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Books of Blood: Volume IV (Libros de sangre (edición España) #4)

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A master storyteller and unrivaled visionary, Clive Barker has mixed the real and unreal with the horrible and wonderful in more than twenty years of fantastic fiction. The Inhuman Condition is a masterwork of surrealistic terror, recounting tragedy with pragmatism, inspiring panic more than dread and evoking equal parts revulsion and delight.

Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1985 by Sphere Books
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Aug 12, 2016 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كليف باركر...أين سمعت هذا الاسم من قبل؟أين...أين؟ إذا كنت من عشاق الرعب، فلا بد أنك مررت في ذلك الدهليز على فلم Hellraiser، أو العائد من الجحيم، قصة الفلم من إبداع باركر...إن لم تكن شاهدته فعليك بذلك...

بدلا من التأرجح بين أحمد خالد توفيق وستيفن كنج، قررت الخوض أكثر في أدب الرعب والحصول على كل ماهو غريب ومخيف. وقعت عيناي على "كتب الدم" التي ستجدها في أي قائمة محترمة لأهم أعمال الرعب في القرن العشرين. تتألف المجموعة من ستة كتب تحتوي على قصص قصيرة متنوعة. هذا الكتاب-وهو الرابع في المجموعة- تم اختيا
Linda  Branham Greenwell
I'm not quite sure how to rate this
There are 5 short stories. The first 2 are amazing.
The third is good
The last 2, I didn't care for

The first, The Inhuman Condition, is terrifying as is the title story about a knot and the demons that hell unleashes when the knot is undone. Original and kept me interested

The second, The Body Politic, Charlie has the strangest thoughts. He thinks his hands are planning a revolt, plotting against him and the whole human race. Very original

The third, Revelations, A
Христо Блажев
Четвърта порция кървавокнижна:

Последният вик на лятото бе крясък - “Кървави книги 4″ на Клайв Баркър протегна отрязани ръце към феновете и те, не се съмнявам, ще ги сграбчат непоколебимо, каквото и да им струва. А аз се замислих как преди три години излезе първата порция и просто ме отнесе. Сега вече сякаш посвикнах със стила на Баркър, пък и попрочетох и други в жанра (“Кутия за птици” на Джош Малерман, “Отвъд стената на съня” на Х. Ф. Лъвкрафт, “Демони
Aug 23, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Another solid group of stories. My favorite from this volume was probably Revelations.
May 10, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There has been a Clive Barker overload lately, and though it is not unpleasant I have chosen to come back to him later... er, read the stuff I still have not. He is a re-visitable auteur.

"Books of Blood" were published in the U.K. in the 80s and now we have "In the Flesh" and this, "The Inhuman Condition" which are the same book published under different names in different collections. There are five chilling tales here, and though none captured me the way "The Forbidden" did (ok, I keep mention
Very interesting idea, very shakespearian, of sex embracing the whole world:

Aroused beyond control, he turned to the wall he had been leaning against. The sun had fallen full upon it, and it was warm; the bricks smelled ambrosial. He laid kisses on their gritty faces, his hands exploring every nook and cranny. Murmuring sweet nothings, he unzipped himself, found an accommodating niche, and filled it. His mind was running with liquid pictures: mingled anatomies, female and male in one undistingui
Jul 15, 2016 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I especially enjoyed the story about the hands that grew minds of their own and turned against their human masters.
Бранимир Събев
"Не се здрависвайте с Чарли ако ви подаде ръка. Не бъркайте в джоба на скитника. Не търсете откровения в Тексас през сезона на смерчовете. Не прекрачвайте прага на Григорий, освен ако не сте Дявола. И най-важното - стойте далеч от Горящия човек, особено ако по радиото звучат любовни песни."

Поредният брутален/брилянтен Баркър, няма празно тук. Четири новели и един кратък разказ, които доказват, че Кървавите Книги са еталон в хоръра. Задълже. Чакам следващите.
Mar 13, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my overall favorite in Barker's Books of Blood anthology. Every time I pick up a comp of his short fiction, I am starkly reminded of how much stronger his work is in this format than in lengthier novels. Barker really has a gift for short stories. It isn't that I don't enjoy the novels, it's just that the shorter fiction is so much better composed.

