Books of Blood, Volume 1

Books of Blood, Volume 1

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by Clive Barker
     
 

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With the 1984 publication of Books of Blood, Clive Barker became an overnight literary sensation. He was hailed by Stephen King as "the future of horror," and won both the British and World Fantasy Awards. Now, with his numerous bestsellers, graphic novels, and hit movies like the Hellraiser films, Clive Barker has become an industry unto

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With the 1984 publication of Books of Blood, Clive Barker became an overnight literary sensation. He was hailed by Stephen King as "the future of horror," and won both the British and World Fantasy Awards. Now, with his numerous bestsellers, graphic novels, and hit movies like the Hellraiser films, Clive Barker has become an industry unto himself. But it all started here, with this tour de force collection that rivals the dark masterpieces of Edgar Allan Poe. Read him. And rediscover the true meaning of fear.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Published last year in Britain as three paperback originals, these short narratives garnered impressive reviews. This edition, Barker's first hardcover appearance in America, gathers together 16 stories in one volume as the author originally intended and contains eerily effective illustrations by fantasy artists J. K. Potter and Harry O. Morris. The tales are of varying quality and will please mostly readers who like their horror bloody and graphic. An occasional reliance on hokey set-ups and deus ex machinas, and the frequent shifting of intention in mid-story are jarring qualities, however. Further, a pervasive misanthropy colors the narratives and makes them unpleasant in a way the author probably didn't intend. The best entry, ``Human Remains,'' about a male hustler and his doppelganger, isthe only one in which the author actually seems to like his protagonist.Also good are the almost dreamlike``New Murders in the Rue Morgue,'' ``Scape-goats,'' about an island that is an altar to the drowned, and ``Son of Celluloid,'' which generates a full complement of chills. Ramsey Campbell has contributed a lavishly praiseful introduction. November 15

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425083895
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/15/1991
Series:
Clive Barker's Books of Blood Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.76(d)

What People are saying about this

Peter Straub
Barker has been an amazing writer from his first appearance, with a great gift of invention and commitment that stands on every page.
Stephen King
What he's doing now is important exciting. He's an original...he even scares me.
J. G. Ballard
A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination...Clive Barker [is] an outstanding storyteller.

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Books of Blood, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite of the series! Absolutely the best in short story collections a demon tests the limits of human endurance, a city of fathers recruits new meat and a theater where death imitates life. This is the world of Clive Barker, dark fantastical and very vivid spectacle candies to sedate the minds sweettooth.
scarlett77 More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time reader of Clive Barker (plus he was very nice to me at a book signing - so I like him as a person...). As a book collector, I always wanted to have copies of The Books of Blood but could not afford them and/or could not find them. When they came out in Nook form I was thrilled and read them all straight through. This is some of Clive Barker's best writing. If you are looking for a great read - these books should be at the top of your list...!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clive Barker does it again with this collection of horrifying tales. If you're into Clive Barker, or anything of this genre, you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clive Barker does so well at telling you what you need to see his worlds.