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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.

©1985 Clive Barker Ink, Inc (P)2013 David N. Wilson

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Better than King

no one creates horror or captures the imagination quite like clive barker, hes amazing , and you will never foget these stories

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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Rocketboy1313
  • 2021-04-28

Lacks a Certain Thrust

Overall I find this hits Clive Barker's great strengths, Elegant Prose and Imaginative (often transgressive) ideas, but none of them really knock it out of the park in either horror or surrealness. If you are fans of him for those two things then this collection is for you. The two best stories are only 4-stars, the worst story is a 2).

"Dread" - I think this is the best story in the book. It certainly shows its age as there are technological references that seem super-dated to any modern reader, so if you are the type that prefers a more timeless feel to your fiction that might take you out of it. I found the idea of an up his ass philosopher trying to discover true Dread/Fear/Despair to be great, sort of a dime store Batman villain.

"Hell's Event" - While I think Dread is the best, I think this is my favorite because of the imaginative demons and the specific premise, a foot race to save the world from demons, to be rather tight and enjoyable.

"Jacqueline Ess: Her Will And Testament" - This reads like a 300 page Stephen King book that has been cut to the bone. I think that this should have been a novel and as is does not work as well as it could have had the story been given the full room to breath.

"The Skins of the Fathers" - I would argue this is the worst story in this collection, but I think it could have worked if the premise had gone in some different directions. A town under siege from a parade of 20-ft tall monsters from the desert is cool, a father who finds out he is not the father and instead his son is some kind of halfbreed monster is cool... But they did not come together for me.

"New Murders in the Rue Morgue" - This one is missing something I cannot put my finger on. The story's ultimate revelation (No spoilers) really reads like a premise from a century ago, I think there needed to be another level to the story. This is another one that feels like it should have been a short novel rather than a short story. It is perhaps bad criticism to say, "I can't put my finger on it" but I really can't figure out why this doesn't work for me.

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  • timj26
  • 2020-08-01

Barker at his best

One of the best collections of short stories in horror
Excellent narration from a fantastic cast I highly recommend getting the audiobook versions
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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  • Wilfredo
  • 2017-02-21

Dread

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is really scary. But you have to read the first one

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jackie Ess

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I recall

Who was the most memorable character of The Books of Blood, Volume 2 and why?

The teacher , the two alumni and Jackie Ess

Any additional comments?

Dread and Jackie Ess were the best

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  • Paul Preston
  • 2022-04-20

Nobody does the dark and strange better

Even after 35 years, no one does it like Barker. Incredibly eclectic in his sub genres, but always with that signature style of total WTF. I don’t think anyone can write the horrific tales mixed with eroticism that he makes feel so fluid and effortless.

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  • Sidney G Fooshee
  • 2021-10-17

Detailed Horror Short Story Collection

The stories are very detailed and disturbing. Wide assortment of stories. What an imagination Clive Barker has!

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  • Dan McCarney
  • 2020-10-29

another banger from clive

i dont know what to tell you clive is a great world builder when it comes to his stories

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  • Ethan
  • 2020-07-23

A very good follow up to Volume One

Not quite as tightly plotted as Volume one, but still beautifully written, and the performances are absolutely top notch.

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  • Travis Putnik
  • 2019-10-01

Great As Always

Great stories! Clive Barker at his best. Just as good as the first volume. I fully recommend this collection to any fan of horror. People call King the king, but Barker could have easily dethroned him if he had a bigger audience.

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  • Lou Lombardi
  • 2017-06-13

books of blood volume 2

Good performance... wildly imaginative writing. i wish clive barker would do more like these three volumes.

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  • Steve
  • 2017-02-22

ATTN narcoleptic readers

I read the hardcover when there were three...
now several more...Audible is my hero;
Literaturarily!!