Weaveworld is the perfect introduction to the wild imagination of author/painter/screenwriter, Clive Barker. Its the tale of a young man who stumbles upon a long hidden secret. A carpet, into which the fabric of an alternate world has been woven, a world full of magic, wonder and on occasion, dark terror. When this world overlaps with our own, and it's residents known as the seerkind are once again revealed to humankind, all Heaven and Hell breaks loose on the streets of England.This fantastical tale blends elements of tradional fantasy in the mould of Tolkien, with visceral horror and stark eroticism. It bombards the reader with a myriad of startling imagery, both beautiful and disturbing, often in the same instance.For those unfamiliar with the work of Barker, this is an essential purchase. A great gateway piece into his twisted, colourful pysche. Endless possibilities abound in the world Barker creates. Animal's talk, dark magicians stalk the landscapes of both worlds, ancient Lovecraftian beings loom just on the edge of sight, and love and passion are ever present.
It's a novel that overwhelm's and excites us. It's metaphysical overtones are hugely compelling, deeply moving and thought provoking, and never less than enthralling.For lovers of horror literature, metayphysical literature and fantasy, Weaveworld is a surefire future favourite. It's accessible, poignant, colourful and near impossible to put down. The first time I read this novel, I was completely blown away by it's sheer overflow of imagination. It introduced me to one of modern literatures most prolific and visionary artists. The sheer sense of wonder this book inspires in its readers is phenomenal....filled as it is with hallicinatory prose, magical characters, murderous witches and hideous demonic entities. And the best part? When your done with this gem you have the whole world of Barkers later works to devour. Have fun getting lost in your imagination.