Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Clive Barker!

Too Much Horror Fiction favorite Clive Barker turns 59 today. Above you'll see him with a few other familiar horror folks - yes, that's Dennis Etchison, Karl Edward Wagner, and Charlie Grant, circa 1986, in London on the set of Hellraiser. One of the Barker books I've not gotten around to rereading yet is Cabal, aka Books of Blood Vol. 6 (kind of; see comments). So here's a preview of some of those paperback covers. I simply love that tagline: At last, the night has a hero... Indeed, Mr. Barker. Indeed.

11 comments:

The Doctor said...

"Cabal, aka Books of Blood Vol. 6"
AKA? Well, yes and no. There was a US release called "Cabal" which contained a novella called "Cabal" and most of the stories in BoB Vol 6. But you won't get all of the BoB Vol 6 unless you buy, well, the BoB Vol 6 (possibly just the postscript story missing?).
Also, though wikipedia lists Cabal as a "novella", at 253 pages of standard type the standalone version ((c) 1988) sure looks like a novel to me.
I have the last one you picture, but the other two look like the newer covers for the standalone version that I've seen over the years (could be wrong...).
Your pedantically...

The Doctor said...

Just to confirm, yes, the "Cabal as collection" is only missing "The Book of Blood (a postscript): On Jerusalem Street", which is the final part of The Book of Blood wrap-around story. Of course, Bob Vol 6 (in singular or omnibus form) doesn't contain "Cabal". At least not the UK editions I've seen/I own.

Will Errickson said...

Yes, but still: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLIVE BARKER!

The Doctor said...

Yes, absolutely. Long may he write. And paint. And stuff :)

Will Errickson said...

No, I know all those differences... Just haven't gotten around to rereading all those tales. God, I haven't read CABAL since, quite literally, 1988.

William Malmborg said...

I enjoyed Cabal, but don't remember many of the others items from the collection I have for some reason. If I remember correctly the change in titles for the last three volumns of the Books of Blood was due to some publisher issues and the timing of the US and UK release dates for them. I'll have to go look that up again.

And Happy Birthday as well to one of my favorite writers.

Jackson said...

Great photo. Where's it from?

Will Errickson said...

The photo is from the utterly essential nonfiction book on Barker called SHADOWS IN EDEN.

francisco said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
francisco said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
francisco said...

very nice photograph with three of my favourite writers and Clive Barker, I mean, I like Clive Barker (although I have only read some stories from his Books of blood) but I prefer the style of the north americans, very different styles when compared with Barker, by the way they were visiting the set for the film? On facebook there are two tribute pages to KEW with a lot of photographs from the 80's with other authors, Etchison and Grant amongst them, and in conventions