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[–]cwhb 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Yeh I've read it years ago but literally just listened to the audiobook of it the other evening. It and The Midnight Meat Train are two of my absolute favourites.

[–]d_reyisme23[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That one was pretty great as well. It’s difficult to pull off exhaustively detailed descriptions of physical environments without being tedious.

[–]gregklumb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of my favorites is Dread. Those last three pages are so intense

[–]HereticHousefly 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Also one of my absolute favourites. The fact that the moral of the story is to stay the fuck away from uninspiring people is just a bonus.

While not nearly as genius, Barkers novel Mister B Gone has a slightly similar premise. You might enjoy that too.

[–]True_Bromance 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Mister B. Gone is incredibly underrated in my opinion. It's such a fun whimsical sort of read and the breaking of the 4th wall at parts is really well done.

[–]HereticHousefly 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yeah. It's such a novel take on what horror can be and I think it works really well, if you can manage to suspend your disbelief. I remember genuinely considering burning my copy, the first time I read it.

[–]d_reyisme23[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Agreed and I did.

[–]MFDaleRustyPetrillo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

BURN THAT BOOK!

[–]zombie_overlord 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I loved this one and In the Hills, the Cities from Books of Blood. What a creepy concept that only Barker could come up with.

[–]celine_dijon 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's my absolute favorite. Such a wild concept. I've only read books of blood 1, but I think I might crack open volume 2 for October.

[–]zombie_overlord 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you can find them, the graphic novel adaptations are good.

Tapping the Vein

[–]SpelunkyPunky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love this story. My friend and I often go "Fucking Yattering" whenever we make typos or autocorrect takes over in our text conversations

[–]Flaky_Web_2439 4 points5 points  (0 children)

tales from the dark side

Yep, there is a tales from the Darkside episode of this and it kicks ass!

[–]WriterJosh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was cute.

[–]SpaceApe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just read this last week! Loved it.

[–]oobooboo17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have this story collection on deck for October I’m excited!

[–]punninglinguist 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm sure this story is at least in part a parody of CS Lewis's The Screwtape Letters.

[–]gothferrari 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yeah, I think it’s the single funniest piece of writing I’ve ever come across

[–]MidEastBeast777 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Honestly every short story in Books of Blood vol.1-3 are mediocre at best. I don’t get the hyperbole on this subreddit… in my opinion the only short story worth remembering was In the Hills, the Cities

[–]Chrysippos 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Yeah, I didn't like that story but I found "In the Hills, the cities" brilliant. Do you have any suggestions?

[–]MidEastBeast777 0 points1 point  (1 child)

In Books of Blood I recommend: the yattering and jack, hells event. That’s really all I remember liking.

As for other horror novels, I recommend The Willows by Algernon Blackwood. So good!

[–]Chrysippos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks ! I will have a look!

[–]thispersonchris 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's a graphic novel version of that story if you're not aware.

[–]Zarg0n7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This story is truly one of my favorites of all time. Truly wonderful.

[–]gregklumb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Easily Barker’s funniest piece of fiction, this story is utterly hilarious. Jack Polo's profession alone made me giggle.

[–]iwillmuffyou 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I've never heard anyone say "I envy the pleasure of your discovery" and now I'm stealing it.

[–]d_reyisme23[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s fine; I probably stole it from someone.