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The Inhuman Condition

(Books of Blood #4)

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A master storyteller and unrivaled visionary, Clive Barker has mixed the real and unreal with the horrible and wonderful in more than twenty years of fantastic fiction. The Inhuman Condition is a masterwork of surrealistic terror, recounting tragedy with pragmatism, inspiring panic more than dread and evoking equal parts revulsion and delight.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 1985)
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Fabian
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
There has been a Clive Barker overload lately, and though it is not unpleasant I have chosen to come back to him later... er, read the stuff I still have not. He is a re-visitable auteur.

"Books of Blood" were published in the U.K. in the 80s and now we have "In the Flesh" and this, "The Inhuman Condition" which are the same book published under different names in different collections. There are five chilling tales here, and though none captured me the way "The Forbidden" did (ok, I keep mention
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Mohammed
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
كليف باركر...أين سمعت هذا الاسم من قبل؟أين...أين؟ إذا كنت من عشاق الرعب، فلا بد أنك مررت في ذلك الدهليز على فلم Hellraiser، أو العائد من الجحيم، قصة الفلم من إبداع باركر...إن لم تكن شاهدته فعليك بذلك...

بدلا من التأرجح بين أحمد خالد توفيق وستيفن كنج، قررت الخوض أكثر في أدب الرعب والحصول على كل ماهو غريب ومخيف. وقعت عيناي على "كتب الدم" التي ستجدها في أي قائمة محترمة لأهم أعمال الرعب في القرن العشرين. تتألف المجموعة من ستة كتب تحتوي على قصص قصيرة متنوعة. هذا الكتاب-وهو الرابع في المجموعة- تم اختيا
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Niki
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Surprising no one, I enjoyed this volume as much as the ones before it. Honestly, it's like Clive Barker outdoes HIMSELF with every volume.

It's hard to choose a favourite story, but I'll go with "Revelations". My least favourite story is easy to choose, though, it was "Age of Desire". I thought it would never end.
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror, 2013
I'm not quite sure how to rate this
There are 5 short stories. The first 2 are amazing.
The third is good
The last 2, I didn't care for

The first, The Inhuman Condition, is terrifying as is the title story about a knot and the demons that hell unleashes when the knot is undone. Original and kept me interested

The second, The Body Politic, Charlie has the strangest thoughts. He thinks his hands are planning a revolt, plotting against him and the whole human race. Very original

The third, Revelations, A
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Cody | codysbookshelf
If one is looking for horrific tales that truly get under the skin, it is hard to beat Clive Barker's classic '80s series Books of Blood. Comprised of six volumes, the collection can be read separately or all at once — and in no particular order. Volume 4 (i.e. The Inhuman Condition) contains five stories, all of which show a maturation and progression from the first three volumes (which are magnificent reads in and of themselves!).

The stories:

'The Body Politic' - This was my favorite Barker s
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Христо Блажев
Четвърта порция кървавокнижна: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/k...

Последният вик на лятото бе крясък - “Кървави книги 4″ на Клайв Баркър протегна отрязани ръце към феновете и те, не се съмнявам, ще ги сграбчат непоколебимо, каквото и да им струва. А аз се замислих как преди три години излезе първата порция и просто ме отнесе. Сега вече сякаш посвикнах със стила на Баркър, пък и попрочетох и други в жанра (“Кутия за птици” на Джош Малерман, “Отвъд стената на съня” на Х. Ф. Лъвкрафт, “Демони
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Коста  Сивов
Поредният уникален сборник на Баркър! Този човек няма никаква спирка.
Nathan
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid group of stories. My favorite from this volume was probably Revelations.
Baal Of
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
More fantastically weird horror from Barker. I didn't like this collection quite as much as the previous three (which shouldn't be taken as bad, since those are some of the best short horror ever), but then the last story hit me, and holy fuck it was mind-boggling. The premise is essentially "what if aphrodisiacs actually worked" instead of just being fucking snake oil, and the results, from Barker's wild imagination, are horrifying and grotesque. Thanks for the mindfuck, Mr. Barker. You are a d ...more
Бранимир Събев
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Не се здрависвайте с Чарли ако ви подаде ръка. Не бъркайте в джоба на скитника. Не търсете откровения в Тексас през сезона на смерчовете. Не прекрачвайте прага на Григорий, освен ако не сте Дявола. И най-важното - стойте далеч от Горящия човек, особено ако по радиото звучат любовни песни."

