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Moni yrittää järkyttää Jackin henkistä tasapainoa ja samalla pitää kiinni demonien säännöistä Sianveren blues kertoo koulukotia pelon vallassa pitävästä ihmissyöjäemakosta Seksiä kuolemaa ja tähtien loistetta on hillitön tarina haudasta nousevista näyttelijöistäVeren kirjat sai arvostetun British Fantasy Awardin vuonna 1985 ja Barker on tät. I listened to the audio version of Books of Blood volume 1 and while not being blown away by the majority of the narration I thought four of the stories exceptional and the remaining two just didn’t do it for me but I guess you will always get that in most collectionsBook of Blood 4The first story follows a psychic researcher and a medium as they investigate a haunted house This story was adapted to become part of the film the Book of Blood and visions of the highway of the dead The medium doesn’t fare to well you see frauds very often don’t and his final thought may well have been along the lines of wishing this particular door to the dead stayed well and truly shut Nevertheless he ends up with the stories from the books of blood carved into his dead flesh becoming the literal source of the talesThe Midnight Meat Train 5This one was my favourite loved both the film and the short story and it’s interesting to see how the film was padded out to increase the screen time The Midnight meat train is a vessel used to transport food to the age old masters under the city the food is those humans who are unfortunate enough to pick this particular train and at the same time be deemed fit for consumption Mahogany is the train’s butcher with no regard for human life and a bag of tools you’ll never want to see opened The Midnight Meat Train on a subway to hell a brutal harbinger of death and the one place on earth Kaufman shouldn’t have fallen asleepThe Yattering and Jack 4A demon called the Yattering is sent by Beelzebub to haunt Jack taunt him until his sanity breaks but it gets a little than it bargained for Its victim is frustratingly oblivious and seemingly unconcerned with the demons increasingly harsh course of harassment The Yattering is luckily not too bright but can Jack turn the tide or is it just a game with an assured victor Demon or manPig Blood Blues 3Couldn’t take to this story I must subconsciously have something against pigs because when the sow in this story was described as being beautiful and alluring or words of that effect I was lost never to recoverSex Death and Starshine 45This tale starts of as an old fashioned theatre performance the narrator put on a splendidly posh voice that was perfect for the setting and although probably not intended I did laugh when he cursed and swore Profanity in a posh voice just does it for me don’t know why but I did laugh On the whole though this turned into a chilling story of the dead come back to watch and star in the theatres last performance with a couple of disturbing sex scenes thrown in to add even biteIn the Hills the Cities 25Mick and Judd take a romantic but strained vacation in Yugoslavia and unwittingly find themselves in the middle of the strangest of wars Couldn’t get into this story thought it a bit strange at times and this was my least favouritehttppaulnelsonbooklikescompost Le mois le plus long. 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Islam et conception politique du monde pick this Les Barbaresques (TEMPUS t. 220) particular train and at the same time be deemed fit for consumption Mahogany is the train’s butcher with no regard for human life and a bag of tools you’ll never want to see opened The Midnight Meat Train on a subway to hell a brutal harbinger of death and the one Sur la frontière place on earth Kaufman shouldn’t have fallen asleepThe Yattering and Jack 4A demon called the Yattering is sent by Beelzebub to haunt Jack taunt him until his sanity breaks but it gets a little than it bargained for Its victim is frustratingly oblivious and seemingly unconcerned with the demons increasingly harsh course of harassment The Yattering is luckily not too bright but can Jack turn the tide or is it just a game with an assured victor Demon or manPig Blood Blues 3Couldn’t take to this story I must subconsciously have something against Palestine 47 : Un partage avorté pigs because when the sow in this story was described as being beautiful and alluring or words of that effect I was lost never to recoverSex Death and Starshine 45This tale starts of as an old fashioned theatre MARIAGE DE LA PAIX performance the narrator L'amour en Islam de l'enchantement à l'étouffement put on a splendidly Lawrence d'Arabie posh voice that was Le monde méditerranéen, 15.000 ans d'histoire perfect for the setting and although La Tragédie de l'islam moderne probably not intended I did laugh when he cursed and swore Profanity in a L'Islam expliqué en images posh voice just does it for me don’t know why but I did laugh On the whole though this turned into a chilling story of the dead come back to watch and star in the theatres last Les grandes figures de l'islam performance with a couple of disturbing sex scenes thrown in to add even biteIn the Hills the Cities 25Mick and Judd take a romantic but strained vacation in Yugoslavia and unwittingly find themselves in the middle of the strangest of wars Couldn’t get into this story thought it a bit strange at times and this was my least favouritehttppaulnelsonbooklikescompost

