Books of Blood: Volume Six (Books of Blood, #6)
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Books of Blood: Volume Six (Books of Blood #6)

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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" in digital for the fir...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published 1985 by Sphere (first published 1984)
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Rowan MacBean
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Kirsty Archer-Thompson
This was my first foray into the weird and wonderful world of Clive Barker and I have to say I was very surprised. If I was rating the collection on the strength of the first two stories, it would definitely be a 4 star overall; as it is, I thought it was a book of two halves. The premise of 'How Spoilers Bleed' was very clever indeed and I enjoyed the parallels between the moral breakdown of Locke, Cherrick and Stumpf and various incidents in Conrad's Heart of Darkness. I was also left affected...more
Deke Martin
I had originally read these stories when they were released in "Cabal" about the time that the movie 'Nightbred' came out. While they seemed slightly familiar when reading them again many years later, nothing really stuck out as something I definitely read in the past. Overall, it wasn't a bad read. Only a few times did any of the stories strike me as being full-blown Barker, though. Not sure really how to explain that though.

THE LIFE OF DEATH - Interesting little story. Barker played me pretty...more
Tasha Robinson
One of the more uneven Books Of Blood collections, featuring a couple of stories that feel like they should be novels: "The Last Illusion" (basis for the utterly terrible film Lord Of Illusions) and "Twilight At The Towers," a spy story where the unexplained doesn't seem mysterious so much as frustrating. This particular collection more than others feels like Barker working his way toward longer, more ambitious prose rather than doing the most with the short-story form, though "How Spoilers Blee...more
In 1986, Clive Barker followed the enormous success of the first three volumes of The Books Of Blood with a final three volumes to create the entire Books Of Blood series. His two omnibus's were later to be broken down, to be sold as individual books. Barker was invited to be able to illustrate these covers with his dark and twisted artwork.

This volume was also released in the US under the title 'Cabal' by Poseiden Press, in which it included the extra tale 'Cabal' that was released as an indep...more
Brian Schwartz
The final volume of the Books of Blood was not the strongest, but contains two very good stories. It had fewer stories, but longer stories, which I did not like, but is a matter of taste. The Life of Death is some of the finest short horror fiction around and How Spoilers Bleed is well worth the time taken to read it. The Postcript is good at bringing the whole collection to a close, linking it to the first story.
I have now read all six volumes and am glad to say the stories here are horrific and sometimes far- fetched, great set of books though.
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My first introduction to Harry D'Amour (in "The Last Illusions"), a fitting end to a terrific collection of books.
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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm. Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department. It...more
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