The Horror Asylum

Kickstarter & Indiegogo Campaigns

Subscribe to Deadly Here

Sign Up   Forgot Password? 
11,568 horror articles & features | 6,938 horror movies | 1,511 horror reviews | 1,200 giveaways hosted | 218 delicious interviews Established in 2001  
The Horror Asylum
  Horror News   Reviews   Giveaways   Interviews
Movies | TV | DVDs | Books | Games Movies | DVD | Books | Games Just Added | Ending Soon Just Added | Archives
Home About Enquiries Submissions Advertising Premium Feeds Cookies Dark Lounge


5 Horror Games You Should Play Seaside Spookiness: Bram Stoker's 2015 Horror Film Festival The Scariest Moments of Jurassic Park GiffGaff Invite You into Their House of Horror
Check out these Brilliant Bingo-Inspired Pumpkins and Stencil Sets Independent Horror 'Expressway To Your Skull' Arrives on DVD this November 'Dark Moon' Motion Comic Gives Horror Fans a Free Halloween Treat Seventh.Ink's Haunted Collection VI Now Unleashed

WIN a Horror Asylum 8GB USB Flash Drive
WIN a Horror Asylum 8GB USB Flash Drive
Win An Autographed Copy of The First Vampire, International Bestselling Novel
Win An Autographed Copy of The First Vampire, International Bestselling Novel
WIN The Gallows on Blu-ray
WIN The Gallows on Blu-ray
The Stranger DVD Giveaway
The Stranger DVD Giveaway
A Christmas Horror Story DVD Giveaway
A Christmas Horror Story DVD Giveaway
WIN The Messenger on DVD
WIN The Messenger on DVD

Mister B. Gone
Buy from Buy from

Mister B. Gone (2008)

By Clive Barker
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN-10: 0061562491
ISBN-13: 978-0061562495

"The long-awaited return of the great master of horror. Mister B. Gone is Barker's shockingly bone-chilling discovery of a never-before-published demonic ‘memoir’ penned in the year 1438, when it was printed – one copy only – and then buried until now by an assistant who worked for the inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg. This bone-chilling novel, in which a medieval devil speaks directly to his reader—his tone murderous one moment, seductive the next—is a never-before-published memoir allegedly penned in the year 1438. The demon has embedded himself in the very words of this tale of terror, turning the book itself into a dangerous object, laced with menace only too ready to break free and exert its power. A brilliant and truly unsettling tour de force of the supernatural, Mister B. Gone escorts the reader on an intimate and revelatory journey to uncover the shocking truth of the battle between Good and Evil."

Review by
Faye Coulman
Follow me:
Review Date: 23 August 2011 My Rating: out of 5


Bound up in the intriguing notion of a demon imprisoned in the pages of a 14th century relic, 'Mister B. Gone' seems to promise all the dark brilliance for which Barker is famed. But despite a mind-bending angle that guarantees instantly compulsive reading, the story falls somewhat short of the excellence fans would doubtless expect from this modern-day master of horror.

In a tale reluctantly told by silver-tongued hellspawn Jakabok Botch (better known as Mister B.), the reader is immediately ordered to “burn this book” in an ingenious move that entices us to read on from the very opening line. After much pleading, threatening and hateful taunting, Barker's demonic anti-hero reveals the fantastical story of his escape from the underworld to earth, where our two-tailed protagonist receives a less than warm reception from humankind. Hinged on an epic power struggle between hellish and celestial forces, 'Mister B. Gone' is crammed with otherworldly wonders and horrors served up with a generous side of black comedy and stomach-churning gore. Whether bathing in the blood of freshly-slaughtered infants or torturing the clergy, Mister B. spins a gruesome and unexpectedly thought-provoking yarn that paints a particularly ugly portrait of humanity.

But, while there's no shortage of carnage throughout, Barker's characters are often poorly fleshed-out and thus hard to identify with, as a host of sketchy victims are casually dispatched, leaving the reader detached from the spine-chilling horrors that might have been. Still, those seeking a satisfying fix of gore porn will be far from disappointed. Leaping across decades, ages and supernatural realms with much of the same casual nonchalance, Barker's sense of space and time is similarly hazy, and hence difficult to navigate.

Character development aside, the worst offender to be found within these nevertheless entertaining pages is Mister B's repeated demands that the reader set fire to his leather-bound prison. While the request made for an enticing opener in the first chapter, its persistent repetition begins to grate to the point of annoyance as the story unfolds. And though the idea at the heart of 'Mister B. Gone' smacks of greatness, this promising spark of genius sadly fails to ignite.

Blood and Guts: Comments


Not Registered?
Sign up for FREE >>

There are currently no comments.
Why not have your say!?


The Lazarus Effect Movie Review

The Lazarus Effect

From the Dark Movie Review

From the Dark

Hades (Short) Movie Review

Hades (Short)

Fear The Walking Dead (TV) Movie Review

Fear The Walking Dead (TV)

The Town That Dreaded Sundown Movie Review

The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Zombeavers Movie Review


Sinister 2 Movie Review

Sinister 2

Infernal Movie Review


Scream (TV) Movie Review

Scream (TV)

GirlHouse Movie Review


Witchfinder General Movie Review

Witchfinder General

Head Movie Review


Amityville II: The Possession Movie Review

Amityville II: The Possession

Jurassic World Movie Review

Jurassic World

Bride of Re-Animator Movie Review

Bride of Re-Animator


WIN a Horror Asylum 8GB USB Flash Drive Win An Autographed Copy of The First Vampire, International Bestselling Novel
WIN The Gallows on Blu-ray The Stranger DVD Giveaway
A Christmas Horror Story DVD Giveaway WIN The Messenger on DVD
Level 33 Entertainment Horror Bundle Giveaway WIN Rotor DR1 on Blu-ray
WIN a copy of MJ Peter's GHOSTILEAKS WIN Creature Feature STUNG on DVD
Pay the Ghost DVD Giveaway


An Interview with James Gosling
James Gosling