Author(s): Clive BarkerDownload
There are things worse than death. There are games so seductively evil, so wondrously vile, no gambler can resist. Amid the shadow-scarred rubble of World War II, Joseph Whitehead dared to challenge the dark champion of life’s ultimate game. Now a millionaire, locked in a terror-shrouded fortress of his own design, Joseph Whitehead has hell to pay. And no soul is safe from this ravaging fear, the resurrected fury, the unspeakable desire of The Damnation Game.
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3.5 stars, rounded up. I think I can be a little generous with my rating since this was written in 1985. Since then, we have seen similar things happen in horror novels, but at the time, other than King and maybe a couple others, I don’t recall books like this. I’m a Gen-Xer, so Hellraiser was around and traumatized me during my youth. Another reason I can appreciate this perhaps a bit more than I otherwise would have.
So, you’ve got lots of crazy going on here: A man who found “secret” arcane knowledge that enabled him to live long on other people’s life. He can resurrect and make “zombie”-like beings. There are many characters besides the villain: an aging billionaire, his heroin-addicted daughter, an obese pedophile serial killer, an ex-convict.
I felt that some parts were a little over-long, but overall, I enjoyed it. It’s not a book I would probably read again. There are brutal animal deaths and gross parts. Some things I never fully understood, like how the supernatural part of the villain’s power/magic worked.
Breer, the obese rotting serial killer was probably the grossest thing I have read in quite awhile. Like I said, some of this is probably now not groundbreaking or original, but at the time, I think it was. I feel it was worth the read and – another book off my TBR shelf from 2013!
Here I am, finally reading the book that has languished the longest on my TBR shelf since 2013.
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The Damnation Game bleeds the dark, sensual eroticism and morbid imagination that has become the Barker signature. The novel offers out a feast of emotion to submerge yourself in, from bizarre and horrific scenes of brutal violence to moments of heart-wrenching literally romance. It was Barker’s first full-length novel, published for the first time in 1985, after the release and cult success of the first three ‘Books of Blood’. This first novel presents a theme which has reappeared in many of his later pieces of work for example ‘The Great And Secret Show’ and ‘Galilee’ with two powerful men fighting for a cause, both with different intentions and ultimately destroying themselves as a result. Barker has sown the seeds of a fantastical world within the pages of this book, where the reader is truly gripped by the imagination Clive has unleashed within. It is a masterpiece of a disturbing atmospheric darkness and the storyline’s suspense and plot development are outstanding. It’s very hard to put this book down and you will honestly find yourselves immersed within the novel within seconds of picking it up.
I strongly recommend this masterpiece of dark fantasy horror to anyone and everyone. Please buy yourself a copy.
This is, hands down, the scariest book I have ever read. Ever. I read it for the adrenaline genres week in my Reader’s Advisory class. Since I only had a couple of days to read this and another book (716 pages in 2 days!), I stayed up till about 2 am reading this. BAD IDEA!! I started out reading it in the lounge, but moved into my room at some point. And that was when the trouble started. At some point I needed a bathroom break. But I was too scared to open my door and run the 3 feet to the bathroom. I was afraid the bad man from the story would be out there. I’d like to take this moment to point out that I was 27 when I read this.
Absolutely excellent book. The Damnation Game was my introduction into the mind of Clive Barker and I now realize why he has received such unwavering praise and adoration from readers. I am also inclined to agree with those aforementioned readers. This novel was terrific. It hooked me in from the first few pages and I found myself eagerly anticipating the rest of the story. It contained many twisted images of the macabre that Barker has come to be associated with. But it was somehow more than that. It was poetic and gloomy in a sense. I felt sympathy for Marty and found myself hoping that things would somehow work out for him. The end is satisfying and the plot is engrossing from page one. I would highly recommend this book. Fantastic read.
I have to say, I am not a fan of the 1990 mass market cover. I thought it would make more sense as the book progressed, of what it is. Sadly, no such luck. As for the story, learning after the fact that this is Clive Barker’s first novel, I must say I am impressed. I would not have guessed that. I’d read his Books of Blood before this, as well as Cabal (love BTW), and bits of other books I intend to finish soon. His way with prose and imagination are flawless here. I was disappointed in Marty’s (or was it Martin?) character. So much time spent on him, knowing his boxer background and yet it’s mostly useless. He’s kind of a whimp. The rest of the characters are fantastic. I loved Whitehead’s vulnerability and Creys’ power yet dependency. For a story built around duality and life over death, or death over life, I feel the conclusion came to a satisfying end.
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