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Books of Blood: Volume Six

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Few authors can claim to have marked a genre so thoroughly and personally that their words have leaked into every aspect of modern pop culture. Clive Barker is such an author, and the Books of Blood marked his debut - his coming out to the world - in brilliant, unforgettable fashion. Crossroad Press is proud to present Clive Barker's "Books of Blood" in digital for the fir ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published 1985 by Sphere
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Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Done with the "Books of Blood" collections! I have no idea why I kept putting it off for so long.

My favourite story from this volume was probably "How Spoilers Bleed", and my least favourite was maaaybe "Twilight at the Towers", but not by much.

I really, really enjoyed all 6 volumes, and all in all I have to say that my favourite stories were (in order of volume):
1. The Yattering and Jack
2. Dread
3. Rawhead Rex
4. Revelations
5. The Forbidden
6. How Spoilers Bleed

Superb :)
Jonathan Janz
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clive Barker is a master. Two areas, I think, distinguish him from other writers. One is the sheer breadth of his imagination. I cut my horror teeth on stories like "Dread," "Rawhead Rex," "The Midnight Meat Train," and the incomparable "In the Hills, the Cities." In these tales one can find ancient rites leading to modern reckonings, settings both urban and sylvan, and a paradoxical marriage of fatedness and unpredictability.

The other area that separates Barker from the vast majority of writer
Kirsty Archer-Thompson
This was my first foray into the weird and wonderful world of Clive Barker and I have to say I was very surprised. If I was rating the collection on the strength of the first two stories, it would definitely be a 4 star overall; as it is, I thought it was a book of two halves. The premise of 'How Spoilers Bleed' was very clever indeed and I enjoyed the parallels between the moral breakdown of Locke, Cherrick and Stumpf and various incidents in Conrad's Heart of Darkness. I was also left affected ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The six volumes together get five stars. It was one of the best horror story collections I've ever read, up there with 20th Century Ghosts, Skeleton Crew and Pump Six and Other Stories.

The afterword on the audio book I listened to was excellent. I'm excited to move on to his many, many novels.
Rowan MacBean
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
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Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1986, Clive Barker followed the enormous success of the first three volumes of The Books Of Blood with a final three volumes to create the entire Books Of Blood series. His two omnibus's were later to be broken down, to be sold as individual books. Barker was invited to be able to illustrate these covers with his dark and twisted artwork.

This volume was also released in the US under the title 'Cabal' by Poseiden Press, in which it included the extra tale 'Cabal' that was released as an indep
Jamie O'Rourke
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The final Book of Blood is the best one since volume two. There, now that thats out of the way, let's get to the stories!

Unlike most of it's predecessors, volume six's best story is not it's first one. Though The Life of Death is not my favorite story of the collection it's interesting characters and plot do help it get close. I should also point out that the ending is very polarising, in my opinion, it hits the nail right on the head and not only makes for a disturbing con
Topu Masum
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-of-blood
*She stripped off her robe, and looked herself over critically. She was pleased with what she saw. Her breasts were full and dark, her skin had a pleasing sheen to it, her pubic hair had regrown more lushly than ever. The scars themselves still looked and felt tender, but her eyes read their lividness as a sign of her cunt's ambition, as though any day now her sex would grow from anus to navel (and beyond perhaps) opening her up; making her terrible.*

What the actual f*ck, Barker? Terrible way to
Donny Swords
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Books of blood.

I love the Books of Blood. This collection seemed to have less stories but not lacking in anyway. Clive Barker continues his winning series with stories that are more than fillers, tales that take you to darker places.
Deke Martin
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had originally read these stories when they were released in "Cabal" about the time that the movie 'Nightbred' came out. While they seemed slightly familiar when reading them again many years later, nothing really stuck out as something I definitely read in the past. Overall, it wasn't a bad read. Only a few times did any of the stories strike me as being full-blown Barker, though. Not sure really how to explain that though.

THE LIFE OF DEATH - Interesting little story. Barker played me pretty
Tobin Elliott
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror, hard-copy
And we're at the end. Wow, that was a hell of a ride.

There's a couple of quotes that reflect Barker's solid grasp of the horror genre. The first is:

[Let's define] two kinds of fantastic fiction.

One: The kind most often seen in horror novels and movies, offers up a reality that resembles our own, then postulates a second invading reality, which has to be accommodated or exiled by the status quo it is attempting to overtake.

