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Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three Everybody is a book of blood wherever we re opened, we re red For those who only know Clive Barker through his long multigenre novels, this one volume edition of the Books of Blood is a welcome chance to acquire theremarkable horror short stories with which he kicked off his career For those who already know these tales, the poignant introduction is a window on the creator s mind Reflecting back afteryears, Barker writes I look at these pieces and I don t think the man who wrote them is alive in me any 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 agoThese 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 successful than others, but all are distinguished by strikingly beautiful images of evil and destruction No horror library is complete without themFiona Webster


10 thoughts on “Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three

  1. says:

    Looking for good horror Look no further My favorite horror novel, ever Erm short story collection Technically.Wow, wow WOW Barker is undeniably unique, a few steps above Stephen King at this point in the whimsical world of the macabre All fifteen of these tales are incredible incredibly wicked anecdotes, all wonderful drafts for damn good horror flicks bettering Hellraiser, surely that could become classics as quintessential as Carrie, Pet Semetary or The Shining Barker Looking for good horror Look no further My favorite horror novel, ever Erm short story collection Technically.Wow, wow WOW Barker is undeniably unique, a few steps above Stephen King at this point in the whimsical world of the macabre All fifteen of these tales are incredible incredibly wicked anecdotes, all wonderful drafts for damn good horror flicks bettering Hellraiser, surely that could become classics as quintessential as Carrie, Pet Semetary or The Shining Barker has indeed a romantic, and visceral, and uber gross view of things, foremost a fantastic infatuation with the human body, and with the traffic of the spectral world with mortal sexuality it s all very toxic, dabbling in the world of erotic masochism and clever even genius motifs of a collective dread.Indeed, I love the collection It rivals the very best of King perhaps only one of his collections hits the visceral nerve a bitmasterfully, albeit less fantastically, than The Books My favorites are MUSTS read, read, read for those who study the short story what makes these little nuggets of gold so golden is a true mystery in itself Sex, Death and Starshine cleverly paints a surrealistic picture, rivaling even Dali, of the intermingling of souls with the living a masterpiece for sure and In the Hills, the Cities has the most memorable monster to appear out of the dark subconscious in the longest time, I think, since Frankenstein s demon This one, too, is a masterpiece, the imagination for such a clever Voltairesque creation seems so alien and divine as to be madly envied And in awe of Lastly, I kinda really dug the monster flick tale Rawhide Rex which should be turned into a script just looked it up, it is , as the climax is better than mostly any I could think of for a monster story This guy, it should be clearly understood, is THE Absolute Shit


  2. says:

