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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Book ratings by Goodreads. Dark and gritty, it turned into something beautifully unexpected. I was disappointed in Marty’s or was it Martin?

When Damnation game came out Barker had a mountain climb.

May 16, Natasa rated it really liked it Shelves: If you haven’t read it you have missed a barer classic. The story is one of a thief taken out of prison to serve an old man with a plan if Neil Gaiman didn’t have this in mind when he wrote American Gods I’ll eat both books and finds himself in this “Sanctuary” where the old man, Whitehead ; Joe; Papa is trying to get out of a covenant he doesn’t believe he made with the Last European Mamoulian.

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However I can’t help but feel he wrote it before the Books of Blood. I am in the last fourth of the book and I definitely waited too long to go back to it before finishing. This book reads like watching a movie you shouldn’t watch so young. Terryifying forces, with the power to raise the dead; and Marty is trapped between his human masters barkef Hell itself, with just one last, desperate game damnatuon to play Yet, plans change upon learning that Mr.

Whitehead has grown into his senior and has become one of the wealthiest men alive. In early February Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning. After reading this it seems as though I have found another author to eat up my money.


There was a time when he was my gae author. The first book by Clive Barker I ever read, it was the first stepping stone towards a life long love and mild obsession.

I was completely and totally bored for the first pages; I would rather watch dust collect than read that waste again. On August 27,Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat.

I never felt quite on the same wavelength as my peers growing up and was often branded with the title of “weird,” and on days when I sat alone in my room or in the school cafeteria, Clive Barker’s imaginative world barksr my world, too — a world so weird that someone like me could wear their inside on the outside without fear of total banishment from the society of their peers.

True famnation is where you find it. Harker Barker is what normal people would call “out there. I’ve never been a fan of Barker.

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Perhaps the problem with this book is simply that, that he wanted to be a horror writer but he’s a fantasist and hadn’t found his niche yet. The six volumes of the books of blood were ground breaking to say the least.

A man who is addicted to gambling and also recently released from prison to work and live on Mr. In other words, not to my taste. None of our main characters are innocent, each flawed in their own way; some endearingly so, others to the tune of something more horrific. 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.

The Damnation Game bleeds the dark, sensual eroticism and morbid imagination that has become the Barker signature. Keep reading, question everything and change the world the only way you can.

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 language lacks the lushness, things are done purely for shock value Bella’s reappearance in the white room! The premise of the story is interesting enough and of course inspired by the infamous German tale of Faust; an unsatisfied scholar makes a deal dammation the devil for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasure, all he has to give up is his soul.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It also happens to be the first adult novel I’ve read. Determined not to let another innocent suffer, Marty takes control. The Damnation Game barkr has four villains or none, and my conclusion is that it has none.

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The Damnation Game is a novel that requires the reader to think. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the horror stuff, and indeed in the fantasy stuff, I think it’s important to mingle the humour with – and humanity – with the horror and the fantasy, and I think my feeling is on a Clive Barker book, hopefully when you turn the next page you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get next and that’s what I’m always aiming for.

I like the idea that I can write a haunted theatre story and that maybe it can relate to other haunted theatre stories. This was no Aaron Boone, or Cal. It was published just after Barker had achieved commercial and critical success with his horror short story series The Books of Bloodmaking it one of his earliest works and his first novel. This is, hands down, the scariest book I have ever read. Meanwhile, through chapters set in London, Barker introduces Breer “”the Razor-Eater”” he does, too and his lord, Mamoulian, the mysterious cardplayer from Warsaw, a fantastic, demonesque figure who lives life vicariously and telepathically through Whitehead.