on June 27, 2015
This is the definitive horror collection of modern times. Using his vivid imagination and literary mastery, Barker captures horror like no other. He pulls you into an imaginary world that is cleverly intertwined with our own creating experiences for his characters that are filled with rich characters and captivating. This is the first horror collection I will read every story in - it's that good. So good in fact that at least three motion pictures have been created from a few of the short stories in it. Including The Midnight Meat Train, Rawhead Rex, and now Jacqueline Ess.
Stephen King has a quote on the back describing what he thought of the book saying - so frightening at times I actually had to read it in company. This applies to several select stories as much of his writing is imaginative, original, and will have readers spellbound. A must for every horror aficionado and soon to be matched by myself; a fellow horror writer from Canada coming to Amazon soon.
on January 29, 2013
A hit and miss collection of short stories, with definitely more hits than misses. And when they hit, they hit HARD. Never a huge fan of the horror genre (grew up reading tons of Stephen King but that was about it) I was pleasantly surprised to realize just how literary Barker is. His turn of a phrase and eloquent command of the English language is astounding, especially considering this is "genre" fiction. Definitely worth reading, though certainly not for the faint of heart.