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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (29 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743417321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743417327
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,893,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Elle" Simultaneously repels and spellbinds the reader...Literature in the tradition of Poe, Shelley and Hawthorne.

"Locus"

The premier metaphysicist of contemporary fiction.



"Publishers Weekly"

The most ambitious dark fantasist of our time.



"Elle"

Simultaneously repels and spellbinds the reader...Literature in the tradition of Poe, Shelley and Hawthorne.



"People"

Barker's dark, powerful imagination -- and his skill in pacing to keep his stories surprising -- make the horror grisly and effective.



Armistead Maupin

ÝBarker writes¨ with the easy confidence of a tribal storyteller, and elder who has seen everything and committed most of it to scripture.



"Atlanta Journal-Constitution"

Clive Barker is back from yet another excursion into his dark and fertile imagination, bearing sinister fruits of fine horror fantasy.



"The New York Times Book Review"

Ý"Cabal"¨ demonstrateÝs¨ why the gleefully gory Mr. Barker

is at the top of his genre. Endlessly inventive, he takes familiar themes a step or two farther...dazzling, captivating stuff...



"Washingtion Times"

ÝClive Barker¨ is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the furthest reaches of the imagination....His ambition and audacity are unparalleled; we know that we are in the presence of a vision that is genuine, unique, and lasting.



Armistead Maupin

[ Barker writes] with the easy confidence of a tribal storyteller, and elder who has seen everything and committed most of it to scripture.



"The New York Times Book Review"

[ "Cabal"] demonstrate[ s] why the gleefully gory Mr. Barker

is at the top of his genre. Endlessly inventive, he takes familiar themes a step or two farther...dazzling, captivating stuff...



"Washingtion Times"

[ Clive Barker] is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the furthest reaches of the imagination....His ambition and audacity are unparalleled; we know that we are in the presence of a vision that is genuine, unique, and lasting.



Armistead Maupin

[Barker writes] with the easy confidence of a tribal storyteller, and elder who has seen everything and committed most of it to scripture.



"The Boston Herald"

Barker's work reads like a cross between Stephen King and...Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He creates a world where our biggest fears appear to be our own dreams.



"The New York Times Book Review"

["Cabal"] demonstrate[s] why the gleefully gory Mr. Barker

is at the top of his genre. Endlessly inventive, he takes familiar themes a step or two farther...dazzling, captivating stuff...



"Washingtion Times"

[Clive Barker] is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the furthest reaches of the imagination....His ambition and audacity are unparalleled; we know that we are in the presence of a vision that is genuine, unique, and lasting.



"The Washington Post"

In the hands of a lesser writer this could be just another tale of nightmarish evil...[what] lifts Barker from common craftsman to the rarefied and chancy domain of artist is his profound awareness of the alienation and aloneness of man. And he brings these insights into dramatic focus through the innocence of his monsters...



"The New York Times Book Review" ["Cabal"] demonstrate[s] why the gleefully gory Mr. Barker is at the top of his genre. Endlessly inventive, he takes familiar themes a step or two farther...dazzling, captivating stuff...

"People" Barker's dark, powerful imagination -- and his skill in pacing to keep his stories surprising -- make the horror grisly and effective.

"The Washington Post" In the hands of a lesser writer this could be just another tale of nightmarish evil...[what] lifts Barker from common craftsman to the rarefied and chancy domain of artist is his profound awareness of the alienation and aloneness of man. And he brings these insights into dramatic focus through the innocence of his monsters...

"Washingtion Times" [Clive Barker] is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the furthest reaches of the imagination....His ambition and audacity are unparalleled; we know that we are in the presence of a vision that is genuine, unique, and lasting.

"Publishers Weekly" The most ambitious dark fantasist of our time.

"Locus" The premier metaphysicist of contemporary fiction.

Armistead Maupin [Barker writes] with the easy confidence of a tribal storyteller, and elder who has seen everything and committed most of it to scripture.

"Atlanta Journal-Constitution" Clive Barker is back from yet another excursion into his dark and fertile imagination, bearing sinister fruits of fine horror fantasy.

"The Boston Herald" Barker's work reads like a cross between Stephen King and...Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He creates a world where our biggest fears appear to be our own dreams."

The New York Times Book Review [Cabal] demonstrate[s] why the gleefully gory Mr. Barker is at the top of his genre. Endlessly inventive, he takes familiar themes a step or two farther...dazzling, captivating stuff...

The Washington Post In the hands of a lesser writer this could be just another tale of nightmarish evil...[what] lifts Barker from common craftsman to the rarefied and chancy domain of artist is his profound awareness of the alienation and aloneness of man. And he brings these insights into dramatic focus through the innocence of his monsters...

Elle Simultaneously repels and spellbinds the reader...Literature in the tradition of Poe, Shelley and Hawthorne.

Washingtion Times [Clive Barker] is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the furthest reaches of the imagination....His ambition and audacity are unparalleled; we know that we are in the presence of a vision that is genuine, unique, and lasting.

Publishers Weekly The most ambitious dark fantasist of our time.

The Boston Herald Barker's work reads like a cross between Stephen King and...Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He creates a world where our biggest fears appear to be our own dreams."

