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The Essential Clive Barker: Selected Fiction

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"I wonder if the reverse is not also in some way true. That the artist is constantly working on anelaborate 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
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published November 3rd 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1999)
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Uhg. I was so torn on this book...

I picked this up on sale because I'm a Clive Barker fan who hasn't really read enough of him in my life, in particular his novels (I'm all over his Books Of Blood short stories though! And the Hellraiser comic book spin-offs I really dig too).

One the one hand, this is a great collection of Clive's various writings, giving you glimpses into a number of the fantastic worlds and characters he's created. Barker's a master of horror fiction and there's a lot in this
Geert Daelemans
May 29, 2014 Geert Daelemans rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A complete rip-off

There are many things wrong with The Essential Clive Barker. For starters, the title is simply incorrect. This book does not give you an overview -or even a hint for that matter- of what Clive Barker is all about. At best it gives you a set of teasers that hopefully will entice you to read the full novels. But why not start by picking up a real novel and explore the craftsmanship of the author yourself. Indeed, a concise version of The Essential Clive Barker should read: close
Apr 19, 2013 Wizzard rated it it was amazing
Clive Barker made a name for himself in the horror genre. But this book shows his strength in the fantastical: science fiction, fantasy, terror, mythological, even theater, and of course horror. The book is set up very creatively-- instead of arranging by date of publication, excerpts from his various works are arranged by theme: Memory, Body, Terror, Doorways, etc. Definitely makes me want to explore more of his works!
Chris Tice
Apr 16, 2008 Chris Tice rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-like
It was a good book for reading passages from his many novels, but without having read all the novels I didn't really follow on some of the themes. I didn't dislike the book but you really have to like his work and read his books to follow along with the themes.
Jan 11, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-fantasy, horror
Good for the Barker enthusiast, great for examining common themes and tropes... not so great for actual read-throughs ;>
Midnight Blue
Sep 17, 2011 Midnight Blue rated it it was amazing
A book full of Clive Barker and more Clive Barker...can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon.
Michael Whetzel
Jun 06, 2013 Michael Whetzel rated it liked it
Nice overview of Barker's work but it is mostly excerpts from his books. Would rather read the complete works themselves. Only for the hardcore fan.
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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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