So you've purchased Hellraiser in at least five different home video editions, read every volume of Abarat and even own an original Clive Barker painting? Well for the fan who has everything, now there's The Painter, the Creature, and the Father of Lies. Barker's skill as a raconteur and essayist is almost equal to his creative writing talent, so this collection of the Renaissance man of horror's non-fiction -- culled from book introductions, liner notes, even theater playbills -- is most welcome, and long overdue. In many repects, Barker is the fanboy we all aspire to be, as comfortable talking about Disney cartoons and comic books as he is classical art. Earthling Publications' new clothbound tome contains one-hundred pieces, never before collected (and unlikely to be collected again), including such gems as a never-before-published introduction to volume 1 of the Books of Blood written from the point of view of a demon interviewing -- who else? -- Clive Barker.
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