Books of Blood: Volumes 1-6

Books of Blood: Volumes 1-6

"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 the 16 remarkable 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 after 14 years, Barker writes:

I look at these pieces and I don't think the man who wrote them is alive in me anymore.... 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 ago.

These 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 more successful than others, but all are distinguished by strikingly beautiful images of evil and destruction. No horror library is complete without them. --Fiona Webster

Title:Books of Blood: Volumes 1-6
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781588810403
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    Books of Blood: Volumes 1-6 Reviews

  • Nichole

    For those who have not been introduced to the works of Clive Barker, the Complete Books of Blood is the best place to begin. With 16 different flavors of horror splashed on each sticky page, Barker le...

  • Sara

    I read volumes 1-3 last year, so I read volumes 4-6 this year. Just as amazing and just as creative. Each story brings it's own horrors and Barker really knows how to bring them alive. His writing is ...

  • Alex

    I understand why Clive Barker is the benchmark most frequently pointed at to define splatterpunk. These stories embody that ethos and is absolutely splatter and absolutely punk. I think “Fuck art, l...

  • Bjorn Roose

    Okee, ik moet om te beginnen twee dingen toegeven: 1) ik heb in een intussen toch al redelijk ver verleden Clive Barkers "Weefwereld" ("Weaveworld") gelezen, maar er niet veel meer van onthouden dan d...

  • K.T. Tate

    I have such mixed feelings about this body of work. Some stories I liked, some were deliciously shocking, some I only liked bits of and some I don't remember as they didn't stick for me. Al of them we...

  • Jamie O'Rourke

    The Books of Blood are some of the best short story collections on the market. Through six volumes, there are really no stories to dislike, when you get the chance, I implore you to give these wonderf...

  • Ryan

    One of the best collections of short stories going. Imaginative, fantastical, fun, great characters, unflinching. Much better than what I was expecting. There's a couple of duds in my view, but overal...

  • Ethan Otto

    A great series of stories that kept me entertained and entranced from the first page until around the mid-point. Then it picked up again at the end. I can see why Stephen King thought so highly of the...

  • Trisha

    apart verhaal is Angst. wel leuk om te lezen hoe Barker het menselijk brein heeft gebruikt en dit terug laat komen in zijn verhaal....

  • Santosh Bhat

    The stories are macabre and grisly, but not many of them are scary. My favourites among them are Rawhead Rex and The Body Politic. There is a strong fantasy element involved in Barkers horror stories,...