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The Damnation Game Mass Market Paperback – November 5, 2002
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“One of the best horror novels in a very long time...do not miss it!” —USA Today
“Original and memorable...engrossing...disturbing...Horror mavens who enjoy violence and harrowing imagery will find plenty of both here. But there is more to The Damnation Game than gore. This story of a supernaturally powerful man who can resurrect the dead probes the many varieties of corruption.” —Publishers Weekly
“Remarkably powerful...Barker has created a truly legendary monster. In pure descriptive power there is no one writing horror fiction now who can match him.”—The Washington Post
“Wonderful, moving and apocalyptic. Death and damnation hang at the end of every chapter. Barker makes us squirm.” —Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Will fry your eyes off! Keep the lights on.” —Larry King
“A masterly novel...a thrill a minute.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“A tour de force of gruesome supernatural horror...startling, hard-hitting, graphic...brilliantly executed.” —Fantasy Review
“A horrifying thriller.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A gripping tale of hideous evil.” —New York Daily News
“Will hold you in its spell. Barker has a keen knack for ripping the skin off every detail and exposing the horrors lurking just below the surface...Captivating and original.” —South Herald Tribune
“Shattering...A full scale, hair-raising assault on the imagination.” —Anniston Star
“A writer of stunning imagination...With his artist’s eye for detail, Barker instills a mythic quality into his vision of hell.” —The Atlanta Journal & Constitution
“The most literate and disturbing horror novel I have ever read. This is the place that nightmares are spawned—read it at your own peril, but read it you must!”—
“A powerful, thrilling novel that provokes the imagination and raises the blood pressure.” —The Orlando Sentinel
“Frightening...Scalpel-clean prose and wild inventiveness.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Powerful...original...Barker’s horror is elegant enough that one can admire it as a kind of hellish choreography, with the characters all dancing to his phantasmagorical tune.” —New York Newsday
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Top Customer Reviews
"The Damnation Game" was my first experience with Barker, and is the first I've decided to read again. The surreal horrors conjured within these pages leaves me breathless. This novel delivers all the terror and stomach-turning prose that made Clive famous. The usual glurge from Stephen King about Barker being "the future of horror" adorns the cover, and King is right on the mark. However, be warned that Barker is NOT the future Stephen King; Barker is too unique to be sold as a contemporary author.
This novel features four key characters, and a wide assortment of supporting cast members. We have Mamoulian, also known as the Last European, the central antagonist of this tale. Also enter Joseph Whitehead, the thief, whom we come to know as the wealthy gambler / businessman who acquired his fortune through his MISfortune of dealing with a devil, aka Mamoulian. Martin Strauss, a convict who is living out his parole status on the Whitehead estate, is the newly acquired bodyguard of Whitehead. He is the lead in this tale, and the most likeable character out of a cast of unlikables. Carys, Whitehead's daughter, also lives on the estate, supplied with a never ending stock of heroin to keep her "happy" in Whitehead's home.
Mamoulian and Whitehead are old friends... or at least there is honor among these two thieves. Mamoulian is an ages-old gambler, and with a deal of the cards has ensnared Whitehead's soul. Whitehead has been enormously successful over the years since his deal with Mamoulian, but now it is time to settle old debts. Strauss is there for Whitehead's protection, but Strauss is revealed to be a gambler in his own right...
Barker makes readers squirm.Read more ›
We understand that Whitehead is going to have to pay the piper for his wealth and power, and he has every reason to be terrified of what is going to happen to him when Mamoulian settles all accounts on behalf of his employer. Of course now we can see some foreshadowing of "Hellraiser" in the idea of playing a deadly game, but it would be a mistake to think we are talking about pro-Cenobites in "The Damnation Game." Besides, Marty has more going for him than simply the luck of being the narrative's hero, and that becomes part of the book's final equation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clive Barker is a sick man. This was the first time in a long time a book grabbed my attention and demanded I read long after I should have put it down for other more important... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ator28
Barker has great writing talent and a wild imagination. All the making for a fine horror novel. I recommend it to all those who enjoy horror. But if you don't like horror.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kenneth John Windfelder
Read this immediately after Imajica and it was great to get into another splendid Barker novel albeit one not as complex. Worthy of your time and I highly suggest it.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Barker successfully creates an interesting, surreal environment. And the characters are generally decent as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. D
Barker is one of my favorites, in multiple genres and mediums. This novel has only strengthened that relationship. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jonathan