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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (1 Feb 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751512257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751512250
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

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I literally could not read him alone. His stories are compulsively readable and original. He is an important, exciting and enormously talented writer (STEPHEN KING)

Gushing gore and flying flesh ... read it with gloves on (Time Out)

Clive Barker writes about horrors most of us would scarcely dare imagine (Ramsey Campbell)

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A collection from the master of horror ... trust nothing except your fear...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
Back in 1984, Clive Barker made his name within the deeply competitive world of horror with the publication of the first three volumes of the macabre short stories `The Books Of Blood'. Written in his spare time, he admits that he was not expecting them to sell really at all, let alone predict the public response that followed. The release exploded within the horror literature genre, hailing Barker as an exciting and imaginative newcomer. Stephen King, already known as a master in the genre, went as far as to pronounce Clive to be "the future of horror". The books won both the British and World Fantasy Awards, as the public lapped up the gore soaked pages. After this initial success, Barker followed with a final three volumes, creating a collective masterpiece of horror. His two omnibus's were later to be broken down, to be sold as individual books which Barker was invited to be able to illustrate the covers for with his dark and twisted artwork. The books have since been put back together again into these two large collections.

The books were moderately successful in Great Britain, but found wide critical acclaim in the United States. Their popularity and the sheer amount of sales have found the books repeatedly reprinted and available in over a dozen languages. These books are a must-read for anyone who enjoys reading books from the horror genre. They are also an important stage within the work of Clive Barker forming a solid point for his writing to work from.

Here we have the last three volumes from the collection of six. Released in their individual forms back in 1985, this omnibus was later reprinted by Warner Books in 1994. The book was printed with different cover artwork (done by Bob Warner) and is the current version on sale of this dark and twisted masterpiece.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 13 Jan 2006
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This second omnibus edition collects volumes 4-6 of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.
Volume 4 includes: ‘The Body Politic’ where Barker takes the old horror cliché of possessed murderous hands and transforms it into a bizarre over-the-top fantasy where peoples body parts conspire against them; ‘The Inhuman Condition’ features a tramp with a demonic familiar; ‘Revelations’ is a clever ghost story where a sordid crime of passion at a motel is mirrored years later; ‘Down, Satan!’ is by far the shortest story in the collection, a throwaway piece about an attempt to create hell on earth; and ‘The Age of Desire’ finds an experiment taking human sexuality to horrific extremes.
Volume 5 presents: ‘The Forbidden’ - an intelligent examination on urban legends and the curious immortality bestowed upon murder victims (later filmed as ‘Candyman’); ‘The Madonna’ has a bizarre Lovecraftian entity inhabiting a disused swimming pool; ‘Babel’s Children’ is a non-horror piece presenting a conspiracy theory about the real rulers of Earth; and ‘In The Flesh’ mirrors prison life with a more deadly supernatural after-life imprisonment.
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After fervently reading the first volume of Barker's Books of Blood, I really couldn't wait to sink my teeth into the second volume. It was consumed in a matter of days, but didn't taste as sweet as the first.

This volume is more about the fantasy than the horror and as usual, Barker has let his imagination of the leash. We have stories of a murderous hand army, a woman who is literally, death, a spy story with a dash of monster, a rich man's desire to bring about hell on earth, an estate that harbours a deadly secret and a woman's desire to unveil it. 14 tales of revenge, birth and mystery all imbued with the authors famed prose; which at times, escalates to near literary perfection.

And the characters? Superb. There are no sniffs of a stereotype, all possess unique, engaging persona's that ache for your attention. But what I love most about any Barker work is the creatures. Haunting and obscenely beautiful, beasts that once you visualise, will never forget.

This book, as with the first one, is also aptly named; these are gory stories that should be approached with a corrugated stomach. The bodies keep mounting, the blood keeps splashing, bones keep crunching; but none of the gore is over the top and, in it's morbid way, is beautifully composed.

It didn't quite give me the chills of the first one, and some of the stories are passable (the real reason it doesn't get another star) but the majority are wonderful: personally I would choose 'In the flesh' as the most flagrant of the assortment.

If your looking for a 80mph scare fest, go read some King. But, if your looking for a writer who twists, flays and distorts the horror genre; if your looking for a rhetoric genius; if you want to see the dark crevices of a imagination pregnant with the macabre, then you've come to the right place. (Do yourself a favour and buy both, you won't regret it.)
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