Books of Blood Omnibus, 3 Volumes: v. 1 Paperback – 1 Feb 1988
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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)
A collection from the master of horror ... trust nothing except your fear...See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Good book with some good stories. It might be only me but I find Barker 's constant use of sinster sounding verbs even if the action is mundane slightly grinding and torturous to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by matthew doughty
received the book within a few days of ordering in the condition described , it is in good condition and has a different cover than illustrated but a better one with more art work... Read morePublished 6 months ago by stephen
I'll have to go a bit against the grain here. I bought this collection after looking up a few 'most scary/terrifying' reads lists and noting that Books of Blood appeared on most of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dave R
This book was recommended as one of the best horror reads. Sadly, I didn't find this to be the case. I didn't read all of the short stories and gave the book away to charity!!Published 13 months ago by nubentube