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The Abarat Series : Books Four and Five

Clive Barker - Abarat 3, Absolute Midnight
Watch the Abarat Absolute Midnight trailer here now!

Director: Mark Miller, twitter.com/markalanmiller
Special Make-Up Effects: Stephen Imhoff, stephenimhoff.daportfolio.com, twitter.com/somewhatfragile
and Cris Alex, www.crisalexmua.com/, twitter.com/voodoocharly
Director of Photography & Special Effects: Brandon Mahlberg, mahlbergstudios.com, twitter.com/mahlbergstudios
Production Assistant: Sareth Ney
Christopher Carrion: Stephen Imhoff
...and see Clive's new video introduction to Absolute Midnight!

Autumn 2002 brought with it Abarat; the first volume of a project that began as an intensely private series of paintings, then coalesced into an idea for 25 modestly illustrated tales collected as The Book Of Hours.
The Book Of Hours became Abarat and the proliferation of paintings, combined with the burgeoning storyline, caused Abarat to split into 4, then 5, separate books.
The first volume - called simply Abarat - arrived on UK & US shelves in October 2002 and then spread across the world in foreign language editions with additional text-only softback versions in the UK and US. The second volume - Abarat : Days of Magic, Nights of War - was published in September 2004.
Since then, Clive has worked on other projects but has continued to paint for Abarat and there's an astonishing volume of painted canvases (well over 500, now) stacked in Clive's studio, lending a comforting sense of momentum to the whole series.
Abarat: Absolute Midnight was published in September 2011, with paperback editions released in the UK (October 2012) and later in the US (planned for September 2013).
Although Absolute Midnight is inescapably dark in sentiment, more glorious days will follow - Clive continues to work on writing Book Four - Kry Rising - and a gold-covered Book Five has a new working title, Abarat : Until The End Of Time. April 2013 sees a new update from Clive (below) confirming that he is now working to a more extended timeframe for Book Four.
Candy's adventures promise to spawn a series of movies, and the possibility of other media too - Clive is already painting a series of Abaratian 'tarot' style cards...
Oh, and if the cover seems to have acquired some Harry Potter influence over the lettering of the title, consider it a sneak preview of Disney's original movie poster design and try standing on your head and looking again...

Click here for bibliographies for Abarat, Abarat II and Abarat III with Clive's commentary on Abarat, and on Abarat II and on Abarat III...

Also available is a "behind the scenes" companion book, Beneath The Surface of Clive Barker's Abarat - details here...!


"I think the idea of the illuminated picture, the illuminated story, is one that's very appealing, and I've been talking to a couple of people about that possibility. My problem is that, essentially, I'm a democrat, and I like the democracy of art. I like the paperback. I like the idea of getting these personal visions into the largest number of heads possible. I don't like, therefore, the notion of the rather rarefied, expensive edition. So what I've tried to balance off, constantly, is - how can I make a beautiful book which will be very decorated and very dense but would not be something which would seem like a piece of elitest art?"

Beyond Good And Evil

By Mordecai Watts, Axcess, Vol 3 No 5, 1995

"This project is closer to my heart than anything I've done before. In 15 years of publishing and movie making, nothing has excited me more."

Disney To Pay $8 Million For Fantasy Series

By Claudia Eller, Los Angeles Times, 15 April 2000

Clive Barker - Abarat

"It goes back to how this began - as a book which I never anticipated would have 100,000 words of text, you know? It has 101,000 words in the first volume and I think we're looking at the same for the second volume. When the quartet is done we will hopefully have a volume that will gather all this stuff together into a single volume...
"It's pretty closely plotted through to the final book because there are things that are happening in the first book that will not get paid off until the final book. I pretty much know exactly what's going to happen. You get a sense even from the first book that everything is sort of laid out and there are mysteries and puzzles which are enigmas which are going to be solved...
"The first one is going to be just 'Abarat'. The second one I am just playing around with titles right now. The third one will be called 'Absolute Midnight' and the fourth one I'm still playing with too."

Open Roads... What Price Wonderland?

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 3 April 2002 (note - full text here)

Clive Barker - The Tribe Rests

"As the books progress, Candy assembles a circle of allies, uncovering a plot to blot out the Sun, Moon and Stars, and achieve a condition of permanent Midnight. Were this to happen, then a great number of creatures that would never dare to venture into the land in the light, would be free to emerge from the Sea of Izabella and would wreak havok on the islands.
"In order to prevent this disaster, Candy must find the courage to face the Lord of Midnight himself, Christopher Carrion, along with his monstrous grandmother, Mater Motley. And in confronting Carrion, she will come to understand who she really is: a revelation which will transform her own understanding of her place in the epic events of 'The Abarat Quartet'."

Clive Barker's Notes On Abarat

By Clive Barker, Australian Advance Reading Copy of Abarat, 2002

"I want to, before I shuffle off this world, create a world that can be revisited many times, filled with imaginative people, so I conceived of an archipelago made up of twenty four islands. Each island represents one hour of each day. If you go to that island there surrounded by red clouds, the Island of Midnight, Gorgossium, it is permanently midnight. Everything that is associated with Midnight is a consciousness of the species inhabiting that island. Everything that is associated with day is found on that green island there, colored in sunshine, which nicely balances off with Gorgossium, is the island of Yzil. That's where this lady in red behind me, [gesturing to a painting of a woman whose robes, garments, and hair are caught in a maelstrom which she herself exhales] the Princess Breath, who is the Great Creatrix of the island, she breathes out these creatures, these life forms."

Imagining New Worlds

By Robert Starner, Lambda Book Report, Vol.10, Issue 3, 1 October 2001

Clive Barker - Detail from Commexo City

"I'm writing four novels and we don't yet know what kind of movies we're making... My job is to write the novel and paint the pictures.
"[Candy Quackenbush] begins as a 16 year-old. She ends as an 18-and-a-half year-old. And she discovers her sexuality. That's very much a piece of it...
"It wouldn't be my preference [to interchange the games, movies and novels out of order]. My preference is that you would read all four books in order. Are you familiar with C.S.Lewis and his book 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'? The thing about those seven books is that you can read them in any order you like, but it helps to read them in the order that he intended. It will be the same with Abarat."

Barker Worse Than His Bite?

By [ ], PC Gameplay.co.uk, 19-23 February 2001

"I've never conceived of doing something this way - painting the pictures and then writing the books. It's a very strange way of doing it, but it's been great.
"Here I am saying it's a quartet. I think it's a quartet. It seemed to break down quite neatly into four parts. But I think L. Frank Baum thought he'd finished with Oz every now and then, you know? I think it's four books but it may turn out to be many more."

Stars In Hell

By Michael Giltz, The New York Post, 14 October 2001

"I wanted to create a place where I could play almost endlessly and never run out of room. In this world I can go anywhere. I can talk about family relations, I can talk about the place of the imagination in the human heart. I can talk about the nature of evil - and that is a central issue in these books, particularly how the knowledge of evil gets passed down from one generation to another...
"Christopher Carrion wasn't always a villain. Christopher Carrion is a villain because he has been horribly dealt with by his family. I try and trace the villainy in order to say to the reader, 'Look in your own lives to see if there aren't hurtful things that make you behave hurtfully'...
"I am being a little coy, because I am leaving the real villain of the book out of this discussion. There is a villain who stands behind these villains, whose nature I don't even want to talk about. He won't appear in the first book, he isn't painted on these walls, but of course there is a devil here in the islands. And there's an awful lot of good in this book, too. Just as night and day are in balance, and light and dark are in balance in the healthy human psyche, so evil and good will be pretty much balanced in the narrative."

The Relaunch of Clive Barker

By Jeff Zaleski, Publishers Weekly, 1 October 2001

"Candy will come to understand herself as a walker between worlds before the quartet of Abarat is over. But I think of the world that I bridge as being primarily worlds of darkness and of light. I want to move between good and evil, I want to move between extremes. I think of myself as somebody who is reporting from a world of dreams.
"I love Candy because she is a very tough, strong character in a very strange world. I also have a real fondness for Malingo, who turns out to be her sidekick in subsequent novels. And I have a real fondness for the villains, so I would have to say Christopher Carrion ranks highly in there too. Carrion will turn out to be a villain with a lot of sympathetic elements to him, and I've always felt the best villains are those you can comprehend...
Clive Barker - Tower "There is a huge story, which runs through the four books, which is about the ongoing battle between night and day. It is going to resolve itself in the space of this quartet. And it also has to do with why Candy feels she's been in this place before. So Candy's sense of herself is one of the things we're going to understand more. The intricate relationships between Mater Motley and Christopher Carrion, Carrion and Candy, and Candy and a bunch of other characters, will be explained in further books, too. But I don't want to give too much away."

Interview

By [ ], Barnes and Noble, Fall 2002.

"Does the text ever influence what I paint? - Yes, it does, it has started to because now that I've finished the second volume and I'm starting to think about the third volume, obviously there are many paintings made for the third volume, but I probably have another seventy paintings and I'm making them knowing what's going to happen in the third book, but not knowing in every detail. And so I'm painting these pictures in the expectation that history will repeat itself and interesting, strange characters and landscapes will come into my mind and into my mind's eye and appear on the canvas through the brush. There is something wilfully strange about this process - that you stand back at the end of a night's work and you look at something and you say, 'Where did that come from?' I mean, I'm not the only artist who does that - lots of artists do that, I know. And it's been wonderful because if I had created Abarat from words - if I'd written Abarat and then illustrated it, if you will, the way I did with Thief of Always, it would not be anything like as rich or as complex or as contradictory a world as it is. Because this is a world which has been created from dream visions - what I'm doing is finding stories that match the shape of my dreams."

Interview

Audio interview by Anthony DiBlasi (i) Abarat 2 promotional CD ROM sampler, Joanna Cotler Books, June 2004 (ii) online at www.harpercollins.com

"Every two years, we'll have a new Abarat [novel], and in the interval, we will have the soft-cover. It's a very rigorous schedule; on the other hand, I feel it's very important to know that every two years, everyone's going to get a new 100,000 words of Abarat, a new 100 paintings until the quartet is finished, at which point we will have this epic tale. I also think it's important that each of the books is contained within itself; there will always be a sense of completion within each narrative. Candy's confrontation with Kaspar Wolfswinkel, who's the great villain of the first book, is really completed within that book...
"The next six years, while I write and paint the next three Abarat books, [I will not be able to] take any time out to direct a movie. This is a time to devote to Abarat - and right now, at least, that's what I want to do."

Clive Barker, Author

By Gina McIntyre, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 October 2002

Clive Barker - The Dragon Duchess

"I wrote the book [Book 2], finished the book in November, read the book and didn't like it and threw it all away, the whole thing, and began again - which I've never done before. So there's nothing in the second volume of Abarat as it now stands which faintly resembles that first version...
"It is a 600 page manuscript, the first book, and there's nothing - there's names in common, but the islands that are visited are different, everything is pretty different. And it came from a profound desire, on my part, not to... I realised the book was teasing people, my first version was teasing people too much. There wasn't enough delivery as I saw it and I wanted the second book to give you a genuine sense of fulfilment. After all, you will have been through almost a quarter of a million words and 250 illustrations. You should have a sense of... emotional payback. There should be a sense that some of the storylines have reached some genuine conclusion and I felt that the story wasn't taking the readers far enough, it wasn't giving us enough of a journey to enough of a conclusion to something big enough. And so I thought I don't think this is right or fair. I need to go back and I need to start again and I need to configure this. I want it to go to a much bigger place in terms of narrative, in terms of emotion and in terms of fulfilment of the narrative promises in the first book.
"I don't want this to be a three-book tease with a one-book pay-off, I want each of the books to pay off some of the narratives and present other strands which are going to grow in complexity and richness and obviously go on. But I think at the end of the second book, and this is certainly what I'm getting back from people who have read it, there's a real sense of, 'oh we went somewhere, we got somewhere, we were delivered somewhere, we got closure.' There are significant deaths in this book, there are significant changes in this book, there are significant revelations in this book. So... and I'm not saying that there wouldn't have been some of those in the first version, but they wouldn't have been as satisfying, I think. I'm much, much happier with the second book. And so, it was worth it! But that was the other reason why it's taken longer to get here and there have been certain times when I've regretted it... but now, having got there, I don't regret it at all - I think it was the right thing to do."

Abarat: 2B (Or Not 2A)...

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 22 July 2003 (note - full text here)

"I was very determined that the second book be more of a complete experience. Sort of finish, I don't want to give too much away obviously, but to finish off some more of the narratives. There are two more books to come, so there is much more to unfold. But I want the second book to be a more fulfilling experience as a narrative than the first one could be because, by it's very nature, I'm introducing a world, I'm introducing a lot of characters. It's a very complicated world with its own quite elaborate rules, and all that had to be set up. By the time I got to the second book, that was done, that is done. So now I can roll. And I can get to the stuff which is really fun, which is the plot stuff, and the character stuff, and the primal battles which is the heart of the story, and something apocalyptic as well, because I wanted to make sure that having set up this world, I could then do something pretty dramatic to it as early as the second book. There wouldn't be a sense that you had to wait for the fourth book before anything of great scale happened. I wanted something pretty big to happen in every book. And something huge happens, well actually two or three huge things happen in this book."

Confessions

By Craig Fohr, Lost Souls, 1 August 2003 (note - full text online at Lost Souls)

"The fiction of the fantastic brims with metaphors for this condition [of flux]: tales of people whose cells are protean and souls migrant, people called by mysterious forces to a place they've visited in other lives or states; a place never understood - at least until the moment of crisis - as their real home."

