"The Inhuman Condition" contains 5 stories by Clive Barker, extreme horror writer. The back of the book gives glowing statements by Stephen King ('Clive Barker...is great...He's an original.'); Ramsey Campbell (...most important new writer of horror since Peter Straub); George R.R. Martin (He is something new, something unique, a powerful and powerfully disturbing new voice...). For me, I found Clive Barker a great decadent mind; a writer who can't hope to reach Straub's status; and his writings powerfully disturbing. I don't care for the kind of extreme horror he presents in any of his writings. At times I'm fascinated by Barker's work but only in the sense that someone can have such a perverse mind. But for many readers, Barker is original enough to be enjoyed.