7 essential books for your horror collection.
Published: October 22, 2013
Barker’s tales were sexy, disgusting, otherworldly trips that were unlike anything written to that point. The mastermind behind Hellraiser (he wrote and directed the first film) crafted these graphically delicious stories while working as a playwright by day. Some of the book’s stories were adapted into films and television pieces, including the 1986 cult film Rawhead Rex (screenplay by Barker) and 2008’s The Midnight Meat Train. Mostly, The Books of Blood have endured, and became the template for what became known as splatterpunk (a subgenre of horror concerned with extreme tendencies). The Books of Blood represent one of the best examples of literary achievement in horror literature.
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