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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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    Travis 09-22-14
    Travis 09-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Quite what I Expected"

    When I purchased this audiobook my intention was to listen to some stories that scared me. The first story, "The Book of Blood", did just that. It was unsettling.

    My expectations were being met and the next story, "The Midnight Meat Train", started off in the same vein but ended on a weird note. A couple of the other stories were more humorous than horrifying but "Pig Blood Blues" and "In the Hills, The Cities" both hit all of the right horror notes.

    What was evident from the start is that Clive Barker is a good writer and knows how to tell a story. The narrators all did a good job as well. There's nothing bad I can say about this omnibus other than if you are looking for a collection of stories that are all straight horror then you should look somewhere else. If you are looking for a mixture of straight horror and horror comedy then this collection is right for you.

    Even though I was looking for straight horror I am happy that I read Mr. Barker's collection because they were all interesting stories.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Weinberg Austin, TX, United States 05-09-13
    Weinberg Austin, TX, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2015

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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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    Chris L. Hansen Cashmere, WA USA 10-08-13
    Chris L. Hansen Cashmere, WA USA 10-08-13 Member Since 2014

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Igrat777 08-20-13
    Igrat777 08-20-13
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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.'"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Richmond CA 06-08-15
    J. Richmond CA 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Exceptional"

    This book is amazing. It definitively has Clive Barker's flavour, I would seriously suggest that you give this a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 04-27-15
    Circle K Riverside, CA United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Meh"

    Don't understand what all the high reviews are about. Mediocre tales and not one scary, must finish this among the lot.

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    Korie K 02-23-15
    Korie K 02-23-15

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    "Didn't Feel Like A Horror Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It wasn't that bad, just not anything I would consider scary.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to listen to the other volumes, just not till they go on sale.

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    Kurt 10-22-13
    Kurt 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Jonathan Mills
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rory Mckane
    7/8/15
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    "My first Barker book, and a good start!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its a good listen, and the narrators put in a great performance which really helps animate the stories.


    What other book might you compare The Books of Blood, Volume 1 to, and why?

    I'm fairly new to horror fiction, so it would have to be Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King, although some of the imagery in Barker's stuff is expectedly more otherworldly!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last few minutes of 'The Yattering and Jack' , and the conclusion to 'The Midnight Meat Train'


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Rudd
    6/3/15
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    "Classic Clive Barker"

    A good collection of short stories. I purchased this collection a good few years ago as a paper book. Loving hearing them again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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