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Books of Blood, Vol. 2 (Books of Blood #2)

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Five stories of horror and intrigue include, "Dread," "Hell's Event," "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament," "The Skins of the Fathers," and "New Murders in the Rue Morgue." Reprint.
Mass Market, 193 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Berkley (first published 1984)
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From the opening slice of his second viscera-dripping Book o’ Blood, Clive Barker carves into the mind of the reader an apt description of the primary theme explored in this collection:
There is no delight the equal of dread. If it were possible to sit, invisible, between two people on any train, in any waiting room or office, the conversation overheard would time and again circle on that subject. Certainly the debate might appear to be about something entirely different; the state of the natio
Barks & Bites
I read Dread ages ago in its graphic art format and really can’t remember much about it besides the fact that it made my skin crawl a little.

Stephen Grace is a university student who catches the eye of a teacher named Quaid. Stephen is afraid of public speaking but Quaid instructs him not only to give voice to his fears but to analyze them. Quaid is fascinated with dread in all its facets and revels in learning more about it.

I have to admit this short story took some work getting into. Sev...more
The first story was Dread. I quite liked this one. It begins with a student and teacher, Quaid and Cheryl, discussing emotions like fear and dread. When Cheryl says she can’t feel fear, Quaid manages to prove her wrong. This part is shown as Quaid’s guest, Steve, is browsing through Quaid’s collection of photographs. In this part of the story, Quaid recollects how he imprisoned Cheryl with only a piece of steak to eat. (She’s a vegetarian.) The way Clive Barker describes this is very effective....more
Back in 1984, Clive Barker made his name within the deeply competitive world of horror with the publication of the first three volumes of the macabre short stories 'The Books Of Blood'. Written in his spare time, he admits that he was not expecting them to sell really at all, let alone predict the public response that followed. The release exploded within the horror literature genre, hailing Barker as an exciting and imaginative new comer. Stephen King, already known as a master in the genre, we...more
Rowan MacBean
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Баркър е наистина майстор на ужаса. Показа го и в първия том. И ни кани на второто си демонично представление, състоящо се от 5 кошмарни акта, от 5 ужасяващи разказа. Ето ги и тях:

"Ужас" - Страхът! Това е разказ за онова най-важно първично чувство, биологически зададено от природата, което направлява живота, оцеляването и поведението на по-сложните организми. Точно това привлича млад мъж, който се опитва да извлече, анализира и направлява страха, използвай...more
David Agranoff
Saw this on the shelf at the library and decided to re-read this classic. Barker was the master of Horror short stories in the eighties and all the stories hold up very well. Dread the opening story is probably the most well-known from this volume. It is remembered with good reason, it is a powerful story that in many ways predates and proves the wrongs of the excessive trend of torture porn in horror. It was also recently made into an OK movie.

To me stories that worked best for me this time wer...more
Feb 19, 2010 Aaron rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who need to see how literary horror fiction can be
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Христо Блажев
Продължението на ужаса – “Кървави книги 2″ на Клайв Баркър:


След точно година чакане – той е пак тук! И вторият том на “Кървави книги” носи изтънчената доза хедонистичен ужас, в която човешкото замира, цивилизацията се смъква като изгоряла кожа и отдолу се оголват първичните инстинкти – натегнати, готови да повярват във всичко, защото не знаят откъде може да дойде опасността. За тях спокойствието е някаква коварна измама и всяка ситуация мож...more
Mar 27, 2010 holy_fire rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: any who likes his horror bloody
Shelves: 1984, barker-clive, horror
second volume in Barker's short fiction collection which put him on the map...

