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Boone, anima bella e torturata che si crede responsabile di tremendi delitti,trova rifugio in in una necropoli popolata di mostri dotati di incredibilipoteri. Anche Boone li erediterà e quando i suoi inseguitori lo raggiungerannoi mostri della notte si coalizzeranno contro i ben più terribili e crudelimostri del XX secolo che si ritengono portatori di giustizia. L'amore di ...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published January 1990 by Sonzogno (first published 1988)
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Aaron I wouldn't start here if you're considering Clive Barker, but that's just me. The earlier collection, The Books of Blood Volumes 1-3 (this is…moreI wouldn't start here if you're considering Clive Barker, but that's just me. The earlier collection, The Books of Blood Volumes 1-3 (this is technically volume 6, but it's the weakest in the series), is probably the best horror fiction Barker ever wrote, though many of his longer novels are also quite good. (less)
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Paul Nelson
Apr 01, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio of Cabal by Clive Barker which comes in at fifteen minutes shy of seven hours and follows the disturbed protagonist Aaron Boone. Boone is a troubled man and is manipulated by his psychiatrist into thinking he's a serial killer. This modern day witch doctor, Decker, doesn't want to kill him with drugs he wants Boone to be his scapegoat.
 
Through rumour and heresy he finds himself heading for the fabled Midian, where monsters take refugee, hot on his heels is his jilted girl
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Mack Moyer
Cabal by Clive Barker is about blowing your load. Yes, your load. Splooging, busting, cracking a loaf, so to speak, and not being ashamed about it.

There are loads blown in this book. Not a lot of them, mind you. Mr. Barker doesn’t employ a GRRM amount of loads here, but of the two loads blown in this book, one of quite pivotal and the other is probably the strangest facial I’ve ever seen in a work of fiction.

But first the non-sperm parts of Cabal. Our hero Boone is a complete lunatic. He’s afr
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Jean
Feb 29, 2012 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much of this book is said in subtext, in the language that the characters speak secretly of themselves and others, that I see a lot of readers having completely missed the point or not even willing to formulate an opinion to take a stab at answering the questions they say the story raised for them and never answered. The heart of the book is Lori, a highly sympathetic and believable female character (Barker's good at that), and the shift from Boone's narrative to hers at first felt jarring, m ...more
Oscar
Aaron Boone está sufriendo espantosas pesadillas que le llevan a visitar al psiquiatra Decker. Y es que Boone está convencido de que es un asesino. En una de sus sesiones, Decker le muestra a Boone unas horribles fotografías de crímenes que le convencen definitivamente de ser el autor de dichos asesinatos. A raíz de estos problemas mentales, entrará en conocimiento de Midian, un lugar en el que los monstruos pueden encontrar su hogar.

‘Cabal: Razas de noche’ (Cabal, 1988), del británico Clive Bar
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R.
Jun 29, 2010 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
A long gestation - bought 2001, completely read...now.

Midian is the Vanishing Point of Reference

"Cabal" is a bloodier The Graveyard Book: hero lives in cemetery among...uh, friends...because normal life is ruined by machinations of psycho-killer; but that isn't enough for the evil doctor. No. Decker (played in the movie by David Cronenberg) has to press the issue...but goodthing for the hero that not everything in and under the cemetery is dead. And there goes the hellraiser, being chased by the
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Ignacio Senao f
Por mucho que se le alabe como gran autor de terror no cambiara mi opinión sobre él: no tiene capacidad de causar terror, lo intenta dando asco.
Pues él tan solo mete cosas desagradables, monstruos repugnantes y sexo sucio. Y aunque tenga una buena idea, la destroza con su característica.
Aslı Dağlı
Feb 07, 2017 Aslı Dağlı rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ve #Kabal da bitti. Van, Kars, Ardahan ucgeninde uzerinde calistigim proje, onlarca saatlik yolculuk, uykusuzluk derken tahminimden birkac gun daha uzun surdu. #CliveBarker'in kurgusuna bir sey demek zaten haddime degil. Epik fantezi ya da fantastik gerilim denildiginde aklima ilk gelen isim hep Clive Barker olacak. Bu baglamda Kabal da beni yaniltmadi; bazi yerlerde yorgunluktan gozlerimden yaslar akmasina ragmen kitabi elimden birakamadim. Surukleyiciydi, gerilim yukluydu.
Kitap, @oglakkitap bu
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Dreadlocksmile
Apr 13, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published back in 1988, ‘Cabal’ followed the release of the hugely popular novel ‘Weaveworld’. The story turns all our ideas about horror fiction on its head, with Barker’s classic tale of misguided humanity. The tale subtly tackles the conception, misguided judgment and ridicule of views on homosexual community, with the homosexuals represented as the Nightbreed. Hounded, hunted and attacked, merely due to their way of life, the novel takes you into a world of questions and suggested conc ...more
Suzana Vuksanovic
Dec 16, 2010 Suzana Vuksanovic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really took me by surprise. Although it is a story that includes much that is supernatural, I found it extraordinarily believable. In fact I found myself wishing that Midian was real. Midian is where the bulk of the action in the book takes place, and can be applied both to the ghost town and the cemetery that lies nearby. Even in it's heyday the town of Midian was a one street town, so the unusual thing about this cemetary is it's hugeness. The inscriptions on the various plots (which ...more
Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
The wind was not invisible. It had a texture, as though it carried a weight of dust, the motes steadily gumming up her eyes and sealing her nose, finding its way into her underwear and up into her body by those routes too.

