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Books of Blood, Volume Three (1984)

af Clive Barker

Serier: Books of Blood (3)

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Five stories in the third volume of Clive Barker's Books of Blood. The stories are titled Sun of Celluloid, Rawhead Rex, Confessions of a Pornographer's Shroud, Scapegoats and Human Remains.
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sheep basher gets his. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
I'm not a fan of splatterpunk. I have no problem with violence (obviously it has its place in horror, and the graphic gross-out goes all the way back to Rudyard Kipling's story "The Mark of the Beast"), but a subgenre devoted entirely to the depiction of physical trauma is incredibly restrictive from an artistic standpoint. Horror's decline into a limbo from which it is only now beginning to reemerge can be attributed, in part, to the preoccupation with splatterpunk in the '80s and early '90s. But there were writers who occasionally transcended the limitations of the subgenre and produced work of lasting value. Joe Lansdale was one (see his debut novel The Nightrunners), and Clive Barker was another. Volume three of Books of Blood is the best and most consistent entry in the series; it contains Barker's finest moment, "Human Remains," as well as a couple of story premises that remain interesting even when the violence reaches cartoonishly absurd levels ("Son of Celluloid," "Confessions of a Pornographer's Shroud").

Even if you don't feel inclined to read the entire book, check it out of the library and read "Human Remains". It's a great horror story by any standard. ( )
  Jonathan_M | Oct 2, 2019 |
This may seem like an odd thing to say about a horror writer, especially someone as boundary-pushing as Barker was (in his debut), but I think Clive Barker's Books of Blood sort of hit a sweet spot. They're shocking and bloody without descending into hackwork. They've got plenty of interesting characters yet never seem to drag. They're smart and creative without becoming pretentiously clever. I wouldn't say he gets it right all the time (see "The New Murders in the Rue Morgue" in volume 2), but since good horror is actually rather hard to write, his batting average on this series is phenomenal. ( )
1 stem CarlosMcRey | May 22, 2013 |
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Five stories in the third volume of Clive Barker's Books of Blood. The stories are titled Sun of Celluloid, Rawhead Rex, Confessions of a Pornographer's Shroud, Scapegoats and Human Remains.

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