexorable, the settings chilling, and the fates remorseless. In the Flesh makes you wonder what horror lies around the corner.

The Boston Herald [Barker] gives his stories the certainties of bad dreams...The first and last stories in this collection stand out as horror classics, meriting frequent glimpses into dark cornersfor a good while after they are done.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Fiendishly good...unnerving, inspired...death, sex, fear, and self-knowledge come forth in many guises.

The New York Times Book Review ...plays upon our unconscious terrors...What a breath of fresh, if chilling, air. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

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 truly inventive.
Kristin J. Johnson
There is both horror and intellectual challenge in his writing.
This is a book of short stories some of which are very strange.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is subversive literature of the best kind. It targets and fires at male sexual identity, the educated upper middle class and the world's governing clan, turning them on their ear and leaving them the worst for damage. Barker is a great aesthete of the fantastic and an iconoclast that leaves no turn unstoned. Here are four short stories that show a master spellbinder at work:
"In the Flesh": Cleveland Smith, recurrent criminal, is undergoing one of his usual stops at jail. Unable to leave the crime life, he studies, searching for the origin of sin. When a spooky new kid is put as his cellmate, he is placed on the threshold to the answers he is looking for...
"The Forbidden": An English academic steps out from the Ivory Tower into the housing projects, and learns from the local gossip the urban legends of everyday violence and death. Yet she refuses to believe them. So the urban legend materializes for her own benefit, in the shape of the Candyman...
"The Madonna": Two men, a racketeer and an ineffectual businessman, plan to turn an abandoned swimming pool spa into a recreational complex. But this two men, who go around displaying their confused manliness, are about to find how fragile their masculinity can be, and whether anything will be left of them afterwards...
"Babel's Children": Vanessa Jape always refused to take the clearly signaled road. She just had to venture through the unmarked path. So it was no surprise she ended getting lost during her vacation at Greece. What she wasn't expecting, though, was finding the convent, the unusual dwellers therein, and the real rulers of the world...
From gory horror to cosmic dread to a fable beyond classification, Barker is one of the best writers of dark fantasy you will ever find.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By velveetahead on August 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I had read a lot of Clive Barker's short stories when I was younger, but forgot which ones I had read since I hadn't read them all. I couldn't remember if I had read In the Flesh or Inhuman Condition since they both started with the same letter. While reading this one, none of it was familiar until I got to the second of four stories, called "The Forbidden". It is the basis for the Candyman movies. I never saw the movie, but the story stuck with me since it was very creepy and gross. When I read it, the movie had not been made, but one scene in it became ingrained in my brain. A woman who is doing some graduate school research on a very poor neighborhood. She goes into an abandoned house to find drawn on the wall an extremely disturbing face laughing, but the doorway was being used as the mouth. It was so descriptive that when I had an assignment in my junior English class to describe a room that another person in the class would have to guess who it belonged to, I described that room. No one guessed it was the room of a psychopathic killer, but instead thought it was a messed up teenager. :)

The first story in the book, called "In the Flesh", didn't do much for me. It had supernatural and horror elements to it with a guy who had questions about good and evil and where sin comes from. Then he gets a cellmate who just isn't quite right. I think when I first started reading Clive Barker, I was attracted more to his horror stories, but as I got older, I enjoyed his fantasy stories more. The first one was more in the horror realm, but beyond the final twist and the "city" that he dreams about, I didn't care much about the crazy cellmate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AN AVID READER on May 27, 2013
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Believe it or not, I would consider In The Flesh (which is volume five of the books of blood) to actually be the weakest of all six volumes. This doesn't speak to the stories being bad, but rather to the strength of the other volumes. It's pretty clear after the first three horrific volumes, Barker started going more into the dark fantasy. While I loved the gut-wrenching horror of the earlier volumes, Barker's dark fantasy is still done masterfully.

To be completely honest, my rating of four stars is probably due to the fact that I've read enough of Clive Barker that his impressive imagination isn't quite as amazing to me as it used to be (though it's still powerful). I felt for the first time that Barker's stories were a tiny bit formulaic, meaning that wierd and bizzare things are going to happen in the story, it's just a matter of how you get there that is different (such as a jail cell, abandoned buildings, and a woman driving down an unknown road).

Here's a quick breakdown of the stories:
In The Flesh: One of the stories I felt was slightly formulaic, where a man in jail gets a new cellmate who's grandfather was hung at the same prison many years before. Slightly predictable, didn't have the same bang to it that some of Barker's other stories. I did like the setting however.
The Forbidden: Good story, and I liked it because it offered a bit of variety, whereas there wasn't too much dark fantasy, more like a straight up thriller for the most part. My second favorite story.
The Madonna: Another good story, typical Barker, but well fleshed-out and written very well. My personal favorite story
Babel's Children: Very interesting story, even for Barker's imagination. The concept is quite good, and there's a heavy dose of mystery in this story up to a point.
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