The dead have highways…

Madefire and Seraphim join forces to bring Clive Barker’s Books of Blood to life on the Motion Book platform.


It’s 30 years since Clive Barker’s Books of Blood series was originally published. The Books of Blood collect some of the most influential horror stories ever written over six volumes. Many of these stories have been adapted into fine horror films – CandymanMidnight Meat Train and comics such as Rawhead Rex. A new collaboration between Madefire and Clive’s own Seraphim Ink production company looks to be the most complete adaptation yet.

The two companies are aiming to publish every story from all six volumes in the Books of Blood anthology. Madefire’s Motion Book platform is the perfect home for such an ambitious project, with its ability to blend fantastic artwork with added music, sound effects and movement. Clive himself states that “What we have done with the ‘Books of Blood’ is, I assure you, nothing short of astonishing. Prepare yourselves for an experience the likes of which you’ve never seen.”

The creative team of writer Mark Miller and artist Sam Shearon have kept the horror of Clive’s original prose alive and crafted a book that is at times as beautiful as it is haunting. The artwork deserves plaudits for its use of shape, scale and movement and for Sam’s gorgeous photo-realistic style.

As with all Madefire books there is a staggering amount of work from the music and SFX teams and this book is no exception. Cris Velasco has put together a beautiful score loaded with strings and simple piano parts. Horns burst through at times and keep the reader on edge.

Episode One is available now via the Madefire App for the bargain price of 69p/99¢ and you can try out the book for free on Madefire’s deviantArt page here.


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