Books of Blood Omnibus 1 Vols 4-6 Here are the stories written on the Book of Blood. They are a map of that dark highway that leads out of life towards unknown destinations. Few will have to take it. Most will go peacefully along lamplit streets, ushered out of living with prayers and caresses. But for a few, a chosen few, the horrors will come, skipping, to fetch them off to the highway of the damned . . .
From the brilliant World Fantasy Award winner Clive Barker come fourteen spine-chilling stories of darkness unleashed, gathered together in one volume for the first time. These are visionary tales of terror which will curdle the very marrow in your bones... `I literally could not read him alone. His stories are compulsively readable and original. He is an important, exciting and enormously talented writer’ Stephen King
‘Clive Barker writes about horrors most of us would scarcely dare imagine’ Ramsey Campbell
`Barker’s visions are at one turn horrifyingly stomach-wrenching and at the next flickering with brilliant invention that leaves the reader shaking, not with fear, but with wonder’ Sounds
`Gushing gore and flying flesh... read it with gloves on’ Time Out
‘As provocative, powerful and well crafted as any fiction being written today’ Fantasy Review
‘Clive Barker is an original and prodigiously talented writer... not to be missed’ Fangoria
First British Edition Collins (1988)
Cabal The nightmare had begun...
Boone now knew for sure there was no place on this earth for him, no happiness here, not even with Lori. Just as certain, there was no salvation possible for him in Heaven. He would let Hell claim him then, let Death take him there.
But Death itself seemed to shrink from him. No wonder, if he had indeed been the monster who had shattered and violated and shredded so many others’ lives. And Decker had shown him the proof - the hellish proof of the photographs where the victims were forever stilled, splayed in the last obscene moment of their torture.
Neither Heaven, nor Hell, nor Earth was possible. It could only be Midian then - that awful legendary place which gathered to itself in its monstrous embrace the halfdead, the Nightbreed.
Boone made his way there, not knowing, and caring even less, if Decker or Lori would follow. All he wanted was to leave the nightmare behind. But the real nightmare had yet to begin... Cabal marks a new and ferocious high in Clive Barker’s ongoing love affair with the bizarre, the perverse, the terrifying - the story of the ultimate clash between two very different monstrosities, and of a young woman willing to cross the borders of the human to be with the man she loves.
First British Edition Collins (1987)
Weaveworld Photo by Linda McCartney Weaveworld is an epic adventure of the imagination.
It begins with a carpet in which a world of rapture and enchantment is hiding; a world which comes back to life, alerting the dark forces from which it was hiding, and beginning a desperate battle to preserve the last vestiges of magic which Humankind still has access to.
Mysteriously drawn by the carpet and into the world it represents are Cal Mooney and Suzanna Parrish, two young people with no knowledge of what they are about to live through and confront. For the final conflict between the forces of good - the Seerkind -and of evil, embodied by the terrible Immacolata and her ravening twin wraith sisters, is about to take place. Weaveworld is a book of visions and horrors, as real as the world we live and breathe in, yet opening doors to experience, places and people that we all dream of, but daren’t hope are real. It is a story of quest, of titanic struggles, of love and of hope. It is a triumph of imagination and storytelling, an adventure, a nightmare, a promise…
First British Edition Weidenfeld & Nicholson (1985)
The Damnation Game When Marty Strauss is offered parole and becomes the bodyguard of one of the richest men in Europe, it seems Fate has finally dealt him a good hand. On Charles Whitehead’s estate he tastes a life of luxury. And of love.
But there is something terrifying in the air, a mustering of forces which makes the great tycoon tremble, despite his dogs and his electrified fences.
Within weeks the idyll is shattered as - in a series of ever more appalling nightmares - Marty comes to know the nature of the ancient enemy which has appeared to turn Whitehead’s privileged world on its head.
Though he and Whitehead’s daughter make a bid for freedom, the immortal Terror at their heels has powers beyond their comprehension. In its shadow the worst depravities of the modern world come to seem minor crimes. At its behest the vengeful past erupts into the present. The dead walk. The Deluge looms.
For Whitehead and his opponent the approaching Apocalypse is merely the final phase of a game which has lasted decades.
But for those innocents trapped between the players - and for the readers who share their fears and their frail hope of salvation - it will be a breath-snatching ride into hell, which will bring new meaning to the word damnation.
Whether your taste in dark fantasy is for the teasingly suggestive, or for the shockingly explicit, The Damnation Game will take you to fresh heights of visionary terror. `The name of the future in horror could well be Clive Barker’ Stephen King
‘The most exciting debut in horror fiction for many years’ Ramsey Campbell
‘… as provocative, powerful and well crafted as any fiction being written today’ Fantasy Review
‘From the start it’s clear that Barker is in a class by himself’ Locus