Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3

Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Barker's eye is unblinking; he drags out our terrors from the shadows and forces us to look upon them and despair or laugh with relief."
—The Washington Post

"Mixing elements of horror, science fiction and surrealist literature, Barker's work reads like a cross between Stephen King and South American novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He creates a world where our biggest fears appear to be our own dreams."
Boston Herald

"Mr. Barker is much more than a genre writer, and his extravagantly unconventional inventions are ingenious refractions of our common quest to experience and understand the mysterious world around us and the mysteries within ourselves."
—The New York Times Book Review

"Clive Barker assaults our senses and our psyche, seeking not so much to tingle our spine as to snap it altogether."
Los Angeles Times

"Outstanding ... a powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination."
—J.G. Ballard

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425165584
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Clive Barker's Books of Blood Series
Edition description:
Special Collector's Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
115,014
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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.
From the Publisher
"Barker's eye is unblinking; he drags out our terrors from the shadows and forces us to look upon them and despair or laugh with relief."
The Washington Post

"Mixing elements of horror, science fiction and surrealist literature, Barker's work reads like a cross between Stephen King and South American novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He creates a world where our biggest fears appear to be our own dreams."
Boston Herald

"Mr. Barker is much more than a genre writer, and his extravagantly unconventional inventions are ingenious refractions of our common quest to experience and understand the mysterious world around us and the mysteries within ourselves."
—The New York Times Book Review

"Clive Barker assaults our senses and our psyche, seeking not so much to tingle our spine as to snap it altogether."
Los Angeles Times

"Outstanding ... a powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination."
—J.G. Ballard

J. G. Ballard
A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination...Clive Barker [is] an outstanding storyteller.

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Meet the Author

Born in Liverpool in 1952, Clive Barker has written and produced a number of Grand Guignol plays, including The History of the Devil and Frankenstein in Love. His volumes of short fiction, Books of Blood, earned him immediate praise from horror fans and literary critics alike. He won both the British and World Fantasy Awards, and was nominated for the coveted Booker Prize, Britain’s highest literary award. His bestselling novels include The Damnation Game, Imajica, The Thief of Always, The Great and Secret Show, and Everville. He also created the now-classic Hellraiser films, as well as Nightbreed, and Lord of Illusions.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1952
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Education:
Liverpool University
Website:
http://www.clivebarker.info

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Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
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KarmaLyzedKittie More than 1 year ago
With them being short stories, I felt like I was on the amusement park ride itself...either really high with the can't put down thrills, or fighting to stay awake through the boring and dragging not short enough stories. I love Clive Barker's other work and will still continue to enjoy reading him, but this will probably not be one I revisit.
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blueeyegirl24 More than 1 year ago
this book is really good each story perfectly written i see why stephen king said hes the future of horror this is such a great book if you havent read yet you must cause its just so good i couldnt put it down each story just leaves your hair on the back of your neck standing up.
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megadaren More than 1 year ago
If one put all the shorts together then one would have a pretty good idea for a movie. The stories are very thought out and have a double maybe a triple meaning. Fixated with all the twists and turns these stories provoke and yet put off at the same time. You really get opinionated and just want this stuff to stop but you also are not the kind of person just to up in up quit, but you really want to. That's exactly what this book will do to you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It came to me as shock when I finish his book. Because out of maybe three volumes only 3 stories was worth even reading. The rest kinda dragged on and not very interesting.It was like some of the stories was pressed to hard to make it classify as HORROR. Out of all the books I ever read by him this one I must say....was beyond the word HORRIBLE. To all those who read this review please understand and note I AM A CLIVE BARKER FAN!!!!! However, when I got this book my main purpose was to only read the MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN based on the new movie. Even it wasnt as good as I hoped for. I pray the movie is better.But this book wasnt worth my 18.42...:'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant classic short Stories from Barker that were written and published in the mid 1980's and still remain essential reading for fans of dark fantasy and horror fiction. A must have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say? This guy has an interesting imagination. I mean when I first read the book I didn't know what to expect even though the cover was rather interesting (I'm talking about the thick book with all the series included). This series really make my day. Its nice to see that I'm not the only one with an interesting imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book 3 stars because it did have about 3 really outstanding stories, but other than that the stories just kind of dragged and bored me. I expected much more after such high praise for these stories.