Clive Barkers Books of Blood
I've just decided to reread Clive Barkers Books of Blood and I'm excited all over again. This series of six books single-handedly in my opinion changed the landscape of horror fiction when they came out in the mid 80's. They are filled with short stories in the horror mold. Tales with such breadth and depth of imagination that they will literally take your breath away. I bought Volume One at the airport on my way to Jamaica in 1984 and I was pleasantly shocked and scared for the entire flight. I literally could not put it down and began to understand why Stephen King called him 'The future of horror'.
The thing with Clive's literary creations is that they are exceptionally difficult to bring to the big screen. He's tried it numerous times himself and the results ranged from good to not bad. What more could you ask for. Well, it's just that his novels are so good. He conjures the horrific and fantastic worlds in his writing with such verisimilitude that his films just can't replicate it. But that doesn't stop directors trying. And I have to admit, I'll keep watching them and rejoice when some really gets it right.
For the Urban Fantastic family who really dig their horror stories, this collection is a must read.
"Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red."