Synopses & Reviews
Mister B. Gone
marks the long-awaited return of Clive Barker, the great master of the macabre, to the classic horror story.
This bone-chilling novel, in which a medieval devil speaks directly to his reader — his tone murderous one moment, seductive the next — is a never-before-published memoir allegedly penned in the year 1438. The demon has embedded himself in the very words of this tale of terror, turning the book itself into a dangerous object, laced with menace only too ready to break free and exert its power.
A brilliant and truly unsettling tour de force of the supernatural, Mister B. Gone escorts the reader on an intimate and revelatory journey to uncover the shocking truth of the battle between Good and Evil.
"[A] swift, spare novel that reminds us, once again, of the discipline and focus Barker can bring to shorter forms....Within the modest canvas of Mister B. Gone, Barker, who rarely does anything predictable, confounds expectations once again, giving us one of the most resonant, provocative novels of his career." The Washington Post
"Even with a strong novel such as Mister B. Gone, it's safe to say Barker won't approach the popularity of a Stephen King or Dean Koontz....Barker is arguably more of a stylist, willing to take more chances than either....[This] is one ingenious work, with a twist that proves that a devil of a good book lies in its writing and its details." Contra Costa Times
"There are grand pronouncements about the nature of evil, and the evil of even the supposed moral arbiters, as well as the use of the printing press to disseminate both good and evil. Teens who devour the Saw movies will probably appreciate this well-written, if slightly messy, horror novel." School Library Journal
You hold in your hands not a book at all, but a terrifying embodiment of purest evil. Can you feel the electric tingle in your fingers as you are absorbed by the demon Jakabok's tale of his unintentional ascent from the depths of the Inferno? Do you sense the cold dread worming its way into your bloodstream, your sinews, the marrow of your bones as you read more deeply into his earthly education and unspeakable acts? The filth you now grasp has been waiting patiently for you for nearly six hundred years. And now, before you are completely in its thrall, you would do well to follow the foul creature's admonition and destroy this abomination of ink and paper before you turn a single leaf and are lost forever.
You have been warned.
The great master of horror returns with this novel that purports to be Barker's bone-chilling discovery of a never-before-published demonic memoir.
About the Author
Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the New York Times
; Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War
; and The Thief of Always
. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text of The Books of Abarat
, more than one hundred and twenty-five of which can be found within this volume.
Mr. Barker lives in California. He shares his house with seven dogs, three cockatiels, several undomesticated geckoes, an African gray parrot called Smokey, and a yellow-headed Amazon parrot called Malingo.