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Books of Blood: Volume Two ➤ [Epub] ➞ Books of Blood: Volume Two By Clive Barker ➮ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Alternate Cover Edition of ISBN 9780425087398To a surgeon cutting into the human body is an art Muscle and flesh are his canvas the scalpel his tool He studies the composition of the organs their bala Alternate Cover Edition of ISBN To Blood: Volume MOBI ò a surgeon cutting into the human body is an art Muscle and flesh are his canvas the scalpel his tool He studies the composition of the organs their balance and form the structure of the bones and network of blood vessels He makes his incision cutting slicing with loving care — Clive Barker is another type of surgeon — He books of PDF or understands the human body too He knows how the nerves send impulses to a riveted brain And he knows how the hot blood surges through veins and arteries under a thin membrane of skinAnd then gushes out Five stories of horror and intrigue include Dread Hell's Event Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament The Skins of the Fathers and New Murders in the Rue Morgue Reprint.

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  • Books of Blood: Volume Two
  • Clive Barker
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  • 11 May 2015

About the Author: Clive Barker

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool Blood: Volume MOBI ò 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 uarry 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.



10 thoughts on “Books of Blood: Volume Two

  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    From the opening slice of his second viscera dripping Book o’ Blood Clive Barker carves into the mind of the reader an apt description of the primary theme explored in this collection There is no delight the eual of dread If it were possible to sit invisible between two people on any train in any waiting room or office the conversation overheard would time and again circle on that subject Certainly the debate might appear to be about something entirely different; the state of the nation idle chat about death on the roads the rising price of dental care; but strip away the metaphor the innuendo and there nestling at the heart of the discourse is dread While the nature of God and the possibility of eternal life go undiscussed we happily chew over the minutia of misery The syndrome recognizes no boundaries; in bath house and seminar room alike the same ritual is repeated With the inevitability of a tongue returning to probe a painful tooth we come back and back and back again to our fears sitting to talk them over with the eagerness of a hungry man before a full and steaming plate For all of Barker's attachment to prose detailing the reduction of the human form into bloody chunks of offal and his fondness for the loss of bowel control both of which are most assuredly on display here the man clearly can write and his stories are generally both imaginative and evocative The five stories in this collection range from most excellent to mostly okay with the majority trending toward the positive side of good to very good Barker’s mastery of descriptive atrocity are fully unleashed and his prose conjures some VIVID images in the mind’s visual display This brings me to my personal dividing line between Clive Barker at his best and Clive Barker at his MEHest When Barker’s talent for obscene imagery is added as spice to garnish an already terrific story exploring inside the darker cracks of the human psyche we get a classic Barker banuet of BAM On the other hand when the literaGORE is included to add meat to a story that is otherwise mostly bones and gristle than we are usually left with some titillating shock moments in an otherwise forgettable tale For the most part Barker cooks up the former Here’s the menuDREAD My favorite story of this group and the only one that I would give the full 5 stars College student Stephen Grace meets comes under the spell of the mysterious uaid and his philosophical fascination with you guessed itdread What people fear why people fear and how people react and deal with their fear is the center of uaid’s worldview You can begin to imagine where this one might lead and I will leave it off there except to say that I thought the last 10 pages were superb and completely unexpected based on the stories beginning How’s that for a plot tease? 50 stars Hell’s Event A decent but very forgettable piece about a “once a century” contest between the denizens of Hell and unwitting champions of humanity If Hell wins Armageddon follows If mankind wins another 100 years of the pain and misery that is normal human existence Ehsix of one half a dozen of the other 25 stars Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament This is classic Clive Barker While I didn’t like this uite as much as the first story this one is tremendously creative and contains some of Barker's best descriptive work in the entire collection An unhappy woman tries to kill herself and awakes from her botched suicide attempt with extraordinary powers that she puts to gorrifically grisly use Barker spins atrocities with the best of them but what really sets this and all of his better stories apart is his interpid evaluation of humanity's darker aspects and his willingness to take chances The story works on multiple levels 45 to 50 stars The Skins of the Fathers A small town of and their battle with monsters that exhibit far humanity that the human residents This could have been fantastic as Barker unleashes some amazingly bizarre imagery onto the narrative Unfortunately the story doesn’t uite gel and we are left with of an artsy monster movie that was enjoyable but felt somehow like it missed the high water mark 30 stars New Murders in the Rue Morgue Easily the strangest piece in this collection Barker takes the original Edgar Allen Poe story The Murders in the Rue Morgue and creates a seuel an homage and a re imagining all in one It is ambitious and mostly effective and if I had been familiar with the original Poe story I might have appreciated it As it is I liked it but didn’t love it 35 stars Overall not uite as good as the first Books of Blood and just short of 4 stars A strong 35 stars and one I recommend to fans of horror short fiction

