In the Flesh (Books of Blood #5)
Terrifying and forbidding, subversive and insightful, Clive Barker's groundbreaking stories revolutionized the worlds of horrific and fantastical fiction and established Barker's dominance over the otherworldly and the all-too-real. Here, as two businessmen encounter beautiful and seductive women and an earnest young woman researches a city slum, Barker maps the boundless...more
From what I had heard of Barker before, I had assumed his work was in the gory blood porn genre. As such I was never very interested in trying out any of his work, since the more trashy kind of cheap thrills that Stephen King used to grind out in his earlier years, really never did sit well with me. Neither does the kind of horror that features sexy teenagers being systematically mangled by homicidal maniacs (us ...more
This volume consists of four dark and atmospheric stories. Atmosphere is definitely a key word here. Barker takes his time building it before he takes the ...more
The highlight here is, undoubtedly, "THE FORBIDDEN". This is the basis for what is perhaps the MOST UNDERRATED HORROR FILM OF ALL TIME: Bernard Rose's "Candyman." The story itself, 60 pages that really do chill the blood, I've penciled in on a list of the best short stories ever. It is melancholia wrapped in detective noir, supernatural urban legend; a human investment into something la ...more
"Don't kill me," she breathed.
"Do you believe in me?" he said.
She nodded minutely. "How can I not?" she said.
"Then why do you want to live?"
Brilliant stuff, that.
The book, a brief 255 pages, envelops four short stories. The first, 'In The Flesh', is a strange tale following the mind of a convict, Cleve, who is force ...more
The title piece, "In the Flesh" deals with a petty criminal trapped in a jail cell with a first-time offender who's messing with more than he bargained for in the spirit of his executed murderer grandfather....
"The Forbidden" is the story the movie Candyman was based on. I'm sure you've seen it. The story is shorter, snappier, and more powerful. (And set in England! Huh!)
"The Madonna" reminded me of a ...more
"In the Flesh" is a fantastic novella about prison, murder, and the 'behind the veil' eternal things that bind these huge realities. It's pretty great.
"The Forbidden" is the novella on which the Candyman horror series of films are based, though there's not a whole lot of the ma ...more
Jerry, un paumé qui a quelques problèmes dans son couple, aimerait bien réussir un projet dans sa vie, et est prêt à tout pour cela ; même à s’associer avec le truand Garvey, pour restaurer de vieux Bains-Douches. C’est compter sans la paranoïa dudit caïd, et les superbes femmes nues qui hantent le bâtiment.
Prison de chair
Billy, un jeune délinquant qui fait son premier séjour en prison, est placé sous la tutelle de Cleve, un petit trafiquant de drogue. Mais Billy est un étrange bonhomme ...more
The Forbidden (the novella which Candy Man, one of my favourite horrors is based on) would get my 4 stars hands down. The Madonna comes in a good second, whilst In The Flesh and Babel's Children, I didn't care for at all story wise.
I still haven't read a full length Clive Barker novel yet so must get on with t ...more
"In the Flesh": Prisoner Cleve inherits a new roommate who is interested in a graveyard long forgotten that preserves the dead. *****
"The Forbidden": This was the short story that was turned into the film Candyman. I still haven't seen the movie but I can imagine it is less abstract. A woman goes to a dilapidated ghetto to study graffiti for her thesis ...more
Hylättyyn, rapistuneeseen uimahalliin sijoittuva Madonna on niin ikään vähän sinne päin. Mysteeri kiehtoo aluksi, mutta jää kuitenkin loppujen lopuksi vaille kunnon näkemystä, ...more
This volume was also released in America under the name 'In The Flesh'. The six volumes were all released in their individual forms back in 1985, this fift ...more
BIOGRAPHY: Clive Barker is the bestselling author of nineteen books, including Weaveworld, Imagica, and Galilee. He regularly shows his art in Los Angeles and New York, and produces and directs for both large and small screen. Recent projects include the Oscar-wining film Gods and Monsters, and an exhibition of erotic paintings and photographs, The Weird and the Wicked. He lives with his husband, the photographer David Armstrong, in ...more
I've read this book a few times. I couldn't say exactly how many; I only vividly recall the first read-through, when I was about twelve years old, this being the second of Barker's books that I picked up, after "The Thief of Always", his first "all-ages" novel.
The "Books of Blood", of which this is technically "Part 5", are decidedly NOT all-ages, and the vivid descriptions, often of very dark, grim situations, hit me right away, as a distinct change from "Thief of Always". I loved this b ...more
The first story, In The Flesh, felt like an extension of the Hellbound Heart (his book that spawned the Hellraiser series). A prisoner gets a new cell-mate, and it doesn't take long before things start going bump in the night, and then some!
The second story, Forbidden - about a young university student who gets too curious about strange graffiti in ...more