V For Vice-Versa

Clive Barker's A - Z Of Horror, 1997

"The great thing with Joanna Cotler and my friends and supporters at HarperCollins, over a long period of time now - obviously primarily Jane Johnson, Joanna - they have bought into my vision of a quartet. And they know, even from the experience of selling Tolkien and C.S.Lewis, that these kinds of books earn their real place in people's hearts and on the bookshelves over tens of years... It's lovely to feel with Joanna and Jane that I've got two people there who are completely supportive of my long-term goals as a creator; as they're not locked into, 'What's the next thing going to be, Clive?' because that would make me crazy. I know I've got a third book of The Art and the second book of Galilee to write and two more Abarat books and it excites me that those things are there somewhere in the menu of things that I have to choose from as I continue my writing and painting career. It's lovely to feel that there's important (and I mean important in the sense of important to me) important stuff to do; stuff that really moves me. Characters to pick up and bring to a conclusion and stories to tell, stories that audiences, readers worldwide have got an interest in."

In Anticipation Of The Deluge: A Moment At The River's Edge

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 1 and 12 July 2004 (note - full text here)

Clive Barker - The Third Engine, 2005

"There will be about 600 [paintings] in the end... Not all of them will make it into the third or fourth books, but what I'm hoping we'll do is release a super-edition of Abarat when all four books are finished, and maybe we'll put all four books into the same book - a 2,000-page volume, with all of the paintings in."

The Clive Barker Interview

By Brett Alexander Savory, IROSF.com, Vol I No 8, 21 August 2004 (note - full text at www.irosf.com)

"The fourth book will probably be called The Eternal..."

There And Back Again: Touring The Abarat

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 30 November 2004 (note - full text here)

"I have plot outlines for part three and some notions for four, based on the 270 paintings that I haven't used so far, but I may develop some new paintings as well. Now that I'm into the third book and starting to think about the climax of this narrative, I have to take charge of it a little bit. It can't be the unruly stallion any longer. I've really got to break it, otherwise I'm not going to get the climax that my audience deserves.
"I want Book Three to build to something fairly dramatic, and Book Four to be on a whole new level of excitement, so I'm not quite as passive - in the sense that, with the first book I was letting the paintings tell me what was going on. The same was true to an extent with the second book, although I started to become more of a shaper of the world. The third one is very shaped, very predestined, because I pretty much know where this narrative is heading. At the end of four books there are going to be half-a-million words and 500 oil paintings, and I want that four-book world to read like one enormous, incredibly colourful, surrealistic journey."

Days Of Magic

By Joe Nazzaro, Fantasy Worlds, No 5, February 2005

"With my nose being so much to the grindstone, I'm writing the Hellraiser stuff during the day and at night I am painting Abarats 3 and 4, there isn't another minute during the day to think about anything else at all. My feeling is that if fate wants me to direct a movie it will pick up the phone to me at some point, but am I happy right now doing what I am doing? Blissfully! So you know, let it be what it will be."

The Hellbound Art : Memory, Fantasy And Filigree

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 10 February 2005 (note - full text here)

"I am shaping up Abarat 3 and 4 while writing Scarlet Gospels during the day and polishing the script of The Midnight Meat Train which goes into production this year in New York along with a movie called The Plague... I'm actually putting words on a piece of paper and it's because I'm beginning to see, in a way that I didn't with Books 1 and 2 really, the shape, the feeling of what these books are going to be as they reach their apocalyptic and transformative end and you know the narrative is going to explode into a huge scale in the third book. I did a painting of the destruction of something well-known in the Abarat and David came in and was aghast, he said, 'You can't destroy that!' and I said 'I just did!' It will be destroyed in Book 3. Book 3, as the title Absolute Midnight suggests, is a pretty dark book but the darkest hours are not actually in Book 3, the darkest hours are in Book 4, so in a way that is new to me in this Abarat process I am feeling a sense of the shape of these things as I paint. And I'm making copious notes and writing paragraphs and literally have two files full of notes now. It will be interesting to see how much of it actually finds its way into the final books...
Clive Barker - Tattered Islands On A Branch, 2000 "I'm not quite so clear about what Book 4 will be yet because there are some things in play that I have to work through which are actually about the metaphysics of it all; actually they are about what happens when you get into the 25th hour and you know, given the fact that it is a time out of time, what revelations, what horrors, what wonders are you going to see when you meet yourself as a baby or as an old person or whatever, so there's a lot of interesting stuff happening there..."

The Lazarus Muse: Nights Of Magic, Days Of Gore

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 2 June 2005 (note: full text here)

"I had not realised that until this moment, but yes, I am, in a way [mentally combining Books Three and Four] - all the notes, for instance, and there are files of notes that I've kept for story elements, have 'Abarat Three and Four' written on them, on the front of them and that's in part because I haven't yet figured out where I'm going to take the break in the story and it's partly because there is a shit-load goes on in these books - there're going to be big books - and I also have a couple of ideas which I haven't yet had a chance to talk over with Joanna [Cotler] about - some radical things that we might do, painting-wise, which might be kinda fun, so I've really got a lot to deal with - in a good way - when I've finished this last picture for the cover of Heaven and Hell, because I really think that people when they finish Three will be eager for Four and a conclusion. And Four will bring the whole thing to an end and it will raise the stakes and make for a big, epic ending. And I sort of am, in a way, thinking of those two books as one huge run-up to a massive climax.
"I'm [writing the two books back-to-back]. That's what I'm absolutely going to do - obviously it won't mean that they'll get printed any faster, because my belief is that Book Four is going to be very, very fat, but yes, I mean I have a lot to resolve and a lot of secrets to spring on people!"

Heaven, Hell And The Dreaming Space Between

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 5 December 2005 (note: full text here)

"I had two weeks over Christmas where I sat down with myself and examined what I knew I wanted the narrative journey, the shamanistic journey, that Candy Quackenbush takes from being an errant schoolgirl in Chickentown to being what she will become at the end of what will now be the fifth and final book of the Abarat series. And I realised I couldn't get it in four books; I couldn't get the characters in four books! I mean I deliberately had a night of the long knives in the second book, killed off a bunch of people, thinking, 'Ah, that'll leave some room!' but, Jesus... This is the joy of not really, well, you've known from the beginning how much I've been in service to the energies of this book - how they have seemed from the beginning to have been pre-ordained - that's altogether too pretentious, but they seemed to be - the paintings came along when I didn't expect them - when I started to create a world round them, the world began to proliferate at a speed that I had never experienced in my life before. And I have grown to love this world, probably more than any other that I've created and I want to serve the rising scale of this drama and the conflict and the revelation of what Candy is, of what Abarat is, of what it is to us, as human beings, what we are to it. I want to serve that rising in a - I don't want to rush it. I've heard a lot of people say - and I'm not sure I actually share this belief but I've heard it said that people don't feel that the end of Phillip Clive Barker - Abarat character - previously unpublished Pullman's brilliant trilogy really - it's all a little too quick for them - and I think that's a danger, I think sometimes there's an exhaustion factor that creeps in and the act of imagining starts to become overwhelming, you start to say, 'OK, I'm going to close the door on this.' And I don't feel as though I can or should do that with this - this is, in one sense, the closest thing I will do to my idol, Blake's, work in the sense that it's a marriage of my painting and my poetry and my writing and it's for all audiences and it's metaphysical and it's comical and it's demonic and it's of Heaven and Hell and all things in between and if I'm going to do that, Man, I've got to do that the best way I can and I'm not going to fuck it up. That was what the conclusion of that fourteen days was; it was, 'You know what, Barker? You can't do this in four books - own up...!'
"[It's] a huge step, a huge step, but you know what it did? It was like I had a toy train engine going and behind it in the dust, lost, was the engine of the Titanic. And, by simply saying, 'Five', the dust was blown away and this huge engine moved into motion, and I realised how the mechanism of the smaller engine that I'd been playing with served its place absolutely in the larger one. And that my subconcious had been at work in a very generous way, but it you're right, Phil, it's a moment when you say 'oh...' because you know what each of these books is...
"For the final book - it'll be a hundred and fifty, a hundred and sixty paintings and it'll be a year and a half of writing; it's a huge book. And yet, what am I going to do? I'm not going to undercut this thing which is so important to me...
"[It was] a huge relief, because I saw the bigger engine, and there must have been a part of me that knew the bigger engine was there all along. And when I talk about 'engine' I actually mean a narrative engine; I mean a huge narrative machine that was waiting in the shadows to fold it's great cogs and pick up this smaller machine I'd been dealing with and fold its mechanisms into the greater machine and plough forward and take Candy places I simply couldn't have got her in four books.
"I think I would have done something which would have been uglier, frankly, I would have shoved as much as I possibly could into three and four such that they become very ugly, aesthetically ugly, books. Now, when in seven, eight years' time we stand back and I will have sufficient distance on the five to be able to look at them, the obvious thing is, I now have a middle book - I have a wheel and I have a hub of a wheel... and God bless them - that's Joanna Cotler and her team - for embracing that."

Abarat. Abarat. Abarat. Abarat... Abarat!

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 13 and 20 March 2006 (note: full text here)

"One of the reasons I'm taking this journey [The Scarlet Gospels] and allowing it to be the scale that it will be is because I really want to be able to then free myself to take a really big bite of the three Abarat books that remain to be written. Now, whether that means that I write 3 and 4 and then break off to write a short piece just as a palate cleanser before I really dig into the last big, big, big book, or whether I just go helter-skelter through all three, I don't have an answer for Mark; it would be unfair for me to pop out some answer which may or may not be true. All I know for certain is that I have the material and it continues to gather and, while it continues to gather - I'm particularly thinking of material for Abarat 5 now - I'm sort of Forest With Bird by Clive Barker, oil on canvas loathe to be too smart about this. Part of the point of this is to let my imagination percolate on this material and resolve the narrative in all its complexities - there's a lot of stories that need to be resolved at the end of these five books. I want to do that properly. I will never write about Abarat again after these five books, I think I can very certainly say that will be the case, so I really want to make sure that these five books really do the job. That may mean it's best for me to take a little break between 4 and 5."

You Called, He Came...

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 2 and 3 June 2006 (note: full text here)

"I'll be writing the third and fourth books back-to-back; we'll really have this narrative on a roll and these paintings are getting made. As you know there's a lot of paintings now, certainly enough now to start my imagination going - and actually the painting part of it is the hardest part - so we have about 500 paintings that are part of that mythology which could form part of the narrative element for Books 3, 4 and 5."

Sowing The Seeds Of The Story Tree

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 28 August and 4 September 2006 (note - full text here)

"You know by the time I got to this last year or two years of painting I was not painting blind anymore, I was painting with a very clear sense of where this narrative was going to go and it was while I was painting and looking in my mind's eye at the canvas and the narrative that I realised I couldn't shove all this into four books, it required a fifth to elegantly, I hope, bring all this material into a conclusion which is surprising and I hope very satisfying.
"So it's all grist to the mill, but it's nice when you put the notes together and you go, oh yeah, OK, between all these and while I've been breaking off and painting because an idea has occurred to me, now when I sit down at my desk and look at all those ideas, that's the novel, it's right there. That was very satisfying to me and it really felt like my methodology had proved itself finally. I mean the first book was, you know what it was; I was starting off from zero and I think a lot of people had dodgy expectations of what it was going to be and I think a lot of those people have been converted and if they haven't, I think the third book will do a lot to lay to rest the anxiety that somehow or other I am softening in my middle age and that Abarat is somehow me revisiting Narnia or Wonderland or whatever - it isn't, and it is never more clear than in Book Three where the narrative turns to the monstrous and the very, very dark."

Pinhead's Progress

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 15 and 22 December 2006 (note - full text here)

"I am painting like a fool here - I'm actually having a great time - I'm way ahead of the words, right now - you guys know more than anybody how much further I am, there are more paintings than I could possibly use in the two books that will be left after the third is taken care of - to which you may reply oh, why the fuck are you still painting? And the answer is two-fold, actually three-fold... The first one is just that I'm crazy, and I'm enjoying it, but the real reason is that as long as there are images of Abarat in my mind, I want to download them onto canvas, because I don't know exactly - I have a vague idea - but I don't have a clear idea of the processes of books four and five I think it's my duty to the narrative to keep providing visual options, to keep them coming. Nothing will be wasted! Because it's my hope that we will eventually use every single one of these paintings maybe in an expanded form of a kind of guide to the Islands, maybe an expanded form of the Almanac? So everything that I've painted for Abarat will eventually be printed as an Abarat image, it's just a question of whether they appear in the series of five books or appear in some other form but I really am enjoying the darker aspects, having had the relatively light touches involved in the first two books..."

A Spiritual Retreat

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 26 March 2007 (note - full text here)

"Abarat is in 42 languages and there are people in 42 countries saying, 'Where's the next one?'... The Abarat books are probably going to get a little bit larger as they go on through the series. It's just the nature of telling those stories. The epic narrative is only just unrolling, and certainly the paintings have become bigger - not physically larger, but in their subject matter. They've become more ambitious and broader.
"I've always been inspired by the pictures. They always come first. I know from the paintings that this narrative is going to huge places. So Abarat will definitely have to be next in order to keep that story rolling, and we'll see where we go from there. I can't look too far ahead; otherwise it just gets overwhelming."

Gone And Back Again

By Carnell, Fangoria, No 268, November 2007

"We are in 42 languages with these books and I've painted all the pictures for the third book and many for the fourth and fifth. I am into the final draft and having a wonderful, wonderful time and I'll go straight on to writing book four."

