Presidents, messiahs, shamans, popes, saints and lunatics had attempted - over the passage of a millennium - to buy, murder, drug and flagellate themselves into Quiddity. Almost to a one, they'd failed. The dream-sea had been more or less preserved, its existence an exquisite rumor...
Only two volumes have been published; the (excellent) sequel, Everville, was released in 1994. Barker unfailingly has insisted in the 15 years since that he's still planning on the final piece, but who knows? Barker has always insisted the project he was asked about was right around the corner, nearly finished. Hell, I remember him in 1991 talking about how he was directing the remake of The Mummy. The Mummy!
1999 Harper reprint
What I love about this UK cover is that each element is actually in the book. This is not always the case with cover art, as I'm sure everyone knows. I love the tiny embroidered details, in the same design as the UK edition of Weaveworld. Again, it's obvious the artist (unknown) read the entire book, from beginning to end, and didn't simply come up with one lame image to identify it. Compare it with the US cover, both paperback and hardcover: a mailbox. Because the first few pages take place in a post office. There you go. Guess that's as far as the artist read!
This hardcover UK first edition is actually my favorite horror fiction cover art ever; when I first saw it I thought it was some kind of fancy illustrated limited-edition version. It's not. It's the first edition UK hardcover, that's all. It's beautiful all the way round. I love its sickly yet elegant greenish hue. Guess I could live without the Groucho Marx there, though. Still.
Great and Secret Show since its original publication but I recall it fondly, and I loved Everville as well. Once I started reading scholarly mythologists Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade a little while later, I loved the books even more and could easily see from where Barker drew inspiration. Rich in transformative moments and transcendent visions, in themes eternal and ephemera most profound, the first two volumes of The Art have set a very high standard for that long-proposed third. We await the dream-sea, Mr. Barker!
Here's an impossibly young-looking Barker taking his trade to the housewives of the land on Good Morning America in 1990.
I really enjoyed this one as well and hope he finishes the third. Clive Barker is an amazing writer and artist. I heard somewhere that he had a recent health scare. I hope he is okay.
He had throat surgery for polyps about 2 years ago. Listen to his voice in the above video and then find a recent video of him; shocking. Pretty sure he's fine now, but I do believe his age has finally caught up with him. His bargain with the Devil must not have worked out...
Yeah, hope he's doing fine. The cover really struck me too. So well painted and like you say, all the imagery is in the novel. Really like one of those old film posters that were painted, like the Bond ones or Hammer horror.
Jimmy, good call on the old movie posters! They don't make paperback horror fiction covers OR movie posters like they used to...
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