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Any writers like Clive barker?

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message 1: by Deano (new)

Deano | 5 comments Hi I've asked this on another group but had no replies
Hopefully someone here can suggest a writer that has the same horror qualities as Clive barker.
Thanks all


message 2: by Jeff (new)

Jeff That's a tough one. For me, no one really compares, but some authors have some similarities. Neil Gaimon, Richard Matheson have books that can compare, style wise, but not totally. Wes Craven has a few books. That's all I can offer. Good luck.


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Benavidez that is hard, mostly because barker is pretty much one of a kind. he doesn't stay within a set genre. his books branch out to fantasy and everything. but I'm also looking for something like it haha


message 4: by Gregor (new)

Gregor Xane (gregorxane) | 420 comments China Mieville's Bas-Lag novels I think match Barker in their depth and breadth of imagination. They aren't horror (they're fantasies with horrific elements), but much of Barker's stuff isn't pure horror either.


message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Gregor wrote: "China Mieville's Bas-Lag novels I think match Barker in their depth and breadth of imagination. They aren't horror (they're fantasies with horrific elements), but much of Barker's stuff isn't pure ..."

Agreed Mieville really does that level of imagination and a near tone too.


message 6: by Rob (new)

Rob Twinem (runner56) | 197 comments What would anyone recommend as a good Barker starter read....never read anything by him...heard a lot of good things...


message 7: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Books of Blood, definitely. Novel-wise The Great and Secret Show.


message 8: by Adam (new)

Adam Light (goodreadscomadamlight) | 964 comments Books Of Blood is a greatstarting point. First Barker novel I think would be The Damnation Game. It was the first one I read, after reading a bunch of short stories in Books Of Blood, In The Flesh, The Inhuman Condition and Cabal.

I believe all of those collections have been combined into a Books Of Blood omnibus edition, now.

Barker is a unique voice in horror, but after those I mentioned, he began mixing in the fantasy elements and his most ingenious works were born.

My favorite from him will always be Imajica, but The Damnation Game is straight-forward horror, and my 2nd favorite, probably.

The newer stuff has been less than appealing to me, bit Mister B. Gone was a welcome change to Galille and Sacrament.

As far as similar authors, I will have to check out the authors you guys have mentioned. I have several.Gaiman titles, but have never read one yet. I never knew he was considered in the same league as Barker!


message 9: by Michael (new)

Michael Benavidez Trev wrote: "What would anyone recommend as a good Barker starter read....never read anything by him...heard a lot of good things..."
I'm with Amanda, Books of Blood are a great start since they show what he can do with a lot, not sure novel wise since I've only read the Novellas but I'd go with Cabal or Hellbound Heart, I'm slowly working my way up to novels myself


message 10: by Michael (new)

Michael Benavidez Adam wrote: "Books Of Blood is a greatstarting point. First Barker novel I think would be The Damnation Game. It was the first one I read, after reading a bunch of short stories in Books Of Blood, In The Flesh,..."
I have a short story book of Gaiman and while he isn't really horror he does do what barker does and that would be blending genres into one story to make for a very unique read so in a way I would think they may be the same sorta if that made sense at all lol


message 11: by Amanda (new)

Amanda M. Lyons (amandamlyons) Adam wrote: "Books Of Blood is a greatstarting point. First Barker novel I think would be The Damnation Game. It was the first one I read, after reading a bunch of short stories in Books Of Blood, In The Flesh,..."

Oh most certainly! Gaiman is more dark fantasy than horror but he's a brilliant storyteller!


message 12: by Adam (new)

Adam Light (goodreadscomadamlight) | 964 comments What would be a good Gaiman book to start with?


message 13: by Jon Recluse (new)

Jon Recluse | 12043 comments Mod
Adam wrote: "What would be a good Gaiman book to start with?"

Neverwhere


message 14: by Gregor (new)

Gregor Xane (gregorxane) | 420 comments Jon Recluse wrote: "Adam wrote: "What would be a good Gaiman book to start with?"

Neverwhere"


Agreed.


message 15: by Rob (new)

Rob Twinem (runner56) | 197 comments Michael wrote: "Trev wrote: "What would anyone recommend as a good Barker starter read....never read anything by him...heard a lot of good things..."
I'm with Amanda, Books of Blood are a great start since they sh..."


Thanks Michael and Amanda ordered up Books of Blood...have thought about reading this book a lot and now seems a good time :)


message 16: by Gregor (new)

Gregor Xane (gregorxane) | 420 comments Trev wrote: "Michael wrote: "Trev wrote: "What would anyone recommend as a good Barker starter read....never read anything by him...heard a lot of good things..."
I'm with Amanda, Books of Blood are a great sta..."


"In the Hills, the Cities" is my favorite from that collection.


message 17: by Michael (new)

Michael Benavidez My favorite would have to be along the lines of The Pornographers shroud or something like that I can't remember


message 18: by Gregor (new)

Gregor Xane (gregorxane) | 420 comments Michael wrote: "My favorite would have to be along the lines of The Pornographers shroud or something like that I can't remember"

Ah, that's a good one, as well.


message 19: by Adam (new)

Adam Light (goodreadscomadamlight) | 964 comments Thanks, guys. My favorite from Books Of Blood would have to be Dread.


message 20: by Carly (new)

Carly Nicholas (zombie_girl) | 175 comments If you haven't read any books by Clive Baker before then you should start with The Hellbound heart, cold Heart Canyon and Mister B. Gone these are my favourites. When did Wes Craven release books?


message 21: by Gordon (new)

Gordon Hayes | 2 comments J.Z. MurdockDeath of Heaven
I'd have to say this, but don't take my word for it...

Author and reviewer Michael Brookes said of Death of heaven:
"The book starts well and has a 'Books of Blood' vibe which really works well. It's in these tales that the author's writing ability shines. He demonstrates a lovely turn of phrase and some of the writing is almost poetic in its beauty."


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