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Die Bücher des Blutes IV-VI

(Books of Blood #4-6)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  3,381 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Here are the stories written on the Book of Blood. They are a map of that dark highway that leads out of life towards unknown destinations. Few will have to take it. Most will go peacefully along lamplit streets, ushered out of living with prayers and caresses. But for a few, the horrors will come, skipping, to fetch them off to the highway of the damned ...From the brilli ...more
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Published July 31st 2003 by Area (first published 1985)
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Johann (jobis89)
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What the boy had said was true. The dead have highways. Only the living are lost.”

14 more horrifying tales from the master of darkness and body horror... These are the stories written on the Book of Blood.

When I read Books of Blood Volumes 1-3, I was completely blown away by how much I loved pretty much every story in there. I'd find it very difficult to fault that collection in any way! Although Volumes 4-6 were still AMAZING, there were a few stories that I less excited about, and will no dou
Bob Milne
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
As I prepare to settle down and immerse myself in the long-awaited literary spectacle that is The Scarlet Gospels, I am going back and revisiting the original appearances of Pinhead and Harry D'Amour. As brilliant as Doug Bradley and Scott Bakula were in their respective screen roles, I want to recapture the essence of Clive Barker's vision, the magic of his words, and the subtle nuances that remained on the page.

If we're to go back to where it all started, then we have to look deep into The Boo
"Sweets to the sweet..."
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in 1984, Clive Barker made his name within the deeply competitive world of horror with the publication of the first three volumes of the macabre short stories 'The Books Of Blood'. Written in his spare time, he admits that he was not expecting them to sell really at all, let alone predict the public response that followed. The release exploded within the horror literature genre, hailing Barker as an exciting and imaginative newcomer. Stephen King, already known as a master in the genre, wen ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is the second collection of Clive Barker's Books of blood and encompasses books 4-6.
AS per the first collection, this is not for the squeamish!

Plot ***Spoilers***

Volume Four

The Body Politic

In a bizarre version of a revolution, it appears that all our hands have their own consciousness and are not happy at being ordered what to do by their owners. The hands of a factory worker named Charlie plan to lead the revolution. Charlie's hands even have their own personalities, with Left being more c
Oct 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, age-adult, horror
While this was a decent collection of horror stories, there were not quite as many standouts as in the first 3 volumes of Books of Blood, and not as many that got under my skin. Some of the stories I highly enjoyed were:

"The Forbidden": I read more than halfway through this story before I realized it was the basis for the movie "Candyman." The setup took some time, but there was some disturbing imagery and the idea of evil being kept alive through rumor was very effectively done.

"The Life of Dea
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The latter 3 volumes of Barker's horror anthology are not as diverse as the first three; but, taken together they present the reader with a darker, more focused and more accessible vision of the dream-like state of horror. For me, everything held up until "The Last Illusion" which gave a terrific story build-up the Hollywood action film treatment (I liked Lord of Illusions, the movie it was made into, better). The workman-like prose and thin plotting left a lot to be desired, but it didn't affec ...more
Al Burke
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clive Barker is master of the weird and horrific, mixing the mundane and the insane with few equals. He drags everyday people from their everyday lives and throws them into situations that defy rationale. The Books of Blood, Part II falls neatly into the above description, with six or so tales that might make you question the author's sanity (or your own). If there is a formula, it's "normal" people dealing with the abnormal, but that's as far as it goes. Each tale is patently different, and wil ...more
Austin Sheehan
Books of Blood v. 4-6 is a collection of Barker's short stories.
Each of the three volumes is a collection of short stories, of course, so there are an awful lot of short stories in this collection.
And quite a few of them were pretty good, and every now and then there was a wonderful sentence, demonstrating that Barker actually can write well.
But in the end I ask myself if I enjoyed it, if I would read it again, and if I would recommend it to others. The answer to every one of those questions i
Matthew Penny
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
More of the same excellent Clive Barker nastiness that made the first book so compelling. Not even the ridiculous overuse of the word 'din' could hinder these excellent stories, the best among them being "Revelations", "Babel's Children" and "The Forbidden" which was turned into the film Candyman (1990). There's a few towards the end which aren't quite up to scratch but they're acceptable when you have so much brilliance before it.
Alan Baxter
I've just completed a reread of Clive Barker's "Books of Blood" and every volume of the six constitutes part of a masterclass in dark fiction, especially short (including novelette/novella) fiction. Truly a staggering achievement in every way, they're at least as good now as when I first read them.
Ksenia Anske
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cried when I finished this. It hit home. All of it hit home, the beautiful horrors that we all carry. "It was a great relief to tell the story. Not because he wanted to be remembered, but because the telling relieved him of the tale."
*note to self.copy from Al.
I'm a little unsure why it took me almost a month to complete what would normally take me at most a week, but I believe there are multiple reasons why volumes four through six of the "Books of Blood" did not go down well for me at all -- and these reasons all more or less equally contributed to the fact that I DID NOT ENJOY THIS.

