The Great and Secret Show – Clive Barker (1989) (1st ed)


The Great and Secret Show – Clive Barker (1989) (1st ed)


Title: The Great and Secret Show

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: Collins, 1989. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Fair. Noticeable foxing to edges and endpapers, but text clean and binding tight. 697pp., 9″ by 6″.

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About the book (from Goodreads):

Clive Barker’s bestseller Weaveworld astonished readers with his visionary range, establishing him as a master of fabulist literature. Now, with The Great and Secret Show he rises to new heights. In this unforgettable epic he wields the full power and sweep of his talents. “Succinctly put,” says Barker, “it’s about Hollywood, sex and Armageddon.”

Memory, prophecy and fantasy; the past, the future, and the dreaming moment between are all one country living one immortal day. To know that is Wisdom. To use it is the Art.
Armageddon begins with a murder in the Dead Letter Office in Omaha. A lake that has never existed falls from the clouds over Palomo Grove, CA. Young passion blossoms, as the world withers with war. The Great and Secret Show has begun on the stage of the world. Soon the final curtain must fall.

In this, the First Book of the Art, Barker has created a masterpiece of the imagination that explores the uncharted territory within our secret lives and most private hearts. Sprawling, ambitious, triumphantly magical and satisfying, The Great and Secret Show is what the rest of life is all about.