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Books of Blood, Volumes 4-6 I ve just completed a reread of Clive Barker s Books of Blood and every volume of the six constitutes part of a masterclass in dark fiction, especially short including novelette novella fiction Truly a staggering achievement in every way, they re at least as good now as when I first read them. While this was a decent collection of horror stories, there were not quite as many standouts as in the first 3 volumes of Books of Blood, and not as many that got under my skin Some of the stories I highly enjoyed were The Forbidden I readthan halfway through this story before I realized it was the basis for the movie Candyman The setup took some time, but there was some disturbing imagery and the idea of evil being kept alive through rumor was very effectively done The Life of Dea While this was a decent collection of horror stories, there were not quite as many standouts as in the first 3 volumes of Books of Blood, and not as many that got under my skin Some of the stories I highly enjoyed were The Forbidden I readthan halfway through this story before I realized it was the basis for the movie Candyman The setup took some time, but there was some disturbing imagery and the idea of evil being kept alive through rumor was very effectively done The Life of Death A story about a cancer survivor who meets a man at the site of a church demolition, and her ensuing obsession with the bodies in the crypt The Body Politic After reading this, I began to notice how often my hands do things without my consciously telling them to.Overall, there weren t many memorable stories here I also found this text riddled with weird typos such as facade being written as faade I partially read Book 6 on my Nook as a free download from Goodreads, and there were eventypos, as well as a reshuffling of the order of the stories that confused me I m not sure why it was so difficult to get my hands on a copy of this book, I couldn t find a copy at any libraries in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, and had to order it from the internet Still, Clive Barker is a great horror writer and I hope to readof his work This is the second collection of Clive Barker s Books of blood and encompasses books 4 6.AS per the first collection, this is not for the squeamish Plot Spoilers Volume FourThe Body PoliticIn a bizarre version of a revolution, it appears that all our hands have their own consciousness and are not happy at being ordered what to do by their owners The hands of a factory worker named Charlie plan to lead the revolution Charlie s hands even have their own personalities, with Left beingc This is the second collection of Clive Barker s Books of blood and encompasses books 4 6.AS per the first collection, this is not for the squeamish Plot Spoilers Volume FourThe Body PoliticIn a bizarre version of a revolution, it appears that all our hands have their own consciousness and are not happy at being ordered what to do by their owners The hands of a factory worker named Charlie plan to lead the revolution Charlie s hands even have their own personalities, with Left beingcautious and Right being very determined and even proclaiming himself a Messiah Right against Charlie s own wishes chops off Left, who scuttles away to summon other hands to do the same before returning to rescue Right, starting an unfortunate revolution for the population This book was later adapted and used, in part, for the movie Quicksilver Highway.The Inhuman ConditionA young man named Karney and his friends beat up a vagrant for fun Karney steals a strange knotted piece of string he finds on the vagrant A keen fan of puzzles, Karney undoes the knots that evening, not knowing that in doing so he is releasing a succession of demons who proceed to kill off his friends The demons seem progressivelyadvanced, appearing to evolve with each knot When he realises what he has done, Karney has to seek out the vagrant for help.RevelationsA woman named Virginia is unwillingly taken on a tour of the USA by her unfeeling preacher husband named John They stay at a motel which is visited by the ghosts of Buck and Sadie, who were married while they were alive, having visited the motel 30 years ago Sadie murdered Buck at the motel and was subsequently put to death for the murder Buck and Sadie find that Virginia has the ability to both see and hear them Meanwhile a scuffle ensues when the preacher discovers their driver had been giving Virginia pills to deal with her anxiety issues, while looking for the driver to confront him about the pills, John finds the married driver in bed with the daughter of the motel owner Virginia ends up getting her hands on the exact murder weapon Sadie used to kill Buck 30 years prior and accidentally shoots her husband while aiming for Buck.Down, Satan One of the shortest stories relates the tale of a wealthy middle aged businessman, Gregorius, who becomes depressed when he believes God has deserted him, and he comes up with a plan to build a Hell on Earth in order to summon Satan, believing that God will then sweep him Gregorius out of Satan s clutches and into His heavenly fold In his vast Satanic Cathedral, Gregorious soon loses sight of his original intention of attracting God s attention, and he is captured after torturing hundreds of people to death in the well equipped torture chambers It is deliberately left ambiguous whether Gregorius went insane, or if he really did succeed in tempting Satan into taking residence in his own personal Hell.The Age Of DesireA private laboratory runs experiments on volunteers to investigate the libido and try to develop a