Forms of Heaven: Three Plays
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Forms of Heaven: Three Plays

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Following the success of Incarnations comes Clive Barker's second collection of playsthree very different dramas that share the universal themes of transformation and redemption. Like the books and films that have made his name familiar worldwide, their comedy is always tinged with darkness, their tragedy is never that far from some half-glimpsed wonderment.

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Hardcover, 378 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Harper Prism (first published 1996)
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Before he was the wunderkind of the horror genre in the 1980s, Clive Barker had spent many years working in theatre. In 1995 and 1996, he published two collections showcasing some of the results of that time in the books INCARNATIONS and FORMS OF HEAVEN respectively. I don’t believe either collection fared well and both have since gone out of print. But if you’re lucky enough to stumble upon copies of either, I recommend snatching them before someone else does.

While Barker calls the plays in hi...more
Geert Daelemans
Amazingly funny plays from the master of the fantastic

In Forms of Heaven, the second collection of plays written by Clive Barker during his early creative years, three extraordinary plays have been brought together. In Crazyface the audience follows the adventures of the famous Tyl Eulenspiegel and the struggle for a valuable secret between the great countries of Europe's Dark Ages. In Paradise Street an impoverished and totally destroyed Liverpool street get a visit of a group time travellers t...more
A trio of lighter plays by Clive Barker but each are imbedded with ideas and obsessions that carry through all of his fiction. As with all plays I think they are better acted sense that is their intention but well worth the read if there is any interest in the many forms Clive Barkers fiction takes.
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Just reread "Crazyface" before going to see the new production of it on the 21st in DC. It's bizarre, and I look forward to seeing it in person. I hope that it makes me catch my breath and feel incredibly uncomfortable.
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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm. Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department. It...more
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