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Infernal Parade

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  75 reviews
From the beginning of his distinguished career, Clive Barker has been the great visionary artist of contemporary dark fantasy, a form that Barker himself has termed “the Fantastique.” Through his many novels, stories, paintings and films, he had presented us with unforgettable images of the monstrous and the sacred, the beautiful and the grotesque. His body of work constit ...more
Hardcover, 81 pages
Published February 28th 2017 by Subterranean Press
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Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
3.5 stars!

Clive Barker always delivers in the creative department and this collection is no different.

Clocking in at only 88 pages, these short stories really pack a punch, yet as a whole, it feels like something is missing.

I think my favorite stories in the bunch were The Sabbaticus and The Golem, Elijah. Both could be interpreted as cautionary tales, as could Bethany Bled , and who doesn't like those? Be careful what you wish for and all that. These stories did make me miss (and long for)
Feb 14, 2018 marked it as to-read
A dark fantasy novella told in six parts, bringing together pieces of story previously only available with action figures from McFarlane Toys issued in 2004, now with new illustra­tions by Bob Eggleton. Convicted criminal and King of Showmen Tom Requiem leads a parade of humans and fantastic creatures from North Dakota to the mythical city of Karantica.


09 - "Tom Requiem"
21 - "Mary Slaughter"
31 - "The Golem, Eluah"
45 - "Dr. Fetter's Family of Freaks"
57 - "The Sabbaticus"
71 - "Bethany B
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
In reading Clive Barker's Infernal Parade, it's important to remember that these stories were originally published and packaged (much like the Tortured Souls collection from 2015) with the McFarlane toy line. That means they were designed to serve as stand-alone stories, connected, but not necessarily forming a linear narrative.

What that means for fans is that we get an all-too-rare serving of vintage Barker, with stories written during the very early days of Abarat, long before his 2012 brush w
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker is a novella containing a series of short stories which, including the illustrations (by Bob Eggleton), comes in at under 100 pages and probably took me less than an hour to read. For such a slim volume though, it held a surprising amount of fascination for me. Thing is, out of context, the half dozen or so tales in here might seem a little random until you know a bit more about their histor
Althea Ann
May 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I see "Clive Barker" and I say, "Yes please!"

But in this case, I should've investigated further. This is another publication like 2014's "Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium." It is NOT a novella; it's a collection of brief texts that were designed to accompany collectible figures produced by McFarlane Toys.

The texts (or 'chapters') don't come together as a finished whole - which makes sense, as they weren't really designed to. They simply form the premise for having a collection of gruesom
Cody | CodysBookshelf
Clive Barker is certainly an imaginative, creative author. Infernal Parade, a collection of short (too short, really) stories, shows he can still pack a punch while making his readers think, even after writing for decades.

The six stories contain herein are loosely related, starting with "Tom Requiem" — a tale of a crime and hanging that almost crackles and pops with style. Tom Requiem himself gets pulled into the Infernal Parade (willingly, of course — much like Frank Cotton's submission to fat
Orrin Grey
Mar 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Huh. Given that this, like Tortured Souls, was a collection of short fragments that originally accompanied Todd McFarlane action figures, I was expecting it to be about as lackluster as that book was. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. While these stories all sort of tie together, in that each piece is a vignette about how each character becomes a part of the titular Infernal Parade, these read more like stand-alone short stories, which helps them to work a little better than the cobbled toget ...more
R.J. Roles
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books
Short and felt unfinished.
Whilst I enjoyed this collection of interconnected stories I believe that this would have benefitted from an additional piece bringing all the stories together. I am aware that the stories originally came with a series of McFarlane toys but I think it would have been awesome to have read of the infernal parade in procession with all the characters brought together. The art throughout is brilliant but I also would have liked to have seen more of each of the characters each tale is based upon or m ...more
Lora Milton
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first Barker read, though I'm familiar with his work through the film, Nightbreed. There is no denying that Barker has a wild imagination when it comes to creating monsters!

Infernal Parade is shorter than most of his books. It's a series of short stories that are tied together with a theme, preparation for the Infernal Parade when the dead and demented invade the ordinary world. The one thing that is missing is that the book doesn't take us through to the actual manifestation of this
Wayne McCoy
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
'Infernal Parade' by Clive Barker is a title I was initially excited to read, as I've been an occasional fan of his work. What we get here is a series of short stories that were originally written for a line of Todd McFarlane action figures.