1) Barker's language is so exquisite and fabulous that I couldn't help but begin suspecting he had a Thesaurus open on his writing desk and actively perused it every few
Deyth Banger
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chance-deserve
"May 22, 2017 –
80.0% "But this doesn't mean that there were strikes which were going like 5 out of 5... as for raiting...


May 22, 2017 –
80.0% "I haven't seen such story like these one....



as first these should be a reason why I am going to keep the raiting 5 out of 5... but still there were times in which I wanted to put one star down... like 4 out of 5..."
May 22, 2017 –
80.0% "It's a fucked up work.. ghost... paranormal... scratches...
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I know, I know. The great Clive Barker? Only 2 stars? I stand by my rating. "It was ok." I didn't hate it. But I felt pretty let down. I suppose even that's not exactly fair, because my point of comparison is Books of Blood Volumes 1-3, which were AMAZING. Thought-provoking, terrifying, creep-into-your-subconscious stories. These, though? Eh. I'm not even going to go through them one by one. If you like Clive, sure, take a spin, but all in all the stories didn't wow me and the endings on a fair ...more
Nilanjan Guin
The set of the first three volumes of the Books of Blood had me baying for more blood, gore and the dark side of life and after a lot of searching high and low (in India, the second omnibus is hard to get by) I managed to order this from Amazon US at a cost which seems steep by Indian standards but which seemed like peanuts when I thought I could finally lay my hands on this book. But it turned out to be a major let down, at least for me. The writing felt contrived and laboured. It felt as if th ...more
Lee Ann
Oct 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This one was a little disappointing to me. As much as I love Clive Barker, there was way too much graphic rape in the first two thirds of this collection. (Which, I get it, it's horror, blahblahblah, but it was used in practically every story and it gets hard to read about it after a while.) Not many of the stories really stood out to me either, honestly, unlike the stories in the first three Books of Blood.

Of course, The Forbidden, which the film Candyman was based on, was really good, and I lo
James Pratt
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clive Barker is best known for the Hellraiser movies which is sort of a mixed blessing. I assume he's made piles of cash off of Pinhead and his fellow Cenobites, but Barker's real strength lies in his writing, most of which is far more visceral than overt and just wouldn't translate well to the big screen. He isn't so much a horror author as an amazing writer who happens to set most of his tales in the horror genre. Even his mediocre stories consist of a decent hook bolsterd by clever pose and i ...more
Dan Henk
I'll start out by saying Clive Barker has a great imagination, and usually excels at the short story format. The first three Books of Blood are amazing. They are clever, well told stories and truly a breathe of fresh air in a genre that at all too often relies on similar tropes.
That said, Clive Barker appears to fall a bit out of his game here. There are spots of brilliance, but all too often he relies on the same premise and tacks in a surreal, vague ending. Almost every story involves a charac
Ethan Parkin
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another phenomenal collection of short stories. That are so masterfully well written and feature some awesome imagery, even the slightly poorer stories are still engaging.