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ä nykyä maailmankuulu tunnustettu modernin kauhun mestariSisällys•Veren kirja The Book of Blood 1984 •Keskiyön lihajuna The Midnight Meat Train 1984 •Seksiä kuolemaa ja tähtien loistetta Sex Death and Starshine 1984 •Sianveren blues Pig Blood Blues 1984 •Supatus ja Jack The Yattering and Jack 1984 •Kukkuloilla kaupungit In the Hills the Cities 19. I originally read this book when it was a brand new release and I was fourteen I remember buying it with my allowance at the local drugstore I'm betting most of it went over my head at the time but I have fond memories of scaring people away from speaking to me when reading this I'm curious how I'll feel about it now that I'm no longer a tormented teen looking to hide from realityThe Book of BloodAfter recently seeing the movie adaptation of this short story which was dreary sexualized and not too bad even with some cliches thrown in I was impelled to revisit this novel to see how the film matched up Much was changed of course This “Book of Blood” is actually the introduction to all of the stories that follow it The movie stands alone and is uite a bit differentThe dead have highways and at one of these intersections sits the house at 65 Tollington Place It looks like any other home but stay there too long and you’re sure to leave much different than when you arrived A trio of paranormal investigators are successfully documenting the goings on of the place but is going on than meets the eye The young medium that secretly lusts for fame and fortune and will do whatever must be done to acuire it is keeping secrets Secrets that are enraging the dead His beatific smile easily wins over Mary Florescu whose life’s work has been documenting paranormal events She should know better but is overcome with desire and is blind until it’s too late and the dead have their way with him Now he’s no longer beautiful and she must translate the stories the dead have written upon his skin No one does dread and dank atmosphere like Clive BarkerThe Midnight Meat Train Kaufman once adored the idea of New York until he lived there and saw the ugliness up close Now New York is just another city and has lost its allure A brutal string of murders in the subway system further sickens him in this city whose streets are awash with fresh blood A man thinking himself a night stalker and taking his job seriously preys the underground in search of a body whose flesh is worthy of his skill Kaufman will discover he knew little of the true atrocities carried out in the city until he rides the subway one dark lonely night This story is gory gritty and gives you something to think aboutThe Yattering and Jack This story was made into a super cheesy Tales from the Darkside episode I watched it recently on the Chiller channel and am curious to see just how much they ruined the original story This is a surprisingly lighter and slightly humorous story from Barker The Yattering is a lower devil demon ousted from Hell to torment a human named Jack Polo He doesn't know why and is thoroughly frustrated with his inability to drive the boring human into a raving lunatic No matter how desperately the Yattering tries to upset Polo he remains unmoved When Polo's daughters come for a visit the Yattering ratchets up his fright fest There's a funny scene involving the Yattering and his genitals that I didn't see in the televised version hmmm Needless to say in the end Polo isn't as dense as Yattering assumes This version of course was much better than the cheesy Tales from the Darkside episodePig Blood Blues This one is dark and bloody and has the sexual undertones that color much of Barkers work Redman a former police officer has been hired to teach wayward adolescents at a juvenile detention center He uickly takes pity on a youth named Lacey who is continually the victim of bullying and offers him protection As he gets to know the boy he tells him a bizarre tale about the farm on the property involving suicide and a hungry pig This one is strange and haunting Sex Death and StarshineBarker never pretties up his dead Oh sure they may have a facade of skin over their rotting corpses but you always know what they truly are the moment they enter the story and step out of the shadows His dead are always putrefying raw and terrifying but they’re uite often classy than the living I believe this is what has always drawn me to his work This little story is about a theater's last production of Twelfth Night and the drama that ensues behind the scenes While the temperamental theater folks are busy stabbing each other in the back over silly jealousy and pettiness some major drama is about to happen upon the scene in the form of a creepy stranger and his beautiful wife who wants the starring role This wasn’t one of the best stories in the book but it highlights Barker’s love for his dead and his knack for embodying them with a dark grace The humans come off as vulgar and petty and lacking in morals while the dead are much refined even though they’re decaying corpsesIn The Hills The CitiesMick doesn’t discover that his lover is an obnoxious political bigot until he’s stuck with him on a trip to Yugoslavia and nearly bored to death by his tedious opinions While Judd thinks Mick is an airhead who is content to keep his head in the clouds It was supposed to be their honeymoon but apparently they should have spent some together before embarking on their trip The only thing they have going for them is attractionBut in the hills hides the greatest wonder of the world Within the hills its citizens are preparing an ancient ceremonial battle that pits city against city Mick and Judd who are busy bickering and traversing these endless roads haplessly stumble upon something they were never meant to see And of course they can’t look away when they should This was a very original short story unlike anything I've read before or since but considering what happens Barker doesn't stay focused on the gore as he easily could have but on the reactions of the two who witness this bizarre eventFunny I remember this book as being shocking and horrifying and terribly gory but I didn't think it was any of those things the second time around Guess I'm just too jaded now

