Film's most popular action hero needs a place to heal after his surgery has gone terribly wrong. His fiercely loyal agent finds him just such a place in a luxurious forgotten mansion high in the Hollywood Hills. But the original owner of the mansion was a beautiful woman devoted to pleasure at any cost, and the terrible legacy of her deeds has not yet died. There are ghost...more
You know how you pull up to a stoplight and you can hear the music in the car next to you and you kind of start singing along? Keep that in mind when choosing an Audio Book. This audio book had a LOT of sex in it. Described in a nice deep man voi ...more
Written during a very difficult period of Barker’s life, with the unfortunate a ...more
While I enjoyed them, each for their unique plots and tantilizing hints at sexual prowess, this book is my all time favorite.
The canyon is a mystery that anyone would want to explore.
It is a place where you have to ask yourself, if you could, would you? And if you saw it on an active night, could you look away, or would you be enticed to peep on.
While the protagonist, Todd is trying out sort out his Past and Present pla ...more
To strip it back to its bare bones, the ...more
Coldheart Canyon is 686 pages long. That is 300 pages too long for the material at hand. The story has about five climaxes (and that's just structurally; being Barker, i ...more
The unknown surgeon makes a mistake and this goes wrong. To avoid the press, Todd hides in a resort in Coldheart Canyon, where he can heal, or awaits the healing of his face.
Tammie, the chubby founder of Todd's fanclub (who is in love with him), gets hints of his new whereabouts, and is looking for him through the desert nearby ...more
Truth be told although I gobbled this greedily I couldn't help but form an opinion of meh, it was a boring story prettied up with kink. The villainess seemed nasty until it was revealed she was just a bully who had been given a fragment of power that she didn't understand, and that she just squanders.
The monsters were barely there and not p ...more
Todd Pickett is a lot like Bruce Campbell, the renowned Holl ...more
The way this book is written has me wondering if there are slivers of truth in regards to the inner workings of Hollywood. This has great splashes of the horror and fantastic with a torrent of erotica lavishly poured over the top.
Todd Pickett is a has-been actor at twenty-nine; used up by the very system which turned him overnight from an Ohio farm-boy into a superstar. In a desperate attempt to regain his lost beauty ...more
Todd Pickett, one of the hottest movie stars of the last decade, faces the downfall of his career when extensive plastic surgery goes terribly wrong. On the run from his fans and the ever bloodthirsty press he hides in the deep woods of Hollywood. The luxurious mansion of the long deceased silent movie actress Katya Lupi seems at first the ideal hiding place. But when he discovers that the house is still inhabited by the ghost of Katya ...more
Most of the characters in the book were tru ...more
This would have been a better book if Clive Barker didn't write it. Because it's Barker, there's graphic and often perverted sex flashing through the novel, as well as his typical violent tics (tearing off skin is one.) The story though is great, and doesn't need the violence at all to make its points ab ...more
As I read the overlong “Coldheart Canyon”, I kept hearing that cheerful announcer. “But wait, there’s more overcooked mushroom stroganoff to choke down!”
I used to read Clive Barker books back in the 80’s and early 90’s. The main thing I remember about the stories were the gore and sheer weirdness. I know I read “The Great and Secret Show” and “Weaveworld” but I have no strong memory of them. I wonder w ...more
The book that didn't feel like it was ever going to begin (the haunted locale doesn't really show up until more than a hundred pages in) also didn't feel like it was ever going to end. It kept wrapping things up, and then still having a couple hundred pages left to go.
That said, ...more
This is the story of Todd Pickett, an A-list Hollywood actor who must go into "hiding" while his facelift-gone-wrong heals. A friend chooses a house, tucked away on a remote piece of land, which has seen all sorts of perverse activities since it was built by ...more
Todd Pickett, the stories main protagonist, reminds me of Hollywood’s very own Brad Pitt, thrust into a dark void of sex and lustful slavery. I must read for Barker fans, or the lustful adventurist.
Yup, L.A. is rife with possibilities of the supernatural and evil forces colliding is not too much of a stretch. The ironies, nay, the gruesome details, is what makes Barker such a supernova. Le ...more
Todd Pickett è un attore ormai al tramonto. Dopo una plastica facciale con cui pensava di ritrovare il successo e che invece lo deturpa, si nasconde in un canyon fuori Los Angeles, ospite di una villa di proprietà di un produttore e di un'attrice famosi negli anni Venti, la cui bellezza è miracolosament eintatta. Qui scopre una misteriosa stanza chiamata "la Caccia", interamente ricoperta da un mosaico che raffigura scene infernali degne di Hieronymu Bosch: demoni, mostri, divinità, massacri di...more