  2. Sr3yas Sr3yas says:

    Do you know what I like about Clive Barker's stories? It is the sheer verity of the macabre filled tales he presents for us If I am sitting down with a Clive Barker story I know I will be reading something new Same applies to this collection There are five creepy tales varying from psychological horror to supernatural horror from hell sponsored races to superhuman femme fatale and from monsters that created men to monsters that men createThe collection opens with a dreadful tale calleduh Dread It's a rather disturbing psychological tale where a guy is using his friends as guinea pigs in his psychological experiments I thought the first half was excellent but last act's writing was a bit incoherent which is understandable as it reflects the situationThe second story Hell's Event have a really cool ending seriously You got to read this oneThe third story Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament is loaded with powerplay sex and ultimate control It's a really fun read with an unpredictable last act Oh wait That's another thing I love about these stories They are unpredictable for most of the part and they are no cliches The Skins of the Fathers is another story with solid ending I loved the image that Barker painted at the very end The story got monsters shocking revelations gunplay and wicked characters And lastly New Murders in the Rue Morgue Yes the same Rue Morgue created by Poe This felt rather out of place in the beginning but uickly became sinister as the story progressed The finale of the story was rather ironic and I liked it But this is probably the weakest of the lotOverall Braker's second Book of Blood is almost as good as the first Book of Blood I especially liked Hell's event and Skins of the father

  3. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    This is a well written and well constructed book of stories but already—in his second book of horror fiction—Clive Barker shows evidence of declineThe first “Book of Blood” was obsessed with the fleshiness of mortality entwined in the corporeal roots of fear This singlemindedness gave the work a classic uality it was the work of a man eager to eviscerate a multitude in a uest either to reclaim some lost refinement or to obliterate his sensibilities altogether This much was clear his passion was genuine his purpose seriousI do not find this to be true with this second book Barker seems to have almost exorcised his old obsessions and now is idly toying with them exploiting them His greatest achievements now derive from parody or the almost parody of the baroueThe first two of the five tales “Dread” and “Hell’s Race” are the least successful The first is a rather conventional tale of “Rm 101” torture in this case fears of meat fears of deafness and the second is just what its title promise a rather dumb tale of Hell’s annual race against humans with Earth as the usual prize The third story “Jacueline Esse Her Will and Testament” my favorite is memorable for the way it heightens Barker’s concerns sexuality pain and desire the limits of body into parody Jacueline’s superpower is the ability to alter men’s bodies into fantastic—and fatal—shapes Barker’s descriptions of these metamorphoses are detailed and will not soon leave the reader’s mind Almost as good is “The Skins of the Fathers” a story that begins like a drive in movie with a motorist stranded out of gas on the desert who sees something strange in the distance shambling across the road Here again it is Barker’s detailed description of these odd creatures that sticks in the memory Although not uite up to the level of the two previous stories the “New Murders in the Rue Morue” is an homage that treats a literary classic with respect and puts a distinctive spin on the identity and motivations of the murdererYes Book of Blood I was better but if you can keep from being disappointed you will find much in this book of horror tales to delight you Even when he is not at his best Clive Barker is very good indeed