chemical aphrodisiac One of the experiments goes wrong when a man goes insane with lust His perpetual state of arousal erodes his respect for morality or the law He rapes, murders and mutilates one of the scientists and then escapes to cause wanton mayhem, eventually burning himself out and dying.Volume FiveThe ForbiddenA University student named Helen is doing a thesis on graffiti, and selects a run down estate to focus her study She notices disturbing graffiti in an abandoned building that makes references to some sort of mythical figure, known as the Candyman Further enquiries lead her to believe this is connected with recent murders and mutilations in the neighbourhood, although the locals are seemingly reluctant to discuss the incidents She eventually encounters the Candyman himself, gaining notoriety by becoming his latest victim The MadonnaA man named Jerry is trying to talk a local shady businessman into financing the redevelopment of an old swimming pool complex However, the swimming pool has some mysterious inhabitants in the form of nude teenage girls who flee should Jerry or his would be financial backer encounter them A swimming pool in the centre is, unlike the other pools in the building, full, and glows with a strange light and appears to be inhabited by some misshapen life form Curiosity leads Jerry to return to the place, which somehow causes him to wake up one morning to see that he has been transformed into a woman.Babel s ChildrenAfter breaking down in the middle of nowhere, a young woman happens across a secluded compound in which the world s greatest minds, a group of elderly scientists and scholars, are responsible for determining the outcome of major world events They have lived in the complex for many years and by this point their decisions have degenerated to being made solely via games of chance Chaos ensues when the woman and the men seek to flee the compound They end up getting in a car accident and all the elders are killed with the exception of the single one who refused to go along The woman is forced to participate in the games of chance with him until replacements can be found.In The FleshA career criminal named Cleve has a new cellmate, a mysterious young man called Tait who admits that he committed a crime with the sole intention of coming to this particular prison Tait believes he has been summoned there by his grandfather, a supposedly powerful sorcerer, who is buried in the jail having been executed for murder years before Cleve is later haunted by dreams in which he is in a form of purgatory for murderers, where killers are obliged to spend some portion of their after life in a replica of the scene of their crime In the end, Tait vanishes from his cell His grandfather s coffin is exhumed and found to contain Tait curled up next to his dead grandfather Once released, Cleve finds that he can now hear thoughts, as long as they revolve around killing people He becomes disillusioned with humanity and later commits a murder himself He is shot dead by the police and soon finds himself in the murderer s purgatory he previously saw in his dreams.Volume SixThe Life of DeathElaine, a 36 year old woman, has just had a hysterectomy following a brush with cancer Feeling lethargic and empty after the operation, she becomes fascinated by a church that is being demolished She encounters a cheerfully morbid man named Kavanagh who shares her fascination The church demolition soon reveals a tomb of plague victims that had been fermenting for centuries, and Elaine breaks in at night to view the bodies Later, when her friends begin to die off and when the police come after her, Elaine takes refuge with Kavanagh, who she firmly believes, due to his mysterious personality and skeletal features, to be Death It turns out Kavanagh is only a serial killer and necrophile he strangles and rapes Elaine As her soul flees her body, Elaine takes a sick glee in realising that Kavanagh will now be the carrier of the plague she contracted in the tomb and will spread it far and wide.How Spoilers BleedSeveral European men, led by a cold hearted man named Locke, have bought land in the jungles of South America, uncaring that it is inhabited by a tribe of ian natives When the tribe refuse to move, Locke s cohort shoots one of them dead accidentally The elder of the tribe puts a curse on the men which, one by one, strikes them down with a gruesome condition that makes their bodies incredibly delicate a mote of dust can slice their skin open, the soles of their feet crack when they stand After his men die off, Locke goes back to the tribe to beg for forgiveness However, when he gets there, the tribe has been massacred by some of his other colleagues Locke begins to suffer the symptoms of the deadly curse just as he realises there is now no way of having it removed.Twilight At The TowersA British agent Ballard stationed in Berlin meets with a Russian KGB man Mironenko After their meet, the KGB man disappears Ballard witnesses a vicious mauling, then soon learns that he and Mironenko are both werewolves, trained by each agency to defeat the other Both governments raid their meeting place, causing Mironenko to transform fully Ballard runs and wakes up in a fellow operative s house Ballard s rival Suckling arrives and kills the agent, only to be killed by the transformed Ballard Ballard seeks Mironenko, and finds him preaching to a group of wolves, verbally preparing them to overthrow humankind.The Last IllusionThe private investigator Harry D Amour takes a strange case where a magician named Swann has been killed under mysterious circumstances D Amour is recruited by Swann s wife to watch over his body so he