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Summary

Few authors can claim to have marked a genre so thoroughly and personally that their words have leaked into every aspect of modern pop culture. Clive Barker is such an author, and the Books of Blood marked his debut - his coming out to the world - in brilliant, unforgettable fashion. Crossroad Press is proud to present Clive Barker's Books of Blood as an audiobook for the first time.

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.

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

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I think these stories would be a lot more enjoyable if the narrators had British accents.

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You can't judge honey by looking at the bee

Never having actually read any of Clive Barker's work, I'd always assumed him to be a gore-monkey peddler of tacky '80s bondage horror, which proves once again that old adage about books and covers. Originally published in 1985, this is the fifth volume of the story collections that first made his name. It's a wilfully eccentric beast: more dark fantasy than horror. Each of the four stories here is read by a different narrator and most do an excellent job (unfortunately, I lost patience with the reading of 'The Madonna' and skipped it, hence the docking of one star overall). The most famous of these is the opening story, 'The Forbidden', which was adapted into the classic '80s horror flick 'Candyman'. Here, removed from the Chicago projects setting and racial dynamics of the film, the story is revealed to be a very English strain of urban noir; not dissimilar to M. John Harrison (were he a more ghoulish and explicit writer).
'Babel's Children' is a quirky farce about the secret rulers of the world, entirely removed from the horror genre, and the sort of thing Douglas Adams might have sketched out.
Finally, 'In The Flesh' returns to the haunting dark fantasy that began the collection and is something that wouldn't have been out of place amongst J. G. Ballard's short stories of the '70s.
So, a pleasant surprise! To fans of the Hellblazer comic I would strongly recommend this book. Hopefully the others in the series are just as engaging.

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Fifth Volume of Blood

Would you listen to The Books of Blood: Volume 5 again? Why?

Have done.

What other book might you compare The Books of Blood: Volume 5 to, and why?

Compared to the previous four volumes, this book carries on the tradition of blood and horror, though they begin to change. Less short stories and more novellas, the scope and scale of the storytelling is evolving.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it is good to listen to the stories individually.

Any additional comments?

Volume 5 is a definite transition for Clive Barker's writing, he is evolving. And the first story, The Forbidden, is the inspiration for the classic horror film The Candyman.

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A decline in quality I think.

Ok, so if you have read the previous books in the series, then you know what you're in for. There are some good stories it's worth reading, but it lacks the brilliance of the early books.

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  • 02-08-20

Barker at his best

This volume contains the origin story of Candyman enough said
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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  • Rogue
  • 11-01-20

American narrators BUTCHER Clive Barker's work

In order to prompt the inevitable accusations of bias, I want to preface this by stating that I am an American. The writing was superb, up to the same standards of Books of Blood 1-4 and most of Clive's work. Having said that, this was the hardest book for me to get through (and I own Hannibal!) MANY pronunciations were beyond cringeworthy, some of which were not even Britain specific words or phrases. I finished it as a tribute to Barker, but I was ready to just shut it off after the gross mispronunciation of Thames and a word as basic as "inexorably." Was there no editing on the narration? Does nobody oversee these recordings?? Unfortunately, I will likely not be listening to this one again. Stick to the paper copy.

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  • Savagemaestro
  • 20-04-19

Jeffrey Kafer and Scott Oneil shouldn't be reading

Not a big fan of the readers on this one at ALL. Not great by any standard, definitely not for Barker.

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  • Jerry Clifton
  • 30-08-21

Stories Great! Narration needs help

Love Clive Barker, love all his stories, the 1st narrator has the Mic WAY too close to her face or something. I can hear her face stretching and moving like one of Barker's creatures. My skin crawled everytime she swallowed (every 30 seconds). Maybe I'm being picky but I listen to books 24/7 and can't remember another time this was so obvious and annoying. Anyway the stories are great, just like the other volumes. But if you're buying this for the CANDYMAN story (one of my least favorite anyway) listen to it somewhere else.

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  • Sarah Fain
  • 07-05-21

beutifull work

Here is a man who makes humans seem like something to be. readers are presented with their own horrible meat by a master artist allowing us to accept life through a perspective of awesome and terrible scope.

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  • Roy
  • 17-08-18

Disappointing

Two interesting stories (the second and the last). Though this is as scary as a cat in broad daylight. Narrated very well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-03-16

Vol 5

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 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.