The History of the Devil

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In Clive Barker's The History of the Devil, a deprived and lovelorn Satan is sick and tired of living in Hell. He bemoans the loss of his angel-wings, his freedom of flight, his elegance, and grace. And he misses God. So he calls a trial, his appeal, to seek re-admittance into Heaven. As the trial moves through space and time, we revisit scenes of humanity's great failures - or are they the work of the Devil, his own wicked crimes? If Satan wins his day in court, he'll be with his Father in Heaven. And if he ...

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Overview

In Clive Barker's The History of the Devil, a deprived and lovelorn Satan is sick and tired of living in Hell. He bemoans the loss of his angel-wings, his freedom of flight, his elegance, and grace. And he misses God. So he calls a trial, his appeal, to seek re-admittance into Heaven. As the trial moves through space and time, we revisit scenes of humanity's great failures - or are they the work of the Devil, his own wicked crimes? If Satan wins his day in court, he'll be with his Father in Heaven. And if he loses? He'll spend eternity here with us - on Earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787118860
  • Publisher: NewStar Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: The Sci-Fi Channel Presentation Ser.
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.33 (w) x 7.11 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Barker

Clive Barker in Liverpool in 1952,but now makes his home in Los Angeles. He began his literary career writing, directing, and performing for the London Stage. Mr. Barker is the author of numerous worldwide bestsellers, including Books of Blood, The Damnation Game, Weaveworld, Imajica, and most recently Galilee. The films he has written, produced, and /or directed include the Hellraiser and Candyman pictures, among others. Six of his plays can be found in the collection Incarnations and Forms of Heaven.

Clive Barker in Liverpool in 1952,but now makes his home in Los Angeles. He began his literary career writing, directing, and performing for the London Stage. Mr. Barker is the author of numerous worldwide bestsellers, including Books of Blood, The Damnation Game, Weaveworld, Imajica, and most recently Galilee. The films he has written, produced, and /or directed include the Hellraiser and Candyman pictures, among others. Six of his plays can be found in the collection Incarnations and Forms of Heaven.

Biography

Nothing ever begins....Nothing is fixed. In and out the shuttle goes, fact and fiction, mind and matter woven into patterns that may have only this in common: that hidden among them is a filigree that will with time become a world.

It must be arbitrary, then, the place at which we choose to embark.

Somewhere between a past half forgotten and a future as yet only glimpsed."

And here is as good a place as any to begin with Clive Barker, the author of strange and scary stories such as the novel that begins above, Weaveworld. Barker is probably best known as the creator of the Hellraiser franchise -- which began with the novella The Hellbound Heart; later became the 1987 horror classic that Barker directed; and was then a comic from 1989-1994. He accomplished the print-to-film-to-comic trifecta again with Nightbreed, the film version of which was released in 1990.

Barker drew attention with his early '80s story volumes, Books of Blood. His first novel, The Damnation Game, not only put him on a par authors such as Stephen King but earned praise from those same authors. He is widely admired for weaving into his scary stories complex themes about human nature and desires.

In addition to crafting his signature novels, a chilling amalgam of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, Barker is an accomplished artist. (His comic Ectokids is in development as a movie project at Nickelodeon.) He has also written for children -- a fact that surprises readers familiar only with his disturbing adult oeuvre. But, in fact, his children's tales (The Thief of Always, Abarat, etc.) are among his most imaginative.

No matter what his audience or medium, Barker's stories are effective because it's clear that he takes his work, and his genre, very seriously -- and expects the same from his audience. In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, he told us "[Fantasy and horror] liberate us into a world in which our frustrations and our repressions can take an exoticized form, rendering them more safely and also, if we dare, more approachable."

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 5, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      Liverpool University
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  • Posted August 14, 2010

    Sympathy for the devil takes on a whole new meaning

    This was the first audio book I'd ever had the pleasure to absorb, and let me just say, it was the most enjoyable 3 hours I'd ever spent in imaginative collaboration. Clive's words filtered through my thoughts.
    Again...symapthy for the devil takes on an entirely new meaning.
    Well done!!! Kudos!

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