can be cremated in line with a letter written before his death Almost immediately, D Amour is drawn into a mystery beyond this world and enters a survival battle with disgusting demons from the underworld seeking to claim Swann s body due to a deal he made with them which gave him the magical powers he possessed With the assistance of Swann s underling Valentin, who is secretly a demon himself, D Amour fights off the demons desiring Swann s body and manages to cremate it, but not before Swann performs one last magical act On Jerusalem Street On Jerusalem Street is a sequel to The Book of Blood from Volume One told as a sort of wrap around tale Wyburd is hired to obtain the Book of Blood for a collector He captures and skins Simon McNeal Later, the skin starts to bleed and won t stop, and Wyburd eventually drowns He ends up on the Highways of the dead where he tells his story The latter 3 volumes of Barker s horror anthology are not as diverse as the first three but, taken together they present the reader with a darker,focused andaccessible vision of the dream like state of horror For me, everything held up until The Last Illusion which gave a terrific story build up the Hollywood action film treatment I liked Lord of Illusions, the movie it was made into, better The workman like prose and thin plotting left a lot to be desired, but it didn t affec The latter 3 volumes of Barker s horror anthology are not as diverse as the first three but, taken together they present the reader with a darker,focused andaccessible vision of the dream like state of horror For me, everything held up until The Last Illusion which gave a terrific story build up the Hollywood action film treatment I liked Lord of Illusions, the movie it was made into, better The workman like prose and thin plotting left a lot to be desired, but it didn t affect my rating at all Even Barker at his most obtuse Down, Satan I foundprofound and terrifying.Favorites in this omnibus both from Volume 5 The Forbidden, The MadonnaHighly recommended to horror fans are there horror fans who still haven t read BoB BUT not in the Sphere UK omnibus edition The typos it contains are the product of a rushed typing editing job you find things like fro,m instead of from, and 0 instead of quite often But the most annoying item is fasc SS ade for fascade Fnd a different edition As Barker notes somewhere in BoB 4 6 Sanity is a moveable feast Books of Blood v 4 6 is a collection of Barker s short stories Each of the three volumes is a collection of short stories, of course, so there are an awful lot of short stories in this collection.And quite a few of them were pretty good, and every now and then there was a wonderful sentence, demonstrating that Barker actually can write well But in the end I ask myself if I enjoyed it, if I would read it again, and if I would recommend it to others The answer to every one of those questions i Books of Blood v 4 6 is a collection of Barker s short stories Each of the three volumes is a collection of short stories, of course, so there are an awful lot of short stories in this collection.And quite a few of them were pretty good, and every now and then there was a wonderful sentence, demonstrating that Barker actually can write well But in the end I ask myself if I enjoyed it, if I would read it again, and if I would recommend it to others The answer to every one of those questions is a very strong no though that may partly be because there are too many short stories and when you read it from cover to cover it just becomes a tedious grind Clive Barker is master of the weird and horrific, mixing the mundane and the insane with few equals He drags everyday people from their everyday lives and throws them into situations that defy rationale The Books of Blood, Part II falls neatly into the above description, with six or so tales that might make you question the author s sanity or your own If there is a formula, it s normal people dealing with the abnormal, but that s as far as it goes Each tale is patently different, and wil Clive Barker is master of the weird and horrific, mixing the mundane and the insane with few equals He drags everyday people from their everyday lives and throws them into situations that defy rationale The Books of Blood, Part II falls neatly into the above description, with six or so tales that might make you question the author s sanity or your own If there is a formula, it s normal people dealing with the abnormal, but that s as far as it goes Each tale is patently different, and wildly imaginative.I mentioned earlier that Barker is one of the finest horror writers or words to that effect , but he isthan that He is one of the finest writers of any genre If horror is not your thing, check out his fantasy More of the same excellent Clive Barker nastiness that made the first book so compelling Not even the ridiculous overuse of the word din could hinder these excellent stories, the best among them being Revelations , Babel s Children and The Forbidden which was turned into the film Candyman 1990 There s a few towards the end which aren t quite up to scratch but they re acceptable when you have so much brilliance before it. El xtasis de la nueva carne, el fest n de la otredad, la celebraci n de la inhumanidad Aqu est n, stos son los relatos que hicieron temblar los cimientos del g nero fant stico cuando se mor a la d cada de los 80 y m s que nunca hac a falta una verdadera revoluci n Y lo que Barker aport fue una verdadera revoluci n sexual, libre de los solapamientos y manique smos en los que hab an ca do King y tantos otros representantes del Horror. Back in 1984, Clive Barker made his name within the deeply