Tapping the Vein (comics)

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Tapping the Vein #1 (1989). Cover art by John Bolton.

Tapping the Vein is a comic series of Clive Barker's short stories from the The Books of Blood published by Eclipse Comics between 1989 and 1992.

Issues[edit]

Issue Title The Books
of Blood

Volume
Adapted by Art by
1 Human Remains 3 P. Craig Russell P. Craig Russell
Pig Blood Blues 1 Chuck Wagner and Fred Burke Scott Hampton
2 Skins of the Fathers 2 Chuck Wagner and Fred Burke Klaus Janson
In the Hills, The Cities 1 Chuck Wagner and Fred Burke John Bolton
3 The Midnight Meat Train 1 Chuck Wagner and Fred Burke Denys Cowan and Michael Davis
Scape-Goats 3 Bo Hampton Bo Hampton
4 Hell's Event 2 Fred Burke Steven Johnson, Alan Okamoto and Jim Pearson
The Madonna 5 Fred Burke Stan Woch, Mark Farmer and Fred Von Tobel
5 How Spoilers Bleed 6 Steve Niles and Fred Burke Hector Gomez
Down, Satan 4 Steve Niles Tim Conrad

Related comics[edit]

Eclipse Books would continue to adapt various Clive Barker short stories in the early 1990s after the Tapping the Vein series came to an end. These include the following.

Dread[edit]

  • Dread (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 2)
    • Adapted by Fred Burke
    • Art by Dan Brerton
  • Down, Satan (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 4)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by Tim Conrad

(A single volume featuring just Dread was also published)

Son of Celluloid[edit]

  • Son of Celluloid (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 3)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by Les Edwards

The Life of Death[edit]

  • The Life of Death (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 6)
    • Adapted by Fred Burke
    • Art by Stewart Stanyard
  • New Murders on the Rue Morgue (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 2)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by Hector Gomez

Revelations[edit]

  • Revelations (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 4)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by Lionel Talaro
  • Babel's Children (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 5)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by Hector Gomez

(A single volume featuring just Revelations was also published)

The Yattering and Jack[edit]

  • The Yattering and Jack (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 1)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by John Bolton
  • How Spoilers Bleed (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 6)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles and Fred Burke
    • Art by Hector Gomez

(A single volume featuring just The Yattering and Jack was also published)

Rawhead Rex[edit]

  • Rawhead Rex (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 3)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by Les Edwards
  • Twilight at the Towers (originally published in The Books of Blood Volume 6)
    • Adapted by Steve Niles
    • Art by Hector Gomez

Advertised, but never published was an adaption of The Age of Desire by P. Craig Russell and Tim Bradstreet, from The Books of Blood Volume 4. A revised version of that adaptation will soon be published by Desperado Comics.

Publication[edit]

As of 2010, Tapping the Vein was made available digitally exclusively through Devil's Due Digital

See also[edit]

External links[edit]