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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I consulted dozens of volumes, essays, pamphlets and internet entries on Golden Age Hollywood and the people who occupied it I must admit though until now I have never actually picked up one of Barkers novels and read one. It was in Liverpool in that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until And then having that snatched away from him.

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Once this started getting all sadomasochistic and orgiastic which didn’t take long So, I stayed up all night listening to this. There’s going to be an awful lot of people who are going to be tracking this book and saying, canyyon fuck, I hope I’m not in here!

And it’s about I town I love to coldhezrt. You know I’ve been here almost 10 years now. The glimpses of the Hollywood mindset ring true to life, and the conceit is very nice.

This ambivalence even extends to the artifact, and the demonic powers in it.

Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker

This is not a ghost story – it is barely a story at all. It’s my attempt to sort of summarize, I suppose, my feelings, good and bad, about this town. I also knew Clive Barker was a fairly popular horror author – and having read almost all of Stephen Kings and Dean Koontz’s books I thought this would be a good intro to Clive Barker.


Barker just isn’t as good as he used to be. The narrative rocks, as Barker’s always do, with intense violence and sex sacred, profane and grotesque; a torrent of intent and emotion from the depraved to the sublime; and, here, an impressive thematic excavation of the interplay between illusion and reality, the fantastic and the real. As I moved in to Coldheart Canyon in the second draft and its characters sprang into real life before me I found myself enjoying the process hugely.

Paperbackpages. The thing was I found I didn’t care about the main characters, the only part I liked was the bit with the dog. I would always like more time. Your just being long winded and self-important. The book is far longer than it needs to be, and while some parts are beautiful and wonderful and everything good that I remembered, the rest feels either overly padded for word-count or messily thrown together.

Coldheart Canyon

The latter book made an especially big impression, so much so that I remember reading it aloud to my college girlfriend, savoring again the chance to immerse myself in its story and characters. The star’s agent was bitchy, The producer was a self-centered egomaniac and so on. You need to have a rant. A B-movie actor with his career on the slide retreats to a secluded villa in a canyon. It is absolutely the most radically disparate of my books. I’m blanking on the main character’s name, the big movie star Todd something Every now and then, you need an outlet.

Roddy continued to be a very well known actor right to the end of his life.

His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations and Forms of Heavenas well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series. And the things I’m going to be saying I have very significant documentary evidence for. Here, nursing his wounds and his desperation, he discovers what the history of the Dream Factory has long concealed: As it turns out, though because this is a Clive Barker bookthe actress and the tiled room and the mansion all harbor a secret that proves to be disastrous to Todd hint: I would say that his writing is sicker than anything else I’ve ever read, but I think that’s what he’s striving for.


The horse was so finely painted, it looked about ready to prance off around the room. It doesn’t go into other dimensions or anything like that.

Todd Pickett, the actor, is dull. Animals, ghosts, and humans all having sex, every kind imaginable. But I knew Coldheart Canyon was going to be trouble from the get-go.

Jerry is actually the cultural historian of Coldheart Canyon.

It is very strange. Why should heterosexual characters carry around heterosexual issues? This article does not cite any sources. Barker’s beautiful prose pulls the novel up to a 3-star. Coldheart Canyon has prologues in canyob middle of the book, has a page epilogue that is almost completely pointless, introduces characters with three dimensional back stories only to have them die instantly, creates subplots that are never clivve or are left so ambiguous that bakrer they show up again, you kind of forgot what happened with them in the first place.

Jan 18, R. Certainly not Clive’s best, but it could have been much worse Todd Pickett, one of the hottest movie stars of the last decade, faces the downfall of his career when extensive plastic surgery goes terribly wrong.