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In the Flesh by Clive Barker
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Jun 05, 15

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, since-joining-goodreads, clive-barker, short-stories, horror
Read from March 13 to 15, 2011, read count: 1

This particularly collection features some of the best written Barker stuff (I mean that mechanically. . .his more fun stuff is in other volumes):

"In the Flesh": Prisoner Cleve inherits a new roommate who is interested in a graveyard long forgotten that preserves the dead. *****

"The Forbidden": This was the short story that was turned into the film Candyman. I still haven't seen the movie but I can imagine it is less abstract. A woman goes to a dilapidated ghetto to study graffiti for her thesis and discovers the existence of an urban legend in the flesh. *****

"The Madonna": A bit vague, even with it's sexuality (odd for Barker) but certainly interesting page turner about a man discovering a harem of naked women that give birth, through a main creature called the Madonna, to all manner of strange things. ***1/2

"Babel's Children": A daring explorer finds a remote and mysterious society housing some of the world's craziest people. . .well, that's the cover story. This is a fantastically written story but thematically it is completely alien to the Books of Blood on a whole. Not sure why it's in this volume or in the Books of Blood at all since it is more Twilight Zone then horror. *****
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