Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker

Mister B. Gone

I am always looking for a good Horror novel so i check out my library's online section from time to time to see if there is anything new. I came across this book and though it would be worth a read. As cheesy and gory as they are I love all of the Hellraiser Movies and I enjoyed Barker's Hellbound Heart which is the book those movies are based off.
I grabbed the audio book and was really excited to see it is read by Doug Bradley. Pinhead himself from the Hellraiser movies. I really liked his voice reading this and I am going to look to see if he reads any other audio books. 

Well, here is where the excitement ended. I began reading the book knowing very little about the story so I didn't really have any preconceived ideas going into this. The first few chapters are nothing but the Demon who lives in the pages of the book begging, coaxing, and ordering the reader to stop reading right now and burn this book. It got old really fast. When the reader refuses to stop reading we get little bits of Mister B.'s history. 

This book is basically a narrative of how this demon was raised through the 9 circles of Hell to our world. How he was a calm curious demon and slowly changed to an angry hateful demon. In between all of these little stories of Mister B's history he yet again orders the reader to stop reading to the point of even threatening to kill the reader if he finishes. As I have written this review it is safe to say that was a veiled threat. When we finally get to the point of how the demon came to be living in these pages I thought it was just a goofy explanation.

I am giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. It wasn't scary or heart pounding at all. It wasn't even as gory and over the top like Hellraiser. I was expecting at least a little creepy facotr considering it is labled as a horror novel and there was none of that. The only thing that keeps this from being a 1 star review for me is the fact that I really enjoyed Doug Bradley's reading of the book. Since I have only read two books by Clive Barker I will safely say this is my least favorite of his books that I have read. This hasn't put me off his work and I will look forward to the next book of his I decide to read.  


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