    based upon the evidence of Books of Blood 1 3, Clive Barker sprung into the literary horror world fully formed, a writer all grown up, already past the awkward growing pains of an adolescent period that other writers of his stature and widespread appeal suffered through before reaching their full powers his ability to construct and sustain an intriguing narrative, his resonant themes, his stylistic flourishes, his use of irony and dread and gore and comedy, his strength at detailing truly real based upon the evidence of Books of Blood 1 3, Clive Barker sprung into the literary horror world fully formed, a writer all grown up, already past the awkward growing pains of an adolescent period that other writers of his stature and widespread appeal suffered through before reaching their full powers his ability to construct and sustain an intriguing narrative, his resonant themes, his stylistic flourishes, his use of irony and dread and gore and comedy, his strength at detailing truly real and deeply developed characters lives, his expertise at creating an entire world within the space of a story these are all the traits of an author writing at his peak, and so early in his career.the stories within these collections are truly sensational their power comes from his consistent strength at conveying sensual, physical sensation this is not to mean that he writes sexy horror stories rather, he is a writer who knows how to write body based horror in many ways, these stories parallel the themes and goals of the films of David Cronenberg the body as something alien, the body as a sacred space, the body as a target or vehicle or ideal, the body turning against itself.Peter Straub an intellectual writer locates his horrors within the mind a place of murky motivation and potential evil, a site of invasion and transformation his horrors are often as ambiguous and as ambivalent as mindspace itself Stephen King an emotional writer places his horrors in scenarios that are wellsprings of sentiment and feeling, often squarely within the family unit or painful adolescence or the various dreams and ambitions of the heart itself his horrors are often explicitly tangible things that exist to tear apart humanity s most beloved institutions unlike those two, Barker s horrors are centered in the body as a battleground, a place where the mind and the heart are often at war his horrors blur the boundaries of right and wrong the various transfigurations that occur throughout his stories are often so dreadful because they are both unnervingly ambiguous and disturbingly familiar, intimate on a physical level and in the end, almost infinitely unknowable his bodies are places of both terror and wonder.Barker illustrates how the body can be a site of fearsome splendor and violence in the collection s first story The Book of Blood, in which a fraud s appealing body exists first as a landscape encouraging erotic contemplation and then as a horrific diary of the dead in the masterful Dread, a psychopathic guru lives to sadistically push his trainees past their base physical fears, and eventually meets his match in a student who has learned his lessons all too well the horror of Jacqueline Ess comes from the terrifying protagonist s ability to wield utter control of the body itself New Murders in the Rue Morgue revisits the classic story with a new and rather sympathetic focus on the idea of what truly, physically, makes a man and in Confessions of a Pornographer s Shroud, the story serves as both an ironic commentary on pornography s rigorous mono focus on body parts and as a clever rejoinder to the idea that a meat based body is even necessary to create horror let alone to enact bloody vengeance.the author s themes remain intact and evenvisceral in those stories that are straight up, traditionally structured servings of familiar, monster based horror The Midnight Meat Train features ancient, physically mortified beings who must be paid their due in flesh and has a classic ambiguous protagonist who finds his goals in life may soon be adjusted in favor of atransformative purpose Pig Blood Blues is wonderfully bizarre its malevolent foil a demonic sow and explicitly depicts potential physical change and transformation as an undeniable terminus for its victims, villains, and hero alike and the now classic Rawhead Rex has a monster whose mind dreams of domination and whose physical body yearns for both freedom and the flesh of children his achilles heel, his personal horror the fertile woman, the menstrual cycle.Barker can also do comedy with an expert touch The Yattering and the Jack is laugh out loud funny, a wry tale of a lower level demon vs The Most Boring Man in the World, a man who apparently has no terrors or temptations based in the flesh or other physical things the quaintly nostalgic and drily amusing Sex, Death and Starshine sees the decay of the flesh and a rotting life existing beyond the grave as, well, not so bad, really.there are a few stories that are less successful, although they are by no means abortions Hell s Event Deadliest Marathon Ever the entire world is at stake centers its horror within a runner s body Son of Celluloid finds a lonely cancerous growth making its own body and invading a fading movie palace Scape Goats horrors rise from the undisposed corpses of the long dead and their reaction to a quartet of obnoxious tourists who obliviously pay their bodies no respect.there are three stories that are now amongst the finest modern horror stories that i ve ever had the pleasure of reading The Skins of the Fathers is an often amusing send up of gun toting hick americanaimportantly, in its unsettling tale of the male gender s First Fathers and their practice of holy unholy procreation, it decribes not so alien physiognomies in detail but makes the key decision to replace disgust with awe, to replace the Terrible Other with Ancient Adam and his many brothers Human Remains is a mordant and moody story of the escalating relationship between a street hustler wannabe gigolo and a being that seeks to not just mimic and protect that hustler s body, but also endeavors to recreate that poor fool s history into a life that contains emotional depth rather than a life of empty ambition, callowness, and apathy my favorite story of all 3 books is In the Hills, the Cities this is a truly awesome tale, in all sense of the word awesome a mind boggling, bizarre, many leveled account of two very different travelers and lovers, of two very similar rural villages, of an archaic tradition that replaces a many bodied battle with two very unique bodies, of bodies coming together to create something greater, something terrible something that the two travelers choose to either turn away from in horror or to embrace as a new form of physical being the story is amazing.__________musical accompanimentCoil Gold Is the Metal, Hellraiser ThemesDJ Spooky Songs of a Dead Dreamer


  3. says:

