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Review: The Book of Blood by Clive Barker

Cover for the newly released edition of Books of Blood Vol 1 by Clive Barker

This Volume includes: “The Book of Blood” • “The Midnight Meat Train” • “The Yattering and Jack” • “Pig Blood Blues” • “Sex, Death and Starshine” • “In the Hills, the Cities”

The Book of Blood, the first short story in this volume, is the one we are reviewing here in this article and not the whole Volume 1 book titled Books of Blood.

This first short story in Clive Barker’s Books of Blood Vol 1 titled The Book of Blood, that sets the stage in truly the best way possible for this tour de force, completely knocked my head off. The titles between the main book and the first short story are confusing at first, but make total sense after reading which adds value. It delivers wonder and vivid imagery with eloquent writing style matched with elements of true horror. There is some questionable sexual content looming that brushes the bleeding edge of an urge to also to be questionably judgemental and I love that.

In one sense, you could tell every bit of this story verbosely and not spoil it due to the nature of Clive Barker’s curated writing style, but the elements and ultimately the way this short story ends would be spoiled very easily because of it’s weight for the rest of the book which ties the rest of the stories together.

Honestly, I had to re-read this mere 25 pages a couple times ( and not at fault of the book ) to get the full swing and just to make sure I had the message tightly in my grip, but it ultimately left me in a a state of my jaw having to be picked up off the floor and with a vat of curiosity for the rest of the book. This paradoxical quote and play on words from the blurb says a lot for what’s in store for this first, short story in this book:

Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we’re opened, we’re red.