|Barker''s "New York Times" bestseller continues the story of young Candy Quackenbush from Chickentown, U.S.A., who embarks on an epic, life-changing journey when she dives from a barren field in Minnesota into the enormous Sea of Izabella.|
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All things in their time . . .
Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the Abarat are getting stranger by the hour. Why has the Lord of Midnight sent his henchman after her? Why can she suddenly speak words of magic? Why is this world familiar?
Candy and her companions must solve the mystery of her past before the forces of Night and Day clash and Absolute Midnight descends upon the islands.
A final war is about to begin. . . .
Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the Abarat continue as she makes a startling realization as to who she is, and the forces of Night begin plans for a war.
Daylight battles darkness in the most literal sense in film director Clive (HELLRAISER) Barker's sequel to his sorcery novel, ABARAT. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, means to kill heroine Candy Quackenbush (formerly of Chickentown, Minnesota) and envelop the islands of Abarat in a Permanent Midnight. The Day-world and the Night-world will clash in the war between the Hours, and an otherworldly freak show of utterly bizarre characters, many of them delineated in over 100 full-color paintings by Barker, assist the apparently doomed Ms. Quackenbush in her travails. Barker's graphic descriptions of this strange land and its imaginatively appalling denizens augment the mayhem, and the vexing mysteries of Candy's identity and why she's beginning to remember odd details like how to make magic are revealed in the rousing conclusion.
Born in Liverpool, England, not far from Penny Lane, Clive Barker first began scaring people when he was 10, with his stories around the Boy Scout campfire. When he was 16, a visit to his school by horror author Ramsey Campbell inspired him to write horror stories. Graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1952, where he studied English literature and philosophy, Barker moved to London and co-formed the Dog Company, a theater group that performed, designed, and directed a series of Barker's plays. The plays met with moderate success, but never really made it to the mainstream, though THE SECRET LIFE OF CARTOONS had a run in London's West End. It wasn't until he read an American horror collection that Barker saw a market for his work. Over a few months, he wrote a collection of short stories published as the three-volume BOOKS OF BLOOD. After earning great acclaim in England, the BOOKS made their way to the U.S. where Stephen King gave his stamp of approval with the oft-repeated, and parodied, comment, "I have seen the future of horror, and its name is Clive Barker." Indeed, the BOOKS OF BLOOD stories had a watershed effect in horror fiction, introducing a new strain of extreme violence and graphic sexuality that, coupled with Barker's ability to create strikingly original stories in terse, clear prose, virtually defined the 1980s "splatterpunk" movement. As he prepared his first full-length novel THE DAMNATION GAME, Barker wrote scripts for two films based on his own stories. Unhappy with the finished results, he decided that he needed more control. Adapting a third of his stories, and recruiting some former Dog Company members, Barker directed 1987's HELLRAISER. This film made Barker's name known outside the horror fiction world. Subsequent Barker-related films, including NIGHTBREED, both CANDYMAN and its sequel, LORD OF ILLUSIONS, and several HELLRAISER sequels, have produced mixed results, but, since 1987, each of his fiction titles--among them, WEAVEWORLD, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, and IMAJICA--have been massive bestsellers. Following THE DAMNATION GAME, Barker's novels have moved further away from horror, and more toward epic fantasy--THE THIEF OF EVERVILLE (1992) was even geared especially toward young adults. Instead of short stories, he has produced numerous books of his illustrations, comic book adaptations, and increasingly long novels. He served as executive producer on 1998's award-winning GODS AND MONSTERS, a bio-pic about legendary film director James Whale.