The Damnation Game

The Damnation Game

by Clive Barker

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BN ID: 2940149730599
Publisher: Crossroad Press
Publication date: 07/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 323,526
File size: 581 KB

About the Author

Clive Barker is a bestselling horror and fantasy writer, illustrator, producer, screenwriter, and visual artist. He first came to prominence with his short story series, The Books of Blood, and his novella, The Hellbound Heart, which was the inspiration for the Hellraiser movies. Barker also wrote the storyline for the popular first-person shooter video game Clive Baker’s Jericho. Some of his popular novels include Thief of Always, The Scarlet Gospels, and Imajica.

Hometown:

Los Angeles

Date of Birth:

October 5, 1952

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Education:

Liverpool University

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Damnation Game 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
kennedysGhost More than 1 year ago
Sitting on my bookshelf, I have dog-eared copies of "The Hellbound heart," and "The Books of Blood" which includes one my favorite short stories: "The Forbidden," aka CANDYMAN; so when I read Neil Gaiman's review on Joe Hill's stunning novel "Heart Shaped Box, " he name-dropped this..."the best debut horror novel since Clive Barker's 'The Damnation Game.'" So I hurried to B&N and purchased TDG. In short, that was the last time I took a Neil Gaiman recommendation seriously. This book didn't move me, and dragged its literary feet in the muck of boredom. What a disappointment. If you wanna know who the true heir to Stephen King is...it's Joe Hill, his son.
etimme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't get quite what I wanted from this book. Its pace ended up being quite plodding, the story was light on explanations, and none of the characters were very compelling. I enjoyed the idea of a man given supernatural powers being exhausted with life, but we barely went into the history of the villain.The horror was graphic and rife with gore, but I will stick to short stories next time.
KRHolbrook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hard to say what's wrong with a book that really draws you into the moment of what's going on. Sadly, I can't say that I can give this a full five-stars worth of a read.The beginning didn't have too much of a hook for me. Sure, it had its creepy and interesting moments, but all in all it was about a thief/gambler looking for this illusive card-player that supposedly always won in a game. He wanted to test the person's skill. I wasn't too keen on that. However, the things that the thief had seen and heard in his search was intriguing enough, I suppose. A good beginning when it comes to reading through the entire book . . . but alone without insight on what had happened, not so much.The characters . . . well, they each had their own problems to deal with. In the end, I liked each one in their own twisted way. Except for the girl. An interesting gift she has as a sensitive, but other than that she did nothing for me. (And judging how the ending went, I wouldn't have kept her around.)How Clive Barker used colons and semicolons so much kind of threw me off toward the beginning, because I don't think I've ever read anyone with the style he has. I got used to it though and loved it. His descriptions and emotions in the writing was spot on as well.So despite it not having a five-star rating, it's definitely worth a read.
lithicbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 104 pages before I gave up. I have highly enjoyed other works by Clive Barker, but this one was taking too long to get into anything substantially... horrific. After 104 pages, I know there is a guy who owes an awful debt to a supernatural card player, and there is an ex-con working for him. That's about it, and there wasn't anything in those pages to make me care about either of them. Oh well, not my cup of tea.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is dark, horrifying, and smart. For fans of horror or Faustus-related legends and works, this novel is a must-read, but I'd recommend it also to readers who simply enjoy a thought-provoking read and can deal with the darker areas of the imagination. Barker's characters and plots are beautifully crafted, and it's easy to see him engaging with the horror genre and traditions of horror in a way that many writers don't do. Simply put, Barker has thought about the end-goal here, and he's carefully crafted this book in a way that makes it transcend horror literature and genre. Fans of Neil Gaiman will appreciate some of his moves here, but it's worth noting that while the book is an easy read, this book is a heavier read than any of Gaiman's texts. If you make yourself take the time to think through the ideas that Barker presents here, the book becomes richer with each page, as well as more horrifying. I don't have any doubt that this will become a classic of horror literature, but it's also an incredibly beautiful and smart read if you can take the rawness of it all. In other words, highly highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disturbing and compelling, i had to keep reading. His economy of words and significance of each one make for a total immersion in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading this after the first few chapters to read something else what it was I really can't remember right now I just know I didn't think this one very interesting at the time . I came back and finished this book . Not too shabby glad I gave it another try.
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Evee More than 1 year ago
It was an okay book. I forced my self to finish The Damnation Game book. I love Clive Barkers other books but this one was a miss for me.
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