BOOKS OF BLOODClive Barker
Sphere Books
1998

Nowadays, Clive Barker has all but disavowed his past as a young and powerful force in horror fiction. As a novice writer with delusions of adequacy myself, leaning strongly in the horror / dark supernatural fantasy fiction for two decades now with my voracious reading appetites, I cannot fathom myself ever trying to distance myself from the genre; identifying myself with horror is something I wear like a badge of honor. Different attitudes, I guess. And who knows; I may just be eating these words I’m writing now in another two decades from now. If I’m still alive, that is. But I digress…

Clive Barker’s style and vision in his brief stint in the horror genre was, to say the very least, phenomenal. This omnibus collection of the first three volumes in the Books Of Blood showcases his uncanny talent as a writer whose dark and fertile imagination could dredge up nightmarish images and utterly dark fantasy in a style that few could. The short stories collected here are vivid, unflinching trip down to the forgotten sub cellar of H. P. Lovecraft’s nightmares, a place a scant handful of writers are able to go and pull off. These are not your standard “boo scare” stories; those looking into this expecting your standard McHorror stories might end up curled up on the floor, twitching and babbling incoherently. Am I making myself clear? These Books of Blood collections are recommended highly for anyone who likes more than a little bite to their horror and dark fantasy reading…