This is among the best collection of short stories I have ever read, some of them even better than similar length stories by Stephen King. The books of blood are all excellent.
I would recommend this book to any fan of the horror genre, but I would even more strongly recommend that you buy the omnibus edition of volumes one to three.
I have now bought parts four to six and am looking forward to reading them. This second omnibus includes 'The inhuman condition', 'The last illusion' (On which the film 'lord of the illusions' was based), and 'In the flesh' -All released as separate mini-novels. The second omnibus is not available from amazon.com at present but can be found at amazon.co.uk.
I have personally read the first two volumes of the "Books of Blood" and think the first one is the best. This particular volume follows suit to Barker's previous books, but is kinda of the same hack, dice, slice, squash, eat, destroy material that we have read in previous volumes. Barker is delightfully disgusting all the way through the novel in both detail and imagery. However I thought "Confession of a (Pornographer's) Shroud" was an excellent tail of venegeance on the author's behalf.
All in all, if you in enjoyed the series already I would recommend this book to complete the collection. If you HAVEN'T read the other two novellas then I would recommend the first volume over this one. In any case, you will get your money's worth.
I used to enjoy his books, but with "Books Of Blood III" I suddenly realized what a pile of [junk] is this all about... Read more