For more than two decades, Clive Barker has twisted the worlds of horrific and surrealistic fiction into a terrifying, transcendent genre all his own. With skillful prose, he enthralls even as he horrifies; with uncanny insight, he disturbs as profoundly as he reveals. Evoking revulsion and admiration, anticipation and dread, Barker's works explore the darkest contradictions of the human condition: our fear of life and our dreams of death.

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I only needed to read the first couple of paragraphs of Cabal to be reminded why I have fallen for Barker's works - his writing is simply incredible. In terms of the plot of Cabal, it's a good one - the Nightbreed are a community of peaceful "monsters" who have moved to Midian as a consequence of the fear they instilled in those who didn't understand what they were. :D Overall, Cabal is a really solid book, a nice blend of horror and fantasy with a pinch of romance thrown in.

Through rumour and heresy he finds himself heading for the fabled Midian, where monsters take refugee, hot on his heels is his jilted girlfriend and Decker, with his Button Face killer mask and persona close at hand. Deckers Button Face mask was something I wasn't really a hundred percent certain with, a human monster with all the other things running round, was it needed?

Hed heard the name of that place spoken maybe half a dozen times by people hed met on the way through, usually those whose strength was all burned up. Cabal is the story of a town called Midian and its monstrous residents, the Nightbreed. Cabal was adapted into a movie called Nightbreed released in 1990, and directed by the author, Clive Barker himself. Boone is half convinced that he is the serial killer and goes to Midian, a place he has heard about, where the likes of him may find the truth about themselves and their place in the world. Cabal is a clearly a horror novel but it has an epic dark fantasy styling with a lot of world building and a cool mythology. However, the Nightbreed are not cuddly gentle people, many of them look horrifying and they eat human flesh when they can get it (but the narrative does not depict them hunting human beings for food). Dr. Decker, on the other hand, is shown to be much more destructive, cruel and evil than any Nightbreed creature. If you are interested to read horror with a dark fantasy aesthetic, some depth and world building, then dont miss Cabal. Same place you did, Boone said.

This isnt much of a spoiler because its in the earlier stages of the story, but handsome, muscled-up Dr. Decker is actually a serial killer who wears a mask with button eyes and gets serious murder boners when, ya know, murdering people. Turns out Midian is full of shape shifting vampires called Night Breed, and this is where Cabal shines. Lori misses Boone despite his substandard booty skills and takes off after him even though everyone in town thinks hes a serial killer. Once he does, Boone lays down the D in epic fashion then blows monster load right in Loris sweet spot. The way Lori tells Boone to forgive himself had me thinking that he needed most importantly to accept himself for who he is. Lori has already accepted Boone for who he is now, which is to say a shape shifting vampire (she even fantasizes about banging him in his demonic dog-headed form). When Boone finally forgives/accepts himself and gets in some good booty, he immediately becomes a vampiric bad ass. Decker at no point ever accepts himself himself being his own sexuality the way Boone does (and the way the Night Breed back in Midian accept their own vampiric (kinky?) selves. Whereas the Night Breed and Boone accept the monsters within themselves, Decker doesnt enjoy his own self at all. (view spoiler)At the end of the novel, with the bloodthirsty human mob dispersed and the Night Breed almost extinct, Boone and the surviving vampires head into the depths of Midian to hang out with their god, Baphomet. Baphomet charges Boone with finding the Night Breed a new home, since Midian is destroyed. But then Baphomet which is another name for the devil, I found out who is a god-like demon (or some shit) made of disconnected body parts, lets the Night Breed take his body away one by one.

The heart of the book is Lori, a highly sympathetic and believable female character (Barker's good at that), and the shift from Boone's narrative to hers at first felt jarring, mostly because I felt that it was going to shift back.

El libro empieza muy bien, y engancha desde un principio, con el misterio que plantea sobre Midian.

It's a tale of a character named Boone who believes that he is a serial killer. From him, Boone learns of a refuge for monsters that are similar to him in the northern Canadian woods called Midian. 4 out of 5 stars You can also follow my reviews at the following links:

I was reading this and Great and Secret Show early on, and he shaped my words more than most authors.

While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work. Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror/fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories (collected in Books of Blood 1 6), and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game (1985). Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim. His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations (1995) and Forms of Heaven (1996), as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series. A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993.

  • English

  • Horror

  • Rating: 3.93
  • Pages: 358
  • Publish Date: January 1st 2001 by Gallery Books
  • Isbn10: 0743417321
  • Isbn13: 9780743417327