Updated: Sep 1, 2020
In both Ray Bradbury and Stephen King's memoirs, it is noted by both authors that the key to becoming a great writer is to read, read, read and read some more.
I decided to take a small break from my fiction and non-fiction witchy reads and picked up Clive Barker's "Books of Blood" from the library. I wanted something to read that helps me gain some insight on how to write a book of horror short stories myself. This thing is massive and I am anything but, intimidated. Books of Blood contains six books of short stories from Clive and let me tell you, his writing is beautifully audacious!
As a fan of Clive Barker's Hellraiser and his unhallowed artwork, I am a bit pissed at myself for not picking this book up sooner. Clive's imagination put into words, has taken me to places with characters that are beautifully terrifying. Dripping with blood the stories are written with poetic grandeur.
A bit obscure, Clive's work is not for everyone or even every horror fan. But, if you feel like taking a dangerous, sexual, twisted journey for the fun of it, give Books of Blood a read. And let me know if you do. I'd love to hear your thoughts and nightmares!