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In this richly illustrated volume--masterfully complied from the BBC television miniseries by Stephen Jones--Clive Barker, the modern master of horror, takes you on a terrifyingly intimate tour of his personal sources and secrets. Here is the unspeakable stuff of which Barker's vision was formed: a wonderfully eclectic and wide-ranging collection of nightmares from the lit In this richly illustrated volume--masterfully complied from the BBC television miniseries by Stephen Jones--Clive Barker, the modern master of horror, takes you on a terrifyingly intimate tour of his personal sources and secrets. Here is the unspeakable stuff of which Barker's vision was formed: a wonderfully eclectic and wide-ranging collection of nightmares from the literature and film. Meet serial killers and serious authors, outlaw directors and rebel artists, legendary monsters and movie stars from Psycho to Silence of the Lambs. From exorcisms to zombie dances, chaos to cannibalism, Lovecraft to Elm Street, Dracula to Deuteronomy, discover the dark and grisly world of Clive Barker.


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In this richly illustrated volume--masterfully complied from the BBC television miniseries by Stephen Jones--Clive Barker, the modern master of horror, takes you on a terrifyingly intimate tour of his personal sources and secrets. Here is the unspeakable stuff of which Barker's vision was formed: a wonderfully eclectic and wide-ranging collection of nightmares from the lit In this richly illustrated volume--masterfully complied from the BBC television miniseries by Stephen Jones--Clive Barker, the modern master of horror, takes you on a terrifyingly intimate tour of his personal sources and secrets. Here is the unspeakable stuff of which Barker's vision was formed: a wonderfully eclectic and wide-ranging collection of nightmares from the literature and film. Meet serial killers and serious authors, outlaw directors and rebel artists, legendary monsters and movie stars from Psycho to Silence of the Lambs. From exorcisms to zombie dances, chaos to cannibalism, Lovecraft to Elm Street, Dracula to Deuteronomy, discover the dark and grisly world of Clive Barker.

30 review for Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle {Book Hangovers}

    This was a fun little read for any true horror fan. Facts about the real and the made up horrors that have haunted this world from way back when till now. Favorites of Clive Barker piled into one book...genius! The only reason I didn’t give this a full five star review is mainly because I feel like so much was left out. Clive Barker is a master of horror but for some reason I felt like he was holding back. I wanted more of that gore we see so much of in his writings. Does that make me demented? M This was a fun little read for any true horror fan. Facts about the real and the made up horrors that have haunted this world from way back when till now. Favorites of Clive Barker piled into one book...genius! The only reason I didn’t give this a full five star review is mainly because I feel like so much was left out. Clive Barker is a master of horror but for some reason I felt like he was holding back. I wanted more of that gore we see so much of in his writings. Does that make me demented? Maybe, but it is a book about HORROR! Let’s see more horror!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    D.M.

    This book is fun, but in no way exhaustive...nor does it presume to be. It's meant to be a review of horror by Barker, so it's weighted to his own tastes. The chapters are themed to each letter, and cover a broad range within the subject. The authourship is questionable: the book itself says 'compiled by' Stephen Jones, but the essays appear to be suggesting themselves as by Barker himself. Quotes from him are additionally tagged marginally, but then the synopses by Jones are also individually no This book is fun, but in no way exhaustive...nor does it presume to be. It's meant to be a review of horror by Barker, so it's weighted to his own tastes. The chapters are themed to each letter, and cover a broad range within the subject. The authourship is questionable: the book itself says 'compiled by' Stephen Jones, but the essays appear to be suggesting themselves as by Barker himself. Quotes from him are additionally tagged marginally, but then the synopses by Jones are also individually notated, so who wrote the bulk of the text is anyone's guess. It does not, to me, seem like Barker's writing, but who cares? It's an entertaining book with lots of cool images, and clearly adds more info (like filmographies, bibliographies and further reading) to what must be in the show. More than anything, the book makes me want to see the series it's supposed to be a companion to!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Due to flooding in our basement (where my library just happened to be located) I had to take down and put back all my books and came across this title. I didn't remember it well except that I enjoyed it. Perfect for laying around the house to pick up and read a chapter/letter whenever I had the chance (hence the long reading period between dates). Lovely book about books, movies, history, people, and obscure ideas that all had some influence on the talented Mr. Barker in shaping the Renaissance Due to flooding in our basement (where my library just happened to be located) I had to take down and put back all my books and came across this title. I didn't remember it well except that I enjoyed it. Perfect for laying around the house to pick up and read a chapter/letter whenever I had the chance (hence the long reading period between dates). Lovely book about books, movies, history, people, and obscure ideas that all had some influence on the talented Mr. Barker in shaping the Renaissance artist and story teller that he is.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    I'd love to find this one again. Owned it as a teenager. Remember it wasn't exhaustive by any means, but it was good and needs a re-read badly. Barker is a good choice for someone to write a book on horror. He certainly enjoys showing up on documentaries about it, even if he hasn't written much in the genre anymore.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Interesting highlights of horror, both real life and fictional. I think this would have been more interesting seeing the TV show it accompanied, seeing Barker talk about what these bits of horror mean to him.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    A sprawling compilation of the history genre, from two of its more knowledgeable practitioners - messrs Barker (who 'presents') and Jones. Worth a read for anyone with the slightest interest in horror.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Great informative book with lists of movies in their own genres. Artwork from CB and great publicity shots/covers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gary Smith

