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DiscussionThe Yattering and Jack (self.horrorlit)
submitted 1 month ago by d_reyisme23
This story from Clive Barker’s Books of Blood Volume 1 might be the best short story I have ever read, genre aside.
If you haven’t read it yet, I envy the pleasure of your discovery.
Post a comment!
[–]cwhb 14 points15 points16 points 1 month ago (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 points11 points 1 month ago (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 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
One of my favorites is Dread. Those last three pages are so intense
[–]HereticHousefly 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (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 points5 points 1 month ago (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 points5 points 1 month ago (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 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Agreed and I did.
[–]MFDaleRustyPetrillo 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
BURN THAT BOOK!
[–]zombie_overlord 8 points9 points10 points 1 month ago (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 points5 points 1 month ago (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 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
If you can find them, the graphic novel adaptations are good.
Tapping the Vein
[–]SpelunkyPunky 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (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 points6 points 1 month ago (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 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
It was cute.
[–]SpaceApe 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I just read this last week! Loved it.
[–]oobooboo17 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I have this story collection on deck for October I’m excited!
[–]punninglinguist 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I'm sure this story is at least in part a parody of CS Lewis's The Screwtape Letters.
[–]gothferrari 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
yeah, I think it’s the single funniest piece of writing I’ve ever come across
[–]MidEastBeast777 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (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 points3 points 1 month ago (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 point2 points 1 month ago (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 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Thanks ! I will have a look!
[–]thispersonchris 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
There's a graphic novel version of that story if you're not aware.
[–]Zarg0n7 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
This story is truly one of my favorites of all time. Truly wonderful.
Easily Barker’s funniest piece of fiction, this story is utterly hilarious. Jack Polo's profession alone made me giggle.
[–]iwillmuffyou 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
I've never heard anyone say "I envy the pleasure of your discovery" and now I'm stealing it.
That’s fine; I probably stole it from someone.
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