Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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With surgical precision, these stories will remove your rational defenses against terror. "What Barker does...makes the rest of us look like we've been asleep for the past ten years."--Stephen King.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425165584
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Clive Barker's Books of Blood Series
  • Edition description: Special Collector's Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 80,184
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Barker

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.

Biography

Nothing ever begins....Nothing is fixed. In and out the shuttle goes, fact and fiction, mind and matter woven into patterns that may have only this in common: that hidden among them is a filigree that will with time become a world.

It must be arbitrary, then, the place at which we choose to embark.

Somewhere between a past half forgotten and a future as yet only glimpsed."

And here is as good a place as any to begin with Clive Barker, the author of strange and scary stories such as the novel that begins above, Weaveworld. Barker is probably best known as the creator of the Hellraiser franchise -- which began with the novella The Hellbound Heart; later became the 1987 horror classic that Barker directed; and was then a comic from 1989-1994. He accomplished the print-to-film-to-comic trifecta again with Nightbreed, the film version of which was released in 1990.

Barker drew attention with his early '80s story volumes, Books of Blood. His first novel, The Damnation Game, not only put him on a par authors such as Stephen King but earned praise from those same authors. He is widely admired for weaving into his scary stories complex themes about human nature and desires.

In addition to crafting his signature novels, a chilling amalgam of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, Barker is an accomplished artist. (His comic Ectokids is in development as a movie project at Nickelodeon.) He has also written for children -- a fact that surprises readers familiar only with his disturbing adult oeuvre. But, in fact, his children's tales (The Thief of Always, Abarat, etc.) are among his most imaginative.

No matter what his audience or medium, Barker's stories are effective because it's clear that he takes his work, and his genre, very seriously -- and expects the same from his audience. In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, he told us "[Fantasy and horror] liberate us into a world in which our frustrations and our repressions can take an exoticized form, rendering them more safely and also, if we dare, more approachable."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      Liverpool University
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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Roller coaster of thrills

    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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  • Posted October 16, 2010

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    a must read

    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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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Pinheads creation

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2008

    I was suprised.....

    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...:'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    Classics!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    I'm Speechless

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2004

    Kind of boring

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    OUTSTADING TALES

    This the first Clive Barker book that I've read and I have to say, One of the best books I've ever read. Every tale keeps you on your toes and you just can't wait to read more and more... This is what all true horror fans want in a horror book.... Read this book and you will never be the same again!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2001

    Enthralling!

    Clive has always been my fav as a horror writer. His novels, stories, novellas, etc, are gripping! His artwork goes beyong mere words! Par excellence! I am not sure if I should say this here, but there is another author's work out there that rivals Clive's work! I believe he is a big fan of Clive's work. He has to be, since I can see the influence... maybe not at first glance, but it is there. After I finish reading Mark Ventimiglia, I feel the same way I feel after reading Clive: Moody, melancholy, and almost ill. It is great to have these two authors around that can druge up these intense emotions in us! I think Mark is possibly the BEST KEPT SECRET of madern horror fiction, since his books are hard to get (maybe an underground secret)! His imagination is gripping and his imagery, vivid (very much like Clive's Books of Blood, In the Flesh, and Inhuman condition)! His first novel, wasn't really a novel, but a collection of short stories that have a common thread... I believe that this kind of work is called a linked novel, yet I do not recall seeing a work like this in many years. There are many stories in this book that defy reality! There is a tale of a ring that eats its owners fingers; a story about a house that is possessed by a spirit of cockroaches and it makes a father whig out and slaughter his family using only sandpaper and a wire brush, there is an awsome Lovecraftian type of tale that vividly shows an innsmouth transformation, and a story about a declawed housecat that extracts vengence on its owner for declawing her. There are many other stories here too, and some poetry, as well as cool art work. What this author was thinking when he wrote these pieces is anyones guess! FANTASTIC! If you really like Clive Barker, buy ALL of his works! But look for Mark's work as well. I think I am going to write to their publishers and see if there isn't a way to get these two masterminds to team up and to a project together. maybe if enough fans write to the publishers we can make this happen! That would be a great asset to horror! AND NO... I am NOT that King. Sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    Horror Gets Some Depth

    Take a genre known for slasher films and endless gore, and it's likely to be seen as subliterature. Clive Barker changes this not by completely reinventing the genre here but by embracing the mainstream and providing it with depth. The story of the monster runs amok becomes a joke about a huge phallus defeated by dominating female sexuality. This is just one example of how Clive Barker takes a simple story and creates something much more out of it. Clive Barker's early work here really embraces horror but it changed my perceptions of the entire genre. A great start for such an amazing author.

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