In the 1920s, magnate Zeffer buys his mistress Katya a room decorated with Boschian mosaics of sex and violence and in the 1990s, Todd Pickett decides he needs a face-lift to save his care...more
Yup, LA is rife with possibilities of the supernatural & evil forces colliding is not too much of a stretch. The ironies, nay, the gruesome details, is what makes Barker such a supernova ...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
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
Definitely one of my favourites. Dark and twisted as always!
To strip it back to its bare bones, the ...more
Todd Pickett is a lot like Bruce Campbell, the renowned Holl ...more
Το στόρυ: ένας ματαιόδοξος σταρ του χόλυγουντ κάνει ένα αποτυχημένο λιφτινγκ και κρύβεται σε μία έπαυλη όπου υπάρχει ένας μυστηριώδης θάλαμος που μία σταρ του βωβού κινηματογράφου έφερε από τη Ρουμανία. Σε μία βίλα όπου στην ...more
The story started in Romania in the 1920s when a famous film starlot Katya Lupi returns to visit to return to her family with her talent agent Willem Zeffer. Zeffer visits an old medieval castle, which has been turned into a monastery and decides to buy a unique work of art, a series of sculpted and pain ...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, 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
I'd read this book when it was first released and recently decided to give it a listen when I saw that the late, great Frank Muller had performed the audio edition. I had forgotten much of the story over the years and had always enjoyed Barker's writing.
It was a bit of a letdown. Muller's reading was top-notch, of course, but it seems that my memory of the book was a bit biased based off of my general love for Barker. My love of him aside, the book just wasn't as good as ...more
Clive Barker! Once this started getting all sadomasochistic and orgiastic (which didn't take long) ...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
As a warning, this novel contains very graphic violence and sexuality, and there is a very chilling attempted rape scene, so take that into consideration before reading.
I've always loved Barker for two main reasons, his incredible imagination in creating other worlds and the ...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