The Wildclaw Clive Barker Interview

By Charlie Athanas, Wildclaw Theatre.com, 4 March 2008 (note: full text online at www.wildclawtheater.com)

Celebrant (Two), oil on canvas

"I do have the title for number four, which nobody knows. So, I don't know if you want to let that out? You know, the thing is, titles change all the time, titles change and change and change and eventually you get to one which seems like the final one and then, you know, it changes again! But I think this is the final one, just because everyone's response to it has been so positive. What tends to happen is the other titles then become part-titles - that classically happens... I'm thinking 'The Eternal' is either going to be a part-title or the title of Five, but I'm not really sure. Then, this is definitely going to end up being a part-title, 'All Things, Out Of Time'... The title of Book Four is The Dynasty of Dreamers.
"It really excites me just in terms of what we have, what you have, in terms of things to pull out when Book Five comes along. I mean, when Book Five comes along to be able to put online this incredibly comprehensive 'making-of feature.' It's going to be another four years before the book comes along and is finished. That's very exciting, we're going to have something like a decade of conversations, you know? And I think that's one of a kind, I think that's awesome, I really do."

We Are All Imaginary Animals...

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 11 & 12 October 2008 (note - full text here)

"Bringing Abarat to a close involves a lot of painting, so I think the reason that I am pushing to close the Abarat narrative is because when it is done I can then separate painting and writing again - but I have a deal to do five of them and, right now, there are only two! I just had my editor Joanna Cotler, from Cotler books, going through about four hundred paintings for Abarat 3 and, right after that, I will be moving onto Abarat 4.
"It really is non-stop but I have always said that these five books should be viewed as one long narrative; just in separate, self-contained parts."

Still Raising Hell

By Calum Waddell, Judge Dredd Megazine, No 286, 21 July 2009

"I'm just going to go on. As soon as I've delivered Grail, I'm off on to Abarat 4, and the largest pile of papers around me is Abarat 4, which is my various notes I've been collecting up from around the boxes and so on - but actually Abarat 5 as well because I think, in a way, it's impossible to think about the fourth book without also thinking about that too because they are one system...
"I don't think there's going to be a lot edited out [of Book 3], frankly, I don't know. All I know is the book is damn good!! And that what we'll have in Four and Five is bursting to come out of me! So I'm just going to get on with it."

Now And In Time To Be

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 1 and 4 January 2010 (note - full text here)

"It's way too hot to sleep, so I have started the next, penultimate Abarat book. Writing in the sweaty, silent night reminds me of writing Galilee on the island of Kaua'i'. The only thing that's missing is the soft gather and break of the night tide.I loved that island but I'm afraid its memories are more bitter now; so much has changed."

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By Clive Barker, 26 September 2010

"Wouldn't it be neat to have a book where firstly we had someone who knew what they were doing when they came to a world, as opposed to wandering around not knowing, because that kind of gets old after a while, and it's actually something that plays out lots of times in those kinds of stories. And secondly, to actually give that person, whoever it's going to be - and I didn't know whether it would be a boy or a girl at that point - give that person a method and a purpose that was vast, potentially huge, potentially epic. Potentially.
"This is a sort of nature / nurture thing and it's going to remain a nature / nurture thing - does Candy find her way to a destiny which was pre-destined for her, or pre-asserted for her - right? - or does she invent that by the very nature of her being? Which is the point at which, I would argue, the book becomes a universal book. Because then it's about all of us, right? And I want it to be a book about all of us, I didn't want it to be Harry Potter - Harry Potter is about a very special boy, I didn't want this to be about a very special girl, I wanted it to be about a girl who could be anyone and even though, yeah, she seems to have some elements of uncertainty in her nature, we're going to discover that we all have those uncertainties in our nature, at least to some extent, and then the question is how do we deal with them?"

More Candy: Sweetness And Night

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 24 and 27 August 2011 (note - full text here)

"I've spent the day threading all the plot-lines of the last two Abarat books into a map of Who, Where and When. I have a lot of paintings that illuminate these creatures and events already finished, but I think there's another hundred paintings still to be created. The story has taken off into epic territory I had not dreamed of when I painted the first images of what would become Kaspar Wolfswinkel, the Mischief brothers and Princess Breath. Several hundred paintings later and I still need more. There's a lot of stories to conjure up in paint and words, but I'm alive to tell the tale.
"That idea - being alive to tell the tale-never meant more than it does now, on the threshold of two huge books that almost lost their author. Maybe there are thousands of tales out there that lost their authors before they could be written down. Desperate to remember themselves. Like us."

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By Clive Barker, 19 February 2012

"Forty Six chapters into ABARAT IV, and I sense that this penultimate volume is going to be... heavy."

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By Clive Barker, 11 May 2012

"Today - meaning the writing day that began sixteen hours ago - is a difficult day. Somebody in ABARAT IV : THE PRICE OF DREAMS must die. Yes, the title's new..."

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By Clive Barker, 13 July 2012

"The good news? I've just writing my 71st chapter of ABARAT IV. Being confined to my house has me writing night and day."

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By Clive Barker, 28 July 2012

"I'm writing ABARAT IV 12 hours of every day.Then straight on to the final ABARAT book,and then onto The 3rd book of The Art."

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By Clive Barker, 10 August 2012

"The next novel will be ABARAT IV, which is the most epic story yet, setting the stage for a massive final book. I've had the idea for ABARAT V: Until The End Of Time since I first asked myself the question 'Why am I alive?' "

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By Clive Barker, 2 September 2012

"Time plays such a significant part in my novels, short stories and poems, that the five volumes of ABARAT, being made of time may well contain a pattern that will draw all my work into a dance first heard at the most wind-blown threshold of Odom's Spire. But the Spire has only a single door, some will protest. Why would you speak as if there were many?
"Why indeed."

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By Clive Barker, 29 November 2012

"I love the fact that Terry [Blas]'s interpretation of the Mischief brothers gives them a dashing quality which is almost prophetic. I can't share the epic story evolving in ABARAT IV: THE PRICE OF DREAMS but it affects all the characters in different ways. They have a very serious role to play as will not perhaps become apparent until the fifth and final book..."

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By Clive Barker, 12 December 2012

"I am very optimistic that we will have news about an Abarat Movie at some point in the future. But my Irish-Italian ancestry makes me a superstitious son of a bitch, and I don't want to spoil our chances [to] make something come to fruition by getting too cocky or certain about any future possibilities. Let me say this; if there is any project of mine which seems to holler, 'Film me! Film me!' it would be the Abarat books. There as you all probably know FIVE in total. The scale of the story expands exponentially as we move towards the cosmic climax of those five books. It's going to be an incredible challenge for the filmmakers who take on the project to create the mystical visions and transfigurations that the whole journey of the Abarat books is taking us towards."

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Replies to questions at a live Facebook Q&A session, 15 December 2012

"True magic, we will learn, is called Kry. So when,in ABARAT IV, a certain character seeks sanctuary to study Kry at its root place, the noonish island of Yzil, it will perform the miracles of transformation like a butterfly sealed itself away until the Bell rings Creation's Code. The clues are all there. KRY YZIL IS. A chrysalis."

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By Clive Barker, 11 January 2013

"The guardian of Kry is a wounded Golden Man called Hathnot. I painted him a decade ago and he's been waiting in the shadows for his moment."

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By Clive Barker, 19 January 2013

"I want to make clear to EVERYBODY where my priorities lie. Eleven months ago I came out of hospital after the strokes and coma and, contrary to all instruction, went straight back to work. Hospital had given me lots of time to thank the powers that be for letting me survive what should have killed me and preparing my head for the huge job ahead. Since coming home I've left the house five times. I am here in my writing room all the time, driven as I have not been driven since Imajica to give every waking thought to this now enormous tale, which has allowed me to offer readers poems and paintings, as you know. Please have no fear as to where my obsessive nature suckles these many days and nights. In Abarat."

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By Clive Barker, 19 January 2013

"I am working very hard on Abarat IV at the moment. Every day is dedicated to the book, which is going to be the largest of the series thus far.
"There will be a total of five Abarat books in the series, so this is the penultimate volume. I plan to go directly on from finishing Volume IV to writing Volume V. There will be somewhere between a hundred and a hundred and twenty oil paintings in each book.
"I spend about fourteen hours a day writing or painting. I hand-write everything. If I can finish the day having written about 1,500 words and brought a painting closer to completion, I'm a happy man."

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By Clive Barker, 17 March 2013

"I have never shared what I'm about to tell you with anyone. It was simply too emotionally raw a subject. But it's impossible to understand Christopher Carrion without knowing the reality in which he is rooted. Many years ago, at a dinner party in London, I listened, appalled, to a conversation between two doctors. Somehow the exchange had come to rest on the subject of those experiences which had driven from them all trust in a merciful god. One of the men, his manner very matter of fact, related his failure to save the life of an infant less than two weeks old, who'd been all but consumed by a domestic fire. The baby, beyond all hope of being healed, could not even cry. It had inhaled too much heat. I had nothing to contribute to this, of course, except to find a place to file this sadness. And then one day comes a character who is in some measure a figure who has a profound suffering which made sense in a world where infants were denied the freedom to cry until their breath gave out. Christopher Carrion was born that night."

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By Clive Barker, 20 March 2013

"I've started one of my favourite parts of creating each of the ABARAT books.
"The structure of this book is now fixed. It's taken thirteen months, starting immediately after I came out of hospital and working every day since to finish this draft, but it's done.
"Now I'm about to re-draft the 130,000 [words] I've written in the last thirteen months, steadily polishing it, word by word, phrase by phrase, idea by idea.
"And as I go I get to have fun designing the various beasts and beings, skies, cities and magical sights that did not yet already exist in the oil paintings I have painted for use in these last two books.
"It would be much more convenient, of course, if my imagination had been prophetic enough to provide me with exactly what I needed, without redundancies. But it never works that way. Often a design I painted with a certain character in mind simply fails to fit the tale I am now telling. So I have to create something new.
"It's not the end of the world. Ha! No, it truly isn't.
"It's the continuing construction of a new one, in words and paint.
"I still have two more drafts and forty oil paintings to go before the fourth book of ABARAT is delivered.
"But I promise you I will keep a diary of entries like this as I go, so that henceforth you can follow the road I'm taking to bring ABARAT IV: THE PRICE OF DREAMS, home."

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By Clive Barker, 25 April 2013

"Abarat IV: The Price of Dreams is almost finished."

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By Clive Barker, 2 May 2013

"I have changed the title of the fourth Abarat book. It is to be called ABARAT IV: KRY RISING."

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By Clive Barker, 4 October 2013

"I've got here the tiniest taste of the next ABARAT book, KRY RISING. The poem is a kind of magical invocation, offered to the force behind all Abaratian magic, The Preyer Kry.

Come away, come away,
Where there is a ladder of gold
'twixt earth and sky.

Come night, come day,
There our dreams will never grow old;
Nor will we die.

Only come away!
In the name of love,
Away!

I think it's best spoken aloud. My love to you all, Clive."

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By Clive Barker, 4 October 2013

"WARNING : Spoiler follows. Wait until you see what the Resurrection Rains do to Kaspar Wolfswinkel in ABARAT IV : KRY RISING. It isn't just Kry that's rising..."

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By Clive Barker, 7 October 2013

"The first thing we can talk about, obviously, is Abarat IV - which has a change of title: Kry Rising.
"Kry is the collective noun for magic in the Abarat, so Kry Rising is the finishing title for Abarat IV. I'm just doing final chapter polishes right now. We've got another seven or eight months before I deliver it and then we're just looking at what painting I really have to do, because, obviously, in my somewhat reclusive state the scale of paintings that I was doing previously - the very large paintings - are unthinkable at the moment. Now that isn't to say I won't get back into being able to do those eventually, I certainly hope I'll get back to doing those, but right now I'm not steady enough on my legs to get up on anything - you know, stepping on a piece of paper, that's as high as I'm going to get! I certainly wouldn't risk myself on the boxes that career around in order to be able to paint large pictures. I couldn't do that right now so I'm going to have to work on a smaller scale, but I think that we've experimented somewhat obviously with some smaller pictures that I added to Abarat III - I don't think people noticed."/p>

Clive Rising

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 9 & 20 September 2013 (note - full text here)

"I'm painting images for ABARAT IV and V at the moment. Some are being painted oil on canvas, as are most of the images in the first three books. But I'm trying to keep the visual style fresh, especially as the narrative is about to carry Candy and her readers into far more fantastical and apocalyptic terrain than I have revealed until now.
"So there will be a greater diversity of media in the paintings I will be making in the next six months. Would it be of interest if I were to photograph some of these works in progress, to give you a glimpse of the way my pictures are made? Or would the images simply spoil the fun of finding the new characters presently hidden in the wings, waiting for their cue to appear? There are valid arguments either way. So please, your thoughts. My love to you, as ever. Clive."

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By Clive Barker, 4 November 2013

"We announce to the darkness that we will not be diminished by the brevity of our lives." (Abarat IV)

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By Johnny Raymond, 9 April 2014

"I'm just finishing up on the illustrations for Volume Four of Abarat and I'm dug in, deep into the final textual fixes so we're moving towards delivery of that."

Beautiful Monsters

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 30 May 2014 (note - full text here)

"I'm happy to be back at my, desk completing Abarat IV: The Price Of Dreams...
"Every day I'm either writing chapters for the books or painting the images that will go with them. It's been the great undertaking of my life and it's still too soon to share anything except the title for Book IV, which I mentioned: The Price Of Dreams."

