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Review: 'Clive Barker: The Painter, the Creature, and the Father of Lies'
Review: 'Clive Barker: The Painter, the Creature, and the Father of Lies'

A collection of a writer's prefaces and random prose pieces often feels like the mustard-stained bread crusts on a child's plate after lunch. Nutritive quality? Low. Value? Marginal. Overall response? Ugh. That verdict, fortunately, doesn't apply to all collections, especially one by Clive Barker, a writer perhaps best known for his "Hellraiser" story and "Abarat" saga. His thoughtful musings on horror and culture have been collected in "Clive Barker: The Painter, the Creature, and the Father of Lies." As varied and unexpected as this material is — editors Phil and Sarah Stokes have culled material from the last 25 years not just from...

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