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Book of Blood Omnibus, Volumes 1-3. Each volume contains four or five stories. They were published between 1984 and 1985. Although undoubtedly horror stories, like most of Barker’s work they mix fantasy themes in as well. 1980s and realised that a horror story collection need not have any narrow themes, consistent tone or restrictions.
The stories could range from the humorous to the truly horrific. For some editions, each book’s cover was illustrated by Clive Barker himself. They attack him and carve words in his flesh, and these words, claims the narrator, form the rest of the stories, stories written on a literal, living Book of Blood. When he wakes, he discovers a slaughterhouse scene in the next train and passes out. He regains consciousness when the train has continued beyond the end of the line. Kaufman encounters a man named Mahogany, who has killed and butchered several people and hung their bodies up on the train.
Mahogany remarks that he will be forced to kill Kaufman to guard his secrets. Kaufman fights Mahogany and kills him in self-defense. The train conductor, nonplussed at Mahogany’s death, brings the train to its destination – a secret station. The train doors open and strange malformed humanoid creatures board the train. The creatures eat the dead passengers and tell Kaufman that Mahogany was getting old and could not do the job any longer, and that Kaufman must now serve them. It is revealed that the creatures have also been the secret rulers of New York City for centuries.
They show Kaufman an immense being further into the catacombs, then pull out his tongue to ensure his silence. Kaufman finds that he is now the new “butcher” and part of the organization and infrastructure devoted to serving the “City Fathers” and bringing them meat. The film differs from the book in a number of ways, most notably with the introduction of additional characters such as Maya, Leon’s girlfriend. Lord of the Flies”, because one of Jack’s ancestors reneged on a pact made with the demon lord. The Yattering is frustrated when its determined efforts to drive Jack mad are answered with good cheer and apparent obliviousness. Unknown to the Yattering, Jack is purposely ignoring the demon in order to simultaneously frustrate it and maintain his own sanity. The Yattering subjects him to increasingly severe torments, including killing his cats and terrorising his family, but these efforts all fail.