Clive Barker’s The Thief Of Always

November 14, 2005 | Trades


Clive Barker’s The Thief Of Always
Clive Barker, Kris Opriso, Gabriel Hernandez
IDW Publishing
$19.99 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

Before there was Harry Potter, there was The Thief Of Always.
Horror maven Clive Barker’s gruesome fable, originally published as a novel with illustrations by the author in 1992, set the standard for unabashed dark storytelling aimed at teens and tweens.
Thirteen years later, IDW Publishing brings us a fully illustrated vision of Barker’s masterpiece that truly captures the spirit and the eerie feel of the book, which sees a young boy named Harvey Swick — frustrated by the long, dark winter months — lured into a magical realm where every day is perfect and his every desire fulfilled. But as the days pass, Harvey begins to notice things aren’t as perfect as they seem and ending this dream holiday might just be a nightmare.
Adapted by Kris Opriso and artist Gabriel Hernandez, this illustrated version of The Thief Of Always is a terrific and faithful take on an outstanding story. It’s well worth picking up, as is the original.

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