Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3

Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3

by Clive Barker

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Rediscover the true meaning of fear in this collection of horror stories from New York Times bestselling author Clive Barker.

“The most provocative tales of terror ever published.”—The Washington Post

Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red...

With the publication of Books of Blood, Clive Barker became an overnight literary sensation. His tour de force collection of brilliantly disturbing tales demonstrated a genius for dark invention that rivaled Poe and Sade. 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. It is his powerful writing style and arresting imagery that have made Books of Blood a classic—and Clive Barker a cult phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425165584
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Series: Clive Barker's Books of Blood Series
Edition description: Special Collector's Edition
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 117,336
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.09(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.


Los Angeles

Date of Birth:

October 5, 1952

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England


Liverpool University

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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Clive Barker's Books of Blood 1-3 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an anthology of 16 horror short stories and novellas, ranging from around 4,000 to 17,000 words. Such anthologies generally sell poorly, but I'm a fan of the well-turned short story, and in fact feel there are several authors out there whose short pieces are more impressive than their novels--Stephen King for one. You have to really have talent though to make an anthology solely of one author's stories worthwhile. There has to be something that shines in terms of style, voice, or really memorable twists. Stephen King has that--try Everything's Eventual. Gerri Leen has that. Try her Life Without Crows. Barker doesn't. I tried all the shorts in the first volume of Books of Blood and didn't want to read more. Anthologies open with their strongest story usually, but the short that opens and gives the title to this book, "The Book of Blood" is an unremarkable haunted house story. I outright disliked the second story, "The Midnight Meat Train," set in the subways of New York City surrounding a serial killer. I'm a native and resident of New York and it didn't evoke my city for me. For one thing, there is not "Avenue of the Americas" subway line--"Avenue of the Americas is Sixth Avenue--there's a 7th Avenue line. Also, hiding under a subway seat? Maybe if you're a very small child. This one also contained a huge pet peeve. I hate it when a character, without personally knowing the individual, identifies someone as Puerto Rican. I'm of Puerto Rican extraction--with cousins who are blond and blue-eyed and others who are black. You can't tell someone is Puerto Rican by looking--we're as likely to look Cuban or Dominican or Argentinian or one of those ethnicities likely to be mistaken for one of us--or Italian or Portuguese for that matter. And for more points on offensive stereotypes front, the Puerto Rican has a fancy knife in his possession, cuz you know, we're all supposed to carry them... The story "The Yattering and Jack," about a demon trying to gain a soul, did strike a welcome note of humor, but didn't strike me as all that clever. Ditto the grotesque "Pig Blood Blues" with its sow, the predictable "Sex, Death and Sunshine" centered on a theater company and the rather silly "In the Hills, the Cities" set in Yugoslavia. Lots of gratuitous and graphic sex and gore here as befits the author and director of Hellraiser if that's your sort of thing. It's not mine.
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost all of these stories were fantastic. I loved them. My favorite story is the one about dread. You have to read it to know why.
SomeGuyInVirginia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the most astonishing collections of macabre stories I have read.
hemlockclock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perfect for any horror fan! Better than his movies! The vivid writing grabs the reader and thrusts him/her into the story so that when youre done you half expect blood splatter on your clothes.
CKmtl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading Barker; the sum total of my knowledge of him was that I'd seen "Clive Barker's _______" in the title of some horror movies. Given his involvement with horror cinema, I'd expected the fear and adrenaline factor in Books of Blood 1-3 to be rather high. This turned out to be a misplaced expectation, as Barker's writing seems to be more on the Weird Horror than Scary Horror side of things. That's not a bad thing in my books: I actually prefer well-executed weirdness over scariness. New readers should just be aware of this, to avoid "Hmm... this isn't so frightening after all" reactions.As far as individual stories go, these three left the biggest impression on me:The first story in Volume One, 'The Book Of Blood', serves as both a story in and of itself and as an introduction to the collection. An original twist on introductions.'The Yattering and Jack' is a light and humourous look at demonic torment. A funnier version of Screwtape.As other reviewers have noted, 'Dread' is a great story. It's a well-crafted blend of the Weird Horror and Scary Horror that I mentioned above. The circular nature of the plot really struck me.
The_Butterfly_Girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first books by Clive Barker that I'd read. The first story hooks you in it's strange and macabre vision. After that, the book didn't leave my hands until I'd read every story in entirety.I am now a die-hard Barker fan and find his style of writing simply one-of-a-kind.
ursula on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked his style -- he's got a sense of humor, and I loved the way it peeked through here and there. I adored the opening story, and found a couple of the others chilling. Most of the stories weren't that scary to me though, centering around the supernatural the way they did. And a couple just felt way too cute.
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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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