Top critical review
on December 6, 1999
I am an avid fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz and horror in general, but had not read any of Clive Barker's offerings. I purchased this book hoping it would introduce me to another good horror writer, opening up another vein from which to mine the dark and fascinating tales that I have so enjoyed from these other authors.
As you might have guessed from the title of my review, this mine is empty, you'll have to dig elsewhere.
Barkers' tales are childish and unimaginative. They don't end so much as stop. The author seems to think that a shallow tale embellished with enough vivid descriptions of blood and gore will somehow become a decent read.
Don't waste your time on this one, the cover illustration was the best part of the book.