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 shoc..Show More »king 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.
Another good collection of imaginative and utterly fantastic short stories from Barker. I especially love the last one the age of desire, very bizarre..Show More » and horrific as all Barker fare but also ver y tragic and sad for its main protagonist Jerome. The rest are good too but this one stuck with me. one complaint for me in this and all books of blood, the English accented narrators are harder for me to listen cuz of there strong and sorry boring tones. I kno Barker is English and most stories are abroad from me in the US but the others with American accents are much better to me.
My second ever Barker novel, The Hellbound Heart the other. Some good stuff here for sure but also to me Barker's writing is not my style. He has a ..Show More »great imagination and very detailed and absorbing but his use of vocabulary can be annoying. It almost seems if he is purposely using huge and rare used words to try to impress us but I just think it's annoying and useless. Sometimes I feel I need to have dictionary handy! The Forgotten for which the film Candyman was based upon was a descent story but reading if now years after the movie, I can't help but feel letdown, I wanted more! The story of the lady kidnapped and in fact finds out of the world's Apocalypse that is thwarted by unusual sources by the most unusual of people instead of our supposed leaders was good to start to only be a big silly let down. To me that was the worst, easily. In the Flesh was pretty good if too long.