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Tapping the Vein : Book Four (Tapping the Vein #4)

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"The Midnight Meat Train"

A remorseless butcher stalks a nightly subway route.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Eclipse Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Tobin Elliott
These collections seem to be offering diminishing returns. By the way, the Goodreads description is completely inaccurate. The Midnight Meat Train was in the previous collection, #3).

For this one, it likely has the best cover of the five, with an elaborate die-cut cover and a horrifying illustration behind it. And it's the best thing going for this collection.

The first story, Hell's Event always struck me a bit silly, but now it's just a chore to work through the absolutely terrible Johnson/Okam
There's pretty much no saving this volume of the series. We start with another ridiculous cover, this time it's covered by a die-cut (presumably because the gruesome heads are somebody's breasts in the full version) and ably painted by the brilliant John Totleben. Then the interiors are just as uninspired. The first story is another of my least favourite Barker tales, 'Hell's Event,' about a London Marathon against the legions of Hell. Ugh. The art by Steven E. Johnson, Alan Okamoto and Jim Pear ...more
《午夜人肉快車》(Midnight Meat Train)內容大致上是一個男人無意中目擊「地下鐵屠夫」攻擊地鐵乘客,最後更發現了完全超出他想像以外的可怕真相。

剛開始時讀者大概會覺得「人肉快車」只是普通的驚慄片劇情再混合了「都會傳說」(urban legend)的元素,但在原著小說裡到了真相大白的時候,劇情竟然向HP Lovecraft「克蘇魯神話」式的混沌宇宙觀靠攏,結局還是正不能勝邪的黑色結局。
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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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