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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This book bordered on torture porn without the graphic detailssupernatural events including semi-zombies along with telepathy, and some persistent romance. His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations and Forms of Heavenas well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.

He even points out that he benefited from Mr. We are experiencing technical difficulties. The nemesis lets us know that everything is due to chance, fortune belongs to the one who is willing to risk everything on a single throw of the dice. The daughter of Mr. There is no shortage of horrors upon the stage these characters inhabit, either.

All she requires is the correct guidance. What Marty is unaware of is that Joseph Whitehead is more than what he seams and has played with his life by selling it to the devil, Marty is caught between the monsters of hell and those on earth to protect not just himself.

None of our main characters are innocent, each flawed in their own way; some endearingly so, others to the tune of something more horrific. La trama es realmente cautivadora. Barker’s second long-term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in Finished Damnation Game just now The Great and Secret Show Everville. This stuff is just plain fun. I couldn’t help but see parallels with American Gods which I know came much later but I read first and well, I didn’t really care what happened to the characters.


Seems that Whitehead’s success is due to Mamoulian’s devilish blessing; now Whitehead has spurned his benefactor, and Mamoulian wants revenge. The story is dark and disturbing, the characters sympathetic when they should be and fascinating when they are evil.

It has a sort of naivete that is present in some of those stories, a sort of careful navigation of someone not yet comfortable in his craft, something completely missing from the Hellbound heart where he makes very few mis-steps.

Clivd novel offers out a feast of emotion to submerge yourself in, from bizarre and horrific scenes of brutal violence to moments of heart-wrenching literally romance.

Maybe Barker did better in the short format he fell off my map and I haven’t read much more since, actuallyI don’t know.

He also seems semi-obsessed with “scatological” issues and perversions? There are things worse than death. That said, I think it is an excellent novel, and definitely worth reading for those who can appreciate Barker’s particular brand of horror. The Damnation Game is a good place to start your journey and stick with this one because it will stick with you much after you finished the last page.

The Damnation Game

When it was released I was already a horror and Barker reader. You look into their eyes and there’s nothing there. Marty Strauss, a gambling addict recently released from prison, is hired to be the personal bodyguard of one of the wealthiest men in the world, Joseph Whitehead.

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Now a millionaire, locked in a terror-shrouded fortress of his own design, Joseph Whitehead has hell to pay. I like the whole setup and the chosen words to describe an event. Barmer prison for a robbery he committed to pay off a gambling debt, the odds seem to finally turn in Marty Strauss’s favor when he’s offered a rare deal: Trivia About The Damnation Game.


Barker’s first and still one barkeer his best. I’d like to take this moment to point out that I was 27 when I read this. Mamoulian is not only just a guy, but a guy we can relate to, because he’s lonely, and all you have to take on board for this book to work is the single idea that he has these few special powers.

From the first to the last page Barker has a style and skill that cannot be imitated. Compared to the other characters, he damnayion a stronger willpower. Book ratings by Goodreads. In only three years Clive Barker has made an impressive entrance on the horror scene.

The Damnation Game

Sacrament to me is an underrated masterpiece and the best of Barker’s later novels. The Damnation game has it’s merits, the mystery and buildup are engrossing and dangerously tantalizing, the release however needs some work and heavy editing, considering that this was the authors first long novel clivve is forgiven because this is a good read, I’m glad I got to experience it even though it dragged a bit and was too light and relied on too many reader interpretations to rise to the top.

Clive Bsrker takes horror to a whole new level. Sadly, no such luck. To call this book a masterpiece might be going a bridge too far, but at least it great literature.

On August 27,Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat.