Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story [Clive Barker] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Film’s most popular action hero needs a place. [Clive Barker] is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the farthest reaches of the imagination.”— Share This Title: Coldheart Canyon. Read a Sample. A novel written by Clive Barker, Coldheart Canyon centers around a failing action hero who goes in for plastic surgery in an attempt to revitalize his career.
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And there are good ideas in the mix here that could have, if developed properly by a writer who’s not distracted by his own perverted mind, made for a great story.
Book Details Coldheart Canyon Author: I might continue to explore his earlier work but I shall be wary of anything new he puts out. The poetry of the book, if you will, lies in its description of landscape, and the bittersweet stuff is very much in the way human beings treat other human beings.
This story popped into my head, and I thought, ‘This is a great way to talk about Hollywood and to talk about it from the inside. It is a place where you have to ask yourself, if you could, would you?
Clive on Coldheart Canyon
Gone The Scarlet Gospels. All taboos are hit head-on within the space of a chapter, without a shameful look back. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think reading this book, slowly at first, is the best advice I can give. At the same time Barker is doing what he does best: Many colcheart his descriptions xoldheart done with such macabre perfection that only a master like Barker could deliver it and make it believable.
Too many little mistakes in the plot, such as the time when the hero finally decides, after much thinking, to try and find dr Barrows’s telephone number, while 10 pages earlier he was talking to his assistant, cancelling an appointment with him.
This has great splashes of the horror and fantastic with a torrent of erotica lavishly poured over the top. Barker just isn’t as good as he used to be. It’s not a horror canyoh but it certainly has its dark portions.
He didn’t wait for Father Sandru to return; rather, he began to push through the piles of furniture toward the designs that covered the walls. Passages of this book are so over-the-top that it gets quite laughable after a while. The idea of old Hollywood icons haunting this mansion and beseeching the attention of its owner was good, in basic theory, minus the fact that they just wanted to have unbelievably aberrant sex with each other.
Having spent years working on this novel, Barker has made it immensely personal, with characters that have been taken from his very own life; even the death of his beloved dog is incorporated into the book.
The woman he meets is unlike anyone he’s ever known, and her pull at his soul is a strong one. And there’s a lot of stuff added on top of all that that tries to string it all together.
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In fact, it was positively boring. Barker’s a drug pusher for the BDSM set. To strip it back to its bare bones, the basic story and idea is good. December Group Listen: But it cries out for subtlety, and Barker has no idea how to do such. The basement room, its origins and what takes place there, would have made an effective barier extremely frightening horror story of its own.
Coldheart Canyon, a book by Clive Barker | Book review
The best parts of the book are the most restrained, and some of the sex and violence are so needless and extraneous that they take away from the enjoyment. This was my first, embarrassedly so. Clive baker’s mind is like a den of sordid pleasures, but he makes his written work so addictive!
I’m blanking on the main character’s name, the big movie star Todd something It may be sounding like I wasn’t exactly paying attention as I read, but I was. Sometimes it’s so gross as to be comic: It’s a – page book, pages probably. Both authors earn the length through style and content. They also had a goal and stuck to it. I have a draft of The Lazarus Requiem and a lot of shorter pieces which are autobiographical, so I have done quite a lot of the stuff Jerry is actually the cultural historian of Coldheart Canyon.
Even by so ungenerous a light as the bare bulbs threw upon them, and viewed by Zeffer’s weary eyes, it was clear they were of incredible sophistication and beauty. The final conclusion is wholeheartedly satisfying and well delivered to the very last word.
His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Canyyon, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re-released together to moderate critical acclaim.
They’ve found this book too strong and too violent and too thoroughly disgusting. I had a few major issues with this book though, that really, seriously put a dampener barkeg my enjoyment. I still think that book was garbage, but I no longer believe that it was ghost-written, because I could see the transition as I was reading this one.