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Coldheart Canyon

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  6,018 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
In Coldheart Canyon acclaimed horror writer Clive Barker takes us to the dirty secret of ageless sexual power and half-understood contracts with evil that lies at the heart of Hollywood.

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

Paperback, 751 pages
Published August 6th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2001)
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Oct 21, 2014 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Preposterous yet emblematic; never restrained, overly graphic, written handsomely... it's less a mess than previous novels surely, though undoubtedly nowhere near as great as his short stories are. ("The Forbidden", for me, reigns supreme in that category-- it may just be my favorite short story OF ALL time.)

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
I picked up this audio book because it had 19 discs and it was $8.00. I also knew Clive Barker was a fairly popular horror author - and having read almost all of Stephen Kings and Dean Koontz's books I thought this would be a good intro to Clive Barker.

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
May 02, 2009 Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First published back in 2001, ‘Coldheart Canyon’ came three years after the publication of Barker’s epic love story ‘Galilee’. With many fans of Barker’s work expecting the sequel to ‘Galilee’ to be following, or indeed the first instalment of the long awaited ‘Abarat’ quartet to emerge, ‘Coldheart Canynon’ was an interesting return to Barker’s darker, more apocalyptic and dare I say more depraved side of his fiction.

Written during a very difficult period of Barker’s life, with the unfortunate a
Sherri Dub
May 05, 2011 Sherri Dub rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read nearly the entire collection of Clive Barker novels in existence.
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
William Johnson
Coldheart Canyon is the ultimate example of an immense and graphic imagination finding no moderation, patience, or substance. As Barker even admits in his introduction, a lot of stuff was going on in his life when he wrote Coldheart Canyon. And as bad as I feel for poor Mr. Barker, the art and the artist must be firmly separated.

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
Jan 17, 2011 Jules rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that I get REALLY excited about a book release, but I remember eagerly awaiting publication day for Coldheart Canyon, and running off to Waterstones in Yeovil (where I was living at the time) to pick up a hardback copy of this book.

Definitely one of my favourites. Dark and twisted as always!
May 10, 2011 Victoria rated it it was ok
Recommended to Victoria by: Lisa Woodfin
Ugh. I’ve been sat here for a good 10 minutes now, staring at a seemingly ever-blankening screen because I simply don’t know where to start. This book has left my mind in a state of turmoil, thoughts and ideas tripping over themselves to get to the forefront of my brain. I want to say how much I hated the book but I can’t, because I didn’t hate it. But that said, I didn’t like it either. Or, more truthfully, I hated it and liked it all at the same time.

To strip it back to its bare bones, the
Alex Telander
Jan 25, 2011 Alex Telander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coldheart Canyon is a clear example of what happens when a brilliant, literary mind sits down to create long, great work. Over six hundred pages, Clive Barker’s new novel ascends to a horror level above Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Neil Gaiman, both in story and literary style. Barker has often been slotted into the genre of “horror writer,” and it is when one reads Coldheart Canyon that one realizes he really in a league of his own.

Todd Pickett is a lot like Bruce Campbell, the renowned Holl
Κατά γενική ομολογία (δηλαδή επειδή το λέω εγώ και όσοι φουκαράδες διάβασαν το Mister B. Gone) ο Clive Barker το έχει χάσει. Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο (Τα μυστικά της Βαβυλώνας στα Ελληνικά) είναι ίσως από τα τελευταία καλά του. Ή, μάλλον, ένα από τα λίγα πριν το χάσει εντελώς.

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
 (shan) Littlebookcove
I have to say this book highly surprised me! When I saw this in the library I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. After being so heart trodden with the scarlet gospels, This was amazing!

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
Jun 13, 2008 Gina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I like Clive Barker movies, but his books are hit and miss. This one started off promisingly. I do like haunted house stories, and this one had a nice "golden age of hollywood" twist to it. But halfway through it started getting really dumb, and by the end, I was totally turned off. RIDICULOUS ending. You just want to smack all the characters. How many times can the main character be saved, and then go back, and then be saved, and then go back, and then be saved, etc. Stupid.
Stephan van der Linde
This is about moviestar Todd Pickett, whose career comes somewhat to a dead end. He finds it difficult to accept, and endures a furtive facelift to improve his features.

