Thursday, May 9, 2013

Books of Blood by Clive Barker

Clive Barker, the evil genius behind movies such as Candyman, Nightbreed and Hellraiser (which was based on his novella The Hellbound Heart), and novels such as Abarat and Imajica, has had the first volume of his debut horror story collection BOOKS OF BLOOD released on audio for the first time. Narrators include Chris Patton, Jeffrey Kafer, Dick Hill, Peter Berkrot, Simon Vance, and Chet Williamson. The narration is stellar, and the mix eclectic both in tone and range. Then come stories like "The Midnight Meat Train" (set in the NY subway system, this grisly story was made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper.) "The Yattering and Jack" is a funny demon story given the kind of twists only Hill can convey. If Dick were on The Voice, Blake and Adam would be talking about his wicked nuances of character construction. (Actually, there should be a show for storytellers called "Story Star." It would certainly be more interesting than singing worn out pop songs!) Other stories are"Pig Blood Blues" (a missing boy ghost story,)"Sex, Death, and Starshine" (a satirical zombie story set in a theater), and finally "In the Hills, the Cities," a Lovecraft-like story, with all the power and command of language which that author conveys, (and it's also one of the most unusual horror stories you'll ever hear.) Crossroad Press is really taking off, now celebrating 300 audiobooks at Audible. 





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