“A deliciously scary tale Barker’s brilliantly literary work has raised horror to a level of excellence it has rarely reached before.” —Whitley Streiber. “One of the. 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.

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Since I only had a couple of days to read this and another book pages in 2 days! It’s the con, that’s what this book is about, again if American Gods does not owe a huge debt to this book I’m a monkey’s uncle, the risen dead slowly rotting, the twisting of it, the cypher like main character caught in the machinations of other people, tricked into death etc I do like Barker’s work, even when his stories bore me his prose excites me, I can hold some of his images to my heart like children not necessarily the skinning images or the sadomasochistic wtfery but things like “the sun rose like a stripper” and this book lacked that.

For goodness sake, an addiction to strawberries?

Clive on The Damnation Game

If it weren’t for my obsession with finishing every book I start I probably would’ve quit before I was halfway done. That is rare for me to say.

Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon. A man who is addicted to gambling and also recently released from prison to work and live on Mr. There are yawning gaps in logic in the plot. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Retrieved from ” https: Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions. There are games so seductively evil, so wondrously vile, no gambler can resist. I no longer have the time to sit and read as long as I used to. I found nothing inspiring, enlightening, or thought provoking here.


Oct 20, Sh3lly grumpybookgrrrl. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Jul 21, Dreadlocksmile rated it it was amazing. At first, I would read a little, go back, etc. So, you’ve got lots of crazy going on here: The story has great pace, and while I didn’t find myself overly attached to any of the characters, the horror is vivid and shockingly unsettling.

When the mansion gets invaded by a devilish man named Mamoulian, it becomes clivd that a simple gun won’t help against his powers. Consider the art, films, plays and ddamnation of this man. Barkee self-indulgent protagonist who sets out to live a hedonistic life and reaches a point where nothing excites or pleases anymore In it’s weird way, it’s a lovely story and I enjoyed the characters.

Anyway, a few years later, Barker’s full-length novel was translated to Swedish and readily available for me for real.

I’ve slowly grown bored with most contemporary “literary” novels, and so have been slumming it up with authors like Clive Barker — his Books of Blood is so good I don’t ever want it to end — and Clark Ashton Smith. The self-indulgent protagonist who sets out to live a hedonistic life and reaches a point where noth Finished Damnation Game damnstion now There are many characters besides the villain: At first, I would read a little, go back, etc.

I’d rather read a novel in which Barker fully employs the potential of his imagination, instead of trying to scare me and I must admit this book did chill me a time or two. In only three years Clive Barker has made an impressive entrance on the horror scene. It’s absence again, in a way.


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 braker I got to experience it even though it dragged a bit and was too light and relied on too many reader interpretations to rise to the top.

It’s not a very attractive image, but certainly I go on dream journeys when waking from them seems to be delivered back into this mundane, dull solidity.

A must read for true fans of the genre! July 2, Sold by: He keeps his narrative together with a smooth action curve even when there’s little action and restrains himself from having his characters add juvenile comments and sophomoric humor.

Read reviews that mention damnation game clive barker books of blood stephen king marty strauss joseph whitehead last european short stories razor eater secret show horror genre years ago barker at his best hellbound heart richest men great and secret character development horror novel well written horror fan. There may not be an external Creator, but built into us, Barker asserts, is a leveller, and we are the instruments of our own judgement, our own hame. Amazon Rapids Garker stories for kids on the go.

The more there is the stake the easier to throw that dice, so close your eyes and hope for the best, win big or go home.