This was the first book I've read from this author.It is very raw and erotic. Not for the faint of heart. The beginning is a bit slow, but it allows the reader to understand the history that causes any evil you can imagine. I was caught up in the story line, but make sure you have the stomach to read this one.
From evidence in the author's introduction, I do wonder if this book was more difficult to produce than his others. I guess it does lack the liquid flow of imagery and energy that some of his other pieces have; but, to be fair, he is puppeteering an immense cast in this work, and some of the clumsiness almost goes hand-in-hand with that effort. Still, it was a page-turner, and had both Barker's shuddering horrors and his dry humour in spades.
The book's format is really interesting. A climax comes early, and then Barker follows the characters well into the aftermath. The climax is so savage it's almost as if he's holding you afterwards, comforting you, soothing you; certainly the characters soothe each other. A reference to human sexuality? Well, maybe. The book does has its fair share of explicit sex. And if you don't know anything about the artist Hieronymus Bosch, you will at the end of this volume.
I definitely recommend this book.
Clive Barker has the terribly wonderful gift of melding sexuality and horror, and he has honed this skill to an art in this book. Coldheart Canyon gives us characters that are flawed and all too human and immerses them in a world of terror and debauchery, but it's done in such a way to make it ever so slightly alluring to the reader. An excellent ghost story and a highly recommended read!
A good read from Clive Barker. I've had trouble following a few of his books in the past, but that is not the case of this book. A very good read, and very hard to put down.
Very strange ghost story. Good read for fans of vintage Hollywood.
Ick! I did not like this book at all! The creatures were weird, the fact that there were creatures was weird... Needless to say, I did not finish this book.
I could not even get halfway through it. But then, I am not a sadist or a masochist. I do like the horror genre, but not ugliness for ugliness' sake. Will not read another Barker book.