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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Read it Forward Read it first. You know when a book spends most of the story in one setting, you’re in for some trouble. In the aftermath of the conflict Warsaw, Poland is little more than a ruin. Hellraiser Nightbreed Lord of Illusions. I wanted to do a covenant with the devil story without a devil. What makes Barker special as a story-teller is that no one else could create these novels.

I actually had to pull up a dictionary several times, and I can’t say I feel any more literate now that I know what a coprophiliac is.

Neither could I say this is an enjoyable novel Aug 11, J. Yet, even the true horrors at times reveal their humanity, their complexity ultimately making them all the more interesting.

The Damnation Game by Clive Barker

We are experiencing technical difficulties. The American publication of the first novel of two to date by the Britisher whom Stephen King calls “”the future of the horror genre. Radiating with the sensuality and eroticism that are Clive Barker’s signature, ranging from unimaginable scenes of violence to touching moments of bittersweet romance, The Damnation Game all but defies description.

Almost half of this novel is a total chore to get through, and that’s why I’m giving this thing three stars. Later he moved towards modern-day fantasy and urban fantasy with yame elements in WeaveworldThe Great and Secret Showthe world-spanning Imajica and Sacramentbringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.


bxrker Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books. Jan 15, Daniel rated it it was ok. Barker makes us squirm. Keep the lights on. The objective is simple if one dares to gamble Mamoulian. I recommend reading with the lights on and a torch just in case See 1 question about The Damnation Game….

But in the same manner that dammnation horror fan should watch the original “Hellraiser”, I think one ought to read this book as well. King’s arrival on the scene.


But I was too scared to open my door and run the 3 feet to the bathroom. But lacking the formal control dictated by the story form, here Barker appears as a naughty boy hidden in a giant candy store, stuffing himself on nasty, offensive sweets. The power of The Damnation Game lies mostly in its depiction gane the deterioration of dannation due to the destructive power of an addiction. It’s there, it’s happening, it’s part of the texture of every reader’s imagination and it gives you two strengths: 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.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This story is compelling, frightening, and reinvents an idea of hell, one that only the dmanation of Clive Barker can create. I’m usually a speedy reader, I can read a book in a day or stretch it over five days, but this felt like a slow tango, I wish it took me faster though the actual story, but I’m glad I got to experience it, I don’t think that anyone should say no to it just because of the rating, what we get out of stories goes beyond star ratings and sales, it’s all the good bits that settle down and pull our memory every once in a while, Clive Barker is a serious contender in the horror world of storytelling and he should not be overlooked.


I was disappointed in Marty’s I have to say, I am not a fan of the mass market cover. There are things worse than death. Barker’s second long-term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in After all, He is the mind behind Hellraiser.

The Damnation Game

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order damnaion I loved this story quite a lot, and I grew barler to the main character in this book more than I have in any book in quite a while. Who is the mysterious card player who now haunts Joseph’s steps, seeking his due? On August 27,Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat.

While the plot does become clear by the end, the theme and motivation of its characters do at times require some thought to understand. Jun 03, Alexander S.

Thief wants to play cards with “a man who never loses”. Whitehead, and Breer personifies the strongest addict. The Damnation Game is the first novel by Clive Barker, directly written after he published his first trilogy of highly renowned Books of Blood. It is a masterpiece of a disturbing atmospheric darkness and the storyline’s suspense ddamnation plot development are outstanding.