The first three stories in this volume are among Clive's career best. "The Inhuman Condition" and "The Body Politic" are so rich with origin
Петър Панчев
Нова примамлива порция Баркър
Цялото ревю тук:

Ясно е, че „Кървави книги“ е една от най-добрите колекции от хорър разкази през последните десетилетия и никак не е чудно, че всеки маниак на жанра потрива ръце при излизането на поредната порция. „Кървави книги – том 4“ („Колибри“, 2015, с превод на Иван Атанасов) се забави доста, но вече е материален и красив, тъй че магията отново ще превзема ума и въображението на читателя. А Баркър, макар и с малко на бро
Davide Nole
Un altro "meh" per Barker.
In questo libro ci sono due racconti che secondo me sono davvero molto belli: "Libertà agli oppressi", che ha parecchi riscontri filosofici interessanti, e "Apocalisse" perché mi piacciono un sacco le storie di quel genere.
Anche il terzo racconto sarebbe molto carino, il problema è che è davvero troppo contro, non è sviluppato per niente e non posso sbilanciarmi.
L'ultimo racconto è assolutamente banale, mentre il secondo mi ha ricordato un po' troppo le atmosfere di ara
Ана Хелс
Jun 06, 2016 Ана Хелс rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Баркър, Баркър, колко безсънни нощи си ми докарал, колко подозрителни погледи, истерично пищене в мрака и френетично пръскане на невинни хора с френски парфюм в метрото, поради липса на каквито и да било други подръчни оръжия за масово поразяване. Уж нормални ситуации, съвсем обикновени участници, всичко забавно даже, интересно – и изведнъж бум-тряс-прас – и портите адови буквално, ама съвсем си естествено буквално се разтварят под носа на с нищо невиновния главен герой, и го повличат в кървавит ...more
Feb 26, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 America under the name 'The Inhuman Condition'. The six volumes were all released in their individual forms back in 1985,
Alex Telander
The Dark Weaveworld of Clive Barker, Part 1 of 3: “The Inhuman Condition”

In the mid-to-late eighties, after the first three successful installments of the Books of Blood, the next three in the series were released under the same title. Earlier this year, these three books were re-released in paperback from Pocket books. The Books of Blood IV and V were published under the names of the first short story in each respective book: The Inhuman Condition and In the Flesh. The Books of Blood VI was pub
Jun 11, 2012 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, wow and wow. Barker is undeniably unique, a few steps above King in the whisical world of the macabre. All 15 of these tales are incredible--and incredibly wicked--anecdotes, all wonderful drafts for damn-good horror flicks (bettering "Hellraiser," surely) that could become classics as quintessential as Carrie, Pet Semetary or The Shining. Barker has indeed a romantic, and visceral, and uber-gross view of things, foremost a fantastic infatuation with the human body, and with the traffic of ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember watching the Hellraiser movies as a kid, not understanding much but enjoying them nontheless. With a several movies being released over the past few years based on the stories of Clive Barker I was very interested in reading some of his work. With The Book of Blood being released on DVD I decided to look into that and found out that it was a short story (first one in the book) like the rest.
I eventualy finished reading this book last night and I already want more.
I must say i enjoyed
Mar 30, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autographed, horror
The Inhuman Condition was the American release of Barker's later fourth volume of his books of blood. As with the first three volumes, the author continues his exploration into the extreme reaches of horror. Back in the late 80s, I heard Clive Barker speak and he stated he was trying to remove good and evil as a condition to terror. Terror can exist as an independent entity not related to a struggle between good and evil. I don't know where he is on that idea now. He unfortunately drifted from h ...more
Rafal Cebula
Jan 13, 2016 Rafal Cebula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot how much I love Clive Barker's writing. This collection of short stories covers territory any Barker fan would be familiar with. Human giving into hidden urges. Some bound demons being released. Some sexuality. Grisly murder scenes written in restrained elegance. Barker is one of the few authors who can write about someone being eviscerated and not have it turn you off to the book.

The stories ranged from creepy, to scary, to outright funny. This is officially a continuation of the Books
Radi Radev
Oct 17, 2015 Radi Radev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Клайв Баркър е художник и на думи и на дела. По-запалените негови фенове знаят, че освен успешен писател, той също така е много популярен и с рисунките си. Голямо предимство на Баркър е това, че във всяка своя литературна творба представя нещата по възможно най-добрият визуален начин и читателите буквално виждат живи картини.
Четвъртият том на “Кървави книги” е също толкова ужасяващ, брутален и натуралистичен, колкото и предишните три.
За Ричард Леймън казва
Tasha Robinson
Mar 16, 2014 Tasha Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This particular collection contains one of Clive Barker's weirdest stories, "The Body Politic" —in which everyone's hands decide they should be free to do whatever they want, and start hacking each other off human wrists and running around on their own "liberating" other hands —and one of his most grounded, "The Inhuman Condition," about a young hood who accidentally gets his hands on a little murderous magic, and gets obsessed with it. It's one of the stronger collections of the series, with th ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Elusive rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
'The Inhuman Condition' comprises six stories which mostly revolve around supernatural horror. With diverse plots and unpredictable outcomes, these stories had certain scenes that would remain unforgettable.