The Gospel Truth

By Joseph McCabe, SFX, No 261, July 2015

...other comments

Jane Johnson (HarperCollins): "Clive and I have discussed for the last six or seven years now how he might create a new world, a world in which he could set a fantastic epic to rival the worlds of Narnia, Middle-earth or Oz, an adventure that would speak to the heart of modern readers, readers of all ages. Arenas such as these offer writers and readers alike a unique opportunity to exercise their imaginations, to explore the magical, the heroic, the lost parts of our consciousness, rooted as they are in the bones of human literature, in myth and legend, in the stories humankind has told itself from the beginning of speech. That's why Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was voted in many polls as the public's favourite book of the 20th century. And it's why the Harry Potter books have been so universally popular.
"I've been watching the paintings for Abarat evolve over the last four years, and they are just amazing: vivid, kaleidoscopic, breath-taking, funny, bizarre, inspiring. 'Abarat' - in all its various forms - as book, movie, interactive experience - will be both magical and visually stunning. We all need some magic in our lives; and the combination of Barker and HarperCollins and Disney is going to be just perfect for delivering that magic."

First Major Hollywood Deal Inspired By Oil Paintings

HarperCollins press release, April 2000

Jeff Zaleski: "[Clive] ushers us into the varnishing room, where stacks of paintings await finishing, then down the hall that serves as an Abarat galley. We stop at one painting, not big, of an android warrior composed of liquid gold, with a great wound disfiguring his body. Barker declares the painting 'Blakean' and tells us that a girl will talk to the warrior as he turns his terrible head slowly toward her."

The Relaunch of Clive Barker

By Jeff Zaleski, Publishers Weekly, 1 October 2001

Jane Friedman (CEO HarperCollins): "I met him two and a half years ago. He came into my office to show me some of the drawings that were going to become Abarat. I was completely blown away by him. This is a man whose world is like a Russian doll. You open it and open it and open it and open it and you don't know what's going to come out, but you know it's going to be special."

The Relaunch of Clive Barker

By Jeff Zaleski, Publishers Weekly, 1 October 2001

Douglas Winter : "Really only through a sense of introversion and personal strife did he retreat for a time into artwork, painting some very moving canvases that were done simply for his own therapeutic benefit. They were a way of pouring a lot of emotions, some of them negative, into a kind of work that could exorcise some of those feelings or otherwise take some of the things in his imagination and give them a life of their own. In doing those canvases he began to see connections, and create the notion of a book which was then called The Book of Hours. What at the time he described to me as 25 oil canvases and a number of smaller illustrations that would go into one children's book, called The Book of Hours then expand it exponentially to 250 and now I think we're in the range of 400 oil canvases and any number of other drawings all related to the grand Abarat Quartet, which of course HarperCollins will be publishing but which has also been acquired for the cinema."

Clive Barker: Mythmaker and Nightmare-Shaper

By [ ], an interview with Douglas Winter at HarperCollins fireandwater.com, December 2001

Clive Barker - Abaratian fish

Upcoming New Editions and Reprints


Dark Screams 4

Volume Four of the Dark Screams series of horror anthology ebooks edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar is set to include the ever-popular The Departed. Set for publication by Random House's Hydra imprint at $2.99 / £1.89 on 4 August 2015, it can be pre-ordered via these links at Random House...
See a bibliography for The Departed (regular editions) here, with Clive's comments here.



Damnation Game

Cemetery Dance has announced it will be releasing a new, limited edition of The Damnation Game in 2014. The novel will be available in two states: a clothbound, signed and slipcased edition of 598 copies (at $100) and a leatherbound, signed and traycased edition of 52 copies (at $500). Both are available for pre-order ahead of a 2014 publication date.
Publisher's update, 24 February 2014 - signature sheets have been printed and sent to Clive
Publisher's update, (as of 19 January 2015) - Clive signed the signature sheets and our designer is working on a final design of the book. This one will be published in 2015.
See a bibliography for The Damnation Game here and Clive's comments here.


Midnight Meat Train

The 13 'ultra-deluxe' oversized, signed and traycased copies of the Dark Regions Press edition of The Midnight Meat Train, each with a unique sketch by Clive, have a likely release date in 2015. Numbered and lettered copies were released in October 2014.
Extras include interior artwork by Clive from 2007, Jeff Buhler's screenplay adaptation for Ryuhei Kitamura's movie, material from Clive's archive and an introduction by Phil & Sarah Stokes...
See a bibliography for Books of Blood 1 here, previous editions of Midnight Meat Train here and Clive's comments here.


Midnight Meat Train storyboard
Midnight Meat Train storyboard

Dark Regions Press has announced a similar retrospective for another two stories from The Books of Blood. The Body Book marries two short stories - The Body Politic and In The Flesh - with archive material from both Clive and Mick Garris, who directed the TV adaptation of The Body Politic in Quicksilver Highway.
The volume is set to be published in three signed, limited states with pre-orders from November 2015...
See a bibliography of separate appearances for The Body Politic here
See a bibliography of separate appearances for In The Flesh here
See comment on Mick Garris' proposed In The Flesh movie from 1989

Clive Barker - The Body Book

The Scarlet Gospels - art for limited edition by Edward Miller

The Scarlet Gospels will be published in a limited edition by Earthling Publications, in two states, with orders being accepted from 19 January 2015.
Set for a Summer / Fall 2015 release (numbered edition), Earthling is offering a hardcover, slipcased edition limited to 500 signed, numbered copies @ $250 and a hardcover, traycased edition limited to 26 signed, lettered copies, price and date tbc.
Illustrated by Malleus (cover art - below) and Edward Miller (interior art - above), the editions will include archive material, an additional reprinted short story and an afterword by Mark Miller.
See a bibliography for The Scarlet Gospels here

Earthling Publications : "Earthling Publications is thrilled to announce that we have acquired the rights to publish the limited, signed, deluxe edition of Clive Barker's THE SCARLET GOSPELS... Details regarding print run, design, and special features will be announced and ordering will commence by January 1, 2015."

The Scarlet Gospels Deluxe Edition is Coming

By Paul Miller, Earthling Publications, 31 October 2014 (note - full text online at earthlingpub.com)

The Scarlet Gospels - cover art for limited edition by Malleus

The 15 lettered copies of the anniversary edition of Weaveworld, also from Earthling have been pushed back to 2015... See a bibliography for Weaveworld here

Weaveworld - 25th Anniversary edition (art - Richard Kirk)

The 'Erotic' Collection (formerly The Scarlet Gospels)

...Barker does Bataille (again)...? Calloway Editions (famed for Madonna's 'Sex' collection) was originally reported to be set to publish this compilation of erotic drawings, poems and prose vignettes (including 70 of Barker's photographs and paintings as well as 40 short pieces of writing) "in 1999". However, 2003 saw the inclusion of several 'Scarlet Gospels' pieces in David Armstrong's Rare Flesh and the news that 'Scarlet Gospels' would be snaffled as the title of an upcoming collection of both new and previously published but uncollected short stories (originally including a number of the Rare Flesh pieces). But as The Scarlet Gospels is now going to become solely the Pinhead/D'Amour story, the possibility of publication for both the Rare Flesh and the remaining erotic pieces is, for the moment, unclear...

"It's confessional and immense fun. I do it without self-censorship. I call it my spontaneous mode."

A Demon For Work

By Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 February 1999 - reporting the 'Tapping Your Creative Energy and Imagination' Learing Annex seminar in San Francisco, 20 February 1999

"This is cutting edge Clive Barker...What I would really like to do is something erotic and strongly and unapologetically erotic and comprehensively erotic. I wanted every conceivable element of the human erotic urge; gay, straight and then some. So what we are constructing is a book which will have about a hundred illustrations, painting, photographs and drawings. There will be perhaps forty pieces of fiction, some of them very short, some of them longer, all of them very sexy. The idea is that we will have a kind of compendium of erotica which is both imagistic and literary. I believe it will be laid out in a way which I think will be completely fresh and interesting. I'm very excited by the project because I believe it's going into new territories, not just for me, I'm speaking generally. There's not an awful lot of us that are around making paintings and writing. The chance to do something where you can pull those areas together and make a single statement, using painting, photography and writing and I want to thank Calloway for giving me the chance to do this. HarperCollins has bought the book from Calloway, so Calloway will create it and Harper will distribute it.
"My original editor had rejected it. He thought it was too strong for HarperCollins tastes. Since that time, it's nearly a year and a half since he said that, the feeling at Harper towards me and my work has changed incredibly for the better. I have a new editor, Paul McCarthy, who is marvelous. There are new people heading up HarperCollins; Cathy Hennings, who is a wonderful lady and really understands my vision completely and what I want to do. She understands the committment I have to make work which crosses boundaries. As soon as she heard this book was available, she said 'I want this.'
"This is going to be in many regards an extreme book. There are a lot of eye-popping images and ideas. I have delivered ten or eleven of the short stories and the response is really strong, which is great and what I want. So that's The Scarlet Gospels."

Confessions

By [Stephen Dressler and Cheryl Bentzen], Lost Souls, Volume 2, No 1, April 1999

"I had an experience recently...I don't have many of my poems by heart, but I will give you this poem by heart. I was sitting in the bathroom, tired at the end of the day, and a line came into my head, and I thought, hmm, and I went - I keep notebooks all around, actually those clipboards, all around the house - and I sat with this line for a moment and then I went to... I've been putting poems together for the Scarlet Gospels project and I was thinking about Plato and Plato's ideas in The Symposium about the fact that love is in fact about discovering the other half. And the line I had in my head was: Brother Plato - right or wrong? And I went to write this down, and this so seldom happens to me:

Brother Plato - right or wrong?
Says the tribe where I belong,
Is a family of souls in two,
Me a half, another - you.
Let's stay together, one, tonight,
And prove our brother Plato right.

and I wrote it down in the speed it took to tell you that and I didn't change anything and it's a very eloquently argued poem...
"What was interesting about 'Brother Plato - right or wrong', which is one of those first lines which would be kind of intriguing, is that it wasn't emotional, neccessarily - it was an argued poem:

Brother Plato - right or wrong?
Says the tribe where I belong,
Is a family of souls in two, (Now we've got the word 'two' in...)
Me a half - another, you.
Let's stay together, one tonight, (So 'one' comes in...)
And prove our brother Plato right. (So everything swings round to brother Plato again.)"

Leitmotifs And Dark Beliefs

By Phil & Sarah Stokes, London, 24 September 1999 (note: full text here)

"I have a book called The Scarlet Gospel, which is a selection of erotic texts together with 100 illustrations...
"These explorations of mine are part of my creative health. The moment you do what's expected you're cheating your imagination and your readers. I want to do what's most exciting to me and if that's erotica then, damn it, I'm going to do erotica."

Renaissance Man

By [ ], The Scotsman, 21 September 1999

"It's real fun. I get up on a Monday morning and I write about fucking. Yeah, it's a difficult life."

Clive Barker

By Tim Teeman, Attitude, No 66, October 1999

"Scarlet Gospels [is] a collection of [fourteen] erotic pieces concerning homosexuality, S&M, etc. It will be accompanied by paintings and photographs by me. The goal of book is to collect all the ideas on the erotic and fantastic I could think of. It will probably be a rather unusual book."

Clive Barker

By Daniel Gouyette, Elegy, No 5, July / August 1999

"My love for the pornographic - or a Lucio Fulci film or a piece of frozen sculpture or something else that is roughly done - is me trying to build a relationship of trust with an aesthetic which is not my natural aesthetic. My natural aesthetic is to be piss-elegant, over-thinking, over-polished. Imajica is a book where I gave in to all those instincts, and I love that book as a consequence. But this love of the more crude - it's part of the energy of these things, these gouged things, these argumentative things...
"I put out The Scarlet Gospels stuff [at HarperCollins]. I showed them fifteen pictures, some images that I would build the stories around. They all backed off to the edges of the room. They were appalled. It was fascinating. You would think that something radioactive had just been put on the table. There are very stark things there. I'm very proud of them...
"This was not simply my deciding, along with HarperCollins, that the timing had to be changed. Eddie [Bell] was advising me to take the project off the table, which I did. I always respected his instincts."

Clive Barker: The Dark Fantastic

By Douglas E. Winter, 2001

The 'English' Book

...A mere dot on the horizon, this one...

"I think [living here] I write more confidently about America. It's also made me feel more lovingly toward the world I left behind. My father recently passed away, and that very acutely made me aware of the passage of time. I think in another two or three years, there'll be another big book about the country that I left, and will certainly not return to."

The Essential Obsessions

By Cody Goodfellow, Lost Souls Newsletter, May 2000

The Art 3

The Solution!


Our exclusive image above (from an authorised plundering of Clive's study!) is just about the most exciting thing we can imagine on a single page...
Clive currently hopes to sit down to the Art 3 sometime after books 4 and 5 of the Abarat Series. It's apparently the huge metaphysical nature of the project (including "the unmaking of God") that's delaying the moment of commitment to settle down and write it - although it must surely be worth some effort to finally kill the standard "when is Book 3 of the Art coming?" question that appears whenever two or three are gathered in his name.
As Clive moves towards completion of Abarat 4, June 2014 sees him talk to us (see below) about how he has begun the very early work of structuring the novel...

"The Great And Secret Show is, in one sense, the West Coast story. The second book will be the East Coast story, which is Harry's stomping ground, and the third book will happen all over America. It's fun. I've always wanted to do something with that kind of scale to it."

