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Steven Savile

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  • The Books of Blood, Volume 1

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Dick Hill, Peter Berkrot, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

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,"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone's a Book of Blood

  • By Steven Savile on 05-09-13

Everyone's a Book of Blood

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-13

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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