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If you have heard of Hellraiser or Candyman, you've heard of Clive Barker. But have you heard of Abarat, a magical tale of fantasy intertwined with horror? The 'lighter' side of Clive Barker is shown in this astonishingly detailed adventure set in a world so intricate it feels like you've stepped in to a new reality. Though it may be a YA fantasy novel, the illustrations and heavy themes make it a read that any age can enjoy. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this masterfully written and illustrated journey in to the realm of Abarat, where time has no tie to the passing of hours, but instead to the islands that we travel through in this adventurous escape.

For more of a dive into specifics for those who have read the book, please scroll down to the 🚨 Spoilers 🚨 section to get in to the nitty gritty, almost as detailed as Klepp's Almanac. Plus, don't forget to leave your own review below to tell us your thoughts!

Trigger Warnings and Ratings

While we all love reading books, sometimes they can have themes and topics that may not be appropriate for everyone. To help figure out if this book is suitable for you, please first take a look at the warnings we have included.

🚨 SPOILERS 🚨

Prepare to indulge in a world of time
With horror, mystery, and myths divine,
A world of hours surrounded by sea,
Read ahead if you wish to discuss mystery.
Be wary if you haven't read
The book of Abarat,
Spoilers ahead!

That's what we do,we drink and we know things

Izabella's Wave

Ingredients:

  • 250 mL Sparkling Water
    This can be any sort of flavored sparkling water of your preference, lime would be best
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
    (Recipe below, 1/2 the amount used if using flavoured sparkling water)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • 4 cucumber slices
  • Ice

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 C. boiling water
  • 1 C. white sugar

Directions:

Simple Syrup:

  1. Boil water and pour 1 C. in to heat-safe container
  2. Stir in 1 C. of sugar until fully dissolved
  3. Cover and cool in fridge for 2 hours or until chilled and slightly thickened

Drink:

  1. Add mint and cucumber to a shaker and muddle
  2. Add lime juice, simple syrup, and ice
  3. Stir for 10 seconds
  4. Pour in to glass and top with sparkling water
  5. Enjoy!

EAT IT, NERD!

Midnight Snack

Well, this one is a personal preference so let's get to know our FAN EXPO HQ Team a little more! Here is a list of our team's favorite Midnight Snacks for inspiration!

Karli, Marketing Coordinator & Book Glug Writer:
Sweet mix pickles, crackers or tortilla chips, and turkey bites or honey garlic pepperoni

Dusti, Marketing Coordinator:
Strawberries or raspberries with whipped cream

Maya, Marketing Coordinator:
"Fake Charcuterie Board" - A plate with prosciutto, grapes, and Cool Ranch Doritos

Becca, Marketing Coordinator:
Shredded cheese, out of the bag, standing in front of the open fridge, and a little piece of ham for her cat Pants
Pictured left: Pants

Jasmine, Marketing Coordinator:
Spicy noodles with spam

Breanne, Ops Coordinator:
Eggo waffles, specifically the chocolate chip ones

Emily, Project Manager, Creative Services:
A can of RedBull, because true gamers don't sleep

Valerie, Brand Manager:
Cheese and crackers, but specifically everything-flavored pretzels with spicy pepper jack cheese and/or lemon hummus

Meaghan, Digital Marketing Manager:
Popcorn or chips and spicy salsa - you can't go wrong!

SATIS-FACT-ION

Satis-FACT-ion

How many of these fun facts did you know? Did we miss any? Let us know when you submit your review!

A stack of Abarat books stand together on their own surrounded by a white background

Abarat is the first book in the Books of Abarat series by Clive Barker. It's followed by Days of Magic, Nights of War, and Absolute Midnight. The series was intended to have five books, but so far Absolute Midnight is the most recent book, releasing in 2011.

An oil painting of a woman with long black hair and a blue jean jacket surrounded by repeating white chickens as the background

Barker drew all of the illustrations in the book himself. He created over oil 300 paintings before he even started writing the first book!

An oil painting of a man-looking-creature with tubes coming out of his shaved head & a glass bowl around his mouth & neck.

Barker has worked on numerous movies and television shows, in addition to writing everything from books to poetry and plays. His short story collection Books of Blood gained such popularity that reprints boasted Stephen King's quote "I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker" on the cover.

The cover of 'Books of Blood' by Clive Barker, featuring multiple stone statues as the artwork border.

Barker's short story series Books of Blood have been adapted in to many movies and TV shows. Most notably Rawhead Rex, The Forbidden (adapted to Candyman), The Midnight Meat Train, Dread, and the titular Books of Blood films from 2007 and 2020.

A man with a beige fluffy jacket and a metal hook smiles ominously at the camera

The short story The Forbidden was adapted to film as a series. The first time was in 1992 as Candyman with 2 sequels in the 90's, and another in 2021 with Jordan Peele's Candyman.

A person with pins in a pattern stabbed all across their head looks to the left of the image

The Hellraiser series is based on Barker's 1986 novella The Hellbound Heart. The first movie adaptation was released in 1987, with a remake released in 2022.

An oil painting of a few small islands surrounded by water at night, with a large moon and purple night sky above them.

Works of art created by Barker were used in the set of the Netflix series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Around 150 pieces were used in the set for the Academy of the Unseen Arts.

The cover art for Clive Barker's 'Tortured Souls' with the text being placed on a ominous blue background with chains.

in 2001, McFarlane Toys released a set of monster action figures created by Barker. The set had a novelette included featuring the action figures in the story.

FAN REVIEWS

Anonymous

The world of Abarat is unlike anything else. It's a masterful play on space and time with the dark twists of a YA horror

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