competitive world of horror with the publication of the first three volumes of the macabre short stories The Books Of Blood Written in his spare time, he admits that he was not expecting them to sell really at all, let alone predict the public response that followed The release exploded within the horror literature genre, hailing Barker as an exciting and imaginative newcomer Stephen King, already known as a master in the genre, wen Back in 1984, Clive Barker made his name within the deeply competitive world of horror with the publication of the first three volumes of the macabre short stories The Books Of Blood Written in his spare time, he admits that he was not expecting them to sell really at all, let alone predict the public response that followed The release exploded within the horror literature genre, hailing Barker as an exciting and imaginative newcomer Stephen King, already known as a master in the genre, went as far as to pronounce Clive to be the future of horror The books won both the British and World Fantasy Awards, as the public lapped up the gore soaked pages After this initial success, Barker followed with a final three volumes, creating a collective masterpiece of horror His two omnibus s were later to be broken down, to be sold as individual books which Barker was invited to be able to illustrate the covers for with his dark and twisted artwork The books have since been put back together again into these two large collections The books were moderately successful in Great Britain, but found wide critical acclaim in the United States Their popularity and the sheer amount of sales have found the books repeatedly reprinted and available in over a dozen languages These books are a must read for anyone who enjoys reading books from the horror genre They are also an important stage within the work of Clive Barker forming a solid point for his writing to work from Here we have the last three volumes from the collection of six Released in their individual forms back in 1985, this omnibus was later reprinted by Warner Books in 1994 The book was printed with different cover artwork done by Bob Warner and is the current version on sale of this dark and twisted masterpiece This second collection contains the following short stories The Body Politic 47 pages What if parts of your body, such as your hands for instance, suddenly decided that they wanted to sever their connections with you and be free Human hands tear themselves from their masters to start a bloody revolution A truly unforgettable tale of weird horror that screams paranoia from every page Barker offers up this surreal treat that will please any horror fan The short was later to be adapted for the movie Quicksilver Highway , which was unfortunately directed by Mick Garris Sleepwalkers, The Stand, The Shining TV version in which he delivers his usual low talent directing skills to complement the budget on offer The Inhuman Condition 47 pages A knotted string unravels dark hungering nightmares Bringing with it a brief glimpse at Barker s principal ideas for The Hellbound Heart , this short story packs in heart pounding suspense and twisted horror to form a gripping and terrifying storyline The premise behind the story is a clever and inspired one, as we see mankind s irresistible urge for curiosity Revelations 56 pages In a Texas motel room, the living and the dead make love Buck and Sadie Durning check into the Cottonwood Motel in June 1955 Buck never checks out and four months later Sadie is executed for his murder Thirty years later, John and Virginia Dyer check into the same hotel where the ghosts of Buck and Sadie have returned to relive their fateful drama A terrifying and disturbing tale that will haunt you for a long time to come Barker paints a vivid picture of the murderous atmosphere that will chill you to the bone The story was later adapted by Steve Niles in 1992 into the Eclipse Books graphic novel Revelations where it was illustrated by Lionel Talaro Down, Satan 6 pages A palace is built to lure Satan back to earth A very short one here from Barker, setting down a creepy and dark idea that sits there waiting to unnerve you The story was later adapted in 1992 into the graphic novel Tapping The Vein Book 5 where it was illustrated by Tim Conrad The Age Of Desire 54 pages A powerful aphrodisiac creates ghastly sexual urgings Here we have an erotic horror crossover with a fair sprinkling of black comedy mixed in with the dark and twisted storyline The short story was made into a graphic novel at one time but the decline of Eclipse Comics resulted in the sad loss of this graphic novel illustrated by Timothy Bradstreet The Forbidden 37 pages There are some taboos too terrible to be broken Some stories too terrible to be true Until you begin to believe them Here we have the original inspiration for the film Candyman, which was adapted from the short and further developed upon The Forbidden offers up an intense, atmospheric story of tension and horror The story is very well written, delivering a well crafted and haunting story The Madonna 38 pages She was older than legend the Unholy Mother whose beautiful children were most men s dream, and every man s nightmare A nail biting short packed withbizarre and horrific images vividly crafted from the mind of Clive Barker The storyline is gripping and dark, with an atmosphere so chilling, it will haunt you for ages afterwards The story was later adapted in 1990 into the graphic novel Tapping The Vein Book 4 where it was illustrated by Stan Woch, Mark Farmer and Fred Von Tobel Babel s Children 27 pages A paradise island, lost in a sparkling sea, what better place to plot the end of