Clive Barker - Lord of the Breed

By Philip Nutman, Fangoria, No 91, April 1990

[On the gap between the books of The Art] "I don't mind. They were designed to be independent of each other. In a sense there will be narrative connections, but Lovecraft spent most of his life writing stories which were interconnected and interwoven but had large spaces between them in many cases. Basically, all I'm doing is plugging into a mythology again. If they make another Star Wars movie, I'll be there to pick up the threads of the narrative that was dropped some seven years ago, whatever it was. I don't worry too much about that.
"I think The Great And Secret Show works as a narrative entirety. Of course there was some hint that there was going to be further work, not least the fact that it says, 'The First Book of The Art' on the title page, and there will be a second and third book of The Art without a doubt. But at what point it comes? Think of Frank Herbert and the Dune books, which had large gaps between them.
"I've never felt so full of imaginative ideas and I want to be able to examine them in as many directions as possible, rather than feeling as though, 'Shit, I started this so I have to finish it now.' I'll finish it, absolutely. Steve has been going on with The Dark Tower stuff, ambling through that stuff, and it's going to take him a long time to finish that storyline. I think that's fine too."

Dread Speaks with Clive Barker

By [Michael Brown], Dread, No 3, December 1991

"There will be two more books [of The Art] down the line, but way down the line. I have a lot of ideas. And lots of time. I'm only 39. There's lots of time to do stuff. I don't feel that the years are ticking away. I feel I've got another 30 solid writing years in me. This stuff will happen in it's own time."

An Interview With Clive Barker

By Robert Errera, Hecate's Cauldron, Vol 1, Issue 3, 1992

"The final part of the Art Trilogy will be published before the end of the century, I promise! It's going to be a huge book, and with the large volumes of prose I have to warm up like a marathon runner before I set to work.
"The final book of the trilogy will be enormous, both in its narrative elaboration and in its metaphysical echoes. I know the story I have to tell and I'm excited at the prospect of telling it, but it's a big, big book."

AOL Appearance

Transcript of on-line appearance, 16 July 1996

"I know what it's going to be, and I think good narratives often happen in threes. Three acts in a play, in a movie, and the trilogy structure certainly works in something like the Lord of the Rings. Both the Great and Secret Show and Everville are preparations for one final massive novel."

Confessions

By [Stephen Dressler and Cheryl Bentzen], Lost Souls, Issue 3, [March] 1996

"The third book of The Art takes place in Quiddity, the Dream Sea. What The Art has been doing is moving toward a massive metaphysical resolution in another world....I think they're [The Art III & Galilee II] very, very different kinds of books. The way those narratives go - and are going to go - will see two totally different resolutions.
"In the case of the third book of The Art, I have been planning that for five years, and I have 500, maybe 600 pages of notes towards that novel. A week doesn't go by without my contributing something to that. So it's not as though I pick up the thing a few years on without having done anything in the interim. I keep a running tab on how I feel about the various material and whether I've got it to the critical mass that I need it to get to before [I write it]."

Lord of New Illusions

By W.C.Stroby, Fangoria, No 175, August 1998

"Buddenbaum's essentially a European decadent with an American edge. He has a European sensibility. He feels like old money. When he meets the pioneers at the beginning of the book, appearing among them with his fur collar and his silver cane, they recognize him as being completely different. That's one of the reasons why we think he is the devil. Later on I think his sexual response, the fact that he's a pursuing a younger kid whom he basically wants to make over, feels like an old-fashioned idea of homosexuality. I deliberately characterized him as a kind of old-fashioned gay who wants to exploit this kid.
"And Seth, the exploited kid, the kid who hears angels hammering on heaven from the other side, is going to turn in the third book of the series into a queer boy, a very modern and very volatile and very in-your-face queen. I wanted to create two gay characters in this forthcoming book, one of whom feels like he harkens back to the nineteenth century, the other of whom is going to push forward into the twenty-first. But in this book, what we see is Seth being changed. We see him realize that he is a gay man who wants sex with another man, and he doesn't realize it until he is kissed on the lips."

[Devil Doll]

By Brandon Judell, 10 Per Cent, March/April 1995

"The concept behind the individual symbols found on the medallion in The Great and Secret Show will appear in the 3rd Book of the Art. Each one does have a specific meaning, but you'll have to wait to find out."

Confessions

By [Stephen Dressler and Cheryl Bentzen], Lost Souls, Issue 7, April 1997

"I now have two mythologies, one being The Art books and the other obviously being Galilee - which are running concurrently. But I enjoy that - I like that. I find that very pleasurable in part because The Art books are very metaphysical, and sort of dense, and phantastical. And the third book will be extremely phantastical because we will be entering the other world of those books - the dream stage - in a major way."

Clive Barker: Master of the Fantastique

By Stanley Wiater, Amazon.com 1999

"The key thing for me is waiting for the moment when I have all the ideas in place. Because large narrative structures like that, if you begin without knowing where you are going, forget it. I've got Tesla, I've got Harry, I've got all these characters in play at the same time. And I have to resolve them all in one mammoth narrative line, which I have in my head... I need to be ready... and I can't really describe what this is because maybe I don't understand it myself... and even though you may intellectually have it, that's not all of what you really need. You also need the emotional sense that this is the moment... and it's eighteen months of my life. And when I sit down, I know it's going to consume me. And, I also know, this is not a rehearsal, I've got to get this right. By the time I deliver it, it will be probably ten years since I started the first book. And that mythology has grown and we sold millions of books. And I want to deliver the best damn story that I possibly can. And I want to make sure that all the narrative lines are... ...and, also, perhaps this is, in a sense more important to me than metaphysical life. The thing is, I need to feel that the metaphysical life of the piece is right, as well. I need to feel that whatever this book is saying is true. Well, you might say, this is fantasy so why does it matter whether or not it's true or not. By true, I mean metaphorically true. True to what I believe about the world. Tesla Bombeck has been released into this place about stories, this place where all stories happen with equal validity, in a way. So, the final book, to some extent is about what story is. And, it's a big subject for a storyteller. For a storyteller not to simply write, 'once upon a time', but to write about what 'once upon a time' means, is a big subject. And I want to make sure that when I tell it, I have the right answers."

Interview

By Amber Black and Tim Trautmann, Review(?), 1996

"I have a huge metaphysical book in my head... It will make Weaveworld look like Nancy Drew. A huge, huge, huge metaphysical book. I want to investigate the erotic at its most profound, in forms that I think we possibly begin to see in Burroughs, but which haven't been pursued as a consistent thesis. We're talking my Bible. I want to write the Bible."

Fuck The Canon

By Dennis Cooper, LA Weekly, Literary Supplement, 31 August - 6 September 2001

"The third book of The Art is a mother. I mean it's a huge book. It's a huge book in terms of the scale of its mythology and I think just in terms of its physical scale. And those books, you know, are like getting ready for a marathon race. You know I've been... I guess essentially this is my 19th book or something like that and the business of writing doesn't become any easier. I sort of have to prep myself. And certainly for a big book like the third book of The Art, which I think is going to be, in some ways, metaphysically more ambitious than Imajica, he said sort of biting his nails with anxiety. Part of it is just that there's a lot of threads to tie up. There's a lot that has been debated and offered up in the earlier books and that's gonna be fun. I mean there's a lot of really interesting characters and interesting places that have to be re-explored, so there's a lot that that book is up to.."

Clive Barker (Part Two)

By Spence D, IGN For Men, 20 December 1999

"Eventually when the third book of The Art is finished we'll do the master edition which will have the three books in one volume. You'll be able to read all three books in a single narrative. I think that what will be apparent is that the scale of the mythology is as big as it ever was in Imajica, but book by book it doesn't read as big."

Shades Of The Illusionist

By Geoff Sweeting, Ex Cathedra, No 4, May 1995

"Harry was always intended to be a character we could revisit. And, of course, he has a large place in the third book of The Art."

Lord of New Illusions

By W.C.Stroby, Fangoria, No 175, August 1998

"I owe to my readers a third book of that much delayed trilogy [of The Art]. I know what the book is going to be about, and that's why I've been slow to deliver it. It'll be enormous (and you know I mean enormous!). I'm a little anxious about the challenge of what needs to be done in the book; but it's going to be one helluva book. I'll start in a couple of years' time."

Horror In Books And Movies: Clive Barker

By [ ], USA Today Online Chat, The Nation Talks : Live, 31 October 2000 (Note - full text at usatoday.com)

"[Everville] begins... earlier than the first book of the trilogy (and I have a notion, though I'm not certain of this, that the third book may begin earlier still) and it travels much further than The Great and Secret Show, advancing and even contradicting the metaphysics of that book...
"The image [of the cross] is a kind of goad to me. My ambition for this trilogy - which will be completed when I write the Third Book of the Art - is clear whenever I look at the image: I want to put my readers, for a time, into that sacred [central] spot; to make them feel the flow of energies between states of being."

Introduction

By Clive Barker, Everville, 1999 HarperPerennial edition, 13 August 1999

"I'm going to spend the next two years on the four books of the Abarat, and then I will do two big books back-to-back: one will be the sequel to Galilee, which will be the end of that story; and the other will be the third book of The Art.
"At the back of my head I have another, enormous-sized book like Imajica which I also want to get under my belt within the next five or six years, but before I get to that I must finish the final book of The Art. It will be another enormous book; I know what it is, and sometimes I get intimidated by the scale of what I'm going to attempt. But it's a mythology I love and, fortunately, it's a mythology people are still interested in."

The Dark Backward

By Philip Nutman, Fangoria, No 200, March 2001

"I almost don't want to do the third book of The Art because I don't want to say goodbye to that. There's an inbuilt reluctance; once you say goodbye it's a kind of death and the world is dead to you - it's alive to the reader, but... There is something fun about books that contain an entire world - Imajica, Weaveworld - but there's something wonderful about the open-ended book, books which you're going to fill...
"It's interesting that there are hundreds of pages on the third book of the Art and hundreds of pages on Galilee too already written, hand-written drafts, just because [I've never left them]. Going back to your point about Tolkien never leaving Middle-Earth, I never actually left Maddox on the road and I certainly never left Quiddity, and so those remain open worlds in my head and that's kind of exciting in a way. In any day in my imagination I might totter along any given roads."

Open Roads... What Price Wonderland?

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 3 April 2002 (note - full text here)

"I will go straight on to Abarat 3, knowing that two huge projects wait in the wings. The huger of the two being the third Book of the Art, which sort of itches at me to just get to. It's sort of interesting that in the time since The Great and Secret Show was written a lot of stuff has come along both in areas of fiction, like the Matrix, and in the area of physics and science which has given me fuel for thought for this debate which goes on in those books between the world of reality and the world of dreams. In a curious way the longer it actually takes me to reach that book, the more anxious for that book I become. And that's not a bad thing. I think it's going to be a big book...
"But they're both year and a half long books. They're big projects that are very strong in my head. I wish I could clone myself. It would be very useful."

Confessions

By Craig Fohr, Lost Souls, 1 August 2003 (note - full text online at Lost Souls)

"I know I've got a third book of The Art and the second book of Galilee to write and two more Abarat books and it excites me that those things are there somewhere in the menu of things that I have to choose from as I continue my writing and painting career. It's lovely to feel that there's important (and I mean important in the sense of important to me) important stuff to do; stuff that really moves me. Characters to pick up and bring to a conclusion and stories to tell, stories that audiences, readers worldwide have got an interest in - as I found out when I got into Holland and a whole bunch of people were going, 'Where's the third book of The Art?' and I felt, 'Yeah, yeah, I gotta get on with these books!' "

In Anticipation Of The Deluge: A Moment At The River's Edge

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 1 and 12 July 2004 (note - full text here)

"I think, as a writer, you learn to take in information and find the moment when it's right to tell the story... Sometimes I find I need to allow myself to grow into the moment of writing the book. And, the mythology of The Art - as the title suggests - is a mythology incredibly close to my heart. I am an artist, so, of course, I want to write the book of The Art - the third and final book - with as much feeling as possible. It's going to be a big book when it comes, and I beg for patience, and promise that it will be well worth the wait. I think what the third book will concern itself with is what the very origins of Quiddity, what the connection between humanity's origin and the origin of the conscience - the dream consciousness - that is there in the Sea of Quiddity, what that connection is. I've always believed in the idea of a collective unconscious, and Quiddity is really that. It's the sea we enter, as the mythology goes, where we enter once on the night when we are born, once on the night when we first kiss, and fall in love with the world, and once at the time we die. At the most serious and profound moments in our lives, we are given a moment to enter this place of pure dreaming, and that's fascinating, my fascination with dreaming. My dreams are mirrors of my soul. I'm hoping that will all be reflected in the third and final book."

The Clive Barker Interview

By Brett Alexander Savory, IROSF.com, Vol I, No. 8, 21 August 2004

"The Art is an even more thorough-going metaphysic than the Abarat in that hopefully the third book will bring this whole Blakean image of what this is, what the nuncio is, what evolution is, what the connection between magic and Christianity is, a lot of big issues interplay."

The Lazarus Muse: Nights Of Magic, Days Of Gore

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 2 June 2005 (note: full text here)

"That only leaves one book - as yet untitled, as yet unwritten, but roiling around in my brain like ripe with violence, weird sex, and the kind of metaphysical theorizing that gives Christian fundamentalists ulcers and hemorrhoids - for Chris [Ryall] and Gabriel [Rodriguez] to recreate for their own medium. Should that happen, as I dearly hope it will, I believe that in Chris and Gabriel's reinvented telling, The Art Trilogy will stand as a benchmark of imaginative and aesthetic excellence."

