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The Forbidden

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Set in the late 70s, in and around a high rise council estate rife with urban myths and legends, this story later went on to be the inspiration for Bernard Rose’s ‘Candyman’ film. A short story by the celebrated author Clive Barker.
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Comma Press
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Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Candyman is one of my favorite movies, so my reading of this story is long overdue. Trying to review it on its own merit, I would say it's a compelling and enjoyable short story. It's difficult not to compare it to the movie, which is more fleshed out and has Tony Todd, so I would definitely say the movie is better, but if you're already a fan, I recommend taking in this source material.
Lynn Demsky
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Clive Barker's books are astoundingly terrorizing! I got to where I was too afraid to keep on reading but, too scared to put it down! 100% better then even Stephen King!!!!
Mark Abrams
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was scary and graphic, but not for no reason, as some authors use blood and splayed blood merely for shock value, he does have reason to make it somewhat graphic. This was a well written tale about the "Candy Man" who lived only through his legend. I was very impressed by this creepy tale and its author!

I would definitely recommend this to horror fans especially those who, like me, have (for some reason) never read this author before!
Mar 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
From BBC Radio 4 - Friday Drama:
A run down housing estate fizzes with supernatural forces.

The Forbidden is a chilling, urban horror dramatised for radio by Duncan MacMillan. It's adapted from
Clive Barker's original novella, first published in 1985 and the inspiration for the cult 1992 horror film, Candyman.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Early Candyman inspiring horror story.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice little horror tale!
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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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