Cabal is the inspiration behind Barker's film, Nightbreed. I have seen Nightbreed twice, once well before it was appropriate viewing & then I rewatched it as a horror obsessed teenager. All I really remember from the film is that David Cronenberg was brilliant in it! After
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Ken McKinley
Cabal is a novella by Barker that was the basis for the 1990 movie Nightbreed. It's a tale of a character named Boone who believes that he is a serial killer. During sessions with his therapist, Dr. Decker, he tries to convince Boone that he has to give himself up for the murders he committed. Boone decides that he would rather kill himself than be imprisoned for life. After a botched suicide attempt, he meets a half-crazed man named Narcissus. From him, Boone learns of a refuge for monsters tha ...more
Richard Wright
Jul 13, 2013 Richard Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A short novel singing a hymn to perversity. Cabal takes a close look a monsters, and discovers that there is a lot more to them than appearances lead you to believe. At the same time, there's no escaping the fact that they remain... well, monsters. It's a beautifully written story, but one that is too often accorded partialities that I'm not sure are inherent in the text. Minority groups are often quick to relate the metaphor of Midian to themselves, but that can only be done on the most selecti ...more
David
Sep 02, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CABAL is a zombie story as only Barker could have written it. Now I need to see the movie...
Leo Robertson
(Okay so for whatever reason this appears as two books and my review didn't appear for this version? Well here it is again :D)

This year, I’ve gotten a stronger understanding of the difference between literary and simple genre fiction- or at least how I would define them.

A literary story needs to provide some unique psychological or philosophical insight or at least present an existing insight in a new way.

Genre fiction provides no new insight: it’s a reshuffling of existing material, often done
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P. Aaron Potter
Mar 27, 2012 P. Aaron Potter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
If you’re not quite ready to get vicariously blood-drenched, but you’d like a taste of the later Barker’s work, try “Cabal.” Like “Hellbound Heart,” it was published after the Books of Blood but is sometimes repackaged as an extension of that series. As a bonus, one of the short stories usually bundled with it is “The Last Illusion,” which served as the basis for the film “Lord of Illusions,” an urban fantasy starring the always excellent Scott Bakula. “Cabal” itself would go on to form the bas ...more
Christina Crooks
Clive Barker's dark Cabal (the movie "Nightbreed" is based on it) is one of his many great tales. I'm almost as impressed by this author's economical writing power and his grasp of human nature as I am with his original stories. This one's a horror love story that begins with a trusted but secretly psychotic psychiatrist convincing the hero he's a murderer. Hunted, the hero seeks a safe haven with the shape-shifting Nightbreed.There's one gorgeously direct sex scene in Cabal that should be read ...more
Ksenia Anske
Sep 18, 2016 Ksenia Anske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stuff nightmares are made of. The monsters who are lonely and frail and almost human one moment, and beasts another, gorging on blood and flesh. You read, and you're not sure what you read, and then it's over and you wonder what hit you. Only Clive Barker can turn evil into poetry.
Jim Peterson
Apr 07, 2015 Jim Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I just love Clive Barker. He may write horror and fantasy, but he writes some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read. I only wish this one were longer.
Jack
Oct 24, 2012 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so interested in the resurrection of Barker's film of 'Cabal' - 1990's 'Nightbreed' - that I thought I would check out the novel before I saw the theatrical cut of the film. I have wanted to read Barker for years, particularly after reading a short story of his in the Vandermeers' 'New Weird' anthology, called "In the Hills, the Cities", that had a breathtakingly visceral and grand MacGuffin.