The second kind of fantastique is far more delirious. In these narratives
Valerie Zink
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply amazing. If you do not already know about Clive Barker and his style, then what this encompasses (along with the other 5 Books of Blood, is a group of short stories, told in Barker's characteristic, horror/fantasy/adventure mode. In this series the stories seem to be connected by disease, disease of the soul and mind as well as disease of the body. How disease and death can actually have a life of their own, and how that can affect we measly humans! Absolutely amazing in my m ...more
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, horror
I primarily listened to the audiobooks for this series, and was very disappointed. With very few exceptions, these are British stories in British settings with British words and phrasing, featuring British characters (starting to see a pattern here?).

But almost all of the stories were read by North American narrators, which was a constant distraction and detriment to these stories.

I submit that 'Twilight at the Towers', which is essentially a spy story, is arguably the best story in the entire s
Tasha Robinson
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the more uneven Books Of Blood collections, featuring a couple of stories that feel like they should be novels: "The Last Illusion" (basis for the utterly terrible film Lord Of Illusions) and "Twilight At The Towers," a spy story where the unexplained doesn't seem mysterious so much as frustrating. This particular collection more than others feels like Barker working his way toward longer, more ambitious prose rather than doing the most with the short-story form, though "How Spoilers Blee ...more
THE LAST ILLUSION 5 STARS: Before reading The Scarlet Gospels, I found out that the movie Lord of Illusions is completely different from the story told in Books of Blood: Volume Six. The movie is one of my top favorites & reading the short story is a must before diving into The Scarlet Gospels. Also, I'm confident I'll get a better insight in to detective Harry D'Amour, which I did not care for Scott Bakula in the movie.
Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You
it seems i had read 4 of the 5 tales in this volume by reading Barker's 'Cabal', so finishing this book required a scant amount of my evening... my rating mirrors the one for 'Cabal' as the final tale 'XXX: The Book of Blood A Postscript: On Jerusalem Street' holds the menace but could hardly elevate the book by an entire star (few authors could write one that amazing)... in my opinion, Barker has become a caricature of himself in his most recent books, or maybe they just lack the overwhelming f ...more
Brian Schwartz
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The final volume of the Books of Blood was not the strongest, but contains two very good stories. It had fewer stories, but longer stories, which I did not like, but is a matter of taste. The Life of Death is some of the finest short horror fiction around and How Spoilers Bleed is well worth the time taken to read it. The Postcript is good at bringing the whole collection to a close, linking it to the first story.
Sylvester Kuo
The worst volume in the series, Volume six only had 1 good story which was "The Life of Death", a macabre tale of disease and death. "How Spoilers Bleed" was more like a tales from the crypt episode, completely predictable. "Twilight at the Tower" was a nazi spy thriller with a twist, again, it was Tales from the crypt quality. "The Last Illusion" was a better story in the volume but was pretty slow.
Ezra Vasquez
A nice finale to a seminal entry in the short story literature

This was probably my favorite entry in the series, all of which were stellar. "The Last Illusion" was a model for occult detective fiction before it became cliché.
Ellie Rodriguez
This book was definitely interesting. It's a book of short stories that don't have the expected endings. I can honestly say that every ending was realistic and it's a refreshing cup of tea. Great for horror fans.
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Clive Barker's tales always have really interesting ideas at their core but more often than not they don't live up to my expectations. The Life of Death was the only one that came close to being what I wanted.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The series ended as strong as it began. Impossible to pick a best story in this one. Even the weakest (which is probably Twilight at the Towers) is great. I'm a little sad there aren't more volumes.
Ryan Curry
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Decided to read this for the Last Illusion short story. Clive Barker does amazing work in the short story format!
I'm reading Twilight at the Towers for school.
Tabitha Chamberlain
Only read the Last Illusion
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
My first introduction to Harry D'Amour (in "The Last Illusions"), a fitting end to a terrific collection of books.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have now read all six volumes and am glad to say the stories here are horrific and sometimes far- fetched, great set of books though.
The Books Of Blood,
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
The six volumes of these stories are a study in declining returns. Dick Hill reads the longest story and I'd never before noticed what a total hambone he is.
Ernest Barker
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My wife said "Thank God this is the last one, now maybe you'll go to sleep to night". Just like the first five, this is also great horror.
Baal Of
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction
An excellent finale to the series of horror short-story collections, and like the others, this is a conglomeration of cerebral concepts with gut-churning gore.
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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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