Clive Barker, I can say, is hands down the best in his genre. Which one has to admit is rather widening. However, the Books of Blood, as one of his first published works is strict fantastic intelligent horror. If you love King, you may find yourself a new favorite in Barker. His writing is absolutely magical, his words flow like poetry and his imagry is dark and powerful. This collection of short stories gives you a little taste of all his sides. Eroticism, humor, horror, suspence, and a bit of mystery and science fiction thrown in. It is not for those who enjoy fairytales and happy endings. I recommend it to anyone openminded and looking for a fabulous new read.