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Voodoo Idol



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:41 am    Post subject: Book Recommendations (Clive Barker)? Reply with quote

I recently finished re-reading The Damnation Game by Clive Barker and can't ever shake that book's imagery. Anyone know of any authors that have a, at least in spirit, similar style without ripping him off? I especially like his descriptions of violence and the generally foul without having to rely on it as a crutch to make up for lack of story or similar. I know it's got nothing to do with music, but I'm sure a lot of people on here are into similar literature.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Damnation Game is a fantastic read. Early Barker is pretty untouchable. You might like some Brian Lumley stuff. I've heard good things about Poppy Z. Brite, but I've never read any.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should definitely read 'Cabal' as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not horrific or fantastic but hell, CHUCK PALAHNIUK fucking rules

he wrote "Fight Club" and fantastic novels such as "Choke" and "Invisible Monsters"
Twisted fucked up reality drenched in outstanding black humor
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read basically everything by Barker, including Cabal. I actually really enjoyed Mister B. Gone minus the shitty plot device. The actual story is great stuff, very bizarre. I've read some of the authors mentioned.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there's always the two Splatterpunk anthology volumes. I have a friend that swears by Jack Ketchum and Michael Slade--though I haven't read them myself. Ligotti is awesome too.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not exactly Barker-ish, but Lovecraft is a must for horror reading.

Also, Dan Simmons' "Song Of Kali" is great read, as is "The Terror"
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blodhemn9 wrote:
Not exactly Barker-ish, but Lovecraft is a must for horror reading."


agreed. brian lumley is good too if your into lovecraft worship. especially the titus crow series. i also am really fond of his necroscope series too. great horror writer.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ligotti. try w/Songs of a Dead Dreamer.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wirelessbanality wrote:
Ligotti. try w/Songs of a Dead Dreamer.


was just going to recommend him. IMO he's THE best living horror writer. Also maybe try Ramsay Campbell and Patrick McGrath.

None of them are "gore" writers, but they are very well constructed and literary, and often very unsettling and wierd.

For something a bit more lighthearted (but still pretty fucked up) try Brian Lumley.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a slightly off topic questions but related to books. My friend recommended a book to me that he said was basically a book version of black metal. It's about vampyres in Transylvania and said that it was just cold and brutal as fuck. Does anyone know the book he's talking about?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I highly recommend and second the H.P. Lovecraft recommendation. Those are probably some of the best stories I have ever read. The horror is written in a manner that feels exceptionally chilling and the style does not rely on spelling everything out in some explicit detail like the reader is a idiot etc etc

I read one of the Brian Lumley books from that Necroscope series, however it was out of the order they were written so it was a bit of a spoiler for me in that I kept wondering what the hell was going on to some degree. The overall design of the story is pretty interesting, I just couldn't get into the writing style maybe. Something prevented me from further caring. Maybe not enough alien strangeness.

Another series I would highly recommend is Stephen Kings The Dark Tower (seven books)
I generally find some of Kings books boring. However that Dark Tower series has enough bizarre alienesque oddity happening it was as great as some of those Lovecraft tales in some ways.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IronBloodBlasphemy wrote:
there's always the two Splatterpunk anthology volumes. I have a friend that swears by Jack Ketchum and Michael Slade--though I haven't read them myself. Ligotti is awesome too.
geez u guys havent read brian keene,jf gonzalez,ed lee,john shirley,michael marshall,jack ketchum? theres a horror revoultion going on and u guys are missing it!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Demoniarch wrote:
Another series I would highly recommend is Stephen Kings The Dark Tower (seven books)
I generally find some of Kings books boring. However that Dark Tower series has enough bizarre alienesque oddity happening it was as great as some of those Lovecraft tales in some ways.

The first three books are excellent, very otherworldly and menacing. I didn't care as much for the last four, though -- he forces everything into a white-light morality play which doesn't mesh with the morally-grey tone of the first three books. And (as always with King's non-short-story work) he could easily have told the same story in 1/3 the page count!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about China Mieville? He fuses the more Barker-esque horror imaginary with fantasy.
A snippet from Perdido Street Station:

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He hated this floor. He hated the slightly blistering wallpaper, the peculiar smells that emanated from the rooms, the unsettling sounds that floated through the walls. Most of the doors on the corridor were open, by convention. Those that were closed were occupied by punters.

The door to room seventeen was kept shut, of course. It was an exception to the house rule.

David walked slowly along the foul carpet, approaching the first door. Mercifully, it was closed, but the wooden door could not contain the noises; peculiar, muffled, desultory cries; a creak of tightening leather; a hissing, hate-filled voice. David turned his head away and found himself gazing directly into the opposite room. He caught a glimpse of the nude figure on the bed. She stared up at him, a girl of no more than fifteen. She crouched on all fours...her arms and legs were hairy and pawed...dog's legs.

His eyes lingered on her in hypnotic, prurient horror as he walked past, and she leapt to the floor in clumsy canine motion, turned awkwardly, and unpracticed quadruped, looking over her shoulder at him hopefully as she pushed out her arse and pudenda.

David's mouth hung slightly open and his eyes were glazed.

This was where he shamed himself, in this brothel of Remade whores.

The city crawled with Remade prostitutes, of course. It was often the only strategy available to Remade women and men to keep themselves from starving. But here in the red-light district, peccadilloes were indulged in the most sophisticated manner.

Most Remade tarts had been punished for unrelated crimes: their Remaking was usually little more than a bizarre hindrance for their sex-work, pushing their prices way down. This district, on the other hand, was for the specialist, the discerning consumer. Here, the whores were Remade specifically for the profession. Here were expensive bodies Remade into shapes to indulge dedicated gourmets of perverted flesh. There were children sold by their parents and women and men forced by debt to sell themselves to the flesh-sculptors, the illicit Remakers. There were rumours that many had been sentenced to some other Remaking, only to find themselves Remade by the punishment factories according to strange carnal designs and sold to the pimps and madams. It was a profitable sideline run by the bio-thaumaturges of the state.

Time was stretched out and sickly in this endless corridor, like rancid treacle. At every door, every station along the way, David could not help but glance inside. He willed himself to look away but his eyes would not obey.

It was like a nightmare garden. Each room contained some unique flesh-flower, blossom of torture.

David paced past naked bodies covered in breasts like plump scales; monstrous crablike torsos with nubile girlish legs at both ends; a woman who gazed at him with intelligent eyes above a second vulva, her mouth a vertical slit with moist labia, a meat-echo of the other vagina between her splayed legs. Two little boys gazing bewildered at the massive phalluses they sprouted. A hermaphrodite with many hands.

There was a thump inside David's head. He felt groggy with exhausted horror.

Room seventeen was before him. David did not turn back. He imagined the eyes of the Remade behind him, on him, staring from their prisons of blood and bone and sex.

He knocked on the door. After a moment, he heard the chain being lifted from within and the door opened a little. David entered, his gorge rising, leaving that shameful corridor into his own private corruption. The door was closed. (pp. 341-343)
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