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review 2017-09-07 09:36
Cabal - Clive Barker

by Clive Barker


This story was the basis for the movie, Nightbreed, which I've seen many times. Normally I don't like serial killer stories, but the emphasis that interested me is the 'monsters' of Midian.


The story started out with the same premise as the movie; Boone is seeing a psychiatrist who shows him pictures of grisly murders and eventually Boone accepts that during his blackouts, he's committing these murders. But there is a supernatural aspect to it, a quest to find a place called Midian, where the monsters dwell. In a mental asylum, Boone meets another inmate who knows about Midian and gives him clues how to find it.


As I hoped, the book basically followed the same story as the movie, though the later parts were expanded and the book was able to better explain what happened underground. There were a couple of unexpected sexual scenes that didn't really advance the story, but most of it focused on the conflict between Midian and the local town police.


Towards the end there is some wonderfully contrasting prose, showing the beauty of the world of 'monsters' as opposed to the ugliness of the serial killer and the motivations that drive him. I think the ending was basically the same as the movie but the book allowed more explanation, so now I want to see the movie again with this deeper level of understanding.


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text 2017-08-31 14:30
Serial/Spree Killer Square
Cabal - Clive Barker

Cabal by Clive Barker is the source book for the movie, Nightbreed.


I've seen the movie many times but never read the book. It's been high on my want to read list for years!


Normally serial killers would have been top of my squares to omit list, but because it fits this story, I kept it. The serial killer aspect is integral to the plot, but what I find most interesting is the supernatural 'monsters' of Midian!


So, I've started reading and if the book is much like the movie, I've passed the worst of the gross parts. It should get to the most interesting (to me) part of the story very soon. I hope it expands on what the movie gave me, as books often do.


It reads quite smoothly and promises to be a fast read. It's my first Barker, apart from samples! I may become a fan.

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