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Barker, Clive | Coldheart Canyon | Book - Advance Reading Copy
Barker, Clive - Coldheart Canyon (Advance Reading Copy)


 
COLDHEART CANYON by Clive Barker
ADVANCE READING COPY


Advance reading copy, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps. 2001 NY: HarperCollins ISBN 9780060182977
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COLDHEART CANYON by Clive Barker - BOOK - ADVANCE READING COPY



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Barker's new novel is a ferocious indictment of (and backhanded tribute to) Hollywood Babylon, depicted through Barker's glorious imagination as a nexus of human and inhuman evil where fleshly pursuits corrupt the spirit. It's also one ripping ghost story, spooky and suspenseful, as well as a departure for Barker in that here, as never before, the fantastic mingles with the real, kind of.Many ghosts haunt the titular canyon, and some of them are the shades of men and women we already know as shadows of the silver screen: Victor Mature makes an appearance, as do George Sanders, Mary Pickford and many others. When alive, these stars and their colleagues were drawn by the beautiful, rapacious film star Katya Lupi to her magnificent home in Los Angeles's Coldheart Canyon. What kept them at the house, even after death, is the incredible room in its lowest story. Assembled from thousands of painted tiles, that room brought to California in the 1920s from an ancient monastery in Romania is literally alive with evil the tiles depict a world that mortals may enter, and within which the Queen of Hell has condemned a nobleman to hunt forever, or until he entraps her son. The room's powers bestow timeless youth on some, including Katya, but give rise to monstrous entities as well. In the present day, into this horrific place enter several modern sorts, most notably A-list film hero Todd Pickett and a dowdy woman, head of Todd's fan club, whose courage and good sense mark her as the novel's hero. The narrative rocks, as Barker's always do, with intense violence and sex sacred, profane and grotesque a torrent of intent and emotion from the depraved to the sublime and, here, an impressive thematic excavation of the interplay between illusion and reality, the fantastic and the real.

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