“A deliciously scary tale Barker’s brilliantly literary work has raised horror to a level of excellence it has rarely reached before.” —Whitley Streiber. “One of the. Barker has generated acclaim and controversy with his dozens of shorter works published in the six Books of Blood.” His rather long first novel is often. Description. The Damnation Game. By Clive Barker. Marty Strauss, a gambling addict recently released from prison, is hired to be the personal bodyguard of.

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The story is dark and disturbing, the characters sympathetic when they should be and fascinating when they are evil.

This story of a supernaturally powerful man who can resurrect the dead probes the many varieties of corruption. The sheer creativity that is infused in those tales blew me away as I read them. I’ve heard lots of good things about Clive Barker, but damnaion reading The Damnation Game I can’t say I’m exactly inclined to check any of his other works. There were also many loose ends, certain characters had supernatural abilities that were never fully developed or explained, and the story itself could have been much longer and substantial.

This story of a supernaturally powerful man who can resurrect the dead probes the many varieties of corruption. Barker’s choice of nullity as the central theme is intriguing.

The dribbles from the toilet had become a stream, as if the sewers had backed up and were discharging their contents at her feet. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Whilst the story itself was not quite what I had been expecting, once I got into it I came to really love where things were going. Who is a horror fan who doesn’t love Clive Barker? I think the problem with this book is it feels too small and cramped thd Barker’s imagination.

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So, the damnation game, his first novel, published just after the Books of Blood but dammation the hellbound heart. Barker has a keen knack for ripping the skin off every detail and exposing the horrors damnatipn just below the surface The story is terrific; the plot solid; the finish satisfying. For goodness sake, an addiction to strawberries? Gone The Scarlet Gospels. Although it is part horror story, part historical novel, part mainstream novel, and part barkef story, the supernatural premise structures the entire work, and is of such range and complexity as to require novel length for its exposition.

Whitehead’s close friend and associate Mr. I sincerely hope Clive Clivw continues to write for many years to come as he has given me many hours of enjoyment with his books. But even with cancelled sight the illusion persisted. The water splashed more loudly as the flood rose, and in the stream she heard wet heavy things flopping on to the bathroom floor. Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon. You need the dyed-in-the-wool villain you don’t understand, and certainly don’t sympathise with.

How a writer can make hallucinated shit-monsters emerging from a gaping toilet poetic is beyond me.

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The six volumes of the books of blood were ground breaking to say the least. But I was too scared to open my door and run the 3 feet to the bat This is, hands down, the scariest book I have ever read.

For a story built around duality and life over death, or death over life, I feel the conclusion came to a satisfying end.

Quotes from The Damnation Game. I like the idea that I can write a haunted theatre story and that maybe it can relate to other haunted theatre stories.

Indeed, all the characters are full, c Barker, in general, is a heck of a lot better writer than fellow horror icon Stephen King except in King’s short stories. Barker builds his story and characters layer by layer. Underworld Rawhead Rex Hellbound: Read reviews that mention damnation game clive barker books of blood stephen king marty strauss joseph whitehead last european short stories razor eater secret show horror genre years ago barker at his best hellbound heart richest men great and secret character development horror novel well written horror fan.


Elegantly written and orchestrated, this is high quality stuff deserving of its status as a classic. What a burden this praise put on Barker who is less of a horror writer than an author of Dark Fantasy.

Barker likes the gross out a little more than I do and I found this book almost wholly lacking in terror, or psychological horror.

His “hero” here, Marty, a semi-parolee, is a nuanced character who learns as he goes, expanding his internal horizons even as the horror slowly mounts. Oct 11, Leon rated it it was amazing.

Set in modern Britain, the story thrusts a flawed “innocent”parolee Marty Straussinto an epic conflict between wealthy Joseph Whitehead and Mamoulian the Cardplayer, a centuries-old creature with whom Whitehead had struck a bargain to obtain his wealth and power.

Based on detailed premises, titles and hte characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles — set outside the Marvel universe — were Ectokid, 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.

Now, such spectacle belongs to Hollywood.

I was completely and totally bored for the first pages; I would rather watch dust collect than read that waste again. The novel offers out a feast of emotion to submerge yourself in, from bizarre and horrific scenes of brutal violence to moments of heart-wrenching literally romance.