Books of Blood: Volumes 4-6
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Books of Blood: Volumes 4-6 (Books of Blood #4-6)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  2,075 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Here are the stories written on the Book of Blood. They are a map of that dark highway that leads out of life towards unknown destinations. Few will have to take it. Most will go peacefully along lamplit streets, ushered out of living with prayers and caresses. But for a few, the horrors will come, skipping, to fetch them off to the highway of the damned ...From the brilli...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published February 1988 by Sphere (first published 1985)
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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 newcomer. Stephen King, already known as a master in the genre, wen...more
While this was a decent collection of horror stories, there were not quite as many standouts as in the first 3 volumes of Books of Blood, and not as many that got under my skin. Some of the stories I highly enjoyed were:

"The Forbidden": I read more than halfway through this story before I realized it was the basis for the movie "Candyman." The setup took some time, but there was some disturbing imagery and the idea of evil being kept alive through rumor was very effectively done.

"The Life of Dea...more
This is the second collection of Clive Barker's Books of blood and encompasses books 4-6.
AS per the first collection, this is not for the squeamish!

Plot ***Spoilers***

Volume Four

The Body Politic

In a bizarre version of a revolution, it appears that all our hands have their own consciousness and are not happy at being ordered what to do by their owners. The hands of a factory worker named Charlie plan to lead the revolution. Charlie's hands even have their own personalities, with Left being more c...more
James Pratt
Clive Barker is best known for the Hellraiser movies which is sort of a mixed blessing. I assume he's made piles of cash off of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, but Barker's real strength lies in his writing, most of which is far more visceral than overt and just wouldn't translate well to the big screen. He isn't so much a horror author as an amazing writer who happens to set most of his tales in the horror genre. Even his mediocre stories consist of a decent hook bolsterd by clever pose and i...more
I'm a little unsure why it took me almost a month to complete what would normally take me at most a week, but I believe there are multiple reasons why volumes four through six of the "Books of Blood" did not go down well for me at all -- and these reasons all more or less equally contributed to the fact that I DID NOT ENJOY THIS.

1) Barker's language is so exquisite and fabulous that I couldn't help but begin suspecting he had a Thesaurus open on his writing desk and actively perused it every few...more
I know, I know. The great Clive Barker? Only 2 stars? I stand by my rating. "It was ok." I didn't hate it. But I felt pretty let down. I suppose even that's not exactly fair, because my point of comparison is Books of Blood Volumes 1-3, which were AMAZING. Thought-provoking, terrifying, creep-into-your-subconscious stories. These, though? Eh. I'm not even going to go through them one by one. If you like Clive, sure, take a spin, but all in all the stories didn't wow me and the endings on a fair...more
Marten Hoyle
I wish I could find words to adequately describe what Clive Barker's work is like. Stunning comes to mind. Some of it was downright disturbing, but altogether brilliant. Of the three volumes, my favorite stories were "Body Politic" and "The Madonna." Some of the stories were your general run-of-the-mill terror tales, but for the most part the stories were unique and utterly genius. Clive Barker is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
Alex Laybourne
What is there that coould be said about the books of blood, or any other of Clive Barkers books. The words read like poetry in many places. The books transcend horror, and genre. They twist our reality and stretch out minds to the fringes of disbelief and then brings us home at a pace, leaving us often feeling as if we have been on an adventure far greater, and far more real than could possibly every be put in words.

A master of the gross, the macabre and the divine, the books of blood are not m...more
Brent Soderstrum
Not a big fan of short stories but I had read Books of Blood Vols. 1-3 and had really enjoyed it. As other reviewers have said t"his books collection just didn't measure up. It started off pretty good with "The Body Politic", "Revelations" and "The Age of Desire" in Volume 4 but went downhill after that till it got to the point where I was looking forward to wrapping it up and I was very glad they were short stories.

Barker should had one Book of Blood consisting of 4 volumes. The rest is mind cl...more
Alis Franklin
May 29, 2014 Alis Franklin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not small children
Shelves: horror, favorites
This book has the honour of being the only book my parents ever confiscated from me after I bought it. I was about twelve at the time.

To their credit, they didn't throw it out; just hid it behind the filing cabinet in the study. Years later, I retrieved it and read the whole thing.

Yeah. Not so suitable bedtime reading for a child. Good, though.

(If you're wondering, it was the story about the hands that grabbed me as a kid; I read it in the bookstore and it was sort of my Introduction To Horror....more
Michael Chasin
Has neither the dizzying highs nor occasional duds of the first three volumes. Consistent and chilling and well worth the read.

Best stories: "Revelations," "The Madonna," "In the Flesh," "The Life of Death," and "How Spoilers Bleed."
The first three volumes might have a few more of my personal favourites, but this is still a great collection of short horror fiction. Includes the story "The Forbidden", which was later adapted into the film "Candyman".
This book is a great read!
J.C. Michael
I'm a big fan of Barkers novels but although there are some great stories here, I felt bogged down by the language.
For me, short stories work best when delivered with a punch, and some of these just seemed too heavy going to really enjoy them.
I didn't particularly dislike the book, it was ok, but I wouldn't put it on my favourites list by some way. Maybe I'm being too harsh, and expected more because of the reputation the book, and author, has, but all in all a sound three stars feels like the r...more
Ken Wolf
Doesn't quite have the same visceral impact as Volumes 1-3. Still, there are some great stories in there and Clive Barker is still miles better than most.
4 stars but still not as good as Vol. 1-3.
And I wouldn't really call that Horror either...
In Brazil, it's really really hard to find Books of Blood. No one seems to know about Clive Barker in here, except for Hellraiser. Anyway, it was worth looking, it contents very good stories. I just got the feeling that better things would come eventually in the other books of the series. Could not find them yet though.
The Body Politic: 4/5 - hilarious and absurd, yet still somewhat scary. Clive Barker is quite funny if he is trying to be.

The Forbidden: 3/5 - I think my impression of this story was marred by how fantastic Candyman was. Nothing could live up to that movie. Still interesting to see the source material though.
I'm a huge Clive Barker fan. The Books of Blood don't disappoint ( not often at least) and the stories within a story idea is a good one. Many of the stories are excellent, only some are a bit weak. I will revisit these in the near future.
John Haymond
The collection of short horror stories, (while amazingly graphic and violent) is as top notch and excellent as it gets. I cant rave enough about Clive Barkers uncanny story telling abilities.
Brilliant, just like the first book.
More terror, more splatters, more biting social commentary.

Some of his stuff even recalls Lovecraft for me. And that, I would think, is a high compliment.
Along with Parts 1-3, this collection of short stories is great fun. It covers comedy to tragedy and real horror, all reflecting Barker's world view.
Clive Barker continues to be a master of the macabre in this second 3 volume collection of short stories written early in his career.
Love Clive Barker's work - nothing more to say; he's just amazing & this collection is no exception.
Lesley Mckenna
A great addition to this seminal collection of horror by Clive Barker!
ok but does not make you want to keep reading and not put the book down
Brian Sammons
Not as good as the first 3, but still pretty damn good.
As good, if not better, than books 1-3
Some of Barker's best work.
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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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