Hollywood Laid Bare

Coldheart Canyon - Clive Barker

This is the first book I finished for Halloween Bingo. As a Clive Barker fan of course it went straight to the top of my list. It was a wonderful book. I had to stay up most of the night to finish it before travelling - the book's a brick. I didn't want to pack it for the final 100 pages.


Coldheart Canyon looks at Hollywood circa 1920s and "present" 1990s. It shows how much the landscape has changed in that time and how little the people have changed. The descriptions are lush, erotic and terrifying all at the same time, especially of course when we are dealing with the fantastical monsters of Barker's imagination, spawned by The Devil's Country. 


What Barker does in this book is pretty extraordinary. He juxtaposes the fictional world of Hollywood (which people believe is real) with the nightmarish reality of Coldheart Canyon (which people believe is fiction). He describes vacuous stars and entitled movie producers with a mischievous venom that suggests he has met many of these people. 


There is a huge amount of dropping of famous names, although Todd Pickett the main male character is perhaps by necessity a fiction, as I imagine is the boarish movie producer who meets a violent but poetic end.


I haven't chosen which square to use this for. I'm kind of waiting to see which of my lines has the best chance of winning, but it was originally chosen for American Horror Story and would easily satisfy Ghost Stories, Horror, or Modern Masters of Horror.