short plot description: none since each short story covers different ground

my thoughts: As in the first volume Barker covers a wide array of themes, from classics to the far out. I found the tone darker then the first volume (no funny story here) and didn't like the far out stuff quite as much. A solid collection, nothing more but also nothing less.
Like in Vol.1 some stories were ok, but mostly they seemed sort of cheap to me. Captivating like every pageturner, but as I was reading it there was always a feeling that it's too 'fake'. Lots of irrelevant erotic scenes that seemed to have been added on purpose rather then for the sake of the plot. Maybe I'm wrong and it's the feature of Barker's universe: lots of gore and erotic. But it seemed cheap to me nonetheless.
Dreadful story. I got really into it and just when I thought I had the ending figured out, the story went in a completely different direction. Initially, Quaid is the crazy one, obsessed with fear and dread, but, as it turns out, Jason is the one to completely lose it in the end. What is worse than fear and dread, or even death? Quaid finds out as his dreams come true.
Ok, it’s Halloween time and I needed a quick horror fix. Volume Two of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood is pretty much the same quality as the first. If you enjoyed it, then these shorts should entertain. However, I found them to be pretty subpar and was thankful for their brevity.
Kristopher Kelly
Barker is fun, but these stories feel sometimes a bit undercooked. There's usually something worth the trip, though. Best story from the collection is probably "New Murders in the Rue Morgue," even if it does rip off Poe and use an existing story as source material.
- Paura 5/5
Dopo un inizio in cui stavo per mollare un insulto per la lentezza e l'inutilità della lettura, Baker mi ha sconvolto e mi ha fatto affrontare l'ansia di un prigioniero della paura
- La sfida dell'Inferno: 2/5
Mi ha annoiato molto e, sinceramente, non mi ha dato niente, quindi un piccolo Buuh per Barker. Forse il voto è sceso anche in relazione a Paura, che mi aveva sconvolto
- Jacqueline Ess: 4/5
Splatter che più non si può, però, secondo me, tira fuori tematiche molto profonde. So ch...more
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Бранимир Събев
1. Ужас - спомних си романа "Маска" на Дийн Кунц. Трима студенти, два болни мозъка и една брадва. Коктейл, който може да има непредсказуем ефект...
2. Адска надпревара - много добро, напомни ми малко по стил на Геймън. Дошло е време за адска напревара! Дошло е време да се надбягваш с дявола! Кой ще победи, кой ще сте спечели! Залогът е целия свят, а правила липсват.
3. Джаклин Ес - последна воля и завещание - ето нещо малко кинговско. Джаклин е жена, която увлича мъжете покрай себе си и ги върти к...more
A delightful compilation of blood curdling, hair raising stories that will promise to leave it's mark in your mind. I only discovered Clive Barker last year, despite knowing of him for a long time, mainly for him being the guy who wrote the book to the film Hellraiser. After a less than impressive read in Cabal, it somewhat dented expectations I had in Barker being heralded as one of the masters of macabre horror.

That did little to damage my determination to give him another chance, which is wh...more
Ана Хелс
Когато една книга стане събитие, веднага се усеща – имам чувството, че всеки блогър, чиито писания уважавам, вече си е дал мнението за втория том ужас и карантиийки на Баркър, та съвсем естествено и аз се нареждам на опашката от хайпващи колко точно добър и ужасяващ е този човек всъщност. Новите кървави книги са още по-отчайващи и задълбаващи в личните и съкровени страхове. Има някакъв тих влудяващ ритъм на надстрояване на напрежението, в танц с демони, дяволи и просто нормално извратени човешки...more
My Inner Shelf
Le premier volume m’avait emballée, j’ai trouvé la suite moins percutante, malgré des histoires complètement dingues et hors norme.
Terreur : pas d’horreur mais beaucoup de psychologie, le personnage principal joue avec les phobies des autres pour mieux maîtriser et comprendre la sienne, très vicieux !
Une course d’enfer : une course caritative rassemble plusieurs sportifs réputés, mais parmi eux se glissent un concurrent redoutable : le Diable !
Le testament de Jacqueline Ess : une jeune femme est...more
Radi Radev
Кървави книги, том 2 - Клайв Баркър:

Има теория, че хората забравят собствените си страхове, докато гледат филми на ужасите. Страх от това, че няма да могат да си платят сметките; че ще бъдат изгонени от съпругът/съпругата си, и понеже цял живот са били издържани от него/нея, а са неспособни да правят каквото и да било вероятно ще умрат от глад; от това, че заради постоянните им семейни скандали детето им ще полудее или ще се превърне в наркоман.
Всичко, ко...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Uno studente imprigiona i suoi compagni per far emergere i loro segreti terrori; una donna disperata si scopre capace di rimodellare la materia umana; una città nel deserto deve affrontare il pericolo di entità demoniache; uno sportivo gareggia contro la morte e un nuovo orrendo delitto della rue Morgue. Le forze irrazionali abitano in noi e Barker ce le racconta in un crescendo di suspense, venato qua e là da un sottile "sense of humour".
- Paura 5/5 (Mi ha davvero molto scossa psicologicamente, toccando nel modo più descrittivo possibile quella che è la mia paura più grande: l'altezza);
- La sfida dell'Inferno: 4/5;
- Jacqueline Ess: 3/5;
- La pelle dei padri; 4/5 (Purtroppo il finale un po' mi ha delusa ma, questo forse potrebbe essere un minimo spoiler anche se lo vedo più come una mia interpretazione personale, la vicenda degli alieni, per certi aspetti e sfumature mi ha un pochino ricordato alcune vicende della seconda stagi...more
I first read this when I was twelve and had been looking for something different to read. At the time I was strictly a Stephen King fan but wanted to read something different and then I saw the cover on the original paperback and I was sold.

Volume 2 Of The Books Of Blood is a short story collection that packs a punch. These aren't just horror stories these are dark tales with subtle occult overtones. There are a lot of Barker's influences shining through yet he isn't merely copying them or tryi...more
Jaime Contreras
This collection sickened me because Mr. barker seems to think that gore and perversity are key to good horror. His stories are vile and disgusting. He likes to degarde people and destroy anything that has value. This collection turned me off on him.
Andrea Santucci
Una volta che si è decifrato il "codice", tutti i racconti di Barker seguono più o meno il medesimo schema: protagonista incontra evento soprannaturale, protagonista affronta evento soprannaturale, protagonista soccombe a evento soprannaturale.

Può andare bene per due o tre racconti, ma non per cinque di fila, perché è una struttura che stanca in fretta e annoia ancora prima.

A ciò si aggiunge la preponderanza dell'elemento sessuale nelle storie. Forse un retaggio del periodo in cui i racconti son...more
İnsan, iyi ki Clive Barker romanlarını basmayı kabul etmiş bir editör var diyor.

Klasikleşmiş korku-gerilim romanlarını unutun!

Vampir, kurt adamlı, insanı çarpıtılmış yaratıklar ile korkutmak üzerine şartlandırılmış romanların aksine, Clive Barker betimlemeler ve insanın hayal gücünü sonuna kadar zorlayan romanlar yazmakta ustalaştığı romanlarından.

Okurken cama sürten şeyin bir dal parçasımı yoksa süpürge adam mı olduğunu hyal gücünüze bırakıyor.Kesinlikle okunmayı hak eden bir kitap.Eğer gerilme...more

Сами по себе си разказите са по-различни от тези в първия том. Макар гротеската чудовищност, черният хумор и мрачната атмосфера да са все така неделима част от сюжетите, тук все пак си личат кога хапливи подхвърляния, кога намеци, свързани с обществени, общочовешки и междуличностни проблеми. Ала не си помисляйте, че книгата е философска по какъвто и да било начин. Не. Просто увлекателно написани истории с присъствието на немалко насилие и любопитни герои.

Clive Barker seems to have made Book 1 a warm-up for this Book 2 in terms of sensory overload and carnage. Bloody and visceral stories are found here: The psychological revenge story "Dread", the supernatural and demonic stories of "Hell's Event" and "The Skins of Our Father", the thoroughly demented story of history's most dangerous woman in "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament", and then an homage to Poe in "New Murders in the Rue Morgue". Entertaining if nothing else.
Claire Roe
This is a cracking group of stories. It is worth reading for 'Dread' alone. I am a bit of a horror junkie and have a good tolerance for the creepy and unnerving; 'Dread' is still one of the most well crafted and genuinely stomach turning stories I've ever come across. The quality of the stories can be a little patchy but when they are good -boy!- they will make you hesitate before turning off your bedside lamp.
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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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