Introduction

By Clive Barker, The Great And Secret Show, Part One, 24 August 2006

"I love Liverpool and I always will and I was thinking actually as I've been very tentatively looking at Art 3 and just beginning to focus my attentions there, knowing that in the next few years I'm going to tackle that - you know that Liverpool obviously has a significant part to play (well, not that significant) but has a part to play in Everville and has another part to play in the third book and it's interesting: I've got to be careful about this, I've got to make sure I'm describing a city which still exists, given this rapid transformation... and yet I also would like people to be able to go to Liverpool with Art 3 in their hands and be able to go to a given place, you see what I mean?
"I'd like to make sure that I get the geography right with Art 3 because you're right, Maeve has a mental construction of Liverpool, a dream Liverpool which is of course a Liverpool of the very remote past but Liverpool is sufficiently old a city and has been... careful with some of its older buildings that I'd like to think, as I say, that people would be able to have Art 3 under their arms and go to a given place and find it there and so I'm going to make myself familiar in the next few years as I back and forth to Liverpool.
"There's some very magical backwaters, particularly actually in central Liverpool; little alleyways which lead onto squares and I've always had, I think, a love of the secret side of cities... and the first city I was ever in thrall with was of course Liverpool and so I'd like to celebrate the city in Art 3 and yes, certainly I've got to take into account Maeve's dreaming of it but I'd just like to get the geography right."

Pinhead's Progress

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 15 and 22 December 2006 (note: full text here)

"I'm looking at my notes for Galilee 2 and I'm looking at my notes for Art 3, you know. I'm moving towards the end of the Abarat series and I'm looking forward to, literally looking forward in both senses to, you know, finishing the trilogy and finishing the second of the Galilee books and what I find, I didn't realise, I don't realise, because this is a repeated thing, until I come to these things just how much there is. You know in the case of The Art, you know those big folders I have, the sort of grey ones, well what are they, about four inches, five inches thick? There are four of those filled with notes on The Art. I'm sure you're not surprised to hear that... I mean I've never stopped juggling Art III, never."

We Are All Imaginary Animals...

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 11 & 12 October 2008 (note - full text here)

"Once I get Abarat totally finished I am planning to make the third and final part of The Art - it will be every bit as dark and erotic as the other two."

Still Raising Hell

By Calum Waddell, Judge Dredd Megazine, No 286, 21 July 2009

"I'm writing ABARAT IV 12 hours of every day.Then straight on to the final ABARAT book,and then onto The 3rd book of The Art."

Twitter Posts

By Clive Barker, 10 August 2012

"The sequel to THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, of course is EVERVILLE. And the third and final book in THE ART TRILOGY will be written straight after I finish the fifth and final book in the ABARAT series. It will be undoubtedly the most metaphysically radical book I have so far attempted."

Facebook Posts

By Clive Barker, 25 January 2013

"Let me offer some clarifications regarding the projects I will pursue after Abarat. First, the third book of the Art. Paul Currie asks what's left to tell? Vast amounts, Paul, believe me. Secrets within secrets, worlds within worlds... The order in which these books are finished and published is not reflected in this list, of course."

Facebook Posts

By Clive Barker, 19 March 2013

"This is a whisper - but I'm actually, and I don't know when I will be able to start this because of scheduling, but I've started to structure the third book of The Art... It should be a whisper because it's a while off, but the fact that I have the narrative in place and I know where I'm going on it you know is useful.
"It is a massive step, and it's a massive narrative. I mean, I always knew it was going to be a massive narrative and I had to have an idea that belonged there; that had earned its place to be the third book of The Art and to my mind that meant dealing with the Western mystical traditions somehow or other - because I think that was always implicit in the first two books - you know? The Dead Letter Office was leading us to a sense of what those mystical traditions were and how it all pulled together and so this is really about the greatest evils of the last century or so against the greatest good of the last two thousand years and how we are somehow or other, for better or worse, in a place that positions us between those two things with our shoelaces tied together - in other words, in a dangerous place, not sure of our equilibrium as a species, not sure I think even if we belong alive.
"It's amazing how often I hear people say, 'You know, we shouldn't be on this planet.' I'd never heard that before. That's very new, the whole idea that the people on the animal planet are talking about the fact that we are the problem not the solution - the wolf not the shepherd - and the decent thing that we should do is just get a gun and put it to our collective heads, I'd never heard of that said before, or mooted before, but it's an incredibly scary prospect that people, sensible people now think the only solution for what they consider a more valuable piece of creation than us - which is the rest of nature - is best served by us packing our bags and leaving. And that is a frightening thought, just because sensible people are saying that. And I want to address that in the third book of The Art - we need to be pro-life; and pro-life isn't just about babies, it's about old people too...
"It was always a show - the Great and Secret Show - always the idea that there was a presentational element to the story... and the sense that there were narrative solutions which were about people taking roles: Kissoon takes a role, Tesla takes a role, the idea that there's a massive toy theatre which is the size of the world and with a narrative which is ten thousand years long. And what we're going to watch is that theatre go up in flames to find out which of those characters are made of paper and which are made of steel."

Beautiful Monsters

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 30 May 2014 (note - full text here)

Black Is The Devil's Rainbow: Tales Of A Journeyman

These stories were originally intended to accompany the 'Pinhead vs. Harry' novella which grew into the full-size novel now known as The Scarlet Gospels. Originally planned a decade ago as providing a home for all the previously uncollected short stories together with a whole bunch of new pieces of short fiction, this has recently taken on a more important role in collecting Clive's Meditations, poems and selected shorter pieces. 'The Scarlet Gospels' was a title originally planned for a standalone collection of erotic poetry and prose, then (like other titles before it, including Everville and Saint Sinner) had the title recycled and was planned as the title-piece novella within the collection before it outgrew its place here.
Difficulties with publication mean that Clive's originally suggested 'late 2010 or Spring 2011' publication date has long past and, as HarperCollins' adult division - his publishing house since 1986 - decided to part company with him, the project went into limbo...
2013 has seen a number of possible projects emerging for material originally intended for Black Is the Devil's Rainbow - not least the Chiliad stories - raising further questions for the future of the collection...

July 2013 sees Clive announce a re-structured collection to include only poetry, set for publication by Subterranean Press in 2014...
2014 has seen a couple of individual stories released for inclusion in other anthologies (see below) and the re-purposing of 'Heaven's Reply' for the treatment for a Hellraiser reboot...

"There will be another book, eventually. The problem right now is getting my publishers to agree to let me do short fiction. It's a troubled market right now. Books are a troubled market. There will be more short stories, for sure. But, my next book is going to be a book of short stories and they said, 'Please don't do this. You will sell five times more if you write a novel.' It's really tough selling short stories.
"It frustrates the fuck out of me. I love short stories. I love writing short stories. It's immensely frustrating... my publisher will pay a lot for a Clive Barker book, no surprise there, and I feel a sense of responsibility to them that if I'm going to write a book, then they need to sell some copies. They pay me an immense amount of money. So, they tell me, look, we'll sell five times more copies of a novel than a collection of short stories, I feel I'm bound to listen to them. Now, having said that I've written a new novel [Sacrament], then all bets are off. They were troubled by the idea of having a gay hero in this novel and I told them that was what they were going to get, end of story. Having agreed to doing a novel, I'll do what the hell I like. But, there are real difficulties in the market place with short stories."

Interview

By Amber Black and Tim Trautmann, Review(?), 1996

"I'm also working on another collection of short stories for adults. This should be out after Galilee. You know, it's great fun! I'd forgotten what fun it is to do stories that you can finish in three weeks as opposed to 14 months. It's very gratifying to complete material in that time frame. What I'm trying to do in this collection is really trying to cross back and forth across the generic boundaries . You'll have some horror, some science fiction, fantasy, etc... It's really a reflection of the range of writing that I have been doing in the last few years. I'm also going to be revisiting some of my old mythologies, which will be big fun."

Confessions

By [Stephen Dressler and Cheryl Bentzen], Lost Souls, Issue 10, June 1998

"I had a hard time persuading my publisher to let me do a collection of short stories. But my approach was 'Well, I've done Everville, Sacrament, and now Galilee. And they're all huge novels.' So I said, 'Guys, give me a break. I've been a good soldier here, writing these big novels, and having a great time doing it. But I now have 20 really cool ideas for short stories, and I really need to write them. Otherwise I'll go crazy!' Finally they said, 'Go to it.'
"It's wonderful! I'm having the greatest fun doing it because I'm able to revisit characters that I haven't written about in a long time. One of the stories is a confrontation between Harry D'Amour, whom I've written about a number of times, and the character Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies. And I'm having the best time writing that story, you know? [laughs] And there's going to be a couple of other places where I'll revisit past characters and update my approach to them. And there'll be a bunch of new stuff: new ideas ... and new worlds ... and new mythologies. So the book is going to be a very comprehensive cross section of 'the worlds of Clive Barker,' if you will."

Clive Barker: Master of the Fantastique

By Stanley Wiater, Amazon.com, 1999 (N.B. interview took place 1998)

"I'm doing a book of short stories now. A couple of pieces that are set in the not to distant future ... a somewhat fantasticated version of the internet. So, yes I am writing about [the internet].

Chats From The Past

Transcript of on-line Hollywood Spotlight appearance, 23 June 1998

"I will turn it in Spring of 1999. They have pencilled in, I emphasise pencilled in, late fall of next year for release. I would always like more time. I would like time to play and whatever. I'm always saying give me another month or so. I've done five of the Mercy and the Jackal stories [about a little girl, Mercy and a wrestler] and I have done a draft of a story called Coldheart Canyon, based in Los Angeles and is a very dark, very black movie star story. I have a draft of The Lazarus Requiem and a lot of shorter pieces which are autobiographical, so I have done quite a lot of the stuff...This book is going to be much, much bigger than any collection of short stories I have ever done before. We should have about seventeen or eighteen stories, plus the introductions for each, all under one cover. Now all I have to do is find a fucking title!"

Confessions

By Stephen Dressler, Lost Souls, Issue 12, January 1999

"At the end of the year I will also deliver to Harper Collins a collection of short stories which will collect up a bunch of stuff that has been floating around for a while, there's a Harry D'Amour story which had been published a long time ago [Lost Souls], which has not been collected... There is about 5 or 6 stories which are already around which have not been collected. There is also about 70 or 80 thousand words of new material, which will include, and most importantly actually, the novella, "The Scarlet Gospels," which is giving the title to the book... So I am delivering that the end of this year for autumn the following year."

Confessions

By Craig Fohr and Kelly Shaw, Lost Souls at www.clivebarker.com, 18 May 2001

"There's... a lot of stories that I created for Scarlet Gospels which are very erotic, complete and ready to rock and roll. There's a tale called Jehovah's Bitch, which is one of the most outrageous things I've ever written, and I hope to get into that [short story] collection"

Open Roads... What Price Wonderland?

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 3 April 2002 (note - full text here)

"I have no reason to believe the short story collection will not precede Abarat III. I have one story left to do, which is the Hellraiser / D'Amour story which I'm writing right now - or actually stopped writing to go and do the final pass on the Tortured Souls script, but then will go back to. And my hope is that in the time between Universal receiving the Tortured Souls script and either saying yea or nay to it, I will finish the D'Amour / Pinhead story and it can go its merry way with the rest of the stories and the collection will be complete... I think it's perfect that it goes with a collection of fiction that either hasn't seen print yet (and including some of the stories that I had created for the Scarlet Gospels) or a few pieces which have never been put between covers before, but have been anthologised - loosely - like Lost Souls, the short story that I did all that time ago for Time Out, and things that need to be under a cover with Clive Barker's name on the front, for completeness' sake.
"I'm trying to get Pidgin and Theresa in there and, there's a bunch of little things. I'm even going to take a couple of the pieces from David's book, from Rare Flesh - not the poetry, but the things which have more narrative cohesion and I'm just going to put a couple of those in there too. So it will be a pretty authoritative collection, I think. Not super-long, but definitely interesting and diverse: some erotic stuff in there, some fantastical stuff in there, some horrific stuff in there...
"I'm backing and forthing about [the Tortured Souls pieces], because... I'm not sure I like them sufficiently, to be perfectly honest. I have mixed feelings about them, partly, I suppose, because they served another purpose - that they weren't there strictly as literature, if you will. So I suppose I have some questions about whether I like them sufficiently to put them in there, in a collection like this.
"Lost Souls and Coming To Grief will both definitely be in the collection. Amen's Shore will definitely be in the collection, The Departed will definitely be there, Pidgin and Theresa we spoke of, yes. Animal Life - definitely. You see, what I like about all these is that they really were intended as short stories, whereas to me, somewhere at the back of my head is the feeling that, however hard I try, the fiction from Tortured Souls is, you know, stuff that was written to go with some toys - and I'm not sure it really belongs in a collection, I really don't... Chiliad will be there - both parts. If you put all of those together, you actually find you've got a shitload of stuff - there's a lot of stuff there... once you add the very considerable size of the Hellraiser story, plus, obviously, the stuff from Scarlet Gospels - that's a lot of material. And I'm excited to be able to put all this stuff together. I think there's a very fun collection here, and a very diverse collection."

In Anticipation Of The Deluge: A Moment At The River's Edge

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 1 and 12 July 2004 (note - full text here)

"There is a huge enthusiasm to do the short stories and to print everything that's missing that isn't in print, plus of course a lot of the short stories that I've created that I haven't even published - and really I hate to say this, but it sort of is a marketing question. I'm concentrating on the bit that I can have control over, which is writing the book and we'll see what happens..."
"The collection is pretty disparate, including obviously the two stories that bookended Millenium/Revelations which is one of my favourite pieces of my own fiction and is much under-read, much under-found, much under-published."

