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The Blood of Angels

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A desperate and wild obsession culminates in a tragedy that condemns Harry to a solitary existence, a loneliness which bears its own depraved and bitter fruit. And, for the next 40 years, impressionable Harry is shaped and re-shaped by a bizarre and ultimately dangerous succession of women.
Paperback, 493 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by White Wolf Games Studio (first published January 1st 1994)
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This is one of the most messed up books I've ever read! (And I mean that in a good way.) An in depth character study of a young man freshly returned from teaching in Sudan, morphs into something far different as the story moves along. The book is divided into 4 sections, each one more disturbing than the last.

Pacing was a problem with this novel-it starts off very slowly and more than once, I considered giving up on it. But being a fan of Mr. Gregory's work, I kept the faith and was rewarded by
Janie C.
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Harry Clewe is on a downward spiral, and he's not going down alone. This is a grim and disturbing novel without a hint of levity. While it's definitely not a "feel good" book, the writing and the character studies are flawless. Be prepared for a dark journey. ...more
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
THE BLOOD OF ANGELS is possibly the most "haunting" tale of Stephen Gregory's that I've read yet. While not supernatural in any way, the series of events that Harry Clewe goes through give you a sense of quiet, mental "horror" that is difficult to shake.

The story is broken up into different sections, each chronicling a period of Harry's life. We see, first hand, how fate takes ahold of this shy, nervous young man and completely molds him into the situations he is surrounded by. I'll admit that I
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! If ever a book has rendered me speechless, this is it! I can't recommend this more if you are a fan! This is my third from this author, and all are beautifully written and the work of a genius! This book is almost like reading 4 different stories of Harry's life. All of them are disturbing in their own way. All are connected with sea animals; a toad, a brittle star, and an ammonite. The sexual encounters in this book are bizarre. Harry was just a character in which bad things seemed to clin ...more
Maxine Marsh

What a ride. I'm exhausted. Review on its way...
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Holy cow! This is an exceptional and unique literary piece wrapped up in a horror novel, unlike anything I've ever read. If you are someone who requires trigger warnings, then this is definitely not the book for you. Highly recommended. ...more
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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xray iris
nightmarish & wild. would make an interesting mural: part Ernst Haeckl, part Guernica, part Winslow Homer, part Mary Cassatt. it is a *very* long book, not necessarily pagination-wise, but in terms of *how many things happen.* fairy tale in the Angela Carter sense. “Masculine”/“Feminine” relationships of a perhaps Fowlesian variety. interesting structure, horrible awful people. how in the world did these events unfold, and is there anything for a beachcomber to glean from the wrack?
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used-to-own, reviewed
I have no idea where or when I picked up Stephen Gregory’s “The Blood of Angels”, but that’s not particularly unusual, as I obtain books from any number of sources, particularly if there are books I think I might like the look of available for free. I’m fairly certain this book was one of those and that it ended up on my shelves for a while before I read it, but after ignoring it for a while and getting around to it only recently, I wish I hadn’t waited for quite so long.

“The Blood of Angels” is
Lynda Rucker
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
I actually liked his two previous novels, The Cormorant and The Woodwitch better. It's a matter of personal preference, not quality--most of the time, I prefer my horror short and contained, like those first two novels. However, this is divided into sections almost like a series of connected novellas. It's beautifully written, like his other work, and has some of the strangest, most startling imagery I've encountered in fiction in a long time. I just learned that he actually had a new book out i ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Blood Of Angels by Stephen Gregory is the strangest book I have ever read. It starts off extremely slow. However, if you can get past the first 120 pages you will not want to stop reading it until the end.
I won't tell you what happens in it in case you decide to read it. But it just begins as the rather normal man's obsession with a woman. From there it gets weird, & then just more & more strange until the end of the book. By then you are thinking "What the [beep]???"
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i am torn between four and five stars on this one, as i found it mostly fantastic and unsettling, though there were lulls that seemed odd, so by the end of this review i'll have figured out what my rating is... this was one colossally strange tale... just when you thought things couldn't get any more bizarre, something even worse (better?!?) happens... yowza! Harry is one creepy fucker, though his daughter Zoe gives him a real run for his money eventually... this story has nothing good happening ...more
Boris Cesnik
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I know now where things changed. I don't like change.

What I praised as high skilled hermetical narrative and language in his first two novels, has suddenly turned here in a flood of words, moods, sentences and pages that have informed his later books from this moment on.

The first part gives you hope. It's weird, uncomfortable, uncanny and readable but things change and I don't like change (sic).
The rest of the book is a completely different story that proves nothing, points at nothing and explai
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Genuinely one of the weirdest things I've ever read. I feel like I keep writing this about Stephen Gregory but he's really out-weirded himself this time. I genuinely don't know what to make of this - it went from having some of the best bits of fiction I've ever read to stretches of surreal belaboured scenes. There's no way to write about this without giving away spoilers and I'm rambling. I guess I'll just have to end this thought-splurge with the confusion of whether this is 5 or 2 stars. I'll ...more
Jessica Long
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is a train wreck. Every chapter I read with shocked horror at what came next. There's no way to describe what goes on in this book without giving something away.

I have been looking forward to finishing this book since I started.
Andy Hitchens
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Stephen Gregory (b. 1952) was born in Derby, England, and earned a degree in law from the University of London. He worked as a teacher for ten years in various places, including Wales, Algeria, and Sudan, before moving to the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales to write his first novel, The Cormorant (1986), which won Britain’s prestigious Somerset Maugham Award and drew comparisons to Poe. The book w ...more

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