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The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies

The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies - paperback edition now available!

The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies - paperback edition now available!

35 Years of Clive Barker’s Non-Fiction

We’re delighted to be publishing Clive’s non-fiction collection - The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies - in a new paperback edition.

Originally published in a limited edition in 2011, this newly revised edition is updated to include all of Clive’s more recently published pieces together with a newly discovered and previously unpublished introduction to the Books of Blood from 1982! This edition also features 11 additional pieces of interior artwork, making 46 in total.

First 500 Copies Signed!

With huge thanks to Clive, the first 500 copies of this new paperback edition come with an exclusive hand-numbered signature sheet bound in and signed by Clive.

Looking forward to getting these out and into your hands!

Imaginer Six

We're delighted to reveal the cover of the sixth volume in the Imaginer series and to open pre-orders today! 

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 6

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 6

There are three options available to pre-order Volume Six now - but one will disappear on 22 July 2018 and these preferential pre-order prices will rise to retail prices on publication...

  • the regular edition (limited to 1,000 copies) at a pre-order price
  • the deluxe edition, signed by Clive (limited to 100 numbered copies) at a pre-order price
  • LIMITED TIME ONLY - until 22 July 2018 - have your name printed in all copies of Imaginer 6 as a special 'thank you' for your support of the Imaginer art archiving project by selecting the 'Deluxe edition With Thanks' option.

Discounted pre-order prices will remain available until publication, when full retail prices will start to apply.

As with previous volumes, all pre-ordered books will come with an exclusive A5 art card  featuring art from the Imaginer series, and all copies will also include an A4 mini-poster.

What's new..?

Recently arrived to add to the archive, here's a quick look at some of the things that have come our way!

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First up, the fabulous original art for the cover of one of the first run Nightbreed comics (issue #12). Painted by John Rheaume, this representation of Rawhead Rex has superb attention to detail. This photo doesn't do justice to Matt Ryan Tobin's stunning art, shown here on the Arrow Hellraiser steelbook and Christopher Young's soundtrack on vinyl (it's also on a glorious Mondo poster which is currently heading to the framers!) 

Other movies here - a Spanish language VHS of Lord of Illusions is new to us and the new Kino Lorber Rawhead Rex Blu-ray was released last month. The Art of Horror Movies is Stephen Jones's latest offering from Applause - a fascinating walk through poster and press art from around the world (including work for Hellraiser sequels, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusions and Quicksilver Highway). Hugely insightful and definitely recommended.

Thanks to Cemetery Dance for advance copies of Detours (contains A Night's Work) and Reading Stephen King (with Clive's 2007 speech to the Canadian Booksellers Association), and to Steve Dillon for the Hellraiser-inspired Empath's Tale collection. Earthling Publications' beautiful lettered edition of The Scarlet Gospels is a great addition to its suite of CB publications.

Last, but not least, we love this Candyman figure! Sculpted in polymer clay, Clay Disarray produced this figure as a one-off to create a photographic poster for the movie and we're delighted to give it a home in the archive. (There's also a Clay Disarray Pinhead out there somewhere..!)

A quick reminder that we're turning around orders for the new Clive Barker Playscripts within 24 hours, so there's still time to get copies for you or your very best friends for Christmas!

Pre-order Imaginer 5!

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 5

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 5

We're delighted to reveal the latest Imaginer cover image and to announce that pre-orders will open later today!
There are three options available to pre-order Volume 5 :
•    the regular edition (limited to 1,000 copies) at a discounted pre-order price
•    the deluxe edition, signed by Clive (limited to 100 numbered copies) at a discounted pre-order price
•    LIMITED TIME ONLY - until 8 October 2017 - have your name printed in all copies as a special 'thank you' for your support of the Imaginer art archiving project by selecting the 'Deluxe edition With Thanks' option. 
These pre-order prices will remain available until publication, when full retail prices will start to apply.
As with previous volumes, all pre-ordered books will come with an exclusive A5 art card featuring art from the Imaginer series, and all copies will also include an A4 mini-poster.

Bookplate for deluxe copies of Imaginer 5, signed by Clive 

Bookplate for deluxe copies of Imaginer 5, signed by Clive 

Thanks again for all the wonderful feedback on previous volumes - we can't wait to get the next Imaginer out to you!

This time around, Clive wanted to share some of his thoughts on Imaginer 5 - so do please head over to Revelations where you can read the full conversation with him as we look through some of the art selected for this latest volume.

Clive: "I'm seldom lost for words but I am sort of lost for words! It's gorgeous. It's gorgeous - it's the best so far.  
"I know I said at the beginning of Imaginer, 'This is probably the best Clive Barker between covers' or whatever it was, you know, about Tom's first book? I feel I need to re-state, because of this, a whole new level of achievement by you guys.
"And I very much feel - I feel so passionate about it - that I want to make sure the world knows that this is not the Imaginer you think you knew!"

Shipping update...

Just a quick update to let you know that we're preparing to ship pre-ordered copies of Clive Barker: Imaginer 4 out to North American customers!