The Hellbound Art : Memory, Fantasy And Filigree

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 10 February 2005 (note - full text here)

"We will do the collection of short fiction at a later point, I have got a lot of short fiction, which we have not been published."

Clive Barker On The Phone

By [Thomas Hemmerich], That's Clive!, 29 March 2005 (note - full text online at www.clivebarker.de)

"Yes, the uncollected short stories will be put together into a single volume. I think it's most important right now, however, that I unleash this big thing [The Scarlet Gospels] and then Jane Johnson and I will talk about how we collect the short stories."

You Called, He Came...

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 2 and 3 June 2006 (note: full text here)

"In the not too distant future I am looking forward to completing the second book of Galilee. But I also have plans for the Nightbreed mythology as well. I definitely want to take that further - so expect a sequel to Cabal at some point. But first up will be the new Abarat book and a new collection of short stories. Expect them both in 2009."

Back Into Hell

By [ ], SFX, No 177, Christmas 2008

"We decided we'd call it Journeyman - you know, one up from an apprentice but not quite a master! And Chiliad will be in there, for instance: there will be a lot of new stuff people haven't seen, there will be a large selection of poetry, there will be a big, fairly provocative piece called the Book of Golgotha which is about the crucifixion and so what I'm doing right now is organising the contents page. The only things which I have yet to do are either the afterword or the foreword, whichever way I decide to do it, and the final draft of The Book of Golgotha...
"There will be a lot of surprises and it is by no means - you know every now and again Steve [King] collects up his short fiction, it's not like that at all. This book has more of a Borgesian feeling about it, a library within a library, different books, you know, It will be a book about Christ, a book of poetry, most of which you will never have seen before. I think we're looking at something like a 120,000 word book, so it's not going to be a slim little volume. I'm thinking of putting in the little pen portraits of the Nightbreed Chronicles because I think those are lovely and they don't need the photographs and they are witty little narratives...
"It will come through the regular HarperCollins. It is going to be a very diverse and rich book and it'll be nice to have in print something like On Amen's Shore. It will also be nice to have the recent more provocative pieces."

The Bleed Between The Apprentice And The Master

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 28 February and 7 March 2009 (note - full text here)

"Big day. At least for a writer: I changed a title! The collection of short fiction will be called 'Black Is The Devil's Rainbow'... One of those phrases that just appeared. I deliver the book at the cusp of summer. Out Halloween, 2010, maybe?"

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By Clive Barker, 6 July 2009

"I just rewrote the Nativity for a novella called 'Grail', to go in 'Black is the Devil's Rainbow'. Time for a darker take on that scene. Much. I think I just lost any hope of being invited to the Pope's place for a martini and dogma, shaken not stirred. Oh well. We make what we must make, and pay the price."

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By Clive Barker, 18 July 2009

"Just delivered the last fifteen short stories to my typists for Black Is The Devil's Rainbow. I'm high on words right now. I'd forgotten what a blast it was to start and finish something in a few hours. I only wish the market was bigger. My short fiction sells half the number of copies that a novel will sell."

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By Clive Barker, 9 December 2009

"I have got about twenty five new short tales finished. I am trying to create the shortest most intense, wicked stories I can. These are all for Black Is The Devil's Rainbow."

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By Clive Barker, 12 December 2009

"I now admit to being obsessed with this new book of short fiction. I'm up until four or five, hating to sleep. Oh, I fucking LOVE making art. Even when it makes you crazy, it's still the best devourer of despair, affirmer of life, celebrant of being the shameless sinner!"

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By Clive Barker, 15 December 2009

"I am putting together all the stories for Black Is The Devil's Rainbow. I have been writing stories for collections of various kinds that never had a real title for a long time and so probably there's ten years' worth of stories here. And many of these stories are very short, you know, they're a page long. And then something like Grail, for instance, is probably going to come in at 140,000 words, so it's a real range. And then there's a lot of stuff which is not finished and the question is well, which ones do I want to finish? Which ones do I want to leave? Which ones are not working at all and should be screwed up and burned? And, let's see, there are one, two... six, seven... thirteen, fourteen.... fourteen piles of papers, the smallest of which is a foot tall! Which is all, this all, you know, stuff which has been clipped together over the years... We have assembled lots of poems...
"The whole idea of the book is to have something like a shelf of books, something that looks like a shelf of books, each of which is different, maybe comes in a different typeface, maybe even different paper, I would love that; I would love to feel that the book would be several books. And in which case I might divide the poems into two collections of poems - one of which would go towards the beginning, one towards the end, for instance... I mean it's a plan whether it will work or not - it's got to go through the money people - Rakesh, my editor and I have talked about that and I think it will be honestly really, really cool if we can do it.
"I obviously have Grail, I have Jehovah's Bitch, I have a collection of shorter short stories which I'd like to be able to finish for this collection if I can. I'm a little cautious about naming them but there's about twelve of those in two piles, what else do I have? Oh, The Scarlet Gospel stuff, which I forgot I'd written! And so on and so forth, it's everywhere. But that's a cross-section.
"I'm ready to deliver most of it now, I mean there's still some typing to be done, I have a little bit to do on Grail and a little bit to do on Jehovah's Bitch but the rest of the stuff's done. So it's really more a question of am I going to hand it in piecemeal or am I going to hand it in - you know, it's a big motherfucker! You know, you sent me that wonderful list of things that you thought should be in the book and I agreed with all of those - but that's a big book right there, you know?"

Now And In Time To Be

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 1 and 4 January 2010 (note - full text here)

"I am having so much fun. I have Pinhead facing off against a truly unexpected enemy on one of the French Penal colonies. My own Devil's Island, haunted by the ghosts of those who died in despair here. One of whom our anti-hero has reason to respect."

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By Clive Barker, 26 January 2010

"A big day for me! The final entire text of Black Is The Devil's Rainbow has gone to my editor. The Hellraiser tale is called Heaven's Reply. I am very excited. It has been a huge challenge, but I think there's something in it for everyone. The Hellraiser story takes the Cenobite to The Devil's Island, the site of Papillon."

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By Clive Barker, 15 May 2010

"Black Is The Devil's Rainbow is not only short stories but also poems. Most of the material is written, the problem is the order in which my publishers want to release books. And they feel strongly that I should deliver every part of the Abarat quintet before we move on to another project."

Facebook Q&A

Replies to questions at a live Facebook Q&A session, 15 December 2012

"The truth is that I will either take up offers already on the table to produce beautiful books, or else fund them myself. Black is the Devil's Rainbow is immensely important to me. Making movies is far beyond my means. I have so many ideas in my head for short stories, novels, painting, poems, all of which will be seen in precisely the form I intended. There is no such thing as a Creative Committee."

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By Clive Barker, 18 April 2013

"Alex and I have just finished compiling my first book of poetry, to be called BLACK IS THE DEVIL'S RAINBOW. It will be published next year by Subterranean Press.
"The volume contains material we found in a variety of places. Some of it was hidden within the text of novels, other pieces were written as a consequence of some emotional upheaval in my life (there are several poems for instance, which were generated when I came out of the hospital, having awoken from my coma.) Some are happy; ecstatic even. Others, however are grieving pieces. many are simply meditations on melancholy. Taken as a whole, I hope the book represents a raw and intimate vision of my internal landscape."

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By Clive Barker, 19 July 2013

"There are poems scattered throughout my novels, especially the Abarat books. And there will be a collection of over a hundred of my poems published in a collection next year."

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By Clive Barker, 15 November 2013

Alex Villasenor : "My project is finally complete! BLACK IS THE DEVIL'S RAINBOW. I've been compiling this for the past year and a half. I found some of this poetry hidden in Clive's novels, in dark rooms with forgotten boxes, under the bed, in drawers, in the garage, lost in the library between hundreds of books, in jewellery boxes, in the chimney! Some of it was never intended to be seen by anyone but Clive. The poetry goes back to 1970, and represents 30 years work. I took so much pleasure in putting this together, because after reading the complete manuscript, it's changed me. And I think that is what a good literature and poetry should do, transform the reader."

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By Alex Villasenor, 19 July 2013

Dollie

Dollie


This short story, once set for inclusion in the Black Is The Devil's Rainbow collection, is included in Richard Chizmar's anthology, Turn Down the Lights, from Cemetery Dance. The volume was published in December 2013 as a trade hardback at $35. A slipcased Artist edition (2014) limited to 1,000 copies at $75 and a lettered edition (2014) limited to 52 copies at $750 are set to follow...
Head to Cemetery Dance for details and ordering.
Publisher's update, 24 February 2014 - lost signature sheets are awaiting reprinting
Publisher's update, 20 May 2014 - Our artists are signing as fast as they can and so far FIVE of them have signed all of the sheets. We are still on track to publish this edition by the end of the year.
Publisher's update, (as of 19 January 2015) - Our artists are signing as fast as they can and now NINE of them have signed all of the sheets. These signed editions will be published in 2015.

"A number of you have asked about when I wrote the short story Dollie, which has been published recently in a collection of short fiction by a number of writers called Turn The Lights Down. I've always been interested in writing very brief tales, that hint at the existence of a larger world or mythology just out of sight, and I've slowly been collecting up these 'fragments', with the intention of putting them into a volume of their own in the next few years. Several of my favourite pieces of horror fiction are extremely brief. The Birds, which is the story by Daphne du Maurier which became the origin of Hitchcock's film,is a teasingly short tale. Poe's Masque of the Red Death is an apocalyptic epic in five pages. And Arthur Machen gathers together in his collection Unholy Terrors several visions of the transgressive even shorter than Poe's masterpiece. How brief, I wonder, can a piece of writing be if it is to profoundly affect a reader's view of the world? A paragraph? A sentence? A handful of syllables?"

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By Clive Barker, 17 November 2013

A Night's Work

A Night's Work - Detours A Night's Work - Best Hew Horrors, limited edition


This short story is included in Brian James Freeman's anthology, Detours, from Cemetery Dance. With a likely release date of 2015, it is published in two limited editions - 1,000 numbered and signed hardback copies at $50 and 52 lettered and signed hardback copies at $300.
Head to Cemetery Dance for details (sold out).

Publisher's update, 14 July 2014 - The book is with the designer right now. The signature sheets have been signed by half of the contributors who will be signing. At this time, we can't pin point a publication date but 2015 seems most likely.
Publisher's update, (as of 19 January 2015) - The book is with the designer right now. The signature sheets have been signed by nine of the contributors who will be signing. At this time, we can't pin point a publication date but mid-2015 seems most likely.
Publisher's update, (as of 13 April 2015) - The designer should have this one ready for our proofreaders in April and we hope to have the signature sheets back in our hands by August, which means a 2015 publication date is still fairly likely.

A Night's Tale is also included in the 25th volume of Stephen Jones' Best New Horror. Published by Robinson in paperback in 2014, a hardback limited edition is now also available from PS Publishing @ £60.
See a bibliography for A Night's Work here

Cemetery Dance : "A Night's Work by Clive Barker is a brand new short story about a writer who doesn't know if he's awake or dreaming or writing and the choices he has to make. It's a classic thinking man's Clive Barker story and one of his most imaginative tales!"

Publisher's Note

By Cemetery Dance, 3 July 2014

Clive Barker: Imaginer

Clive Barker - Imaginer Volume II


...Following publication of the first volume of this art monograph (successfully financed via the crowd-funding Kickstarter site) a second volume is now planned with the same funding model.
Publisher's update, 2 November 2014 - set for release May 2015.
Publisher's update, 3 June 2015 - Imaginer 2 is completed... and the book is ready to print! We should have copies late July.

"These prints made from my paintings are a revelation. I've compared the original oil paintings with these prints, and their truthfulness is beyond belief. The colors, the textures, the flow of my paint-laden brush over the canvas: hesitant one moment and surging forward in a confident sweep the next. There's so much information in these prints that studying them made me recall how they'd been painted. Astonishing."

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By Clive Barker, 13 January 2014

Century Guild : "Clive Barker: Imaginer Vol. 2 has an introduction commenting on Clive's early years in the theater, and features some rare early posters illustrated by Clive!"

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By Century Guild, 10 April 2015

Cabal 2 and 3

Of course these are almost finished... Yeah, right. Despite William Collins signing a five year deal with Clive in 1989 to deliver Cabal 2 and 3 and The Art 2 and 3, more than twenty years have gone by with just one of those four contracted books finding their way onto the page. Not, of course, that they didn't get their money's worth from him in that period - and since - but priorities have clearly lain elsewhere. While Clive is unlikely now to be bringing the later adventures of the Breed into the promised short story collection, Black Is The Devil's Rainbow, we hear tell that there may well be a sighting of the Breed's further exploits elsewhere...

"My ideas for where Nightbreed II and III are going are so wild that I don't think comic books could do it. I'm very much watching over that and making sure that, while the Nightbreed characters can run riot on the pages of Epic for a while, the way they will run riot when I actually start to write about them again will be something completely different."

Boundless Imajination

By WC Stroby, (i) Fangoria, No 109, January 1992 (ii) Horror Zone, No1, August 1992 {Note : interview took place in August 1991}

"The movie Nightbreed will be out around the same time [as The Great And Secret Show] and then the sequel to Cabal will be the next thing on my desk, for publication probably in Spring 1990."