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Kauhun uuden mestarin englantilaisen Clive Barkerin huikeat novellit aukovat uusia uria kauhukirjallisuuden kentässä Veren kirjat 1 kokoelmaan sisältyy viisi pitkää novellia sekä johdantoKeskiyön lihajuna on vertahyytävä kertomus New Yorkin metrosta jossa salaperäinen teurastaja tappaa yöjunan matkustajia Supatus ja Jack on mustanhauska novelli jossa de. Horrorgoretwisted nightmare imagerylet's get under the covers and read something scary There are some truly blood chilling moments in this excellent collection Barker has a very uniue voice and I thought all of these stories were at least good with several being remarkable 5 star worthy gems Deeply evocative with shocking depictions that will glue themselves to your memory This is a worthy collection for fans of the genre or anyone who enjoys uality creative writing and isn't overly sueamish Here are the storiesTHE BOOK OF BLOOD While a short story in and of itself this really acts as the introduction to the series and ties the other stories together in a clever way A good solid story but worth reading for its tie in effect to the rest of the series plus it is very short 30 to 35 starsTHE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN An excellent story that on the surface is suspenseful and well written though a fairly standard horror story However below the surface is a superb and nuanced tale about the numbing horrors and oppresive pain experienced by normal people each and every day Barker really layered this tale well and I thought it was excellent 40 to 45 stars THE YATTERING AND JACK A comical story from Barker about a demon sent by Satan to drive a man insane Worth reading but not one of my favorites 30 starsPIG BLOOD BLUES My FAVORITE story in the collection A brilliant brutal narrative about the kill or be killed nature of life The imagery the prose and the visceral creeping horror are very unsettling I will be thinking about the end of this one for a LONG LONG time A DEFINITE MUST READ 55 stars SEX DEATH AND STARSHINEGood solid story but not one of my favorites Probably suffered by comparison to the previous story and the one that follows 30 stars IN THE HILLS THE CITIES This was an amazingly imaginative story that left me WOWing and WTFing when the story device was finally revealed Original and stunning and clear evidence of Barker's high level of creativity I Don't want to give anything away but this is simply brilliant and the imagery from this story will stick to your eyes long after you finish it 50 to 55 stars Overall 40 to 45 stars and definitely the collection to try if you are looking to experience Barker's short fiction HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


10 thoughts on “Books of Blood Volume One

  1. says:

    Horrorgoretwisted nightmare imagerylet's get under the covers and read something scary There are some truly blood chilling moments in this excellent collection Barker has a very uniue voice and I thought all of these stories were at least good with several being remarkable 5 star worthy gems Deeply evocative with shocking depictions that will glue themselves to your memory This is a worthy collection for fans of the genre or anyone who enjoys uality creative writing and isn't overly sueamish Here are the storiesTHE BOOK OF BLOOD While a short story in and of itself this really acts as the introduction to the series and ties the other stories together in a clever way A good solid story but worth reading for its tie in effect to the rest of the series plus it is very short 30 to 35 starsTHE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN An excellent story that on the surface is suspenseful and well written though a fairly standard horror story However below the surface is a superb and nuanced tale about the numbing horrors and oppresive pain experienced by normal people each and every day Barker really layered this tale well and I thought it was excellent 40 to 45 stars THE YATTERING AND JACK A comical story from Barker about a demon sent by Satan to drive a man insane Worth reading but not one of my favorites 30 starsPIG BLOOD BLUES My FAVORITE story in the collection A brilliant brutal narrative about the kill or be killed nature of life The imagery the prose and the visceral creeping horror are very unsettling I will be thinking about the end of this one for a LONG LONG time A DEFINITE MUST READ 55 stars SEX DEATH AND STARSHINEGood solid story but not one of my favorites Probably suffered by comparison to the previous story and the one that follows 30 stars IN THE HILLS THE CITIES This was an amazingly imaginative story that left me WOWing and WTFing when the story device was finally revealed Original and stunning and clear evidence of Barker's high level of creativity I Don't want to give anything away but this is simply brilliant and the imagery from this story will stick to your eyes long after you finish it 50 to 55 stars Overall 40 to 45 stars and definitely the collection to try if you are looking to experience Barker's short fiction HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  2. says:

    This may be the best book of horror stories ever written When I read it thirty years ago it convinced me that I could actually like a good horror story When I read it again ten years ago it was as fresh and scary as the first time And last week when I read it yet again I took my time and I finally let this superb book teach me what first class horror is all about You see I have always been one of those guys who likes terror fiction better than horror fiction I much prefer the ghosts of MR James the mad gods of HP Lovecraft and the metaphysical abysses of Thomas Ligotti to the visceral chronicles of rape and torture those precise less atmospheric accounts of the rending of bone and fleshI still do Clive Barker has not changed my preferences But I think I now understand him—and his fellow writers of horror—better than I have ever understood them beforeFor the horror writer—and the horror reader—spiritual psychological and metaphysical terror are nothing but mere evasions wishful projections In the last extremity all we human beings can relate with and through is our body with its pleasures and pains Our deepest fear—no matter in what rarified or abstract veils we cloak it is the final extinction of the corporeal self we watch as deliberately methodically each carnal pleasure is transformed first into gross animal pain then into nothingness It is our body and its loss—not spooks or madness—that we fear the mostBarker keeps his six tales rooted in the privilege pleasures and pains of the body This is true even of his two humorous pieces The corporeal Jack in “The Yattering and Jack” exploits his ability to pass through certain boundaries that an unembodied minor demon like “The Yattering” does not share and the most horrific revelation of “Sex Death and Starshine” is rooted in how oral sex technues differ between the living and the undead The connections of the other four serious tales with the body is even explicit “Books of Blood” makes the body itself a text of horror; “The Midnight Meat Train”—my favorite—begins with a serial killer and ends with something much basic namely dinner; “Pig Blood Blues” is all about the contemplation of bodies whether it be the delicate beauty of an adolescent boy or the enormity of a commanding old sow; and that fantastic tale “In the Hills the Cities” is a fulfillment of this theme in which the individual bodies of citizens comprise the giant bodies of their cities cities which with their heads literally in the clouds march forth into the hills to do battle for the honor of the wholeLike I said I’m still a terror not a horror guy and Clive Barker although not in this volume can occasionally be too explicit for my taste But in everything he does I can’t deny that he celebrates the totality of the human body—including its most excruciating failures and defeats


  3. says:

    Terror fiction at its macabric high And I say this even after skipping one short story Pig Blood Blues in this collection I mean I can handle a lot of weirdness but a story with 'human eating' pigs shudders Overall a good volume consisting of terrifying pieces of morbid deliciousness ☠️😁


  4. says:

    I am not a fan of Clive Barker the Novelist I'll read his novels from time to time but I try to stay away from his fan's favorites His books are some of the most overwritten literature I've stumbled upon But the readers who enjoy him seem to like that aspect of his work He reminds me of a present day Lovecraft without all the fish people suid faced gods and bigotry Meaning I like the idea of Barker's work than the execution That being said I am a fan of Clive Barker the Short Story Author He does big ideas and subtle horrors in small packages very well This collection is a perfect example of that Is it any wonder that the movies of his that have worked have been based on his short fiction and novellas instead of his novels? Probably not Side note I want a The Thief of Always movie please and thank you The Books of Blood is a rad way to start this collection The idea that these stories were originally written on someone's flesh is an awesome concept One of those once in a lifetime ideas I dig it I only give it four stars instead of five because it doesn't work as a story Nice idea but it's a creative introduction than it is a story Four starsThe Midnight Meat Train is terrific Even the film is great One of the best in my opinion adaptations of Barker's work that I've seen Stylistic and horrifying But what I like the most about this story is how it ends Barker always goes the road less traveled and instead of writing your average serial killer fair he gives us a fictional origin story for New York Five starsThe Yattering and Jack is one of the stories I remember the most in this collection I read this one almost twenty years ago and the events of this tale are still clear in my mind I almost didn't listen to it because they happenings remain so fresh like wriggling fishies swimming around in my brain bucket I'm glad I reread though because I think I liked it even the second time around One of my all time favorite short stories Five starsPig Blood Blues is a story whose title I cannot say without stammering I don't know what it is about that three word title but it twists my tongue into knots Anyway I like this story because I like stories about creepy kids The narration made Lacey all the creepy Funnily enough the pig never bothered me Four starsSex Death and Starshine is my least favorite story in the collection It's good but that opening is everything I hate about Barker's long fiction He drones on and on about shit that doesn't matter before getting to the actual plot The next story suffered the same problems but the payoff is much better Three starsIn the Hills the Cities is simply fucking cool Weird and radical I will say nothing of this story other than I loved it Also I don't think I read this one in when I originally went through this collection I can't imagine why I skipped it I'm usually obsessive when it comes to reading every story in a collection in first to last order Anyfuck I dug the hell out of this story My second favorite after The Yattering and Jack Five starsIn summation If you haven't read Barker this is a good place to start The guy's novels aren't for me but he can write the fuck out of a short story Definitely recommended Final Judgment Beautiful horrorsSpoiler Discussion In which I spoil some scenes from the story in this book If you'd like to discuss spoilers in the comments please use spoiler tags Tackview spoilerThe final blow job scene in Sex Death and Starshine is foul I think the reason it bothers me as much as it does is because Barker beats how cold she is into your head I can't imagine maintaining an erection inside anything cold The Fathers in The Midnight Meat Train creep me out Love the end of that story The descriptions of them made their forms crystal clear in my mind I also dug the brutality of the story the bodies dangling from the roof of the train car is just awesomeI have no idea why I enjoy The Yattering and Jack as much as I do That story speaks to me in odd ways I think because I was a very imaginative kid I guess I still am that imaginary kid; it's that imagination that pays my bills most people didn't trust the things I said I lied all the time especially when things broke in the house and it was obviously my fault I used to blame ghosts and neighbor kids and even my German Shepard Spot It wasn't until my mother bought me a typewriter that I stopped lying and started writing all my stories down Thanks for joining me See you later hide spoiler


  5. says:

    I listened to the audio version of Books of Blood volume 1 and while not being blown away by the majority of the narration I thought four of the stories exceptional and the remaining two just didn’t do it for me but I guess you will always get that in most collectionsBook of Blood 4The first story follows a psychic researcher and a medium as they investigate a haunted house This story was adapted to become part of the film the Book of Blood and visions of the highway of the dead The medium doesn’t fare to well you see frauds very often don’t and his final thought may well have been along the lines of wishing this particular door to the dead stayed well and truly shut Nevertheless he ends up with the stories from the books of blood carved into his dead flesh becoming the literal source of the talesThe Midnight Meat Train 5This one was my favourite loved both the film and the short story and it’s interesting to see how the film was padded out to increase the screen time The Midnight meat train is a vessel used to transport food to the age old masters under the city the food is those humans who are unfortunate enough to pick this particular train and at the same time be deemed fit for consumption Mahogany is the train’s butcher with no regard for human life and a bag of tools you’ll never want to see opened The Midnight Meat Train on a subway to hell a brutal harbinger of death and the one place on earth Kaufman shouldn’t have fallen asleepThe Yattering and Jack 4A demon called the Yattering is sent by Beelzebub to haunt Jack taunt him until his sanity breaks but it gets a little than it bargained for Its victim is frustratingly oblivious and seemingly unconcerned with the demons increasingly harsh course of harassment The Yattering is luckily not too bright but can Jack turn the tide or is it just a game with an assured victor Demon or man?Pig Blood Blues 3Couldn’t take to this story I must subconsciously have something against pigs because when the sow in this story was described as being beautiful and alluring or words of that effect I was lost never to recoverSex Death and Starshine 45This tale starts of as an old fashioned theatre performance the narrator put on a splendidly posh voice that was perfect for the setting and although probably not intended I did laugh when he cursed and swore Profanity in a posh voice just does it for me don’t know why but I did laugh On the whole though this turned into a chilling story of the dead come back to watch and star in the theatres last performance with a couple of disturbing sex scenes thrown in to add even biteIn the Hills the Cities 25Mick and Judd take a romantic but strained vacation in Yugoslavia and unwittingly find themselves in the middle of the strangest of wars Couldn’t get into this story thought it a bit strange at times and this was my least favouritehttppaulnelsonbooklikescompost


  6. says:

    Honestly? This short story collection is flawlessEvery single story in this was without fault All of them were haunting and really really well written and get a full 5 stars each from me The weakest one was in my opinion Sex Death and Starshine but that just means that it was slightly worse than the others not that it was leagues beneath My favourite was possibly The Yattering and Jack because it was clever as hell but honestly it's really hard to chooseI've already started the next volume


  7. says:

    The Book of BloodThe Midnight Meat TrainThe Yattering and JackPig Blood BluesSex Death and Star ShineIn the Hills the CitiesThis is my favorite story from this volume I found this image on deviant art an awesome depiction of the giant made of people


  8. says:

    35 Books of Blood Volume 1 is an entertaining six story anthology As usual I didn't love every story The last two didn't do much for me The Book of BloodThe dead have highways and a team of three people is at Tollington Place 65 to witness one of those turnpikes and intersections The Midnight Train Kaufman's love for New York is not as strong as when he came to live there Someone is butchering people in the subway and he is going to get in the middle of it and learn some of the city's history and its dark secrets along the way The Yattering JackMy favourite story Hilarious Yattering Jack is a lower level demon with a seemingly easy task to drive one man crazy However whatever he tries 'seemed to make no dent in his perfect indifference' Pig Blood BluesI hate pigs so that only added to the horror Very disturbing story of a former police officer who got a job at a Centre for Adolescent Offenders only to realize that something is not uite right with the place Sex Death and ShineA story of one last production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night People are too busy being horrible petty and mean to notice anything weird around them In the Hills the CitiesA couple is on a trip in the Balkan hills They are just realizing how incompatible they are and how little they have in common only to stumble upon a weirdest battle anyone has ever seen


