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Clive Barker's A - Z of Horror

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In this richly illustrated volume--masterfully complied from the BBC television miniseries by Stephen Jones--Clive Barker, the modern master of horror, takes you on a terrifyingly intimate tour of his personal sources and secrets. Here is the unspeakable stuff of which Barker's vision was formed: a wonderfully eclectic and wide-ranging collection of nightmares from the lit ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 26th 1998 by Harper Paperbacks (first published April 27th 1997)
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Dima the Driven
This book is a bit of a disappointment. Really, it deserves a score of 2.5.

The highlight of the book is definitely the section on H.R. Giger, of which I have always been a huge fan. It was awesome the way his artwork and contributions to the horror genre were displayed. The other was the 18th century artist Franz Xavier Messerschmidt who I was not familiar with until now. The section on the Grand Guignol was great as well.

The problem I had is that many of the sections are wastes. The N for Nigh
This book is fun, but in no way exhaustive...nor does it presume to be. It's meant to be a review of horror by Barker, so it's weighted to his own tastes. The chapters are themed to each letter, and cover a broad range within the subject.
The authourship is questionable: the book itself says 'compiled by' Stephen Jones, but the essays appear to be suggesting themselves as by Barker himself. Quotes from him are additionally tagged marginally, but then the synopses by Jones are also individually no
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
I'd love to find this one again. Owned it as a teenager. Remember it wasn't exhaustive by any means, but it was good and needs a re-read badly. Barker is a good choice for someone to write a book on horror. He certainly enjoys showing up on documentaries about it, even if he hasn't written much in the genre anymore.
A sprawling compilation of the history genre, from two of its more knowledgeable practitioners - messrs Barker (who 'presents') and Jones. Worth a read for anyone with the slightest interest in horror.
Interesting highlights of horror, both real life and fictional. I think this would have been more interesting seeing the TV show it accompanied, seeing Barker talk about what these bits of horror mean to him.
Roxton Malone
Delves into film, literature, history, even fine arts. Surely one of the best collections of insights into horror throughout the ages ever published.
The British wackjob gives an alphabetical list of some of his favorite scary movies, books, and random evil stuff he finds inspiring.
Jun 15, 2009 Dan added it
Great informative book with lists of movies in their own genres. Artwork from CB and great publicity shots/covers.
Anna Haugerud
Was about the history of horror, mostly old movie crap, no Clive at all, just him writing it.
One of the books that sparked my interest in horror.
Great horror compendium. Lots of fun to be found here.
Mark Gamer
worth reading for any horror
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