Clive Barker Comes To Comics

By [ ], Comic Buyer's Guide, 19 May 1989

"What I've got to avoid is making the books and films self-referential. I've got to keep them separate. I'll write the second Cabal book after I finish this picture, and as a sequel to the first book, not a sequel to the movie (of the book!). I don't want to keep the characters separate, but what you can't predict of course is how theatre audiences will react to different characters. Narcisse is a big hit in rushes, and maybe that will influence the way we view him in the movie. Maybe we'll bring him back in the movies if he goes down well. But I won't bring him back in the book, absolutely not. That's where there might be divergences."

Nightbreed

By Stefan Jaworzyn, Shock Express, Vol 3 No 1, Summer 1989

"There are three books of The Art and three books of Cabal, so now I've written the first book of two trilogies. I rather like the idea of splitting books like that, it's kind of fun."

Stalking The Night Fantastic

By Dave Hughes, GM, No 12, 1989

"Charles Haid, as Eigerman, gets killed at the end of the film [Nightbreed] but not in the book. This doesn't mean I can't bring him back, of course, as long as the movie does business! There will definitely be more Cabal books, though I envisage trouble keeping the book and film sequels separate. That's a worrying bridge to cross and there is a danger it will all become too self-referential, which I must avoid at all costs. I must look at the books as distinct from the movies. I start writing Cabal II after Nightbreed wraps."

Clive Barker's Nightbreed

By Alan Jones, Cinefantastique, Vol 20 Nos 1 & 2 (double-issue), November 1989

"I think that going and doing a sequel on the page to something that was so troubled in the filming is very difficult. It has also been about writing a piece of short fiction when I've been writing bigger... And the other thing is ideas back-up and you need to do the ones which are most pressing and most urgent.
"It was troubling to go back and think about writing a sequel to a thing which had been turned into a movie which had been the most painful creative experience of my life.
"I actually made a hit list of all the people who had fucked me over on Nightbreed thinking, 'When I actually write Cabal 2 they will all die.' But it was too long...
"[re Cabal 2 and 3] One of them will go in the collection of short stories - a novella in the collection of short stories."

Imagining the Horrific

Talk by Clive Barker / Interview by Kim Newman, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1st May 1995

"We get [letters] on them [the Nightbreed] all the time. Somebody just approached me to do some television on them, so even when I forget, somebody else remembers! A novella is how I would do it, I think. Certainly, there's another piece to be written about them. I've been toying with it appearing in this collection [of short stories - see 'Scarlet Gospels']."

Lord of New Illusions

By W.C.Stroby, Fangoria, No 175, August 1998

"I was thinking about Boone and the Nightbreed... I have not definitely abandoned this world. No world is ever abandoned, as long as there's a god of writing and the ideas keep coming and my hands work, I will hopefully get there one of these days. I have two more tales in note form about Boone and the Nightbreed, all of which will be about the same length as Cabal so, side-by-side, they'll make a nice big volume, but at the moment there's so much else going on..."

Sowing The Seeds Of The Story Tree

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 28 August and 4 September 2006 (note - full text here)

The 'Enormous' Book

...Lining up behind Abarat 4 and 5, Scarlet Gospels, The Art 3 and Galilee 2 (phew!), don't hold your breath for this one yet...

"I'm going to spend the next two years on the four books of the Abarat, and then I will do two big books back-to-back: one will be the sequel to Galilee, which will be the end of that story; and the other will be the third book of The Art.
"At the back of my head I have another, enormous-sized book like Imajica which I also want to get under my belt within the next five or six years, but before I get to that I must finish the final book of The Art."

The Dark Backward

By Philip Nutman, Fangoria, No 200, March 2001

"Oh yeah, I have one huge fucking gigantic mythology which is sitting in my head, sort of a master mythology if you will, the mythology of mythologies. So yes, yes. It's something which is very big which I will probably get to in about eight or nine years, and that's not a joke...
"So that's where it's going to be, towards my 50's. I will do this. I already told Jane in England about this. Towards the end of my 50's I will begin this huge book, and she said, 'Great... good!' I think it's totally long term planning, very much as it will be a mythology, which will dwarf everything that I've done so far."

Confessions

By Craig Fohr, Lost Souls, 1 August 2003 (note - full text online at Lost Souls)

Galilee 2

...As the Galilee mythology has emerged as a pair rather than a trilogy of volumes, it may mean that the conclusion of the Barbarossa versus Geary conflict will be easier to finish than The Art was / is. Volume Two was plotted at the same time as Volume One and was, at one stage, something of a priority to be written while it was still fresh. Now though, along with The Art 3, it's one of the books planned for after the Abarat Series...

I expect two seven hundred page books, back to back. It's set in New York, Hawaii, Japan, Hollywood, Charleston and Bentonville North Carolina. It's also set in South Carolina and the Caspian Sea in central Asia. Galilee spans the times of long before human kind even raised their noses, the time of the Civil War and in contemporary times. It's [an] incredibly complicated and complex structure. I hope it's very emotionally rich as well. I am about three quarters of the way through the final draft of the first book. The other drafts of the second book are already written but I still have the final draft to do of that book.
"There are things which are seeded in the first book which do not come into full bloom until the second book. I needed to know how those blossoms were going to look so I need to make sure the narrative elements were in place in the first book to resolve themselves in the second book... I don't want there to be a big gap between books. "

Confessions

By [Stephen Dressler and Cheryl Bentzen], Lost Souls, Issue 9, November 1997

"Yes, there will be another book. Just one. It will carry the story of the Barbarossas and the Gearys to what I hope will be a mind blowing conclusion. That inevitably means that the ending of this first book leaves some questions unanswered. I can understand how that might be a little frustrating (it's a bit like leaving Han Solo frozen alive at the end of The Empire Strikes Back) but I guarantee that all the threads will be tied up by the end of the saga. It's just that I love large canvases and it sometimes takes a while to fill in all the detail."

Thoughts on Galilee

Reaction to Galilee reviews at amazon.com by Barker. 27th July 1998.

"The second book of Galilee - I'm not sure what it'll be called right now - doesn't ever leave this planet or dimension; it stays firmly in this world. Which isn't to say there aren't metaphysical revelations to be made apparent."

Lord of New Illusions

By W.C.Stroby, Fangoria, No 175, August 1998

"I think we'll have to see how this book plays out first. If this book is really working for people, I might be onto the sequel quickly. I certainly know what the subsequent book will be about. I also feel that this book, absolutely, has a shape and completeness of itself. An astute reader will absolutely grasp where I left places for the narrative to continue. This is not Part One of something. It's a thing unto itself with, I hope, a completion at the end and one large arc of storytelling told... That first draft is a raw, unsophisticated statement of what this book may be about. And then, as I sophisticate it, as I think about it and as I research, things change and develop and enrich. It really becomes a different animal. So even though I have a first draft for the second book, the implications of that first draft have been transformed completely by the fact that I have now completed the first book. The knock-on effects that I have made over those drafts are astronomical."

Confessions

By [Stephen Dressler and Cheryl Bentzen], Lost Souls, Issue 10, June 1998

"Galilee is a complete novel unto itself. I will, and have already begun to, revisit these characters in a separate volume. I see them as companion volumes dealing with the same world - or worlds. The emotional engine which drives this first novel - the relationship between Galilee and Rachel - has a complete arc in this novel and reaches, I hope, a very satisfying conclusion. But the narrative engine of the second book will be something completely different.
"The Galilee books are - let's put it this way - as realistic as I'm ever going to get, they are not realism obviously in the same way to, say, Norman Mailer's approach to realism. But they are still pretty realistic."

Clive Barker: Master of the Fantastique

By Stanley Wiater, Amazon.com 1999

"A bus would have to drop on me to stop me writing those books. Both [Galilee 2 and The Art 3] are big books. Frankly, I would have been writing Galilee 2 starting in October where it not for the Abarat. The Abarat books have grown a bit because of the Disney deal and they've become a huge project. Both books are very important to me. Both will be written."

Confessions

By [Craig Fohr], Lost Souls Newsletter, September / December 2000

"David's family. And my family [were the inspiration for the Barbarossa's]. The connections will become even stronger in the sequel, which will be the next large book I do after the 'Abarat' text is written. These are the times that I wish that I could clone myself because I can feel the sequel to 'Galilee' in my fingertips. But you know, there is only one of me so I got to wait. But it is a book that I'm really looking forward to writing because I loved writing the first book so much. There is so much more to say about the Barbarossas. There is so much more to say about the magic of their world and the second book will go much more into the mysterious past of that family and particularly into the connection of the Barbarossas and the political life of America, because obviously Cesaria's great love was Jefferson. Actually they are finding more and more things about Jefferson. I don't know if you guys have been watching any of this, but in the past year Jefferson has been getting a makeover but not a particularly attractive one. And it is quite interesting to see that happening and I want to get some of that into the new book but its gonna have to wait a little time. Now that I've got the big Hollywood book done the next two big books, in this order, will be the sequel to 'Galilee', and a big big book: the last book of the 'Art.' "

Confessions

By Craig Fohr and Kelly Shaw, Lost Souls, March 2001

"I'm going to spend the next two years on the four books of the Abarat, and then I will do two big books back-to-back: one will be the sequel to Galilee, which will be the end of that story; and the other will be the third book of The Art."

The Dark Backward

By Philip Nutman, Fangoria, No 200, March 2001

"Trust me, you can find me saying I'm going to do the next Galilee book one day, and then saying the third book of the Art the next! Different books capture different parts of my personality, and I don't hear voices in the traditional sense of sitting down and literally hearing someone speaking in my ear, but there are some days when certain narratives seem right and surface out of my subconscious and demand that I go do some writing. It's interesting that there are hundreds of pages on the third book of the Art and hundreds of pages on Galilee Two already written, hand-written drafts, just because [I've never left them]. Going back to your point about Tolkien never leaving Middle-Earth, I never actually left Maddox on the road and I certainly never left Quiddity, and so those remain open worlds in my head and that's kind of exciting in a way. In any day in my imagination I might totter along any given roads."

Open Roads... What Price Wonderland?

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 3 April 2002 (note - full text here)

"I will go straight on to Abarat 3, knowing that two huge projects wait in the wings... The less huge of them, though still not a sure book, by any means, is the Galilee book, which is heavily structured in my head. But they're both year and a half long books. They're big projects that are very strong in my head. I wish I could clone myself. It would be very useful."

Confessions

By Craig Fohr, Lost Souls, 1 August 2003 (note - full text online at Lost Souls)

"I'm looking at my notes for Galilee 2 and I'm looking at my notes for Art 3, you know. I'm moving towards the end of the Abarat series and I'm looking forward to, literally looking forward in both senses to, you know, finishing the trilogy and finishing the second of the Galilee books and what I find, I didn't realise, I don't realise, because this is a repeated thing, until I come to these things just how much there is... I mean I've never stopped juggling Art III, never, and I've never stopped juggling Galilee."

We Are All Imaginary Animals...

By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 11 & 12 October 2008 (note - full text here)

"I think Galilee is my masterpiece. It was a very sexy book to write and I was very much in love when I wrote it. I was completely swept up in the settings, the romantic elements and the characters... That story is also something that I want to revisit: there is definitely a sequel to come."

Lord Of Illusions

By Calum Waddell, SFX, No 194, May 2010

"There is a second Galilee novel which will be the great battle between the families."

Facebook Q&A

Replies to questions at a live Facebook Q&A session, 15 December 2012

"Let me offer some clarifications regarding the projects I will pursue after Abarat. First, the third book of the Art. Paul Currie asks what's left to tell? Vast amounts, Paul, believe me. Secrets within secrets, worlds within worlds... The same is true of the second and last volume of Galilee... The order in which these books are finished and published is not reflected in this list, of course."

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By Clive Barker, 19 March 2012


Thief of Always II

...Who knows? As and when the movie finally gets made and is a success this one could be right back on the priority track...

"I have played around with taking Harvey on another adventure, yes. I don't know whether I will yet, but I haven't discounted the possibility . I like Harvey and I like being in his company. One of the things you do when you're writing is to seek out characters that you want to write about because you have to spend a lot of time in their company. Will Rabjohns, the hero of Sacrament, is a guy whose company I have enjoyed being in and Harvey is the same. I don't discount the possibility that at one point he'll figuratively tug on my sleeve and say 'How 'bout it?'"

Confessions

By [Stephen Dressler and Cheryl Bentzen], Lost Souls, Issue 3, [March] 1996

"Every now and then I think of something and I think maybe there's going to be a follow-up. It needs to be completely right or I won't do it. The thing about The Thief of Always is that it stands on its own beautifully. So if I am going to open up the narrative again there really needs to be a really good reason to do it. The story has got to present itself in a way where I go, 'Oh yeah, that's right. That's the story I need to tell.' And, to be perfectly honest, I haven't found that story yet - which isn't to say that I won't find it at some point in the future, but right now I'm content to let The Thief of Always be its own sweet self."

An Interview With Clive Barker

By [ ], The Thief Of Always graphic novel, Book 3, May 2005

Another Children's Book

...First mentioned in 1994 as a book due to arrive in 1995 and then mentioned again in 1998, Abarat has probably squeezed this one out of the priorities for now...

"There will be two more books next year. One is a book of short stories and another is in the same tone as The Thief Of Always, which I enjoyed writing immensely. I had a great time writing that book."

Lord of Illusions

By J.B.Mauceri-Macabre, World of Fandom, Vol 2, No 22, Fall 1994

"I love writing for children. There's this huge project I was talking of a little earlier, with many short stories and illustrations, which will be called Clive Barker's Book of Hours. There's also another book similar to Thief noodling around at the back of my head."

People Online

By Laura Kay Smith, [27/30] July 1998

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