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Books of Blood Omnibus, 3 Volumes: v. 1 Paperback – 1 Feb 1988

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075151022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751510225
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker is an important, exciting and enormously talented writer. .. I literally could not read him alone. His stories are compulsively readable and original. He is an important, exciting and enormously talented writer ... What Barker does makes the rest of us look like we've been asleep for the last ten years (STEPHEN KING)

Gushing gore and flying flesh ... read it with gloves on ... This one will have your fingers twitching if you don't watch out (TIME OUT)

Clive Barker writes about horrors most of us would scarcely dare imagine ... He takes the horror story into places it has never gone before. He is one of the major writers of his generation (RAMSEY CAMPBELL)

From the start it's clear that Barker is in a class by himself (LOCUS)

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

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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 first 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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The Books of Blood are a tremendous tour de force by Clive Barker. At the time that I first read some of them, (when I was about 17), they seemed to be of a much higher standard of insight than anything that I had until then read. Some of the best stories in this three book volume are Rawhead Rex, Dread, and Hell's Event. I read Rawhead Rex in the summer, one summer, and it really took me to another place. The atmosphere that this story of Barker's built up in my imagination whilst I sat there on a summer afternoon in southern England was one of the best reading moments of my life hitherto I think. The sheer mercilessness of the story makes it quite a terrible read [in a very good way], and I re-read a particular section several times, where a woman sees Rawhead Rex dispatch her husband as if he were a bag of flour, and then realises that the monster saw her. The feeling of nauseating fear that runs through the character made tears form in my eyes; like staring into freezing cold winds, and my heart sank. I don't know the words verbatim, but they are something like: "...then the beast saw her: oh god, he had looked right into her eyes, and now he was loping across the yard". Another brilliant story in this collection is Hell's Event, which has some of the best imagination inducing writing that I have read from Barker. Dread - the other story that I noted from this collection - is a very strong short story with a deeply dark and ironic ending which I couldn't forget for some time. I suppose that I have some bias towards Clive Barker because he was the first great writer that I ever read the work of. I think that Barker may have been the reason that I got into reading when I did, even if late teens seems like a late time to start reading for leisure in any quantity.Read more ›
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Clive Barker did not want his Books of Blood broken up into individual volumes when they were published, yet that is what happened. Now, the first three volumes are available in one book, serving as the perfect introduction to Barker's unique style of horror. There are some really groundbreaking stories included here, alongside of a dud or two from Volume Two, but each and every story exhibits the genius and originality of its author's dark vision.
The initial offering, The Book of Blood, stands out as a unique ghost story, but it also serves as a provocative abstract for everything Barker sought to accomplish with these stories. After this enticing introductory tale, we head below the streets of New York to sneak a ride on The Midnight Meat Train. This story is vintage Clive Barker, full of blood and gore. Barker isn't trying to drown the reader in blood as a means to hide any lack of skill on his part, though, because the skill is undeniably there for all to see. In The Yattering and Jack, a dark comedy farce, a poor demon does everything he can think of to make the unshakeable Jack miserable, driving himself almost mad in the process. I think of The Yattering and Jack as an amusing sort of Barker bedtime story. Pig Blood Blues forces the casual reader to once again don hip hugger boots for a trek into gore and depravity. At a certain school for wayward boys, the other white meat is not pork. Sex, Death and Starshine is a good story, touching upon the needs of the dead to be entertained every once in a while, but it lacks a certain oomph.
Dread is a somewhat sadistic tale of one man's obsession with death.
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