Books of Blood: Volume Three by Clive Barker

Books of Blood, Vol. 3 - Clive Barker

Volume Three of Clive Barkers Books of Blood kicks off with Son of Celluloid and an escaped convict who dies in the building housing a movie theatre. His cancer evolves into a physical mass feeding on the strong emotions present and we witness all the fuckery that prevails.

 

Rawhead Rex sees a farmer inadvertently awaken an ancient monster that happens to be nine feet tall and quite ferocious with hobbies including killing and eating folk. All taking place in a rather sweet rural setting.

 

Confessions of a (Pornographer's) Shroud is the quaint revenge story of straight-laced Ronnie who is setup to look like the king of a pornography network. His revenge quest is cut short by his untimely death but that minor detail doesn't curtail his activities with ghosts and shrouds prominent.

 

Scape-Goats get stranded on the beach of a deserted Island where converging undersea currents accumulate masses of dead bodies on the sea bed. These dead bodies become fairly mobile when it comes to preventing their escape.

 

Finally Human Remains sees a young gay prostitute hired by an archaeologist for some action, get a little bit more than he bargained for when he stumbles upon a statute in the man's bathroom. Over the next few weeks his condition deteriorates, he's being followed, haunted and the cause is disturbingly unreal.

 

For straight out there horror Rawhead Rex ticks all the boxes and probably shaded it as my favourite, simple in its brutality and sometimes that's what I like.