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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For those that can stomach such scenes, in intense detail, then the heart of this story will shine brighter than the images BARKER wrings out onto the page.

It does say something about the way the writers and artists are treated.

The star’s agent was bitchy, The producer was a self-centered egomaniac and so on. Barker also seems to have mood swings concerning his main villain. My model is Dickens, who shamelessly moved from pieces of satire to pieces of warm and cheery sentiment, and so Coldheart Canyoj is my attempt to go after that.

But entertainment is only one card Barker flashes. All reducible, with the addition of a little flame, to this mottled dust? Barker, the art and the artist must be firmly separated.

Every now and then, you coldheadt an outlet.

Coldheart Canyon, a book by Clive Barker | Book review

The house belonged to one Katya Lupi, a former Hollywood star of the Golden Age of the Twenties and down at the bottom of the house is a room, or a world, or a world within a world.

And I wanted to be able to talk about some of that stuff in a fictional form, so that’s what Coldhearf doing with this book. I must admit though until now I have never actually picked up one of Barkers novels and read one. I have never read Clive Barker so I have no idea if this is typical for him or not – regardless, I can’t imagine ever putting more time into reading him again.


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Clive on Coldheart Canyon

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It resides on the base level coldjeart exploring the “darkest parts of the human psyche. She had articulated what he’d felt on a decade of Oscar Nights; an absurd mixture of contempt and envy. This book has made me feel differently about The Scarlet Gospels. When I did Galilee, which had a black hero, that was a surprise.

You know how you pull up to a stoplight and you can hear the music in the car next to you and you kind of start singing along? And as bad as I feel for poor Mr. Later, we have a moment when Todd makes a very public escape into the Pacific and then a bit later he’s back at the canyon with a hasty story of how he pulled off the escape, and it too felt sort of cheap.

Look at Imajica, to name just one example of a story with a much more original plot. December Group Listen: It is devoid of life, or so Pickett thinks, but after some time spend in solitude, the ghosts begin to make an appearance. You could cut out the last half of the book. And I don’t belong to this city.

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In some ways it returns in a way to an earlier Clive Barker. Here he hits the lowest notes and instead of feeling unsettled by those contrary feelings, I simply found myself laughing aloud. While I enjoyed them, each for their unique plots and tantilizing hints at sexual prowess, this book is my all time favorite.

Some things are impossible to describe without them sounding ridiculous; in those cases, less is more, but Barker pulls out all the stops and writes like a far less mature writer who just wants to be EXTREME. And Coldheart’s strong emotional currents flow from Barker’s more personal later novels, Sacrament and Galilee I don’t much love this city, so what I try to do is blow the surface off the publicity and say, ‘Okay, this is what you have pretensions to be like, but this is the way you really are.

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Barker has written books this long or longer and they had more punch, better characters, and didn’t FEEL as long as they were. Barker just isn’t as good as he used to be. Dark and twisted as always! I do not think I would get anything more out of reading more pages of this novel. As much as I like Funny People, minutes is about 30 too many, and anyone who has the patience for a minute Transformers movie has a greater tolerance for watching cars fall from the sky than I do.

The building-up of the storyline is comparable to what Dean Koontz does in almost all his novels: When I did The Thief of Always, which is a kids’ book, that was a surprise.

Paperbackpages. Written on 27th September by Arron. It’s a book about Hollywood.

The man can turn a phrase beautifully and his imagination is astounding. It is a place where you have to ask yourself, if you could, would you? Views Read Edit View history. Upon seeing this art he decided Katya has to have it and take’s it back with them the hills of L. He was a child actor, as Roddy was Nevertheless, Coldheart shows that he still masters the ‘craft’.

Jun 13, Gina rated it did not like it.