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Book Title: Le stelle della morte|
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v The author of the book: Clive Barker
Edition: Il Sole 24 Ore
Date of issue: May 19th 2015
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Read full description of the books Le stelle della morte:Horror...gore...twisted, nightmare imagery...let's get under the covers and read something scary...
There are some truly blood-chilling moments in this excellent collection. Barker has a very unique voice and I thought all of these stories were at least good, with several being remarkable 5+ star worthy gems. Deeply evocative with shocking depictions that will glue themselves to your memory. This is a worthy collection for fans of the genre or anyone who enjoys quality, creative writing and isn't overly squeamish.
Here are the stories:
THE BOOK OF BLOOD: While a short story in and of itself, this really acts as the introduction to the series and ties the other stories together in a clever way. A good, solid story but worth reading more for its tie-in effect to the rest of the series (plus it is very short). 3.0 to 3.5 stars
THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN: An excellent story that on the surface is suspenseful and well written, though a fairly standard horror story. However, below the surface is a superb and nuanced tale about the numbing horrors and oppresive pain experienced by normal people each and every day. Barker really layered this tale well and I thought it was excellent. 4.0 to 4.5 stars.
THE YATTERING AND JACK: A comical story from Barker about a demon sent by Satan to drive a man insane. Worth reading but not one of my favorites. 3.0 stars
PIG BLOOD BLUES: My FAVORITE story in the collection. A brilliant, brutal narrative about the "kill or be killed" nature of life. The imagery, the prose and the visceral, creeping horror are very unsettling. I will be thinking about the end of this one for a LONG, LONG time. A DEFINITE MUST READ!! 5.5 stars.
SEX, DEATH AND STARSHINE:Good, solid story but not one of my favorites. Probably suffered by comparison to the previous story and the one that follows. 3.0 stars
IN THE HILLS, THE CITIES: This was an amazingly imaginative story that left me WOWing and WTFing when the story device was finally revealed. Original and stunning and clear evidence of Barker's high level of creativity. I Don't want to give anything away, but this is simply brilliant and the imagery from this story will stick to your eyes long after you finish it. 5.0 to 5.5 stars.
Overall, 4.0 to 4.5 stars and definitely the collection to try if you are looking to experience Barker's short fiction. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
Read information about the authorClive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm. Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department. It was in Liverpool in 1975 that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until 1986. Barker's second long-term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in 2009.
In 2003, Clive Barker received The Davidson/Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards. This award is presented "to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for any of those communities". While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work.
Fans have noticed of late that Barker's voice has become gravelly and coarse. He says in a December 2008 online interview that this is due to polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting. He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries. He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars. On August 27, 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat. In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning. Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it. 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.
Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror/fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories (collected in Books of Blood 1 – 6), and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game (1985). Later he moved towards modern-day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld (1987), The Great and Secret Show (1989), the world-spanning Imajica (1991) and Sacrament (1996), bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.
Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions. He wrote the screenplays for Underworld (aka Transmutations – 1985) and Rawhead Rex (1986), both directed by George Pavlou. Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser (1987), based on his novella The Hellbound Heart. His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re-released together to moderate critical acclaim. After his film Nightbreed (Cabal), which was widely considered to be a flop, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions. Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim.
Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books. His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations (1995) and Forms of Heaven (1996), as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.
A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993. Based on detailed premises, titles and lead characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles — set outside the Marvel universe — were Ectokid,
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