The book is a collection of 6 linked stories about the formation of a gruesome parade of strange people with weirdly obvious names. Tom Requiem is a murderer who has been hanged and buried, and he is rescued from his coffin. Mary Slaughter kills babies and ha
Rajeev Singh
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars for having glimmerings of the Clive Barker prose I fell in love with as I read - or day-dreamed while I read - the incredible Books of Blood, back in 2013. He sounds somewhat like he does in Tonight, Again: fluid and masterful but too simple, like he is pampering a kid with a story. The artwork in the beginning of each chapter is quite good, but it's not Clive, and hence there is nothing sexual or Abarat about it. ...more
Mark Tallen
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A dark, whimsical novella from Clive Barker that I enjoyed. I didn't quite enjoy this as much as his Tortured Souls novella. The imagery that Clive paints with his prose is really good and his creations and characters are as unique as ever. The interior illustrations are also excellent.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A short but enjoyable collection of stories that can be loosely termed a novella.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
A series of very dark, connected shorts.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
Tom Requiem is led to the gallows for the murder of Mary Slaughter, hung, and buried. But Tom was buried alive, intentionally, for the fates have a new task for him: he will become the ringleader of the Infernal Parade, a crazed cast of characters pulled into the parade to wander a sad world between life an death. The novella consists of six stories, each one tracking a character in the parade: first Tom, then his lover-victim Mary, before branching out into stranger ground. There's the golem, E ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
WAY overpriced. Not what I was hoping for.

I have read a few of Clives books and enjoyed them, big Hellraiser fan...I'm underwhelmed with this one. He should have tried harder.
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2 stars from Jason, read the full review at FANTASY LITERATURE

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This is an unfortunately disappointing collection of microstories from Clive Barker, an author who helped define my reading experience in mid-1980’s junior and high school. The six very loosely connected stories that make up the 88 pages of Infernal Parade (2017) were originally provided as exclusive companions to collectables made by McFarlane
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book makes no sense unless you're familiar with the collectible figures. I had to go and confirm that they were a series after reading it. And even seeing the figures that these stories describe, I was left seriously underwhelmed by this collection.
It's in many ways a follow-up to Tortured Souls, but doesn't work nearly as well. Barker was able to weave the Tortured Souls characters into one relatively cohesive plot. That doesn't happen here; instead there are a half dozen short segments de
David Agranoff
Weird little short story collection masked as a Novella. Full review coming
Laura Newsholme
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is such a hard book to review because I really enjoyed it, but it feels so unfinished, It tells the story of the Infernal Parade - a ragtag collection of rogues and freaks who will wander the land. This is a great premise, but this incredibly short book briefly tells the tale of some of these individuals being recruited into the Parade. Obviously, the prose is great and easy to read, but I can't get past the fact that it feels more like the prologue or first part of a far longer work.
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
knowing the context of the stories (written in 2004 for an action figure set) softens the blow a bit, but these are still kinda soft for Barker... i did enjoy them, though, but had hoped for rather a lot more, especially since the hardcover book is a $30 investment and not quite worth that if i was to be asked (artwork is average there is hardly enough of it as it is, along with maybe 40 'pages' of text)... i borrowed mine from the local library so i was spared the "i just paid $30 for this?!?!? ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Infernal Parade by Clive Barker is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late January.

Infernal Parade is a compilation of short, intersected, moral-based stories originally written by Barker in 2004. Tom Requiem, Mary Slaughter, the Golem, Ralph Dietrick (male detective), the Sabbaticus, and Bethany Bled each commit or are victim to horrible acts and join the Parade in order to wander a sad world, without death, and without end. ....could be better, Clive.
Joshua Jorgensen
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Vintage Clive Barker!!
Although the work is comprised of loosely connected short stories, each vignette nearly stands on its own accord.
Some of these stories feel as though they belong in the Books of Blood. They are gruesome, fantastic, dark, and bitter.
Clive Barker is a master, and this short novella, just 81 pages of text, is a stunning reminder that when it comes to fantasy horror, there is nobody that does it better.
Josef Hernandez
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
An interesting story collection for longtime Barker fans

For a full review, please go to and follow me on Twitter @josenher
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Subterranean Press brings us Infernal Parade, the latest offering from legendary author, Clive Barker. Similar to Tortured Souls, these are the back stories to a range of McFarland figures created in conjunction with Clive Barker. These stories, originally crafted for the 2004 release of the figures, are now brought together into one complete collection.

The infernal parade is to be a group that will shake man from his complacent state and strike fear into all. Barker brings us six tales for the
Ben Eggler
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first piece of writing I've actually read from Clive Barker. I knew him by reputation, but I've never sat down with his words in my hands. I'm thankful that I did, because I know that I'm now going to be catching up on his writings.

Of course, I'm a demented person, so I enjoy demented writing, but I'm not much for flashy action and gore. I like story, character, depth: all those flavorful nutrients that make a story worth reading.

Barker clearly has a wonderful sense of understanding
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fantasy
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Timothy Benoit
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barker's Wonderful Toys

Another collection of very short stories from Barker, to accompany a McFarlane toy line, very similar to his previous work on the Tortured Souls series, though the contents steers more towards Maximilian Bacchus or the darkest corners of The Abarat. Each story is a woeful tale of how a member of the parade earned their eternal plight.
As usual, Barker is able to take what should be throw away fare and give it believable characters and a world that's so close to ours, but t
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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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