  4. Paul Nelson Paul Nelson says:

    Volume 2 of Clive Barkers Books of Blood contains 5 positively delectable tales of terror starting with Dread uaid is a man who experiments with fear He picks his test subject and forces them to realise their ultimate horror and how long it takes to get there but his own dread can't stay hidden forever Hell's Event is a charity race held in London every hundred years a race between Hell and mankind the winner to rule the earth Eual doses of Hell's representatives and the unwitting ideal of man one side desperate to win the other not a clue to the importance of the result Some do however and confidence breeds contempt it’s not just about the race however there are some wickedly compelling characters on the periphery Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament was probably my favourite story a woman fails in a suicide attempt and as a result finds she has abilities worthy of nightmares Sex dismemberment and much worse this woman's story is totally gripping Disturbing horror with a slice of love that takes some searching for but results in an unlikely happyish ending This was a cracking story amidst the scattered body partsThe Skins of the Fathers sees Davidson witness a procession of monsters when his car breaks down Years past saw these creatures mate with a woman from the local town and they've come back to claim the child Easier said than done in the Arizona desertNew Murders in the Rue Morgue is a strange tale of an experiment with a primate Lewis is called to Paris when a friend is arrested for murder his investigation reveals something astonishing and something his friend can't faceSecond volume done and I'm seriously getting into Clive Barkers twisted rhetoric and general fiendishnessAlso posted at

  5. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    A mixed bag of short stories not as good as the first volume but most of the stories were still impressive Unfortunately the first short story Dread wasn't too my liking Strange since I usually love the book of blood stories but it was weird and just kind of pointless A man obsessed with fear trials takes it too far to make his pointHell's Event was my favorite of the group A charity race held every hundred years where the contest winnings could literally mean the end of the world as Hell unleashes its fury but all the contestants don't know that Some of the key players have it rigged to turn out demented of course but the main character is a diverse individual who comes across fresh and well rounded It's dark and demented and twisted but awesome and well written to boot Jacueline Ess was an interesting take on a woman who comes into her own power and then takes it to a demented level Told with multiple shifts from a man who became obsessed with a woman he shouldn't and the woman herself Filled with blood drenched sexual scenes and bizarre twists on a traditional love story the ending is a disturbing twist that imprints on the mindThe Skins of the Fathers started a little slow and hard to get into but ultimately was satisfying Creatures have come out to attack but there is not a horrible and monstrous backstory with them but with humans instead It became fascinating and of course sadNew Murders in the Rue Morgue may pay homage to the original story and involves a primate but it didn't hold my interest as much as some of the others Still well done and imaginative enoughEven if the first was a bit better Clive Barker just rocks with short fiction and all the Books of Blood installment are recommended

  6. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    Dread Four stars I think the story begins to flag after the vegetarian scene but it's still a disturbing rideHell's Event Four stars A little too political for my liking but you gotta love Barker's imaginationJacueline Ess Her Will and Testament Five stars Brutal and nasty and sexy and fucking weird The Skins of the Fathers Five stars Monster sex Wicked stuff yoNew Murders in the Rue Morgue Two stars It was okay Probably my least favorite Barker story until I find one that's worseIn summation Nifty little collection but I think I liked the first volume This one ended on a shitty note in my opinion Final Judgment Highs and lows

  7. Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* says:

    Clive Barker is a surgeon of the macabre one whose scalpel never makes a stray cut This story collection continues to reveal his uniue mastery of the genre What kind of nightmares must this man have had to fuel his unfathomable visions? All authors dread the uestion Where do you get your ideas? In Barker's case I would be terrified to learn the answer These stories include psychological diabolic and otherworldy horror set firmly in a recognizable world They evoke genuine human longing and pain and at times thrill with sexuality What struck me most was that Barker imbues his characters with genuine humanity and respect for their persons whether they be young or old male or female American or European rich or poor Black or White He doesn't judge or diminish anyone Of the five stories Dread Hell's Event Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament The Skins of the Father New Murders in the Rue Morgue only one flailed The Skins of the Father's narrative was all over the place Dread was my least favorite story lacking the supernatural thrill that I love but it did lead my mind to wander over my own time in university which in restrospect is a very bizarre time My favorite story is probably Hell's Event the least serious of the bunch but with surprising turns don't look back Warning New Murders in the Rue Morgue contains spoilers for its inspiring story Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe although I think 180 years is an acceptable wait time to divulge the story's events

