Memory, Prophecy and Fantasy Series

Liverpool Lives by Phil and Sarah Stokes, 2009 Dog Tales by Phil and Sarah Stokes, 2010

...Memory, Prophecy and Fantasy is our continuing project to document the evolving themes, concerns and passions within Clive's work. With full access to Clive's archives and invaluable contributions from his friends and closest collaborators, for the last ten years we have been piecing together fragments, scripts, sketches and ephemera to chart the successes, the failures and the what-might-have-beens, compiling the definitive and illustrated portrait of Clive's work.

What started as a personal exploration into the plays performed by the Dog Company in the years before Clive rose to prominence with his eponymous Books of Blood has blossomed into a multi-volume series that will ultimately cover all of Clive's works, all the way from those earliest plays through his more famous works and right up to the present day.

Clive : "Dog Tales is amazing, your book is amazing. I sobbed my heart out because there were so many things in there that I hadn't thought of before. And you have captured, or quoted, or found things I just would not have remembered in my life, you know? I think in some ways I was crying for a life that I'd forgotten. You know, my thoughts, and meanings: you are the keepers of those...

"And what the two of you have done with these books, what you are doing, is going to be - when all of us are dead, unfortunately! Certainly when I'm dead! - is going to be a matrix, a model for a way that people won't do things in the future. Just as people don't do things the way Cocteau did things - back in the Fifties there just weren't the models - people don't make art that way anymore and I think the models will have changed again. What you're doing is, doing for me, is what nobody ever did for Cocteau which is to preserve everything. We know almost nothing about his early drivers. We know them only as echoes of what Picasso was doing, we know what Picasso was painting and we know Cocteau's there because he's in a drawing but quite what he was doing there at the age of twenty... ? You know, he obviously was doing something of significance because he's in all the drawings and all the photographs, but nobody knows. And you've done that for me. You've filled in all the blanks."

We've reduced the prices on the last copies of both volumes: Volume One, Liverpool Lives and Volume Two, Dog Tales - ordering details are below!

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Liverpool Lives (period to 1977)

Including more than 150 illustrations (photographs, sketches and posters - the vast majority never before published and many in full colour) and text covering the projects below, the book contains extracts and synopses from unpublished works by Clive and others in the group.
Long Ago And Far Away, Voodoo, Inferno, Neongonebony, The Holly And The Ivy, Humphrei, Is There Anybody There?, Hunters In The Snow, The Wood On The Hill, The Candle In The Cloud, Salome, A Private Apocalypse, The Scream Of The Ape, The Adventures Of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus And His Travelling Circus, The Fish Bride, Poe, The Egg, Grunewald's Crucifixion, A Dream, The Wolfman, A Clowns' Sodom, A Day In The Life Of Arthur Tapp, The Fat Man Dances, Children Of Pride, Soiled Dressings and The Day Of The Dog

250 individually numbered hardback copies, price includes shipping from UK, as follows:


Orders in the UK : 30
Orders from EU : €38
Orders from the Rest of the World : $59


Volume Two: Dog Tales (1977 - 1981)

Including almost 200 photographs, sketches and posters - the vast majority never before published and many in full colour - this volume covers:
Staged plays: The Sack, The Magician, Dog, Nightlives, The History of the Devil and Dangerous World.
Unstaged plays: The Ecstasy, The City and the Sea, An Atrocity, Damiens, The Revenge of the Body, The Deluge, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Basilisk, A City, An Idiot's Delight, The Passion of Jesus Christ, The Double and The Comedy of Comedies.
Films: The Basilisk, The Forbidden.

250 individually numbered hardback copies, price includes shipping from UK, as follows:


Orders in the UK : 30
Orders from EU : €38
Orders from the Rest of the World : $59


Order Volumes One and Two

Order one copy of each - Liverpool Lives and Dog Tales - with matching limitation numbers, packaged together for reduced shipping costs.

Orders in the UK : £58.50
Orders from EU : €73
Orders from the Rest of the World : $112



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In Volume Three we are planning a chapter on the life of Clive's plays since the publication of Incarnations and Forms of Heaven in the mid-1990s. If you have been involved in a production of one of the plays (or maybe an adaptation of one of Clive's books for the stage), we'd love to hear from you.

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