In the first story 'The Inhuman Condition', a group of delinquents target a harmless old man. Unbeknownst to them, their action will forever change their lives. One of them secretly steals a mysterious knotted cord from the old man. When he begins unravelling it, he releases something deadly
Сибин Майналовски
Поредният шедьовър на Баркър. Нямам думи.
Mar 15, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Όγδοο βιβλίο του Κλάιβ Μπάρκερ που τελειώνω και πάλι πέρασα πολύ ωραία. Όχι ότι δεν το περίμενα φυσικά αλλά μου άρεσε που επιβεβαιώθηκα. Η συλλογή αποτελείται από πέντε διηγήματα, τέσσερα αρκετά μεγάλα και ένα πολύ μικρό. Αναλυτικά:

1. Το κράτος του σώματος: Μάλιστα! Λοιπόν, όσα λιγότερα ξέρει κανείς για την υπόθεση, τόσο το καλύτερο. Βέβαια μπαίνει αρκετά γρήγορα στο ψητό, όμως όπως και να το κάνουμε είναι αλλιώς τα πράγματα αν έχεις άγνοια κινδύνου. Σίγουρα η ιδέα είναι αρκετά παράξενη και τρελ
Oct 12, 2010 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No horror writer I have encountered is more inventive and few fiction writers are more gifted at conveying a scenario and its meaning than Clive Barker in his young days. His inventiveness became too idiosyncratic and less credible as he ventured into fantasy work. That he is a great writer and totally thorough and original would be enough to make him noteworthy. But it is the way he deals with sex that pushes him into the sphere of truly brave art and, unfortunately, out of the mainstream. This ...more
William Johnson
What was originally Books of Blood Vol. IV is a solid, and at times brilliant, collection of Clive Barker fiction.

"The Inhuman Condition" -- A vagrant picks up a rope lined with three knots after the gang he's with beat up an old drunk. The vagrant then decides to undo the knots thus unleashing demons once under the drunks' control. ***1/2 (There aren't any heroes here and the action is grim but early Barker was like that. Very well written.

"The Body Politic" -- A man's hands decide to revolt ag
Althea Ann
Feb 16, 2012 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Barker - if you're a fan, don't miss this one. I thought I had read all of the Books of Blood back in high school, but I didn't remember these stories at all.

The book includes 5 short stories:

The Inhuman Condition
A group of delinquents beat up an old homeless man for fun. But when one of them steals a knotted cord from him, and obsessively starts to loose the knots, he may loose demons upon the world... or worse.

The Body Politic
A fresh take on the horror trope of hands that turn agains
Rowan MacBean
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Oct 11, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
The fourth volume of Clive Barker's famed Books of Blood series is one of the strongest collections. The first and title story, The Inhuman Condition, is a surreal imaginative story of cords with elaborate knots which, when loosed, unleash a strange beast. The second story, The Body Politic, is almost funny in its concept...hands that have a conscious of their own and rebel against the rest of the body, demanding that they have their freedom. There's probably some deep metaphors at work here, bu ...more
-Voz propia, y más en su tiempo.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de relatos del autor que manejan la temática de horror o terror con estilo muy personal, y que nos narra historias como la investigación del origen y naturaleza de unos grafitis extraños, unas voraces criaturas que parecen relacionadas con una cuerda anudada, el intento ciclópeo de conocer en persona al Diablo, un experimento que genera violencia pero por razones muy particulares, la rebelión de unas manos frente a
Mark R.
Aug 24, 2012 Mark R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was one of the early Barker collections I picked up as a kid, I believe after reading "In the Flesh" and "Books of Blood Vol. 2" (I read things in any old damn order back then). All of his short story collections provide great examples of what makes a compelling horror tale, and this one's no exception.

The best stories in the book are "The Age of Desire", in which a medical guinea pig has his hormones infected with a disease which slowly causes his body to fail and at the same time f
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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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Libros de sangre (edición España) (4 books)
  • Books of Blood: Volume One (Books of Blood #1)
  • Books of Blood: Volume Two (Books of Blood #2)
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“The world had seen so many Ages: the Age of Enlightenment; of Reformation; of Reason. Now, at last, the Age of Desire. And after this, an end to Ages; an end, perhaps, to everything.” 2 likes
“This kind of business (murder) required detachment. The trick was to do it almost casually, as you might flick on the radio, or swat a mosquito.” 1 likes
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