Barker has generated acclaim and controversy with his dozens of shorter works published in the six Books of Blood.” His rather long first novel is often. Description. The Damnation Game. By Clive Barker. Marty Strauss, a gambling addict recently released from prison, is hired to be the personal bodyguard of. Praise. “A deliciously scary tale Barker’s brilliantly literary work has raised horror to a level of excellence it has rarely reached before.

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Return to Book Page. In the horror stuff, and indeed in the fantasy stuff, I think it’s important to mingle the humour with – and humanity – with the horror and the fantasy, and I think my feeling is on a Clive Barker book, hopefully when you turn the dammation page you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get next and that’s what I’m always aiming for.

Another reason I can appreciate this perhaps a bit more than I otherwise would have. cliv

It was written just after finishing the first trilogy eamnation Books of Bloodand tells a Faustian story that touches on topics such as incest, cannibalism, and self-mutilation in a frank and detailed manner.

She has a special gift like her father once had, and battles addiction and a strange ordeal between her and Mamoulian.

At about the halfway point The Damnation Game switches gears and spends most of its length repeatedly trying to gross you out and not very convincingly, actually in what seems like a checklist of sickening depictions and unnecessarily detailed descriptions. I’d like to take this moment to point out that I was 27 when I read barkrr. There is no shortage of horrors upon the stage these characters inhabit, either. A reclusive millionaire makes a deal with the devil.

I’ve started this review several times now, and can’t quite decide on it. He damnaion he did not have cancer and has given up cigars. St Clive Barker’s mind is a terrifying, brilliant place.

This is, hands down, the scariest book I have ever baeker. But I was too scared to open my door and run the 3 feet to the bathroom. I have never done that before, and have never done it since. I loved this story quite a lot, and I grew connected to the main character in this book more than I have in any book in quite a while.


Barker’s first and still one of his best.

THE DAMNATION GAME by Clive Barker | Kirkus Reviews

Joseph has some debt that he needs to repay and it is not to some earthly power. The gag only works as something that’s bounced off an established notion of what a zombie is I can’t wait to read later Barker novels such as Weaveworld and The Great and Secret Show — novels that, from what I’ve heard and read, find Barker showing off the full extent of his capabilities.

I won’t spoil it, of course. Fans have noticed of late that Barker’s voice has become gravelly and coarse. Lists with This Book. This was my third time reading this novel. The Damnation Game is the first novel by Clive Barker, directly written after he published his first trilogy of highly renowned Books of Blood. To call this book a masterpiece might be going a bridge too far, but at least it great literature.

It has been often noted the opening is brilliant. Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but left with many strange visions. In this novel, Barker manages to create interesting and mightily flawed characters who are described so well you’d think they were autobiographical Christ I hope notand then puts them What a smart, dazzling, gleefully obscene work of horror fiction!

It contained many twisted images of the macabre that Barker has come to be associated with.

I had the pleasure of reading the newest reprint of this with a new introduction by the author himself which was very nice, whatever critique Bwrker give to the book is nothing in comparison to what it takes to write a book, this is his baby, his work of art and I’m happy to say I got to read it even if it wasn’t perfect to my taste.


It was poetic and gloomy in a sense. Events seemed to spiral out of control, more and more unexpected turns being taken. Anyw Early 80’s – I was in my early teens. Certainly the scene where Mamoulian first shows up at the mansion is horrendously detailed in its gruesomeness.

The Damnation Pure raw horror Marty Strauss, a gambling addict, has just been released from prison when he gets hired as a personal bodyguard cluve Joseph Whitehead, one of the richest men on earth.

This book reads like watching a movie you shouldn’t watch so young. The water splashed more loudly as the flood rose, and in the stream she heard wet heavy things flopping on to the bathroom floor.


When something finally does happen, it’s not interesting enough to pay off for the boring lead up. The Damnation Game bleeds the dark, sensual eroticism and morbid imagination that has become the Barker signature. The Damnation game has it’s merits, the mystery and buildup are engrossing and dangerously tantalizing, the release however needs some work and heavy editing, considering that this was the authors first long novel all is forgiven because this is a good read, I’m glad I got to experience it even though it dragged a bit and was too light and relied on too clige reader interpretations to rise to the top.

I am in the last fourth of Absolutely love Clive Barker’s work. Keep the lights on. Barker has created characters that perpetrate the most henious acts. You need to login to do this.

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Yet, plans change upon learning that Mr. Cabal and I find this baroer begins even better! Looking for More Great Reads? I don’t think for an instant that this book came between The books of blood and the hellbound heart, it came earlier, much earlier. Whitehead, and Breer personifies the strongest addict.