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The Books of Blood, Volume 1 | [Clive Barker]

The Books of Blood, Volume 1

Weaving tales of the everyday world transformed into an unrecognizable place, where reason no longer exists and logic ceases to explain the workings of the universe, Clive Barker provides the stuff of nightmares in packages too tantalizing to resist. This first volume contains the short stories : "The Book of Blood," "The Midnight Meat Train," "The Yattering and Jack," "Sex, Death, and Starshine," and "In the Hills, the Cities,"
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Publisher's Summary

The Books of Blood combine the ordinary with the extraordinary while radiating the eroticism that has become Barker's signature. Weaving tales of the everyday world transformed into an unrecognizable place, where reason no longer exists and logic ceases to explain the workings of the universe, Clive Barker provides the stuff of nightmares in packages too tantalizing to resist.

Never one to shy away from the unimaginable or the unspeakable, Clive Barker breathes life into our deepest, darkest nightmares, creating visions that are at once terrifying, tender, and witty.

The Books of Blood confirm what horror fans everywhere have known for a long time: We will be hearing from Clive Barker for many years to come. This first volume contains the short stories : "The Book of Blood," "The Midnight Meat Train," "The Yattering and Jack," "Sex, Death, and Starshine," and "In the Hills, the Cities."

©1984 Seraphim Films (P)2013 David N. Wilson

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    Steven Savile Stockholm, Sweden 05-09-13
    Steven Savile Stockholm, Sweden 05-09-13

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    "Everyone's a Book of Blood"
    What did you love best about The Books of Blood, Volume 1?

    I've been reading Barker and collecting his stuff since the late 80s. He's the great imaginer of our time. These first stories, raw, powerful and shocking at the time ushered in a brand new understanding of the politics of horror. No longer were we talking about the outside threats, the aliens, the monsters, we were facing our own inner demons, we were the monsters, and Clive Barker really understood that long before the rest. The human monster is the most frightening of all. And these stories, from the Midnight Meat Train rattling beneath NYC to the unhappy demonic Yattering trying to do the job he hates, the visceral nature of Pigs Blood Blues, Sex Death and Starshine... brilliant... but truly the gem, the story that assures Barker's legacy is that final one, In the Hills, The Cities... which is quite possibly one of the best stories of fantasy-horror ever written.


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    Kimberly Scott Ohio, United States 07-10-13
    Kimberly Scott Ohio, United States 07-10-13

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    "Riveting and Bone-Chilling!"

    Quite possibly the scariest audiobook I have ever listened too! From the author who brought us the "Hell Raiser" movies, I should have known this would be a riveting, bone-chilling experience. No one can write horror like Clive Barker with his twists and turns, and mind-bending exploits into the dark side of humanity. This collection of short stories is certainly not for the faint of heart! I'm not typically a fan of a lot of "gore" but with Barker's stories it's inevitable and it works fantastically to his advantage. Each of these stories left me in absolute awe....and yes, rather afraid of the dark. I quickly learned that these were not the stories to listen to before going to bed. But, they were incredible nonetheless. The narrators all performed outstandingly and to choose one favorite over the others would be a grave injustice. Each narrator had a unique, eerie quality that only enhanced Barker's writing and brought it to life. My initial impression was that the narration had a "Twilight Zone" appeal to it but then quickly stepped beyond and into something much darker and much more sinister. As an audiobook, this was an astounding performance of stories that I would highly recommend to fans of Horror Fiction, and particularly fans of Clive Barker. Very well done....FIVE stars!

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    Weinberg Austin, TX, United States 05-09-13
    Weinberg Austin, TX, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Finally!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Books of Blood, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

    Some of Barker's best early stories are in this volume. The narrators are strong and the tales still pack a great punch. The introductions mentioned in the description, however, are nowhere to be found. Just the stories.

    Collecting the first three Books of Blood into one full audio book may have been a better idea, but it's a fair price for a half-dozen stories of this quality. "Midnight Meat Train" is a classic, but the final story in V1 is something truly special.


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    Chris L. Hansen Cashmere, WA USA 10-08-13
    Chris L. Hansen Cashmere, WA USA 10-08-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Fantastic reading of Barker's early work!"
    If you could sum up The Books of Blood, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Vivid, evocative, seductive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Books of Blood, Volume 1?

    Hearing the "boom," "boom" stepping of the gigantic city-collective Popolac as it approached the story's two, traveling protagonists standing in its path.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I can't really choose one, as the narrators were all spot on, though I did have a laugh at the "Yattering."


    If you could rename The Books of Blood, Volume 1, what would you call it?

    Seriously?


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised at how much I enjoyed all the readers. I hope they add all six books in the future, not just the first two.

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    Kurt DFW, TX 10-22-13
    Kurt DFW, TX 10-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Throw Ration and Reason out the window!"
    Any additional comments?

