Clive Barker's Books of Blood Summary
Barker's vivid imagination, bolstered by his naturally philosophical bent, leads him into any number of thematic concerns in the course of his fiction.
Two areas of recurring emphasis are apparent, however. The first of these, and the one which the author himself has been most prone to stress in public discussions of his work, involves the concept of fundamental transformation as the result of an intense, revelatory experience, something which in Barker's narratives seems to come close to the notion of epiphany as articulated in the fiction of James Joyce.
People, he says, are given a moment of revelation, which, I think, is just about the most important thing in the world — moments when they see themselves in relation to the imaginative elements which have erupted into their lives.
What separates these moments of revelation and transformation from the epiphanies of Joyce — and...
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Clive Barker Biographies (2)
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"Renaissance man" is a tag often associated with Clive Barker, and for good reason. Since exploding into the publishing scene in the mid-1980s with six volumes of horror short stories known as the "Bo...
5,069 words, approx. 17 pages
Clive Barker was born on 5 October 1952 in Liverpool, England. His father, Len Barker, was in industrial relations; his mother, Joan Barker, was a teacher, and both were amateur artists. As a schoolbo...
Essays & Analysis (10)
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In the following essay, Badley analyzes Barker's Books of Blood, his films, and his other literary work.
With Books of Blood, an obscure playwright and illustrator named Clive Barker launched t...
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In the following excerpt, Dziemianowicz treats Barker's Books of Blood as a forerunner of the splatterpunk horror fiction movement in the late 1980s.
Clive Barker, Splatterpunk, and the New Dec...
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In the following review, Morrison explores thematic and stylistic aspects of the short stories in the first three Books of Blood.
In 1984, Sphere Books unleashed upon the unsuspecting world Clive Bark...
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In the following review of the third Books of Blood, Keis observes that Barker is an innovative writer in the horror genre, and that Barker's stories appeal to those who are prepared for the bl...
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In the following review of the compilation The Books of Blood, the critic asserts that Barker is a major innovator in modern horror fiction.
Sixteen of the 17 stories in this book [The Books of Blood]...
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In the following review of The Books of Blood, Anderson observes that Barker's effective mingling of the realms of life and death in his short stories uplifts the horror genre.
Just when you th...
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In the following review, Morrison provides a generally favorable assessment of Barker's first three Books of Blood.
The publication of this massive collection of well-crafted, original, disturb...
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In the following review of Books of Blood, Volumes 4–6, Morgan describes Barker as a highly talented yet inconsistent writer.
Clive Barker is a young English writer who produces horror novelett...
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In the following review, Meeks asserts that the stories in the first Books of Blood are neither original nor frightening.
At rush hour, it always seems like there's at least one person in every...
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In the following review, D'Ammassa maintains that the five stories included in the second volume of the Books of Blood are of uniformly high quality.
Clive Barker has been widely touted as the ...