Review: (3.00 / 5) Rawhead Rex is a short story that is part of Clive Barker’s Books of Blood Series. I’d heard of Clive Barker from several peers, so when I saw the book covers, I was excited to read the series. Right off the bat, the story reminded me of Koontz’s Midnight, with this monster running through the town eating his victims. Sadly, after the first killing, the store fell flat for me.
As a Writer, we’re taught to avoid head hopping. There was so much of that going on, I felt like a bobble-head sitting on a dashboard. I guess when you’ve got the extensive portfolio as Barker, you can do what you want. It wasn’t just the head hopping that bothered me, it was the lack of depth to Rawhead’s character.
In the novel Midnight, Koontz tells the story from the POV of his victims. This allows the reader to feel the terror in the characters. In Rawhead Rex, Barker starts from the perspective of the victim, but often hops over to Rawhead for the kill. When he does this, he tells the story as opposed to showing. Perhaps that’s because the beast can’t speak, so we don’t know what he feels, tastes, or smells. Instead Barker tells us what he wants the reader to know.
So this Rawhead, was evidently buried alive sometime in the past. He lived under a stone that keep him sealed beneath the earth. He’s released when a man named Thomas is out trying to remove a stone that is partially protruding through the surface. He digs, pries, and eventually heaves the stone from the ground. It’s hear that Rawhead Rex comes back to incite terror on everyone.
From here, everything is the same. Story of a family, Rawhead appears, Rawhead eats the people, Rawhead moves on to his next victim and it starts all over again. This cycle continues until he meets his match and is killed in the end. Now I write this keeping in mind that Books of Blood was some of his first piece of works. I did purchase all six books in the series and am looking forward to reading them.