Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Clive Barker's A - Z of Horror” as Want to Read:
Clive Barker's A - Z of Horror
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Clive Barker's A - Z of Horror

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,053 ratings  ·  12 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Clive Barker's A - Z of Horror, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Clive Barker's A - Z of Horror

Crystal Lake Memories by Peter M. BrackeThe Gospel of Filth by Gavin BaddeleyAlbion by Peter AckroydDo What You Will by Geoffrey AsheChild of Satan, Child of God by Susan Atkins
The Gospel Of Filth
79th out of 100 books — 2 voters
Halloween by Nicholas RogersTrick or Treat by Lisa MortonHalloween by Lesley Pratt BannatyneDeath Makes a Holiday by David J. SkalHalloween Nation by Lesley Pratt Bannatyne
Nonfiction Halloween
17th out of 25 books — 7 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,296)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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
...more
D.M.
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
...more
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.
Mark
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.
Michael
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.
Patrick
The British wackjob gives an alphabetical list of some of his favorite scary movies, books, and random evil stuff he finds inspiring.
Dan
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.
Brooke
One of the books that sparked my interest in horror.
Jake
Great horror compendium. Lots of fun to be found here.
Mark Gamer
worth reading for any horror
Sheena Baker
Sheena Baker marked it as to-read
Dec 17, 2014
J.D. Barker
J.D. Barker marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2014
Desiree Sinkevich
Desiree Sinkevich marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
Theresa Tang
Theresa Tang marked it as to-read
Dec 15, 2014
Victor Bulmer
Victor Bulmer marked it as to-read
Dec 14, 2014
Thom
Thom marked it as to-read
Dec 13, 2014
jennifer talley
jennifer talley marked it as to-read
Dec 12, 2014
Rosa G.
Rosa G. marked it as to-read
Dec 10, 2014
Allicia
Allicia marked it as to-read
Dec 07, 2014
Erin Schalow
Erin Schalow marked it as to-read
Dec 06, 2014
Misty Beadle chittenden
Misty Beadle chittenden marked it as to-read
Dec 05, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 76 77 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Essential Clive Barker: Selected Fiction
  • Clive Barker's Night Breed: Genesis
  • Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Collected Best, Vol. 1
  • Clive Barker's The Great And Secret Show, Volume 2
  • The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana: A Guide to Lovecraftian Horror (Call of Cthulhu)
  • The Book of Lists: Horror
  • On Writing Horror: A Handbook by the Horror Writers Association
  • Nightmare Movies: A Critical Guide to Contemporary Horror Films
  • Book of the Dead
  • Clive Barker: The Dark Fantastic: The Authorized Biography
6943
Stephen Jones is an eighteen-time winner of the British Fantasy Award.
More about Stephen Jones...
Shadows over Innsmouth Zombie Apocalypse! (Zombie Apocalypse, #1) The Art of Coraline H.P. Lovecraft's Book of Horror The Mammoth Book of Zombies

Share This Book