Please note, if you've pre-ordered a Deluxe copy, signed by Clive, these will ship direct from the UK in a few weeks' time as they are hand-prepared here in London. Regular (limited to 1,000) copies heading to the UK, Europe and beyond will also ship then - we'll keep everyone updated...

Pre-order rewards, including art cards and bookmarks, are also on their way!

Where is Imaginer 4..?

Those of you with a keen eye will have seen that we're running a little later on delivery of Imaginer 4 than we had hoped..!

However, with all the books now safely printed and bound, we're tracking their steady progress across the oceans from Hong Kong... So, the all-important delivery dates: we're currently anticipating one batch to arrive in the United States and ship to North American customers in mid-May, and the remaining copies to arrive in the UK and ship to all other countries in early June. 

The even better news is that Clive has just signed off on the selection of canvases for the fifth Imaginer volume which is being laid-out as we speak - more on that very soon!

And still we keep going - Clive has also been talking through the painting selection for the sixth volume and beyond (actually, he keeps thinking of ideas for new series beyond these eight - we'll try to keep up!!)

In the meantime, and before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we're really impressed with the fourth volume - everyone in the production and design teams continues to work incredibly hard to maintain the quality of this fabulous series - and we can't wait to get it into your patient hands. Here are some quick snaps, so you can see what lies in wait for you on this one!

Imaginer 4 - mini-poster, deluxe and regular editions

Imaginer 4 - mini-poster, deluxe and regular editions

Imaginer 4 - deluxe edition in clamshell case

Imaginer 4 - deluxe edition in clamshell case

Imaginer updates!

Forgive us for being a bit quiet here over the last few weeks...  we and Clive have been busily working to make Imaginer Volume 4 as full of exciting images as we possibly can! In fact, we've jam-packed so many paintings into this book that we've decided to drop the section of exhibition photos this time to make way for more close-ups of the artwork. 

Imaginer 4 proofs - including close-up spreads of The Izabella and Air Martyr

Imaginer 4 proofs - including close-up spreads of The Izabella and Air Martyr

With proofs returned from the printer for inspection and hard work from all of the team, we've now approved it for printing and can update on delivery times - we expect the books will be with us in March and as soon as we get a detailed schedule from the printer we'll share that with everyone.

As well as finalising Volume 4, we've spent the Christmas break (well, some of it at least!) drafting the selection for both of the next two volumes and Clive is looking at those as we speak.  

Thank you to all of you who have already secured your copy of this limited edition, without exception you have been lovely to talk to and we look forward to getting your copies safely to you. If you've not yet ordered a copy of Imaginer 4, do please remember that the lower pre-order price is only available until 31 January - so grab that whilst you can!

Copies of earlier Imaginer volumes are also available now in the store.

Thanks!

Pre-orders will open later today for Imaginer 4 at a special advance price

We're pleased to reveal the latest Imaginer cover image and to announce that pre-orders will open later today!

There are three options available to pre-order Volume 4:
•    the regular edition (limited to 1,000 copies) at a discounted pre-order price
•    the deluxe edition, signed by Clive (limited to 100 numbered copies) at a discounted pre-order price
•    LIMITED TIME ONLY - until 31 October 2016 - have your name printed in all copies as a special 'thank you' for your support of the Imaginer art archiving project by selecting the 'Deluxe edition With Thanks' option. 

These pre-order prices will remain available until 31 January 2017, when full retail prices will start to apply.

As with Volume 3, all pre-ordered books will come with an exclusive A5 art card featuring art from the Imaginer series, together, this time, with an A4 mini-poster and a bookmark.

Thanks again for all the wonderful feedback on Volume 3 - we can't wait to get Volume 4 out to you!

Imaginer 4 (2017) - cover art - Minds At War by Clive Barker

Imaginer 4 (2017) - cover art - Minds At War by Clive Barker

Imaginer 3 - Now Shipping

Shipments of Imaginer Volume 3 have arrived in our twin hubs of London and Los Angeles and we're delighted to report that the very first of the pre-order copies went out in the mail earlier today to new homes all around the world!

Over the next few days we'll be working through the remaining pre-orders and getting copies out to their owners as swiftly as possible.

We'd love to see you share your photos and comments as you receive your books?  

Clive says he 'adores' this new volume and we're incredibly pleased with both the quality and the content.

Huge thanks again to Chet Zar for his afterword in this one.

If you've not treated yourself to a copy yet, please do!  Every new sale makes the completion of the series possible and funds the archiving of Clive's work for new  and existing fans, readers and friends.

Early news: we're deep into preparation on Volume 4, with canvas selection and image capture already underway - more updates on that one as we go...

Oh, and sales of Volumes 1 and 2 will start here in late August for those wishing to catch up with earlier volumes.

 

Imaginer 3 - Advance Copies

We’re very excited to share that we have the advance copies of Imaginer 3 in our hands – and we’re incredibly pleased with how it has turned out!

The limited print run – 1,000 copies of the regular edition and 100 copies of the deluxe clamshell edition – have been all been printed and started their journey… We'll continue to update here as we get a clearer view of delivery timings.

We know that a number of people have been in touch hoping to ‘catch-up’ on earlier volumes – as soon as stock arrives here we’ll let everyone know and all remaining copies will be made available in the store.