The Essential Clive Barker: Selected Fiction

The Essential Clive Barker: Selected Fiction

by Clive Barker
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The Essential Clive Barker: Selected Fiction by Clive Barker

"I wonder if the reverse is not also in some way true. That the artist is constantly working on an elaborate and fantasticated self-portrait, but at the end has drawn, unbeknownst, a picture of the world." -- Clive Barker, "Private Legends: An Introduction"

Clive Barker, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, playwright, artist, producer, director, screenwriter, and one of the world's master storytellers, writing in the haunting and moving traditions of Poe and Dickens, invites us to join him on a dazzling, wondrous journey through the worlds of his imagination and to experience visions, dreams, love, terror, heaven and hell, and revenge.

As we read, we discover and explore the dream-sea Quiddity and the islands of Ephemeris; the five Dominions of the Imajica, of which the Earth is but an imperfect facet; the rapturous world woven into an ancient, threadbare carpet in a derelict house in Liverpool; Hood's Holiday House where each day contains four seasons and children's wishes may come true; the Sky Room of Galilee, where the creation of the universe may be witnessed; and the clubs and bars of San Francisco and New York, in which all manner of sexual adventures lie in wait.

In these stories, the real and the miraculous are within a breath of one another, life gives way to death, and death to life; doorways open into other states of existence, and each doorway leads us back to our own dreams and fears.

The Essential Clive Barker is an irresistible narrative compendium that superbly represents the impressive quality and range of Barker's fiction, spanning more than twenty years of writing. It contains more than seventy excerpts from novels and plays and four full-length short stories, all personally selected by Barker, and offers a privileged insight into a remarkable writer and his art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062034649
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times bestsellers Abarat; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; and The Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume.

Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.

Hometown:

Los Angeles

Date of Birth:

October 5, 1952

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Education:

Liverpool University

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Essential Clive Barker 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just a bunch of excerpts from his books, nothing new or even substantial. Total waste of money if youve read this stuff before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eighty-two page sample consisted of a tedious introduction by the author simply blathering on. Never actually got to read a sample.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The setup of the book is interesting. Each chapter has a theme with samples to match. Each section is mind-blowing. When he tells his stories, he shows us images that form from his words that engrave themselves into our imaginations. There was one of his images that showed itself in my mind's eye that refused to leave until we met face-to-face. His words don't tell stories...they show them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT was great having each chapter with a different theme. This is great for fans as well as it has some new short stories and commentary by the man