London, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1985-1986. Limited Edition. Hardback. A fine set, six volumes in two slipcases. Each volume signed by the author as issued. In excellent shape. Numbered 134 of 200 and 142 of 200. The books were first published in paperback by Sphere, the present copy represents the first hardback edition. An important work in the genre. One of the key contributions of Barker's Books of Blood to the genre is the unique and innovative approach to horror. Barker combines visceral and grotesque horror with elements of dark fantasy, surrealism, and erotica, creating a distinct and original voice that challenged traditional horror tropes. The stories are characterised by rich, evocative language, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes that go beyond traditional horror clich?s. Barker pushed the boundaries of horror, delving into the darkest recesses of the human psyche and challenging societal norms. The books helped popularise the subgenre of splatterpunk. [10604, Hyraxia Books].