Now, the assembly of the 'Cabal Cut' from DVD and VHS sources and the ongoing quest to recover the n
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The_Mad_Swede
May 28, 2009 The_Mad_Swede rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2009, barker-clive
There is something special about Clive Barker's prose. Perhaps in particular his early works like the short fiction in The Books of Blood and The Hellbound Heart, and Cabal is clearly (pardon the pun) of the same breed.

Barker writes with all the stops out and throws his readers into the midst of a world both nightmarish and fantastic. A world of gross depravity, yet human in all its monstrosity. Barker gives the monsters and outcasts of his fiction souls, making them perhaps more human than some
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Ape
Mar 13, 2011 Ape rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review I wrote in 2003

This is a horror about ’half dead’ people, who actually turn out to be far less threatening and dangerous than the living, perhaps something to think about. I actually read this a couple of years ago. This is the first and only book I have ever read by Clive Barker and to be honest I was not that impressed. It was not scary and I found the overall plot a bit ridiculous and the main female characters a bit two dimensional, but it would be interesting to see what other people
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Jaime Contreras
This was needlessly violent and disturbing. Mr. Barker has lost his way and has succumbed to useless gore and violence as his interpretation of writing horror. He is quite animalistic in the emotional bent of his fictional characters. Honestly, I am not sure he is worth reading anymore. There is a lot of anger here. Skip it unless you are into this type of dreck.
Edwina Callan
Nov 03, 2016 Edwina Callan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, audio, 2016
Fast paced and creepy.
Perfect for a dark and stormy Autumn night.
Donovan
Feb 02, 2012 Donovan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
This book inspired the movie Nightbreed.
It is an easy read but one that is not recommended to the squeamish as it does have its violent moments.

It is one of Barker's earlier novels and I feel it does show at times. In saying that and knowing how well Barker's work has matured since writing Cabal, I would like to see a sequel written for it.






Plot ***Spoiler***
The story concerns a young man named Boone, who is suffering from an unspecified mental illness. Although it is not serious enough to instit
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Alex Telander
The Dark Weaveworld of Clive Barker, Part 3 of 3: “Cabal”

Cabal: The anthology starts off with this novel from Clive Barker. In the remote town of Midian, there is a race of the undead, similar to vampires, and yet different; the sun kills them, they feed on human meat. They also have strange powers, where they can metamorphose into flesh-hungry beats with astounding strength.

The min character, Boone, “thinks” he has committed an uncountable number of murders and goes to Midian, where he feels he
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Leo Robertson
This year, I’ve gotten a stronger understanding of the difference between literary and simple genre fiction- or at least how I would define them.

A literary story needs to provide some unique psychological or philosophical insight or at least present an existing insight in a new way.

Genre fiction provides no new insight: it’s a reshuffling of existing material, often done to death, in a unique combination, purely for the purpose of entertaining. There’s endless crap like this on Netflix. Oh, ther
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Michael Brookes
I'm a huge Clive Barker fan, so much so that he's one of my favourite contemporary horror authors. That's down to two factors: imagination and writing style. In all of his books there is a flash of imagination, of bringing a new angle to an established genre. His style of writing is fantastic, and does often make me despair that I'll never be able to match his talent for prose.

Cabal is almost a more traditional horror story compared to his other novels, it lacks the grand scale of Weaveworld for
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Iván
Jan 19, 2017 Iván rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se pueden decir muchas cosa sobre este libro ya que es entretenido, ameno, y con una prosa bien definida.
Al principio pensé que el libro sólo sería contado desde la perspectiva de Boone, pero al avanzar un poco más y seguir la historia del lado de Lori, noté que la historia iba siendo aún más interesante. Muy a pesar de que el personaje principal no es Lori, el autor profundizó un poco más en ella que en cualquier otro personaje, pues hasta el final (en lo personal) me intrigaba saber que pasar
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Javier
Aug 21, 2015 Javier rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por circunstancias tuve que hacer un parón por la mitad y leer a ratos y eso sumado al final, que no me convenció, hizo que me desinflase pero está muy bien escrito y en mi primera parte logró adentrarme en esa atmósfera ochentera fantástica de horror, teniendo pesadillas y todo :-D Hay que visitar Midian...
Helen
Rather than a straightforward horror novel, this is a somewhat 'outsider' romantic tale, though there's a fair few gory chunks to enjoy too.
All good fun.
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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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