Barker is known for "body horror", where he often explores physical mutilation and transformation of the body.
Books of Blood (2020) on Hulu begins with the famous quote taken from Barker's work, "Everyone is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red". Vazquez will portray Bennett, a professional killer whose latest target tells him of a priceless book that will allow him and his wife to retire, only to come across supernatural threats in his journey for the book. Overall, the changes Braga makes to Barker's stories are acceptable for the kind of movie he was trying to make. Later, while drunk, Simon admits to having faked it all, but Mary refuses to believe him and locks him in her dead son's room, where the spirits come and carve his flesh with names of the dead.
In Braga's Books of Blood, the narrative plays out a little differently. Consisting of six books published between 1984-85, the anthology which mostly covered the horror genre with the occasional fantasy element mixed in, received rave reviews from critics and readers alike, with legend Stephen King calling Barker the “future of horror.” Some of the film’s individual stories have already been adapted for the big and small screen, namely “The Forbidden,” which became the cult classic Candyman, and The Midnight Meat Train. As it turns out, the horrible event that left the neighborhood mostly abandoned and haunted was the creation of the book of blood: a man by the name of Miles, whose body is scrawled with the names of the dead who wish to tell their stories. Gavron will star as Simon, a charismatic young man who begins a relationship with Mary and convinces her he is a ghost whisperer and can speak for her dead son. A journey into uncharted and forbidden territory through three tales tangled in space and time.
In both stories, an unscrupulous man goes in search and finds the man who is the book of blood, but that's about the only thing that's similar.
However, while this Hulu original may share a title with Barker's masterful horror collection, showrunners Brannon Braga and Adam Simon have made a lot of changes to the source material.
Review: Hulu’s ‘Books of Blood’ poorly adapts classic horror series.
Based on Clive Barker’s acclaimed and influential horror anthology book series, #BooksOfBlood, a Hulu Original film premieres on October 7 on Hulu.
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The Books of Blood are separated into six volumes, usually collected into two omnibus editions, the first containing books 1-3 and the second 4-6.
From there, it strays into its own territory, starting with a hitman who is told by a rare book collector about the book of blood.
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