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    I originally read this book when it was a brand new release and I was fourteen I remember buying it with my allowance at the local drugstore I'm betting most of it went over my head at the time but I have fond memories of scaring people away from speaking to me when reading this I'm curious how I'll feel about it now that I'm no longer a tormented teen looking to hide from realityThe Book of BloodAfter recently seeing the movie adaptation of this short story which was dreary sexualized and not too bad even with some cliches thrown in I was impelled to revisit this novel to see how the film matched up Much was changed of course This “Book of Blood” is actually the introduction to all of the stories that follow it The movie stands alone and is uite a bit differentThe dead have highways and at one of these intersections sits the house at 65 Tollington Place It looks like any other home but stay there too long and you’re sure to leave much different than when you arrived A trio of paranormal investigators are successfully documenting the goings on of the place but is going on than meets the eye The young medium that secretly lusts for fame and fortune and will do whatever must be done to acuire it is keeping secrets Secrets that are enraging the dead His beatific smile easily wins over Mary Florescu whose life’s work has been documenting paranormal events She should know better but is overcome with desire and is blind until it’s too late and the dead have their way with him Now he’s no longer beautiful and she must translate the stories the dead have written upon his skin No one does dread and dank atmosphere like Clive BarkerThe Midnight Meat Train Kaufman once adored the idea of New York until he lived there and saw the ugliness up close Now New York is just another city and has lost its allure A brutal string of murders in the subway system further sickens him in this city whose streets are awash with fresh blood A man thinking himself a night stalker and taking his job seriously preys the underground in search of a body whose flesh is worthy of his skill Kaufman will discover he knew little of the true atrocities carried out in the city until he rides the subway one dark lonely night This story is gory gritty and gives you something to think aboutThe Yattering and Jack This story was made into a super cheesy Tales from the Darkside episode I watched it recently on the Chiller channel and am curious to see just how much they ruined the original story This is a surprisingly lighter and slightly humorous story from Barker The Yattering is a lower devil demon ousted from Hell to torment a human named Jack Polo He doesn't know why and is thoroughly frustrated with his inability to drive the boring human into a raving lunatic No matter how desperately the Yattering tries to upset Polo he remains unmoved When Polo's daughters come for a visit the Yattering ratchets up his fright fest There's a funny scene involving the Yattering and his genitals that I didn't see in the televised version hmmm Needless to say in the end Polo isn't as dense as Yattering assumes This version of course was much better than the cheesy Tales from the Darkside episodePig Blood Blues This one is dark and bloody and has the sexual undertones that color much of Barkers work Redman a former police officer has been hired to teach wayward adolescents at a juvenile detention center He uickly takes pity on a youth named Lacey who is continually the victim of bullying and offers him protection As he gets to know the boy he tells him a bizarre tale about the farm on the property involving suicide and a hungry pig This one is strange and haunting Sex Death and StarshineBarker never pretties up his dead Oh sure they may have a facade of skin over their rotting corpses but you always know what they truly are the moment they enter the story and step out of the shadows His dead are always putrefying raw and terrifying but they’re uite often classy than the living I believe this is what has always drawn me to his work This little story is about a theater's last production of Twelfth Night and the drama that ensues behind the scenes While the temperamental theater folks are busy stabbing each other in the back over silly jealousy and pettiness some major drama is about to happen upon the scene in the form of a creepy stranger and his beautiful wife who wants the starring role This wasn’t one of the best stories in the book but it highlights Barker’s love for his dead and his knack for embodying them with a dark grace The humans come off as vulgar and petty and lacking in morals while the dead are much refined even though they’re decaying corpsesIn The Hills The CitiesMick doesn’t discover that his lover is an obnoxious political bigot until he’s stuck with him on a trip to Yugoslavia and nearly bored to death by his tedious opinions While Judd thinks Mick is an airhead who is content to keep his head in the clouds It was supposed to be their honeymoon but apparently they should have spent some together before embarking on their trip The only thing they have going for them is attractionBut in the hills hides the greatest wonder of the world Within the hills its citizens are preparing an ancient ceremonial battle that pits city against city Mick and Judd who are busy bickering and traversing these endless roads haplessly stumble upon something they were never meant to see And of course they can’t look away when they should This was a very original short story unlike anything I've read before or since but considering what happens Barker doesn't stay focused on the gore as he easily could have but on the reactions of the two who witness this bizarre eventFunny I remember this book as being shocking and horrifying and terribly gory but I didn't think it was any of those things the second time around Guess I'm just too jaded now


  10. says:

    The first volume of Books of Blood is an excited debut that gushes with inventiveness the way the titular fluid leaves a severed artery As gleefully moribund as they are perverse each of the six stories collected here are elaborately conceived phantasmagorias that offer a reckoning for its protagonists who take the banality of existence for granted For Barker abandoned houses can be way stations on the highway of the dead; the subway can serve as a banuet cart for the underground rulers of the metropolis above their hoary heads; a thanksgiving dinner can be terrorized by a neurotic minor demon; a pig of behemoth proportions can rule a reform school like a mad ueen; a failing theater house can experience a return to form thanks to an undead starlet; entire populations of cities can come together to form sky high gods with nothing but ropes straps and their willing bodies Written with a sly sense of humor Barker’s deranged tales delight now the same as they must have on first publication when they gobsmacked readers like Stephen King and Ramsey Campbell


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