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. Praise. “A deliciously scary tale Barker’s brilliantly literary work has raised horror to a level of excellence it has rarely reached before.

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So, the damnation game, his first novel, published just after the Books of Blood but before the hellbound heart.

If you have read it and it has been a while, you should reread it. He danation resurrect and make “zombie”-like beings. Barker does not seek to hide the Faustian influence here, but instead leads us with it, coloring our conceptions by playing with common knowledge before ultimately revealing his hand and showing us something of his own.

I say this because they gamble on the most important gift of all — life bakrer and others.

I give this book 5 stars. This is, hands down, the scariest book I have ever read. On August 27,Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat.

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Books by Clive Barker. Overall, I really enjoyed this. Clive on The Damnation Game ‘What’s happening? Bound in its pages are subjects of incest, animal abuse, and mutilation. Here I am, finally reading the book that has languished the longest on my TBR shelf since Yet, while it seems that no one can escape this inevitability, one man defies the odds, doing quite well for himself not so much in spite of the odds, but because of them.


Because, unlike King, Barker maintains an authorial distance from his characters — as though watching a lab experiment unfold — that, at least to my mind, dampens the immediacy of the horror.

Clive on The Damnation Game

Jan 15, Daniel rated it it was ok. If the gambler wins… Well, no one truly wins. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re-released together to moderate critical acclaim. What was somewhat interesting at first, quickly reveals being incredibly shallow and from that point on the book becomes utterly boring til the end.

The portrait of Mamoulian is incredibly complex, and for the one and only time Barker has abandoned his naive good vs evil dichotomy to present a rich and intricate conflict of wills. Although it is part horror story, part historical novel, part mainstream novel, and part detective story, the supernatural premise structures the entire work, and is of such range and complexity as to require novel length for its exposition.

Eventually Whitehead decides to escape his fate after a few encounters with Garker and having his wife, former bodyguard, and now his daughter, Carys, taken away from him. The three start status is because of the pace and the lack of editing, it felt like I was reading the book forever. He hides in his sauna with his bottle garker vodka to forget his troubles, he relies on Marty Strauss, a gambling addict, to keep him safe in the most important game of his live, a game of life and death and a game of endurance, which opponent can outlive the other.


This was my first Clive Barker book and I’m already listening the next one: Get Known if you don’t have an account. What turned me off the most was the fact that the book doesn’t ever try to scare you, it just gets more and more sickening as it goes on. Oct 11, Leon rated it it was amazing. El estilo de Clive Barker es genial. The Damnation Game 1 23 Feb 23, I think I can be a little generous with my rating since this was written in Para ser damnatlon primera novela, me parece un logro.

It contained many cive images of the macabre that Barker has come to be associated with. He wrote the screenplays for Damntaion aka Transmutations — and Rawhead Rexboth directed by George Pavlou.

At some point I needed a bathroom break. Prior to this, I read the first four volumes in the Books of Blood series.

Feb 11, Craig Williams rated it it was ok. For goodness sake, an addiction to strawberries? Works based on Faust.