    Everybody is a book of blood wherever we re opened, we re red Comprised of insane and downright horrifying tales from Clive Barker, Books of Blood is a strong debut release which led to King referring to him as the future of horror This edition contains Volumes 1 3, a grand total of fifteen stories sixteen if you include the intro a large number of which have been subsequently adapted into movies.Having already been blown away by The Hellhound Heart, I was excited to get intoCliv Everybody is a book of blood wherever we re opened, we re red Comprised of insane and downright horrifying tales from Clive Barker, Books of Blood is a strong debut release which led to King referring to him as the future of horror This edition contains Volumes 1 3, a grand total of fifteen stories sixteen if you include the intro a large number of which have been subsequently adapted into movies.Having already been blown away by The Hellhound Heart, I was excited to get intoClive Barker and oh boy, this did not disappoint The sheer range of stories within these first three volumes of Books of Blood is staggering And the quality remains consistently high throughout Barker s imagination is unparalleled I mean, King has a pretty awesome imagination too, but his skills are slightly different to Barker s One minute you re reading about a serial killer who quite literally skins his victims and hangs them up like pieces of meat on the subway, and the next you re reading a pretty hilarious story about a guy and the demon currently inhabiting his house trying to outdo each other.There s dark humour in some of these stories, whereas some are just pee your pants scary and will no doubt lead to some pretty disturbing nightmares There s something for every horror lover in here However, I do feel like it s necessary to warn people that a high proportion of these stories have a lot of blood and gore in them it is the Books of Blood after all so if you re not a fan of this, maybe this collection isn t for you I just don t want anyone to read these on my recommendation and think I m some sicko I kinda am, but that s a discussion for another day BUT it s also important that I point out that the gore isn t gratuitous or included merely for the shock value in my opinion, anyway.I m still finding it so strange to be reading sentences that are meant to be graphic and disturbing, yet they re still poignant and beautiful Barker has a real talent for examining the beauty of horror He seems to have a fascination with the human body and it s reflected in his writing The book just drips with sex and violence, and I mthan cool with that.I generally loved the majority of these, so it s difficult to pick a favourite, but standouts for me were The Midnight Meat Train, The Yattering and Jack, Scape Goats, Rawhead Rex yeah, I m close to just naming them all However, a special mention must go to In the Hills, The Cities I ve honestly never read a story like this such a unique, fascinating idea Imagery I ll never ever forget Wow Initially I had intended to delve right into volumes 4 6 soon after finishing this but I think I m going to wait a while Like a semi reasonable junkie, I want to know that my next hit is still out there just waiting for me to pick it up This gets ALL THE STARS 5 stars out of 5


  4. says:

    Woooo That was unexpectedly great And gory And transgressive as hell Reading this book made it clear to me why Clive Barker who I hadn t read before is considered an iconic writer The man is not only a master stylist, but he has this narrative obsession with tearing reality apart Sometimes a form of religion or systematic afterlife is involved like in The Midnight Meat Train or Hell s Event Other time, it s just off the wall wild and imaginative like In the Hills, the Cities My favorite Woooo That was unexpectedly great And gory And transgressive as hell Reading this book made it clear to me why Clive Barker who I hadn t read before is considered an iconic writer The man is not only a master stylist, but he has this narrative obsession with tearing reality apart Sometimes a form of religion or systematic afterlife is involved like in The Midnight Meat Train or Hell s Event Other time, it s just off the wall wild and imaginative like In the Hills, the Cities My favorite stories from the collection were Pig Blood Blues, Dread and the weirdo Lynchian Son of Celluloid Luxuriant, consistant, transgressivemy first experience with Clive Barker is a rather transforming one.Get on that, people and lose your mind I didn t have so much fun with a book in quite some time


  5. says:

