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News - Maximillian Bacchus Details

Cover artwork for Bacchus

...As Clive exclusively revealed in our July 2008 interview, Bad Moon Books will be publishing his previously unpublished 1974/1975 book The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus And His Travelling Circus.

Trade editions are now shipping (April 2009) and ordering details are online at Bad Moon Books for this and for limited editions which will follow later in the year.

Clive is scheduled to contribute a new introduction to the book and the edition will be illustrated by Richard Kirk (see our previous interview with him here about his illustrations for Imajica - since when he has illustrated for Korn's latest album, among other great pieces).

David Niall Wilson is contributing an afterword - a few words from him below:

Maximillian Bacchus is the ringmaster, ruler, guide and owner of what he considers the greatest show in the world. Traveling with a crocodile named Malachi, a trapeze girl named Ophelia, a strong man they call Hero, which is short for Hieronymus, a clown named Domingo de Ybarrondo who paints in a wagon pulled by a giant Ibis bird, the troupe wanders from adventure to adventure with mythic aplomb.

From the first story, in which Indigo Murphy, the best bird handler in the world leaves the show to join in matrimony with the Duke Lorenzo de Medici, to the fabled court of Kubla Khan, the magic never stops. You will meet a young apple thief named Angelo with magic eyes, and an orang-outang named Bathsheba, and a host of other amazing characters with names and personas cut like a patchwork quilt from the mythologies and dreams of the world.

Though written forty years ago, these pages are littered with the same magical side steps that have always been woven into Clive Barker’s fiction. Worlds not quite our own, and yet so real they ring with truth and leave you wishing you could step from your mundane life into that other place – into those caves of ice – if only long enough to catch Maximillian’s show.

– David Niall Wilson, 12 September 2008

There will be regular editions as well as a lettered edition of 26 copies and an even more limited deluxe edition of 10 copies... contact Roy at Bad Moon Books before they all go!

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Illustration by Richard Kirk for Bacchus

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