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Books Of Blood, Vol. 5 (Books of Blood #5)

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Terrifying and forbidding, subversive and insightful, Clive Barker's groundbreaking stories revolutionized the worlds of horrific and fantastical fiction and established Barker's dominance over the otherworldly and the all-too-real. Here, as two businessmen encounter beautiful and seductive women and an earnest young woman researches a city slum, Barker maps the boundless ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 25th 1993 by Little Brown & Company (first published 1985)
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Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This has been my first Clive Barker read, and I was very pleasantly surprised by it.

From what I had heard of Barker before, I had assumed his work was in the gory blood porn genre. As such I was never very interested in trying out any of his work, since the more trashy kind of cheap thrills that Stephen King used to grind out in his earlier years, really never did sit well with me. Neither does the kind of horror that features sexy teenagers being systematically mangled by homicidal maniacs (us
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مرة أخرى مع الشيف المتمكن كليف باركر وسَلَطة رعب تحتوي على جميع عناصر أدب الرعب الحقيقي، لا أعتقد أنها ستخيب ظنك.الغموض موجود، التشويق كذلك، شيء من الرمزية، رشّة أفكار مبتكرة وكل ذلك على طبق من الأجواء الكابوسية القاتمة. تحتوي المجموعة على أربع قصص مروعة:

المُحرّم: عن قاتل شبه بشري يفتك بالأطفال والكبار على حد سواء. يتجنب سكان الحي الحديث عنه ويخشونه كما يخشون الشيطان ذاته. أثرت فيّ أجواء الرواية التي تدور في حي رث، حيث الشُقق المهجورة والإشاعات المتوجسة وثمة كتابات على الحائط تلمح إلى شيء أقل من
This was the first Barker for me and, simply put, I liked it a lot. I always kind of thought that Barker was all about extreme gore which isn't quite what I ask of horror literature but since this book happened to come to my possession, I thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did because my initial impression couldn't be further from the truth.

This volume consists of four dark and atmospheric stories. Atmosphere is definitely a key word here. Barker takes his time building it before he takes the
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprise surprise, another 5-star read from mr. Barker to me.

What was a surprise, though, was "The Madonna", the first story in the entirety of "Books of Blood" (that I've read so far; I still have volume 6 to read) that I found to be an anticlimax. The buildup was amazing, the elements were all there, but then it just... deflated when The Madonna herself made her appearance. (Also... (view spoiler) Ugh) Hey, just one story out of the 25 in the five volumes is an amazing ra
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The manifestation of evil, "in the flesh" is the theme that unites all 4 novellas in this early Barker work.

The highlight here is, undoubtedly, "THE FORBIDDEN". This is the basis for what is perhaps the MOST UNDERRATED HORROR FILM OF ALL TIME: Bernard Rose's "Candyman." The story itself, 60 pages that really do chill the blood, I've penciled in on a list of the best short stories ever. It is melancholia wrapped in detective noir, supernatural urban legend; a human investment into something large
Έχοντας διαβάσει μόνο το Hellraiser μέχρι στιγμής από τον Clive Barker, αποφάσισα να βρω κάποιο από Τα Βιβλία του Αίματος που ξέρω ότι θεωρούνται εξαιρετικά. Πράγματι η γραφή του Barker είναι πολύ καλή και καθηλώνει, γι' αυτό άλλωστε τελείωσα αυτό το βιβλίο σε μία μέρα. Οφείλω να πω επίσης πως όλοι οι χαρακτήρες που παρουσιάζονται είναι πολύ καλοδουλεμένοι και ας έχουν χώρο δράσης 50 σελίδες πάνω-κάτω στην κάθε ιστορία.
Αλλά! Υπάρχει ένα αλλά. Αν και διάβασα ευχάριστα τις ιστορίες οι 3 από τις 4
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
Another great intallment in the books of blood by Clive Barker. 4 awesome stories from which the first " The Forbidden" is the basis for the Candyman movie:D
As always clive gives us much more than just the surface blood and gore. Its a twisted journey inside peoples psyche.
Two more books of blood to go:) 4 stars:)
Симеон Трифонов
Много слабо.
С Баркър сме на приливи и отливи. Големи идеи и елементарен стил. А и големите идеи са концентрирани в любимата ми тема за Града, която той застъпва почти навсякъде, но размива с малоумни претупани финали и педерастки постановки.

Първият разказ за Сладура е най-добрият от книгата заради атмосферата и цялостното изграждане на образа на обречения, пропит с грехове Град, който отчаяно си плаче за Потоп, че ми се плачеше на финала, когато недоклатените щрихи се изсипаха като разпилени кле
Димитър Цолов
Типично в негов стил Клайв Баркър успя за пореден път да ме изкефи, да ме шокира и отврати, че дори и да ме издразни. Личният ми фаворит от 4-те творби в томчето е именно откриващата - "Забраненият" - при Кендимен лабаво нема! "Мадоната" и "Децата на Вавилон" нещо не успяха да ме спечелят, а вторият по скромното ми мнение е доста средняшко изпълнение, без никаква вътрешна логика. "В плътта" оправи нещата достатъчно за сносна крайна оценка.
Tobin Elliott
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hard-copy, horror, fiction
I'm still finding the quality increases as I work through the volumes. But I have to say, though it doesn't say much, there was one quote that I found quite chilling, from the story The Forbidden:

"Don't kill me," she breathed.
"Do you believe in me?" he said.
She nodded minutely. "How can I not?" she said.
"Then why do you want to live?"

Brilliant stuff, that.
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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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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)
  • Books of Blood: Volume Three (Books of Blood #3)
  • The Inhuman Condition (Books of Blood, #4)
  • Books of Blood: Volume Six (Books of Blood, #6)
“What worth was a man who could not be haunted?” 10 likes
“And sitting there against the wall, listening to Billy's inhalations and exhalations, and watching the light in the glass and through the glass, Cleve knew without doubt that even if he escaped this trap, it was only a temporary respite; that this long night, its minutes, its hours, were a foretaste of a longer vigil. He almost despaired then; felt his soul sink into a hole from which there seemed to be no hope of retrieval. Here was the real world; he wept. Not joy, not light, not looking forward; only this waiting in ignorance, without hope, even of fear, for fear came only to those with dreams to lose.” 2 likes
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