    One hit wonders I usually think of such oddities as Nena 99 Red Balloons, UK No 1, 1984 or Aneka Japanese Boy, UK No 1, 1981 , or even Sir Mix a Lot Baby Got Back, US No 1, 1992 a No 1 hit and then nothing, nothing, nothing But of course you do get one hit wonder authors the toppermost one in that list will be Harper Lee OMG can you imagine the advance she would have got for her second novel And it could happen, she s still here, 87 years old We remember it took Henry Roth 60 year One hit wonders I usually think of such oddities as Nena 99 Red Balloons, UK No 1, 1984 or Aneka Japanese Boy, UK No 1, 1981 , or even Sir Mix a Lot Baby Got Back, US No 1, 1992 a No 1 hit and then nothing, nothing, nothing But of course you do get one hit wonder authors the toppermost one in that list will be Harper Lee OMG can you imagine the advance she would have got for her second novel And it could happen, she s still here, 87 years old We remember it took Henry Roth 60 years to follow up Call it Sleep Also, Ralph Ellison never published a second novel He wrote one but his house burned down damnAnd we re still waiting for a second novel from Arthur Geisha Golden 16 years But actually, a one hit wonder isn t someone who never did anything else but who only ever had one hit so Margaret Mitchell, Bram Stoker, Herman Melville, Antoine de Saint Exupery, etc etc Anyhow, I read this story, it was In the Hills, the Cities by Clive Barker and it was one of the all time greatest stories I ever read, hair raisingly original, perfectly expressed, awesome Everyone should read this story I therefore eventually got Books of Blood, thinking that there would bewhere that came from But there wasn t The other stuff was just like Aneka s follow up to Japanese Boy if she was singing about creatures from hell biting some random guy s nether parts off In the Hills, the Cities 5 starsall the other stuff one star


  6. says:

    Highly inventive and innovative, and chock full of delightfully concise, clever turns of phrase I came across this when I was about twenty, which is probably a good age to so do.


  7. says:

    4.5 stars A couple of things about a couple of stories in volume 3 stopped this being a perfect collection, but it s damn close


  8. says:

    This Scream Press edition was the first compilation of Clive Barker s Books of Blood tales under one binding the first and original three volumes This was the way Barker meant them to be presented and for good reason These 16 horror tales were revolutionary in their lack of sentimentality and their gruesome realism making way for the next generation of horrors writers including the splatterpunks and the bizarro writers Every story is a classic but special mention goes to The Midnight Meat This Scream Press edition was the first compilation of Clive Barker s Books of Blood tales under one binding the first and original three volumes This was the way Barker meant them to be presented and for good reason These 16 horror tales were revolutionary in their lack of sentimentality and their gruesome realism making way for the next generation of horrors writers including the splatterpunks and the bizarro writers Every story is a classic but special mention goes to The Midnight Meat Train , Rawhead Rex, and Son of Celluloid Mandatory reading for the diehard horror fan This one volume edition is hard to find but the two volume and three volume sets are still out there in the bookstores If you have this particular edition count yourself fortunate especially for the wonderful illustrations by JK Potter


  9. says:

    This book was recommended to be by a friend and at the time I just kind of passed it off but I kept coming across the name Clive Barker not realizing that he is such a huge horror Icon.I had a bit of a hard time tracking it down but when I finally found it and started it, it grossed me out right from the first page That s a huge plus for me as I find a lot of horror novels very blah and I will catch myself skimming some paragraphs.I couldn t get enough of these stories.Barker took these words a This book was recommended to be by a friend and at the time I just kind of passed it off but I kept coming across the name Clive Barker not realizing that he is such a huge horror Icon.I had a bit of a hard time tracking it down but when I finally found it and started it, it grossed me out right from the first page That s a huge plus for me as I find a lot of horror novels very blah and I will catch myself skimming some paragraphs.I couldn t get enough of these stories.Barker took these words and combined them in such a way that made me constantly cringe and on several occasions gag DThe descriptions were perfect, perfectly real


  10. says:

    Awesome simply awesome I am sad it took me thirty years to read this Dread, The yattering and Jack, Rawhead Rex, and Human Remains were all beyond 5 stars, most of the rest were 4 or 5 stars, and Pig Blood Blues and In the Hills, the Cities being the only not totally awesome tales for me.Great read Highest recommendation Not just tearing and carving skin like I was used to from Barker, but there s plenty of that, too.


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