From Library Journal
In this collection of five tales of horror, the author uses various devices such as a piece of string, a pair of ghosts, an experimental aphrodisiac, and a pair of hands to lead his characters into a world of nightmarish experiences. Each begins with a seemingly normal situation: an encounter between a vagrant and a group of young thugs; a traveling evangelist and his companions; a laboratory experiment; and a husband and wife in bed. But with a bizarre twist the element of terror is introduced.
Five short stories from a Master of Horror!
I absolutely loved this collection from Barker! I wish he'd get away from fantasy and go back to horror. This collection proves that he is a major asset to the horror story loving community. The Body Politic is a great story in this book. It is about a man's hands having a "mind" of their own. Mr. Barker writes with such vivid detail that you feel like you are experiencing what the characters are.
Clive Barker, the most exciting new master of horror today, unleashes a world of powerful eroticism, violence and uncontrolled desires. In these five brilliant tales, human hands tear themselves from their masters to start a bloody revolution; a knotted string unravels darn hungering nightmares; in a Texas motel, the living and the dead make love; a palace is built to lure Satan back to earth; and a powerful aphrodisiac creates ghastly sexual urgings.
Great book. All the stories were such a pleasure to read and so well done.