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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
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Jun 07, 2015 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I appreciate a good epic as much as the next movie nerd, I’ve always sort of felt like there are few good reasons for a director to take more than 120 minutes to tell a story. I’m thinking here of people like Judd Apatow (whom I love) and Michael Bay (whom I don’t). As much as I like Funny People, 146 minutes is about 30 too many, and anyone who has the patience for a 150-minute Transformers movie has a greater tolerance for watching cars fall from the sky than I do. Ditto Peter Jackson’s ...more
Aug 29, 2010 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely wretched and I'm totally embarrassed that I read an almost 700 page book that is just plain bad. The book is billed as a 'Hollywood Ghost Story' and I was excited about its promise. It did not live up to its promise in any way. I have never read Clive Barker so I have no idea if this is typical for him or not - regardless, I can't imagine ever putting more time into reading him again. The book is disjointed and rambling - several times I thought it was finally ending but ...more
Adam Nelson
Apr 20, 2012 Adam Nelson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Clive Barker is a sick man. And that's it. No buts here. I'm not, like, judging him for it. Lord knows I've read sick, grand guignol stuff before. I would say that his writing is sicker than anything else I've ever read, but I think that's what he's striving for. Unfortunately, we're supposed to think it's important, and those into BDSM would read Coldheart and think they've found something important to justify being turned on by the ENDLESS sick sex scenes in this book. My problem with the book ...more
Jul 21, 2009 Tessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Clive Barker or I wouldn't have read this, but I'm far from just trusting him blindly. He is either fantastic or awful with nary a warning in between.
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
Geert Daelemans
Aug 30, 2013 Geert Daelemans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
Certainly not Clive's best, but it could have been much worse

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
This book scared me a little. Todd Pickett is one of the biggest movie stars in the world. A producer advises him to get a facelift when he is in his early thirties and the surgeon botches the job. He hides out in an old movie stars dream palace. The palace grounds are in habited by ghosts and their offspring created by their liasons with animals. There is also a mysterious woman who owns the house and has control of the secrets locked within the walls.

Most of the characters in the book were tru
D.M. Dutcher
Jun 11, 2011 D.M. Dutcher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A B-movie actor with his career on the slide retreats to a secluded villa in a canyon. However that villa was owned by a legendary 20s actress who is using an evil artifact to gain eternal life.

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
Seth Skorkowsky
Nov 20, 2016 Seth Skorkowsky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
**Mild Spoiler Warning**

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
Jan 07, 2016 J.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Freaks
So, I stayed up all night listening to this. And then didn't sleep all day. I did (and didn't do) these things for reasons other than the ones you might be thinking. I had to stay up listening to 10 hours of this audiobook because I got it on an interlibrary loan and they refused to renew it for me, those Nazis. Then I refused to sleep today because, you know, I have things to do. Onto the review...

Clive Barker! Once this started getting all sadomasochistic and orgiastic (which didn't take long)
Feb 06, 2012 Donovan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Barker is back to working in the genre that I love - HORROR!
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.

Plot ***Spoilers***
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
Dec 15, 2013 Demi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very weak and sloppily written story, based on a fairly interesting idea. The second chapter especially seemed written in a hurry and added later on to justify the existence of the book. Too many little mistakes in the plot, such as the time when the hero finally decides, after much thinking, to try and find dr Barrows's telephone number, while 10 pages earlier he was talking to his assistant, cancelling an appointment with him. But it wasn't just that. There were wholes everywhere in the stor ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Latasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish this book. it started off great but the sex scenes were too much and did not appear to be ceasing at all.
Bunny Dracula
Nov 20, 2010 Bunny Dracula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though he's rather hit-or-miss for me, still, I have always admired the way Clive Barker manages to get under the skin and embed his hooks into the meat and gristle, ripping convention apart. At his best, he forces you to consider life from a skewed perspective, forcing the reader to take leave of the senses for the sensual; at his worst, he's the contrived novelisation of "Hostel II". I have read almost everything he has written and while some of it has been dreck, it has been memorable dr ...more
Ty Bullinger
There may be a 5 star book in there. At the very least a 4. The problem is it's buried under about 150 extra pages. Really neat idea. Just a little to much.
I read this book way too young. I had a hard time following it, but I did enjoy it. I'd like to re-read this as an adult and see what I think about it now. There are some really interesting visual descriptions, but a lot of graphic sexuality. It's not a book for a 13-year-old, but that should probably go without saying.
Dans Mon Arbre
Clive Barker is one of my favorite authors. I've devoured his books since I was a teenager. When I read the description of Coldheart Canyon it felt like this was the book I was waiting forever for him to write. It almost was.

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
Sep 08, 2013 S.A. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know those “as seen on TV commercials” where the announce claims, “but wait, there’s 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
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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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