the world A bit of a different short story here, compared with the rest of the shorts in the Books Of Blood The plot is carefully unfolded, creating an air of mystery to the whole storyline, until the final conclusion hits you in the face I wasn t that keen on this one, but it was certainly an interesting read In The Flesh 46 pages Every night they locked the cell doors for twelve hours locked the prisoners in with their regrets and their secret terrors, and somethingSomething from the lunatic world of pure slaughter that waited just beyond the walls One of the most loved and enjoyed of Barker s short stories is this dark and twisted tale that takes you on a trip through the weird and limitless imagination of Clive Barker The storyline is extremely well constructed, dragging you further and further into the story as it hurtles towards the horrific conclusion This is a definite must read for all fans of Barker s work The Life Of Death 34 pages She nearly Died on the operating table Masked men removed the cancers, and her womb But Elaine Rider lived on, mourning Until, after a midnight visit to the newly opened crypt of All Saints Church A plague pit heaped with bodies, festering now they are exposed she is suddenly a picture of health and vitality Kavanagh s morbid preference was for the sad, fragile Elaine he met before Before she had the power to kill with her touch But who is Kavanagh Elaine mistakes him for Death in disguise, her clean boned guardian, her promised lover He is something far worse, as she will learn Barker carefully weaves this morbid and haunting tale, steadily building upon the tension, as you are taken to the grande finale with a nasty twist I would say that this one is one of his best shorts from the Books Of Blood collection The story was later adapted by Fred Burke in 1993 into the Eclipse Books graphic novel The Life Of Death where it was illustrated by Stewart Stanyard How Spoilers Bleed 31 pages They committed a crime no jury could convict them for But there were other judges, other punishments A gory and disturbing story that will anger and revolt you from the start The plot slowly unfolds, bringing with it a tale of horrific revenge and cruelty The story was later adapted in 1992 into the graphic novel Tapping The Vein Book 5 where it was illustrated by Hector Gomez Twilight At The Towers 31 pages Ballard was the perfect spy A man with all the cunning of an animal Or was it vice versa This story brings haunting glimpses of the novel to be later published in 1988 entitled Cabal This was surprising as the US edition of this volume of the Books Of Blood included the story of Cabal Twilight At The Towers is a creepy and violent tale involving the manipulation of the flesh once again A little slow paced to start with, Barker soon gets you involved with the violent action and horror that follows The story was later adapted by Steve Niles in 1993 into the Eclipse Books graphic novel Rawhead Rex where it was illustrated by Hector Gomez The Last Illusion 52 pages A Harry D Amour Novella New York has shown Harry horrors enough for a dozen lifetimes He thought he d seen the worst that flesh could suffer Then the beautiful widow walked into his life, with a husband who wouldn t lie down dead, and all Hell on her heels And suddenly Harry was face to face with forces that could teach Manhattan a lesson in depravity A bizarre and disturbing short story that pulls you into the unfolding dark and depraved madness from the very first page The short spirals to a dramatic ending that could only come from the dark imagination of Clive Barker This is one of the best short stories of the lot The story was later adapted into the 1995 film Lord Of Illusions , which Clive Barker was the producer, director and screenwriter for The short story differs from the film quite dramatically, with completely different storylines and endings The Book Of Blood a postscript On Jerusalem Street 3 pages After the end, a new beginning walking the highway of the dead To conclude the whole Books Of Blood series, this postscript forms a perfect bookend together with the first short The Book Of Blood see Books Of Blood Volume One A macabre little ending that ties the whole premise of the books together, leaving the collection feeling like a whole Here are the stories written on the Book of Blood They are a map of that dark highway that leads out of life towards unknown destinations Few will have to take it Most will go peacefully along lamplit streets, ushered out of living with prayers and caresses But for a few, the horrors will come, skipping, to fetch them off to the highway of the damned From the brilliant World Fantasy Award winner Clive Barker come fourteen spine chilling stories of darkness unleashed, gathered together in one volume for the first time These are visionary tales of terror which will curdle the very marrow in your bones [EPUB] ✼ The End (The 30-Day Collective Book 1) ✿ Ellen A. Easton – 9facts.co.uk ushered out of living with prayers and caresses But for a few ➽ [Download] ✤ The Light Over London By Julia Kelly ➲ – 9facts.co.uk the horrors will come [Ebook] ➣ Cell By Robin Cook – 9facts.co.uk skipping ❰Download❯ ➺ Braving the Wilderness Author BrenĂ© Brown – 9facts.co.uk to fetch them off to the highway of the damned From the brilliant World Fantasy Award winner Clive Barker come fourteen spine chilling stories of darkness unleashed [Ebook] ➣ Lightning / Midnight / The Bad Place By Dean Koontz – 9facts.co.uk gathered together in one volume for the first time These are visionary tales of terror which will curdle the very marrow in your bones

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