    Great history of horror reference. Love the classics!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jamie O'Rourke

    An amazing alphabetical rundown of horror by this generations Stephan King.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Hair

    For my fiftieth book of the year I wanted to read something special and, well, what could be more special than a special edition companion book to a Clive Barker BBC show? Better yet, make it an encyclopedia of horror handpicked by one of the masters himself. Add in a hundreds of excellent quotes and interviews with Boris Karloff, Stephen King, George Romero, and many other gods of horror and you have something that's darn near perfect for the fans. I'll get right down to it here: I love Mister For my fiftieth book of the year I wanted to read something special and, well, what could be more special than a special edition companion book to a Clive Barker BBC show? Better yet, make it an encyclopedia of horror handpicked by one of the masters himself. Add in a hundreds of excellent quotes and interviews with Boris Karloff, Stephen King, George Romero, and many other gods of horror and you have something that's darn near perfect for the fans. I'll get right down to it here: I love Mister Barker, I love Mister Jones (who did a fantastic job of compiling this masterpiece), and I love everything that's offered here. The most fanatic horror fans are still bound to find an obscure piece of literature or film history here that they were unaware of beforehand. When you can accomplish something like that you've earned my applause and admiration, and that's what happened here.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelvin Green

    I remember devouring the BBC TV series upon which this book is based, and reading and re-reading the book itself, back when I was a teenager. When I saw the book in a charity shop, nostalgia tugged at me and... it's fine. There's no real depth to it -- how could there be when it distils an entire genre across many mediums into twenty-six arbitrary chapters? -- but there are a few nuggets of cleverness and one or two surprises. It's a shallow but fun look at horror as a genre and while it won't b I remember devouring the BBC TV series upon which this book is based, and reading and re-reading the book itself, back when I was a teenager. When I saw the book in a charity shop, nostalgia tugged at me and... it's fine. There's no real depth to it -- how could there be when it distils an entire genre across many mediums into twenty-six arbitrary chapters? -- but there are a few nuggets of cleverness and one or two surprises. It's a shallow but fun look at horror as a genre and while it won't be any use as a proper scholarly text, it's still worth a read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I am keeping this book for my studies, it is full of amazing film history.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emil Minchev

    Informative, engrossing, fascinating and profound. Also a brilliant achievement in book design. Highly recommended for horror fans.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anna Haugerud

    Was about the history of horror, mostly old movie crap, no Clive at all, just him writing it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gamer

    worth reading for any horror

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    The British wackjob gives an alphabetical list of some of his favorite scary movies, books, and random evil stuff he finds inspiring.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leilani

    Confused as to why Weekend at Bernie's was considered a zombie movie.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peastatgeria

    Brilliant and wonderful book. I own it and have re-read it over and over again!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    Great horror compendium. Lots of fun to be found here.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tom Kapr

    Delves into film, literature, history, even fine arts. Surely one of the best collections of insights into horror throughout the ages ever published.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andie Fessey

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike Dodge

  25. 4 out of 5

    Max

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dany Hart

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matt

  28. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hilary Keller

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melany Glossa

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