Поредният брутален/брилянтен Баркър, няма празно тук. Четири новели и един кратък разказ, които доказват, че Кървавите Книги са еталон в хоръра. Задълже. Чакам следващите.
Сибин Майналовски
Поредният шедьовър на Баркър. Нямам думи.
James
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I especially enjoyed the story about the hands that grew minds of their own and turned against their human masters.
Alex Telander
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The Dark Weaveworld of Clive Barker, Part 1 of 3: “The Inhuman Condition”

In the mid-to-late eighties, after the first three successful installments of the Books of Blood, the next three in the series were released under the same title. Earlier this year, these three books were re-released in paperback from Pocket books. The Books of Blood IV and V were published under the names of the first short story in each respective book: The Inhuman Condition and In the Flesh. The Books of Blood VI was pub
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Dreadlocksmile
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 America under the name 'The Inhuman Condition'. The six volumes were all released in their individual forms back in 1985,
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Joshua
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my overall favorite in Barker's Books of Blood anthology. Every time I pick up a comp of his short fiction, I am starkly reminded of how much stronger his work is in this format than in lengthier novels. Barker really has a gift for short stories. It isn't that I don't enjoy the novels, it's just that the shorter fiction is so much better composed.

The first three stories in this volume are among Clive's career best. "The Inhuman Condition" and "The Body Politic" are so rich with origin
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Петър Панчев
Нова примамлива порция Баркър
Цялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.bg/2015/0...

Ясно е, че „Кървави книги“ е една от най-добрите колекции от хорър разкази през последните десетилетия и никак не е чудно, че всеки маниак на жанра потрива ръце при излизането на поредната порция. „Кървави книги – том 4“ („Колибри“, 2015, с превод на Иван Атанасов) се забави доста, но вече е материален и красив, тъй че магията отново ще превзема ума и въображението на читателя. А Баркър, макар и с малко на бро
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Jeff Francis
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the paperback of Clive Barker’s “The Inhuman Condition” was released in 1987 (with its exquisite cover), I was 13. I remember it and a cassette of Anthrax’s “Among the Living” being my solace companions during a summer family vacation that year.

As much as I liked the idea of Clive Barker then, and wanted to like “The Inhuman Condition,” I just couldn’t get into it. I eventually gave up and retreated to lesser-but-more-welcoming horror fare.

Rather impulsively reading the same edition of Ba
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Stela
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Very interesting idea, very shakespearian, of sex embracing the whole world:

Aroused beyond control, he turned to the wall he had been leaning against. The sun had fallen full upon it, and it was warm; the bricks smelled ambrosial. He laid kisses on their gritty faces, his hands exploring every nook and cranny. Murmuring sweet nothings, he unzipped himself, found an accommodating niche, and filled it. His mind was running with liquid pictures: mingled anatomies, female and male in one undistingui
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Al
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember watching the Hellraiser movies as a kid, not understanding much but enjoying them nontheless. With a several movies being released over the past few years based on the stories of Clive Barker I was very interested in reading some of his work. With The Book of Blood being released on DVD I decided to look into that and found out that it was a short story (first one in the book) like the rest.
I eventualy finished reading this book last night and I already want more.
I must say i enjoyed
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Marvin
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autographed, horror
The Inhuman Condition was the American release of Barker's later fourth volume of his books of blood. As with the first three volumes, the author continues his exploration into the extreme reaches of horror. Back in the late 80s, I heard Clive Barker speak and he stated he was trying to remove good and evil as a condition to terror. Terror can exist as an independent entity not related to a struggle between good and evil. I don't know where he is on that idea now. He unfortunately drifted from h ...more
Davide Nole
Un altro "meh" per Barker.
In questo libro ci sono due racconti che secondo me sono davvero molto belli: "Libertà agli oppressi", che ha parecchi riscontri filosofici interessanti, e "Apocalisse" perché mi piacciono un sacco le storie di quel genere.
Anche il terzo racconto sarebbe molto carino, il problema è che è davvero troppo contro, non è sviluppato per niente e non posso sbilanciarmi.
L'ultimo racconto è assolutamente banale, mentre il secondo mi ha ricordato un po' troppo le atmosfere di ara
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Mike
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Books Of Blood - Volume 4