  8. ᴥ Irena ᴥ ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

    35One of the interesting things about this selection of stories is that I found myself rooting for a homicidal clown or a clownish character to be precise a female serial killer and demons DreadI prefer supernatural horror to the realistic human monsters Dread features a real life possibility a man who in his uest to beat his fears became an unfeeling monster Hell's EventEvery hundred years a race takes place in London Only few know about it This year a young successful runner will have to give his best to beat the odds Jacueline Ess Her Will And TestamentIt starts with a woman trying to commit suicide Her husband gets to her in time This is the turning point in Jacueline Ess's life Thanks to her pain loneliness general misogyny and other people's betrayals she gets a strange power over flesh Literally This disturbing story even has a very satisfying happy ending It is even romantic The Skins of the FathersMan is created by beings he drove underground when he became too strong This time there will be another violent encounter between the two species Humans do not look good in this story New Murders in the Rue MorgueA creepy weirder and much disturbing than Poe's story An old man gets a cry for help from a friend in Paris Her brother who is over sixty has been accused of murder of his nineteen year old lover

  9. Anthony Vacca Anthony Vacca says:

    The second Books of Blood is a lot less accomplished than its preceding cycle of short stories While those were the work of an imagination unhinged though with purpose these are less realized and as a result less successful flights of dark fancy that only offer thrills at a surface level Sure there are impossible transformations of the flesh otherworldly beings with inscrutable desires and the blurring of pain and pleasure as two separate emotions; but here these feel perfunctory rather than exploratory Though a sophomoric work each of these stories are written in a brisk style that clips along even if what's left behind is often a mess Yet who can complain too much about a starved vegetarian tormented with rotting meat a face slurping demon participating in a charity race a femme fatale who brings new meaning to body dysmorphia a monster gang bang that is both consensual and tender and a sexed up retelling of Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue?

  10. Brandon Petry Brandon Petry says:

    This is my second reading as far as I can remember of Clive Barker's Books of Blood Volumes One to Three since high school when they blew my mind apart My interest to re read these stories came earlier this summer when I re read Jacueline Ess Her Will And Testament as reprinted in the excellent collection Behold Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders edited by Doug Murano In 2014 it was announced that Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey was set to star in the movie version of Jacueline Ess though IMDB still lists the project as in development as of Oct 2017In volume 2 like the previous volume some stories really worked for me and others were fell into the good not great category On this re read the stories that absolutely destroyed me in a good way were the last threeJacueline Ess Her Will And TestamentThe Skins of the FathersNew Murders in the Rue MorgueWell worth re reading and if you've never read any of the Books of Blood Volumes One to Three I suggest fixing that immediately  

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10 thoughts on “Books of Blood: Volume Two

