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Once upon a worldIt begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold.
where time is place
a journey beyond imagination
is about to unfold ....
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|About The Author|
Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the best-selling author of eighteen books, including his first book for children, The Thief Of Always. He is also an acclaimed artist, film producer, and director. For four years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat, over one hundred of which can be found within this first volume.
Mr. Barker lives in California with his partner, the photographer David Armstrong, and their daughter, Nicole. They share their house with four dogs, five goldfish, a parrot, fifteen rats, innumerable wild geckoes, a cockatiel, and a parrot called Malingo.
In the language of the fantastic, doorways present the reader with passage into other worlds. . . other states of mind. But the experience isn’t completely remote from us, is it? We’ve all crossed a threshold or turned a comer and come upon some revelation that has changed our lives’ from The Essential Clive BarkerVisionary. Fantasist. Poet. Raconteur. No one word is adequate to describe Clive Barker, who for more than 25 years has expanded the reaches of human imagination as a novelist, director, screenwriter, dramatist and artist.
An inveterate seeker, Barker traverses between styles with ease, from lucid dreamscapes to grim horror to existential drama to balls-out erotica. Currently he is working on the most ambitious project of his career, The Abarat Quartet, a Narnia-style fantasy/adventure that is being painted into existence as a series of oils, currently numbering 350. What began as Barker’s quest for untapped imaginings will result in a quartet of novels - the rights to which were purchased by Disney - as well as films, television, art exhibits, theatre and music.
The first book of this spellbinding quartet is published in September 2002.
Abarat is an archipelago of twenty-five magical islands, which is a different hour of the day. Meet Candy Quackenbush, a girl from Minnesota who crosses by accident from our world into Abarat and discovers she has been there many times before.
Barker also has a hand in a range of projects that reflect his grasp of the creative potential in contemporary media. Some arise from familiar literary terrain; others are evolving out of his Seraphim Films, a diverse company with a uniquely progressive vision. They include: • Damnation Game, a film adaptation of Barker’s award-winning novel, is being scripted by John Heffernan (Snakes on a Plane), with Seraphim Films and Phoenix Pictures co-producing for Warner Bros.
• Saint Sinner, an original two-hour movie written by Doris Egan (Smallville) for the Sci-Fi Channel, is set to begin production in late April.
• Weaveworld, a six-hour Showtime/Hallmark co-production based on Barker’s bestselling epic, is in development with the largest budget ever for a Showtime original mini-series.
• Clive Barker’s Tortured Souls: Fallen part of a toy series designed and produced by Barker and Todd McFarlane Toys (Spawn), the world’s leading toy manufacturer, will be on sale from July.
• Bloody Mary, an original thriller co-produced by Seraphim and Touchstone Pictures, is being scripted by Silvio Horta (Urban Legends).
• A DVD featuring Barker’s paintings and original music composed by Jonathon David of KORN and Richard Gibbs of Oingo Boingo, is currently in production with Sony Music.
• A line of Clive Barker Halloween products - including masks, t-shirts, costumes and puppets - is in development.
Barker’s past achievements are as eclectic as his current slate. In 1998 he executive produced Bill Condon’s Gods and Monsters, a lyrical account of gay horror director James Whale that garnered three Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor for Ian McKellan and Best Supporting Actress for Lynn Redgrave. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The following year, Barker joined such illustrious authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Annie Dillard and Aldous Huxley when his collection of literary works was reissued as a Flamingo Classic at HarperCollins. At the same time, HarperCollins published The Essential Clive Barker, a 700-page anthology of selected fiction with an introduction by Armistead Maupin.
At its core, Barker’s work shows an unswerving commitment to spinning a good yam. He began his artistic odyssey in the London theatre, scripting original plays for his group The Dog Company. These works, including ‘The History of the Devil,’ ‘Frankenstein in Love’ and ‘Colossus,’ were published in two compendiums entitled Incarnations and Forms of Heaven in 1995 and 1996.
It wasn’t long before Barker began publishing short fiction in such collections as The Books of Blood Volumes 1-3 and The Books of Blood, Volumes 4-6 (re-titled in the U.S. as The Inhuman Condition, In the Flesh and Cabal). But it was his debut novel, The Damnation Game - a modern reworking of the Faustian myth - that really put Barker on the literary map and widened his growing international audience.
At the height of his literary fame, Barker shifted gears yet again when he directed Hellraiser, a stylish horror film based on his novella The Hellbound Heart. Now a veritable cult classic, Hellraiser spawned five movie sequels, several lines of comic books and an extensive array of merchandising, and was followed in 1990 by Nightbreed, which Barker adapted and directed from his short story ‘Cabal.’
Barker continued to make his mark in the feature arena, executive producing the housing-project horror story Candyman, adapted and directed by Bernard Rose from Barker’s short story ‘The Forbidden,’ as well as its sequel, Candyman 2: Farewell To The Flesh. Barker returned to directing in 1995 with Lord Of Illusions, a noir-esque detective tale starring Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen.
As a writer, Barker persisted in defying expectation, winning a new generation of fans with such bestselling fantasies as Weaveworld, Imajica, Everville, Sacrament, Galilee and most recently, the Hollywood ghost story, Coldheart Canyon, which will be published in paperback in October 2002. He made his first foray into children’s literature with the acclaimed illustrated fable The Thief of Always. That was followed by Clive Barker’s A-Z of Horror, an encyclopedic tour of his artistic inspirations, drawn from literature, art and film.
As much a visualist as a wordsmith, Barker frequently turns to the canvas to fuel his imagination. His neo-expressionist paintings have been showcased in two large format books - Clive Barker, Illustrator, Volumes I and II - as well as in sellout exhibitions across America.
Ultimately, what lends Barker’s work its strength, what returns audiences again and again to his alchemical world, is a generosity of spirit, an ecumenical belief in our collective unconscious.
‘We make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we’ll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born.’ From Sacrement