This book is a collection of 4 novelettes from "The New Master of Horror." (not so new anymore!)
The title piece, "In the Flesh" deals with a petty criminal trapped in a jail cell with a first-time offender who's messing with more than he bargained for in the spirit of his executed murderer grandfather....
"The Forbidden" is the story the movie Candyman was based on. I'm sure you've seen it. The story is shorter, snappier, and more powerful. (And set in England! Huh!)
"The Madonna" reminded me of a modern Lovecraft story.... a business deal with a mobster turns into something far more when chthonic horrors lurk in a closed public pool complex...
"Babel's Children" - not so much a horror story as a paranoid conspiracy theory. Who do you think is *really* controlling the world governments???
Good fun, all of them...
Another great horror story collection from Barker!
It was very enjoyable. I like his writing style.
In the depths of an abandoned steam bath, strangely beautiful women seduce two buisnessmen into a ritual of macrabe sexuality; in a Greek asylum, wise men race frogs to decide the fate of the world; a petty convict's cell mate reaveals to him the gruseome birth of evil; a young womans slum research leads her into the hook-handed grip of the Candyman, a vicious supernatural killer.
In the depths of an abandoned steambath, strangely beautiful women seduce two business meninto a ritual of macabre sexuality: in a greek asylum,wise men race frogsto decide the fate of the world; a petty convicts cellmate reveals the gruesome birth of evil; a young womens slum research leads her into the hook handed grip of the candyman, a vicious supernatural killer.