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Book Title: Księga krwi II|
The author of the book: Clive Barker
Date of issue: 1992
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 948 KB
Edition: Phantom Press International
Read full description of the books Księga krwi II: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 equal 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 V…I…V…I…D 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 banquet 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 menu:
DREAD: 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 Quaid and his philosophical fascination with, you guessed it…dread. What people fear, why people fear and how people react and deal with their fear is the center of Quaid’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? 5.0 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. Eh…six of one, half a dozen of the other. 2.5 stars.
Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament: This is classic Clive Barker. While I didn’t like this quite 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. 4.5 to 5.0 stars.
The Skins of the Fathers: A small town of and their battle with monsters that exhibit far more 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 quite gel and we are left with more of an artsy monster movie that was enjoyable but felt somehow like it missed the high water mark. 3.0 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 sequel, an homage and a re-imagining all in one. It is ambitious and mostly effective and if I had been more familiar with the original Poe story I might have appreciated it more. As it is, I liked it but didn’t love it. 3.5 stars.
Overall, not quite as good as the first Books of Blood and just short of 4 stars. A strong 3.5 stars and one I recommend to fans of horror short fiction.
Read information about the authorClive Barker was born in Liverpool, 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 Quarry 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 was in Liverpool in 1975 that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until 1986. Barker's second long-term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in 2009.
In 2003, Clive Barker received The Davidson/Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards. This award is presented "to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for any of those communities". While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work.
Fans have noticed of late that Barker's voice has become gravelly and coarse. He says in a December 2008 online interview that this is due to polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting. He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries. He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars. On August 27, 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat. In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning. Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it. Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but left with many strange visions.
Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror/fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories (collected in Books of Blood 1 – 6), and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game (1985). Later he moved towards modern-day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld (1987), The Great and Secret Show (1989), the world-spanning Imajica (1991) and Sacrament (1996), bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.
Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions. He wrote the screenplays for Underworld (aka Transmutations – 1985) and Rawhead Rex (1986), both directed by George Pavlou. Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser (1987), based on his novella The Hellbound Heart. His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re-released together to moderate critical acclaim. After his film Nightbreed (Cabal), which was widely considered to be a flop, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions. Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim.
Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books. His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations (1995) and Forms of Heaven (1996), as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.
A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993. Based on detailed premises, titles and lead characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles — set outside the Marvel universe — were Ectokid,
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