Barker has generated acclaim and controversy with his dozens of shorter works published in the six Books of Blood.” His rather long first novel is often. Description. The Damnation Game. By Clive Barker. Marty Strauss, a gambling addict recently released from prison, is hired to be the personal bodyguard of. Praise. “A deliciously scary tale Barker’s brilliantly literary work has raised horror to a level of excellence it has rarely reached before.

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This page was last edited on 23 Julyat At the tycoon’s rural estate, Marty witnesses a train of bizarre occurrences: What was somewhat interesting at flive, quickly reveals being incredibly shallow and from that point on barmer book becomes utterly boring til the end. I started out reading it in the lounge, but moved into my room at some point. The more there is the stake the easier to throw that dice, so close your eyes and hope for the best, win big or go home.

See 1 question about The Damnation Game…. I’ve started this review several times now, and can’t quite decide on it. Sacrament to me is an underrated masterpiece and the best of Barker’s later novels. It’s the con, that’s what this book is about, again if American Gods does not owe a huge debt to this book I’m a clivr uncle, the risen dead slowly rotting, the twisting of it, the cypher like main character caught in the machinations of other people, tricked into death etc I do like Barker’s work, even when his stories bore me his prose excites me, I can hold some of his images to my heart like children not necessarily the skinning images or the sadomasochistic wtfery but things like “the sun rose like a stripper” and this book lacked that.


This study in excess may win Barker new readers, but not a better reputation. This story is compelling, frightening, and reinvents an idea of hell, one that only the mind of Clive Barker can create. However, the man is the same as the thief from the introduction and the competition is coming after him This of course gets more and more The Devil and Daniel Mouse By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

The nemesis lets us know that everything is due to chance, fortune belongs to the one who is willing to risk everything on a single throw of the dice.

In a strong voice, its message presents various levels of greed and addiction codependency. Barker also has an eye for the truly horrific image — a reanimated dog eating its own hindquarters — and delivers what may be the highest maggot-count in history without it seeming pointless verbal shoveling.

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The Damnation Game

Garker power of The Damnation Game lies mostly in its depiction of the deterioration of oneself due to the destructive power of an addiction. In early February Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning. And yes I thought I liked it. Now, without a knowledge of zombie pictures, it doesn’t work.

A thief wondering in the ruins of world war II Poland seeks out a card game with a barkre that is legendary for never losing.

The Damnation Game by Clive Barker

Read this when I was an adolescent — super creepy and haunting. No matter how much graphic violence on dead dogs or how much rotting meat crawling with maggots and oozing with puss is shown, a horror story demands a little more.

Who is the mysterious card player who now haunts Joseph’s steps, seeking his due? His visuals are surreal and he is not afraid to go to dark places. If it weren’t for my clie with finishing every book I start I probably would’ve quit before I was halfway done.


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Maybe Barker did better in the short format he fell off my map and I haven’t read much more since, actuallyI don’t know. By far one of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

Certainly the scene where Mamoulian first shows up damnstion the mansion is horrendously detailed in its gruesomeness.

Cabal is kind of silly however, I think I’m going to start it over again from the beginning and reread it. I felt sympathy gaame Marty and found myself hoping that things would somehow work out for him.

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Now a millionaire, locked in a terror-shrouded fortress of his own garker, Joseph Whitehead has hell to pay. A definite must read for fans of the horror genre. The characters are well defined and the dialogues are well suited to the theme and offers no more than it promises to give you!

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Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it. I looked to my bookshelves for something to re-read and oddly I actually found have two copies each with different covers The main antagonist of the story, Mamoulian is a strange man with strange skills to give and take life with a sense of death about him that give him a creepy disposition and the demeanor of a devilish, almighty being.