Some of my personal favourites were:

-Revelations (Vol.4)
-The Forbidden (Vol.5)
-Babel's Children (Vol.5)
-The Life of Death (Vol.6)
-How Spoilers Bleed (Vol.6)
-The Last Illusion (Vol.6)
-The Book of Blood (a postscript) on Jerusalem Street (Vol.6)

The Forbidden and The Last Illusion in particular are pretty pitch perfect as far as t
Tal Gur-Arye
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second collection in the Books of Blood series, where each collection gathers three of the six books in that series. Reading this second half once again took me much longer to read than most other books I've read. I just could not seem to find it in me to bring myself to read this book.
I found the the content of these stories to be unbelievably juvenile, with a lack of any real substance or plot, these were often just traded for violence, gore and sex. I could not detect any real ch
Alis Franklin
Sep 24, 2013 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not small children
Shelves: favorites, horror
This book has the honour of being the only book my parents ever confiscated from me after I bought it. I was about twelve at the time.

To their credit, they didn't throw it out; just hid it behind the filing cabinet in the study. Years later, I retrieved it and read the whole thing.

Yeah. Not so suitable bedtime reading for a child. Good, though.

(If you're wondering, it was the story about the hands that grabbed me as a kid; I read it in the bookstore and it was sort of my Introduction To Horror.
Brent Soderstrum
Not a big fan of short stories but I had read Books of Blood Vols. 1-3 and had really enjoyed it. As other reviewers have said this books collection just didn't measure up. It started off pretty good with "The Body Politic", "Revelations" and "The Age of Desire" in Volume 4 but went downhill after that till it got to the point where I was looking forward to wrapping it up and I was very glad they were short stories.

Barker should have one Book of Blood consisting of 4 volumes. The rest is mind cl
J.C. Michael
I'm a big fan of Barkers novels but although there are some great stories here, I felt bogged down by the language.
For me, short stories work best when delivered with a punch, and some of these just seemed too heavy going to really enjoy them.
I didn't particularly dislike the book, it was ok, but I wouldn't put it on my favourites list by some way. Maybe I'm being too harsh, and expected more because of the reputation the book, and author, has, but all in all a sound three stars feels like the r
Marten Hoyle
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could find words to adequately describe what Clive Barker's work is like. Stunning comes to mind. Some of it was downright disturbing, but altogether brilliant. Of the three volumes, my favorite stories were "Body Politic" and "The Madonna." Some of the stories were your general run-of-the-mill terror tales, but for the most part the stories were unique and utterly genius. Clive Barker is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
Books of Blood Volume 4
--The Body Politic
--The Inhuman Condition
--Down, Satan!
--The Age of Desire

Books of Blood Volume 5
--The Forbidden
--The Madonna
--Babel's Children
--In The Flesh

Books of Blood Volume 6
--The Life of Death
--How Spoilers Bleed
--Twilight at the Towers
--The Last Illusion
--The Book of Blood (a postscript): On Jerusalem Street
Suellen Almeida
In Brazil, it's really really hard to find Books of Blood. No one seems to know about Clive Barker in here, except for Hellraiser. Anyway, it was worth looking, it contents very good stories. I just got the feeling that better things would come eventually in the other books of the series. Could not find them yet though.
Michael Chasin
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has neither the dizzying highs nor occasional duds of the first three volumes. Consistent and chilling and well worth the read.

Best stories: "Revelations," "The Madonna," "In the Flesh," "The Life of Death," and "How Spoilers Bleed."
Jamie O'Rourke
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This set, while not as good as the first, features some of Barkers very best stories (eg. The Body Politic, The Forbidden, How Spoilers Bleed). Every single story in this set is well worth reading, even the 'worst' ones, and so, this book gets 4.5*
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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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Books of Blood (6 books)
  • Books of Blood: Volume One (Books of Blood #1)
  • Books of Blood: Volume Two (Books of Blood #2)
  • Books of Blood: Volume Three (Books of Blood #3)
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