clive barker


GUTTED: Achingly Beautiful Horror

I fell in love with horror fiction through short stories. The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe. NIGHT SHIFT, by Stephen King. My family car was littered with horror anthologies I found on bookstore racks and garage sale tables. As a writer, I love the tight structure and elegant story telling. As a reader, I love a small story that rips me apart and leaves me gasping.  GUTTED: BEAUTIFUL HORROR STORIES, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward, is a gorgeous collection. The stories delve into the dark, emotional connection we feel towards what we treasure[...]


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a Living Horror History Museum

Over three years ago on this very blog, I was gushing about what a fantastically scary comic series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was. Well it's 2018 now, and thanks to a very successful Riverdale TV show, we have recently just experienced the first season of the live-action Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. And what a season! Not only did I love the storytelling and how the tone got progressively darker as it went, but I was blown away by the multitude of Easter eggs in this show. I mean, this is beyond few nods here and there to the movies and stories[...]


Going Back to My Roots–Clive Barker’s BOOKS OF BLOOD

Clive Barker is my favorite modern horror author, and he's had a tremendous influence on my own horror writing. My Parted Veil series is heavily inspired by Barker, in particular by his ability to weave dark fantasy with horror to create worlds that both ignite your imagination and terrify you at the same time. But while I love Barker's longer works like Weaveworld, The Great and Secret Show and Everville, it's his short stories that first made me fall in love with him. And my first introduction to them was the Books of Blood. Like many kids in the '80s, my fir[...]


Demon Week Recommended Read: Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker

It's Demon Week here at the Midnight Society, and I'm happy to recommend a book about a demon from my favorite modern horror author, Clive Barker. The book is called Mister B. Gone, and reading the book is a demonic encounter in an of itself. Mister B. Gone is the story of a demon named Jakabok Botch, a story that the demon himself narrates for the reader. Actually, he's not so much narrating as he is speaking directly to the reader, as if he's there with you, telling you his life story. He is constantly warning you that reading his story will not end well for yo[...]


March #MidnightBooks: The Thief of Always by Clive Barker

You guys--I am so excited. Clive Barker is my favorite modern horror author. One of the many things I love about his stories is how he blends dark fantasy and horror together to create wildly imaginative worlds. The Thief of Always is Barker's version of a fairytale, a story that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, but also is dark enough for mature horror readers. If you liked Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, or Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, I think you'll love The Thief of Always. Synopsis Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousan[...]