Clive Barker is top notch in this continuation of the series Books of Blood. The master of intellectual horror sends several short stories towards the reader as fantastical beasts and insanely sexual deviants rule Barker’s imaginary landscape. A truly great read which creates a high anticipation for the next sought after set of illusionary tales of terror.
Aaron
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a mixed bag than the previous volumes of the Books of Blood. A handful of strong stories -- "the body politic", "the inhuman condition" -- only go so far to make up for their lesser counterparts. Several stories are dragged out to near novella length despite the lack of anything interesting or horrifying, while one of the more intriguing premises (Down, Satan!) is left little more than a sketch, a scant 7 or 8 pages. Uneven, but still somewhat enteraining.
Jolene C.
The first two stories are fantastic, but I'm rating this book a little lower because I wasn't as much of a fan of some of the others in this anthology. I would HIGHLY recommend reading the first two stories, though!
Spencer
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant collection of imaginative horror stories that I would recommend to all horror fans... along with all the other volumes!
Ian Casey
Though I wish it were otherwise, I can't muster much enthusiasm for The Inhuman Condition, (a.k.a. the fourth volume of the Books of Blood) as compared to its predecessors. We have four stories of roughly equal length, plus the much shorter vignette 'Down, Satan!'.. The latter may be the most impactful of the lot insofar as it hits the audience with an intriguing idea but doesn't play it out to the point of tedium.

There's always plenty of murder and mayhem in these stories, but one can't help bu
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Zack Clopton
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume 4 of the Books of Blood is another fine collection of horror stories from Clive Barker in his prime. "The Inhuman Condition," the titular tale that opens my paperback copy, is a real corker. It can't help but come off as Barker's riff o the slasher movie formula, since it involves teenage protagonist being gorily off by a successions of new horrors. However, Barker's elegant prose and grasp on character - he makes the teenage ruffians more sympathetic than they need be - really sells that ...more
Fabian
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, wow and wow. Barker is undeniably unique, a few steps above King in the whisical world of the macabre. All 15 of these tales are incredible--and incredibly wicked--anecdotes, all wonderful drafts for damn-good horror flicks (bettering "Hellraiser," surely) that could become classics as quintessential as Carrie, Pet Semetary or The Shining. Barker has indeed a romantic, and visceral, and uber-gross view of things, foremost a fantastic infatuation with the human body, and with the traffic of ...more
Jamie O'Rourke
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I should probualy start off this review by mentioning that this is the first book of blood where I have not given any story five stars, however, every single story is an enjoyable read.

THE BODY POLITIC 4.5*
As per usual the book begins with it's best story, hand centred black-comedy "The Body Politic" is both disturbing and funny. My experience with the story was rather strange, as I kept imagining the main character to be Dylan Moran for some reason.

THE INHUMAN CONDITION 3*
Now to make a controve
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nicola mann
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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

Other books in the series

Books of Blood (6 books)
  • Books of Blood: Volume One (Books of Blood #1)
  • Books of Blood: Volume Two (Books of Blood #2)
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  • In the Flesh (Books of Blood #5)
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