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Drawing (to) fear and horror
Into the frame of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train and Dread comic and film adaptations
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This chapter presents a narrative and formal comparative analysis of two short stories of the Books of Blood, that is 'The Midnight Meat Train' and 'Dread', and their comic and film adaptations. Clive Barker was involved as a producer in the making of both films. With all the tribulations surrounding the theatrical release of The Midnight Meat Train and the limited release of Dread, these two endorsements for the films' home distribution remain one of the best ways to prompt people to see them. Instead of focusing on the character's emotional state, Barker carefully expresses Leon Kaufman's fear and horror through repetitive references to his gaze. This chapter shows how the comic books and cinema were able to exploit the full potential of their own features in order to render Barker's powerful writing style and strong imagery.

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