I have to say that 'Midnight Meat Train' and 'The Yattering and Jack' have to be two of the best horror stories I have ever read. Clive Barker writes very well throughout this book but I found 'Sex, Death and Starshine' a bit dull, however it was still very good reading. I found 'Book of blood' (the short story)to be very good although it did not grab my attention as much as 'Midnight Meat Train'. I thought 'In the hills, the cities' to be a bit wierd, the storyline was extremely surreal. I think that although some of the storylines were among the best I have ever read, I cannot give this book the full five stars. Had all the stories been of the quality of 'The Yattering and Jack' this book would be definitely in the five star category. Sadly this is not the case so I have to give it four. I would recommend this book to any fan of horror, just for 'The midnight meat train'.
Clive Barker is one of the best horror writers I have ever come across, at his best he can be better than Stephen King. I preferred 'Books of Blood Vol 2' to this book.