  1. Stephen Stephen says:

    From the opening slice of his second viscera dripping Book o’ Blood Clive Barker carves into the mind of the reader an apt description of the primary theme explored in this collection There is no delight the eual of dread If it were possible to sit invisible between two people on any train in any waiting room or office the conversation overheard would time and again circle on that subject Certainly the debate might appear to be about something entirely different; the state of the nation idle chat about death on the roads the rising price of dental care; but strip away the metaphor the innuendo and there nestling at the heart of the discourse is dread While the nature of God and the possibility of eternal life go undiscussed we happily chew over the minutia of misery The syndrome recognizes no boundaries; in bath house and seminar room alike the same ritual is repeated With the inevitability of a tongue returning to probe a painful tooth we come back and back and back again to our fears sitting to talk them over with the eagerness of a hungry man before a full and steaming plate For all of Barker's attachment to prose detailing the reduction of the human form into bloody chunks of offal and his fondness for the loss of bowel control both of which are most assuredly on display here the man clearly can write and his stories are generally both imaginative and evocative The five stories in this collection range from most excellent to mostly okay with the majority trending toward the positive side of good to very good Barker’s mastery of descriptive atrocity are fully unleashed and his prose conjures some VIVID images in the mind’s visual display This brings me to my personal dividing line between Clive Barker at his best and Clive Barker at his MEHest When Barker’s talent for obscene imagery is added as spice to garnish an already terrific story exploring inside the darker cracks of the human psyche we get a classic Barker banuet of BAM On the other hand when the literaGORE is included to add meat to a story that is otherwise mostly bones and gristle than we are usually left with some titillating shock moments in an otherwise forgettable tale For the most part Barker cooks up the former Here’s the menuDREAD My favorite story of this group and the only one that I would give the full 5 stars College student Stephen Grace meets comes under the spell of the mysterious uaid and his philosophical fascination with you guessed itdread What people fear why people fear and how people react and deal with their fear is the center of uaid’s worldview You can begin to imagine where this one might lead and I will leave it off there except to say that I thought the last 10 pages were superb and completely unexpected based on the stories beginning How’s that for a plot tease? 50 stars Hell’s Event A decent but very forgettable piece about a “once a century” contest between the denizens of Hell and unwitting champions of humanity If Hell wins Armageddon follows If mankind wins another 100 years of the pain and misery that is normal human existence Ehsix of one half a dozen of the other 25 stars Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament This is classic Clive Barker While I didn’t like this uite as much as the first story this one is tremendously creative and contains some of Barker's best descriptive work in the entire collection An unhappy woman tries to kill herself and awakes from her botched suicide attempt with extraordinary powers that she puts to gorrifically grisly use Barker spins atrocities with the best of them but what really sets this and all of his better stories apart is his interpid evaluation of humanity's darker aspects and his willingness to take chances The story works on multiple levels 45 to 50 stars The Skins of the Fathers A small town of and their battle with monsters that exhibit far humanity that the human residents This could have been fantastic as Barker unleashes some amazingly bizarre imagery onto the narrative Unfortunately the story doesn’t uite gel and we are left with of an artsy monster movie that was enjoyable but felt somehow like it missed the high water mark 30 stars New Murders in the Rue Morgue Easily the strangest piece in this collection Barker takes the original Edgar Allen Poe story The Murders in the Rue Morgue and creates a seuel an homage and a re imagining all in one It is ambitious and mostly effective and if I had been familiar with the original Poe story I might have appreciated it As it is I liked it but didn’t love it 35 stars Overall not uite as good as the first Books of Blood and just short of 4 stars A strong 35 stars and one I recommend to fans of horror short fiction

  2. Sr3yas Sr3yas says:

    Do you know what I like about Clive Barker's stories? It is the sheer verity of the macabre filled tales he presents for us If I am sitting down with a Clive Barker story I know I will be reading something new Same applies to this collection There are five creepy tales varying from psychological horror to supernatural horror from hell sponsored races to superhuman femme fatale and from monsters that created men to monsters that men createThe collection opens with a dreadful tale calleduh Dread It's a rather disturbing psychological tale where a guy is using his friends as guinea pigs in his psychological experiments I thought the first half was excellent but last act's writing was a bit incoherent which is understandable as it reflects the situationThe second story Hell's Event have a really cool ending seriously You got to read this oneThe third story Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament is loaded with powerplay sex and ultimate control It's a really fun read with an unpredictable last act Oh wait That's another thing I love about these stories They are unpredictable for most of the part and they are no cliches The Skins of the Fathers is another story with solid ending I loved the image that Barker painted at the very end The story got monsters shocking revelations gunplay and wicked characters And lastly New Murders in the Rue Morgue Yes the same Rue Morgue created by Poe This felt rather out of place in the beginning but uickly became sinister as the story progressed The finale of the story was rather ironic and I liked it But this is probably the weakest of the lotOverall Braker's second Book of Blood is almost as good as the first Book of Blood I especially liked Hell's event and Skins of the father

  3. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    This is a well written and well constructed book of stories but already—in his second book of horror fiction—Clive Barker shows evidence of declineThe first “Book of Blood” was obsessed with the fleshiness of mortality entwined in the corporeal roots of fear This singlemindedness gave the work a classic uality it was the work of a man eager to eviscerate a multitude in a uest either to reclaim some lost refinement or to obliterate his sensibilities altogether This much was clear his passion was genuine his purpose seriousI do not find this to be true with this second book Barker seems to have almost exorcised his old obsessions and now is idly toying with them exploiting them His greatest achievements now derive from parody or the almost parody of the baroueThe first two of the five tales “Dread” and “Hell’s Race” are the least successful The first is a rather conventional tale of “Rm 101” torture in this case fears of meat fears of deafness and the second is just what its title promise a rather dumb tale of Hell’s annual race against humans with Earth as the usual prize The third story “Jacueline Esse Her Will and Testament” my favorite is memorable for the way it heightens Barker’s concerns sexuality pain and desire the limits of body into parody Jacueline’s superpower is the ability to alter men’s bodies into fantastic—and fatal—shapes Barker’s descriptions of these metamorphoses are detailed and will not soon leave the reader’s mind Almost as good is “The Skins of the Fathers” a story that begins like a drive in movie with a motorist stranded out of gas on the desert who sees something strange in the distance shambling across the road Here again it is Barker’s detailed description of these odd creatures that sticks in the memory Although not uite up to the level of the two previous stories the “New Murders in the Rue Morue” is an homage that treats a literary classic with respect and puts a distinctive spin on the identity and motivations of the murdererYes Book of Blood I was better but if you can keep from being disappointed you will find much in this book of horror tales to delight you Even when he is not at his best Clive Barker is very good indeed

  4. Paul Nelson Paul Nelson says:

    Volume 2 of Clive Barkers Books of Blood contains 5 positively delectable tales of terror starting with Dread uaid is a man who experiments with fear He picks his test subject and forces them to realise their ultimate horror and how long it takes to get there but his own dread can't stay hidden forever Hell's Event is a charity race held in London every hundred years a race between Hell and mankind the winner to rule the earth Eual doses of Hell's representatives and the unwitting ideal of man one side desperate to win the other not a clue to the importance of the result Some do however and confidence breeds contempt it’s not just about the race however there are some wickedly compelling characters on the periphery Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament was probably my favourite story a woman fails in a suicide attempt and as a result finds she has abilities worthy of nightmares Sex dismemberment and much worse this woman's story is totally gripping Disturbing horror with a slice of love that takes some searching for but results in an unlikely happyish ending This was a cracking story amidst the scattered body partsThe Skins of the Fathers sees Davidson witness a procession of monsters when his car breaks down Years past saw these creatures mate with a woman from the local town and they've come back to claim the child Easier said than done in the Arizona desertNew Murders in the Rue Morgue is a strange tale of an experiment with a primate Lewis is called to Paris when a friend is arrested for murder his investigation reveals something astonishing and something his friend can't faceSecond volume done and I'm seriously getting into Clive Barkers twisted rhetoric and general fiendishnessAlso posted at

  5. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    A mixed bag of short stories not as good as the first volume but most of the stories were still impressive Unfortunately the first short story Dread wasn't too my liking Strange since I usually love the book of blood stories but it was weird and just kind of pointless A man obsessed with fear trials takes it too far to make his pointHell's Event was my favorite of the group A charity race held every hundred years where the contest winnings could literally mean the end of the world as Hell unleashes its fury but all the contestants don't know that Some of the key players have it rigged to turn out demented of course but the main character is a diverse individual who comes across fresh and well rounded It's dark and demented and twisted but awesome and well written to boot Jacueline Ess was an interesting take on a woman who comes into her own power and then takes it to a demented level Told with multiple shifts from a man who became obsessed with a woman he shouldn't and the woman herself Filled with blood drenched sexual scenes and bizarre twists on a traditional love story the ending is a disturbing twist that imprints on the mindThe Skins of the Fathers started a little slow and hard to get into but ultimately was satisfying Creatures have come out to attack but there is not a horrible and monstrous backstory with them but with humans instead It became fascinating and of course sadNew Murders in the Rue Morgue may pay homage to the original story and involves a primate but it didn't hold my interest as much as some of the others Still well done and imaginative enoughEven if the first was a bit better Clive Barker just rocks with short fiction and all the Books of Blood installment are recommended