    After listening to these stories I went on an aggressive search for everything that Clive Barker had released through Audible. He is a Master Story teller. I still have his stories in my head! Life is so full of the everyday... Barker knows how to take you away. But who knows where he is going to take you. AWESOME.

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    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 08-20-13
    Igrat777 Hollywood, CA 08-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Incomparable Mr. Barker"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Books of Blood, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    No. It was really really good, but I liked reading the print version better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am absolutely in love with Clive Barker. I think he is one of the best horror writers out there. All of these stories were very well written, well read, with interesting plots and characters. I have all of Mr. Barker's Books of Blood and thoroughly enjoy them and this audio version did not disappoint.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Books of Blood, Volume 1 and why?

    There isn't just one. All of the characters in all of the stories were very memorable. "In the Hills, The Cities" has always been one of my favorites and the audio reader does an excellent job on this story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad these books are finally on audio. Barker is the best at what he does and his stories stick with you. Audible, please try to get the audio version of "History of the Devil" - it is a remarkable ensemble, full production audio book that is simply spectacular.

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

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    gzl5ry Oakland, MI, United States 08-03-13
    gzl5ry Oakland, MI, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Always open to something new, but my favorite genres are horror, sci-fi/fantasy with more of a leaning toward fantasy.

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    "Flawless Execution!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To those who like the horror/weird genres. Clive Barker was one of my early forays into the horror genre when I was but a wee lad of 12 or 13, The Books of Blood being the first stuff I had read of his. And now, some 25 years later, I find this treasure, that 'The Books' are being read into audiobook! I will buy every one, credit or no credit, Audible cannot produce them fast enough, please hurry Audible, four more volumes await!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each story is unique so there is not a particular character, but one of my favorite stories is The Yattering and Jack, just a fun concept that the demon sent to drive Jack into insanity and submission could in turn be driven into endless frustration by a human.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Every narrator turned out to be excellent for the given story. Pronunciation and character portrayal were excellent. I was only familiar with Simon Vance through his reading of Tigana (which I liked very much) and so was pleased to see him doing Sex, Death and Starshine. He pulled off the characters excellent, he has just the right British accent for the artsy, uppity theater types found in the story.


    If you could take any character from The Books of Blood, Volume 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Oh Audible and your questions... I would say Jack Polo. I would ask him how he knew what was happening and how he could remain so calm and nonchalant in the face of being haunted by a devil.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that Audible has brought these in and thanks to Crossroads Press for producing them, please do the rest of the series.

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    Barbara GREENVILLE, WI, United States 05-22-14
    Barbara GREENVILLE, WI, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Ehh.. it just wasn't there"
    Would you try another book from Clive Barker and/or the narrators?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Clive Barker again?

    If it was free.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The narrator was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories are your run of the mill "trying to be scary and shocking but failing horribly" kind of stories. Granted, I don't get scared easily, but I expected more from Barker.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer fairmount, in, United States 09-12-13
    Amazon Customer fairmount, in, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I couldn't even finish it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    nobody that I know.


    Has The Books of Blood, Volume 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will not read any other Books of Blood.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    There were several narrator's in this book, so it is a possibility I might.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not good in any way. The very first story had me wondering what I was listening to and why??

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    "Visceral, grisly horror classic"

    I first read the Books of Blood at 18, and was immediately struck by Clive Barker's incredible talent and imagination for the horror genre. Many of the stories, about an hour or so in length, have since become classics, and a few have been adapted for film - The Forbidden, the basis of the Candyman franchise, and the Midnight Meat Train for example. Even knowing what to expect I was struck again and again while listening to the dizzying breadth of Barker's imagination - the Dante-esque visions of hell, the faustian comedy of the Yattering and Jack, the giants made of men - and how well it integrates with the realities of everyday experience.
    The performance is very good - none of the narrators give anything less than an excellent reading, and the narration never impacts negatively on the story, which is more or less all I look for in a performance. I was very pleased with this.
    It's a must listen for horror fans. Just be warned, the stories often involve extremely graphic violent and sexual content. Hopefully the other 4 books in the collection will join volumes 1 and 2 on Audible shortly.

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  • Darren - UK
    4/19/14
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    "Essential reading for all fans of horror."
    If you could sum up The Books of Blood, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Chilling depraved and intense.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes i my blood curdled.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good book full of wild imagination and terrifying imagery. Clive Barker is a master of horror i had the paperback of this book and i love the cross over to audio book i will definitely be buying the other books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Mallow, Ireland
    12/8/13
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    "Great"
    If you could sum up The Books of Blood, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, grotesque, marvellous.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator brings an eerie quality to the stories which you wouldn't experience if you had only read the book. This is especially evident when voicing the demon in "The Yattering and Jack"


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the surreal premise and unusual quality of the stories. Each one is completely different from the one that came before.

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