People Barker's dark, powerful imagination -- and his skill in pacing to keep his stories surprising -- make the horror grisly and effective.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Clive Barker is back from yet another excursion into his dark and fertile imagination, bearing sinister fruits of fine horror fantasy.

Locus The premier metaphysicist of contemporary fiction.

From the Back Cover

For more than two decades, Clive Barker has twisted the worlds of horrific and surrealistic fiction into a terrifying, transcendent genre all his own. With skillful prose, he enthralls even as he horrifies; with uncanny insight, he disturbs as profoundly as he reveals. Evoking revulsion and admiration, anticipation and dread, Barker's works explore the darkest contradictions of the human condition: our fear of life and our dreams of death.

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This is the first C.Barker book I've read and it still hold a dear place in my heart. The author creates a dark world, where good and evil is slightly different. The creatures of the night live beside us: the werewolf, the vampire, and the bogeyman. And they are an entirely different community, with their own laws, customs and lore. And they also have their enemies, who, although human in form, hide a monstrous soul.
In the dark underworld of the 'Nightbreed', we follow the heroin in her search of her dead lover, who proves to be not as dead after all. Together they defend the hidden clan from their pursuers, fulfilling an old Messianic prophecy.
I just wish Clive Barker would write a sequel to this excellent tale.
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First published back in 1988, ‘Cabal’ followed the release of the hugely popular novel ‘Weaveworld’. The story turns all our ideas about horror fiction on its head, with Barker’s classic tale of misguided humanity. The tale subtly tackles the conception, misguided judgment and ridicule of views on homosexual community, with the homosexuals represented as the Nightbreed. Hounded, hunted and attacked, merely due to their way of life, the novel takes you into a world of questions and suggested conclusions. The novel is extremely well-written, bringing together horror and fantasy in this dark tale of passion, love and persecution. Barker’s limitless imagination has constructed a truly bizarre and involved tale, that captivates the reader early on, with the quiet whisperings of this forgotten world. This is a story that will immerse you in the horror and unbelievable, forging a novel that you will remember for a long time to come.
The story runs for 268 pages with some versions (the UK Fontana being one of them) including some pen and ink drawings by Barker himself illustrating the novel throughout. The story was later adapted in 1990 with Clive Barker acting as both the Director and the Screenwriter. The director David Cronenberg starred in the film as the deranged Dr. Philip Decker. The cult success (but alas not financial success) of the film, spawned a ‘Making Of Nightbreed’ book, ‘The Nightbreed Chronicles’ film companion book, a series of twenty-five comics (as well as a Genesis collection of four of the comics), a Nightbreed computer game released by Ocean, as well as various promotional items.
Cabal is a fabulous novel that should be read by anyone who is at all interested in Clive Barker’s work. A true masterpiece of fantastic horror that will grip and excite you.
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A short novel singing a hymn to perversity. Cabal takes a close look a monsters, and discovers that there is a lot more to them than appearances lead you to believe. At the same time, there's no escaping the fact that they remain... well, monsters. It's a beautifully written story, but one that is too often accorded partialities that I'm not sure are inherent in the text. Minority groups are often quick to relate the metaphor of Midian to themselves, but that can only be done on the most selective reading. While on the one hand yes, the monsters are subject to clear persecution, on the other they commit unspeakable acts that have only got away with for so long because they've been sneaky. For these same reasons, I'm inclined to read the monsters of Midian as an exaggerated representation of humanity at large rather than any portion of it. Petty, divided, frightened, terrifying... all these things and more.

Of course, the fact that this discussion can be had at all suggests that this a great book. It is. Beautiful, hypnotic, suggestive, and graceful in all its horrors - this is among Barker's very best.
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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 15 July 2006
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Following the success of `Weaveworld' Clive Barker turned increasingly towards the fantasy genre, and `Cabal' represents one of his last forays into more explicit horror territory, with this tale of a hero caught between a group of bizarre undead cemetery dwelling monsters and a deranged masked serial killer. Barker provides plenty of gruesome imagery and plays well with the theme of people hiding behind masks and the real nature of monstrosity. The book can occasionally feel a little thinly sketched out however, and while some of Barker's more bloated doorstopper's can feel overwritten `Cabal' has the opposite problem clocking in at a brisk 250 pages that ensures a rapid pace but slightly sketchy characters. Some readers may also be slightly offput by the rather open ending, as this novel was originally intended to be the first in a trilogy that so far failed to arrive (Barker seems to have a real problem with starting series and not getting round to finishing them; at the time of writing he has four series theoretically `on the go' (`Cabal', `The Books of the Art', `Galilee', `Abarat') none of which have thus far been completed), but this still works well enough as a stand alone novel. Not entirely flawless, this is still a good throwback to Barkers earlier `Books of Blood' style horror, and a fun brisk read.
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Cabal takes you into a different world, where the monster is not all it seems. Answer the question why do human kind fear all they do not understand? could it be that inside of us all a little bit of monster really does exist and we would urge the day that it would rise to the surface and be free. Clive Barker opens a door to this world with Cabal, do you dare to read further?
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