  6. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    Dread Four stars I think the story begins to flag after the vegetarian scene but it's still a disturbing rideHell's Event Four stars A little too political for my liking but you gotta love Barker's imaginationJacueline Ess Her Will and Testament Five stars Brutal and nasty and sexy and fucking weird The Skins of the Fathers Five stars Monster sex Wicked stuff yoNew Murders in the Rue Morgue Two stars It was okay Probably my least favorite Barker story until I find one that's worseIn summation Nifty little collection but I think I liked the first volume This one ended on a shitty note in my opinion Final Judgment Highs and lows

  7. Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* says:

    Clive Barker is a surgeon of the macabre one whose scalpel never makes a stray cut This story collection continues to reveal his uniue mastery of the genre What kind of nightmares must this man have had to fuel his unfathomable visions? All authors dread the uestion Where do you get your ideas? In Barker's case I would be terrified to learn the answer These stories include psychological diabolic and otherworldy horror set firmly in a recognizable world They evoke genuine human longing and pain and at times thrill with sexuality What struck me most was that Barker imbues his characters with genuine humanity and respect for their persons whether they be young or old male or female American or European rich or poor Black or White He doesn't judge or diminish anyone Of the five stories Dread Hell's Event Jacueline Ess Her Will and Testament The Skins of the Father New Murders in the Rue Morgue only one flailed The Skins of the Father's narrative was all over the place Dread was my least favorite story lacking the supernatural thrill that I love but it did lead my mind to wander over my own time in university which in restrospect is a very bizarre time My favorite story is probably Hell's Event the least serious of the bunch but with surprising turns don't look back Warning New Murders in the Rue Morgue contains spoilers for its inspiring story Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe although I think 180 years is an acceptable wait time to divulge the story's events

  8. ᴥ Irena ᴥ ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

    35One of the interesting things about this selection of stories is that I found myself rooting for a homicidal clown or a clownish character to be precise a female serial killer and demons DreadI prefer supernatural horror to the realistic human monsters Dread features a real life possibility a man who in his uest to beat his fears became an unfeeling monster Hell's EventEvery hundred years a race takes place in London Only few know about it This year a young successful runner will have to give his best to beat the odds Jacueline Ess Her Will And TestamentIt starts with a woman trying to commit suicide Her husband gets to her in time This is the turning point in Jacueline Ess's life Thanks to her pain loneliness general misogyny and other people's betrayals she gets a strange power over flesh Literally This disturbing story even has a very satisfying happy ending It is even romantic The Skins of the FathersMan is created by beings he drove underground when he became too strong This time there will be another violent encounter between the two species Humans do not look good in this story New Murders in the Rue MorgueA creepy weirder and much disturbing than Poe's story An old man gets a cry for help from a friend in Paris Her brother who is over sixty has been accused of murder of his nineteen year old lover

  9. Anthony Vacca Anthony Vacca says:

    The second Books of Blood is a lot less accomplished than its preceding cycle of short stories While those were the work of an imagination unhinged though with purpose these are less realized and as a result less successful flights of dark fancy that only offer thrills at a surface level Sure there are impossible transformations of the flesh otherworldly beings with inscrutable desires and the blurring of pain and pleasure as two separate emotions; but here these feel perfunctory rather than exploratory Though a sophomoric work each of these stories are written in a brisk style that clips along even if what's left behind is often a mess Yet who can complain too much about a starved vegetarian tormented with rotting meat a face slurping demon participating in a charity race a femme fatale who brings new meaning to body dysmorphia a monster gang bang that is both consensual and tender and a sexed up retelling of Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue?

  10. Brandon Petry Brandon Petry says:

    This is my second reading as far as I can remember of Clive Barker's Books of Blood Volumes One to Three since high school when they blew my mind apart My interest to re read these stories came earlier this summer when I re read Jacueline Ess Her Will And Testament as reprinted in the excellent collection Behold Oddities Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders edited by Doug Murano In 2014 it was announced that Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey was set to star in the movie version of Jacueline Ess though IMDB still lists the project as in development as of Oct 2017In volume 2 like the previous volume some stories really worked for me and others were fell into the good not great category On this re read the stories that absolutely destroyed me in a good way were the last threeJacueline Ess Her Will And TestamentThe Skins of the FathersNew Murders in the Rue MorgueWell worth re reading and if you've never read any of the Books of Blood Volumes One to Three I suggest fixing that immediately  

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