Chiliad: A Meditation

Chiliad A Meditation A two part novella with stories that are interrelated and share themes which cross over a thousand years a chiliad

  • Title: Chiliad: A Meditation
  • Author: Clive Barker Jon Foster
  • ISBN: 9781596065956
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A two part novella, with stories that are interrelated and share themes which cross over a thousand years a chiliad.

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  • Clive Barker Jon Foster

    Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie n e Revill , a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department It was in Liverpool in 1975 that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until 1986 Barker s second long term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in 2009.In 2003, Clive Barker received The Davidson Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards This award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for any of those communities While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work.Fans have noticed of late that Barker s voice has become gravelly and coarse He says in a December 2008 online interview that this is due to polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars On August 27, 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but left with many strange visions.Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories collected in Books of Blood 1 6 , and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game 1985 Later he moved towards modern day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld 1987 , The Great and Secret Show 1989 , the world spanning Imajica 1991 and Sacrament 1996 , bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions He wrote the screenplays for Underworld aka Transmutations 1985 and Rawhead Rex 1986 , both directed by George Pavlou Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser 1987 , based on his novella The Hellbound Heart His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re released together to moderate critical acclaim After his film Nightbreed Cabal , which was widely considered to be a flop, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim.Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations 1995 and Forms of Heaven 1996 , as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993 Based on detailed premises, titles and lead characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles set outside the Marvel universe were Ectokid,

  • 237 Comments

  • I find it incredible just how much true affection I have for Clive Barker. He's a delight and true pioneer. In this instance I am disappointed but its all good The fact remains that sometimes publishing houses "must bring" to light even the most minute sketches/observations of novelists found in sketchbooks and personal notebooks. Paper napkins with ink and coffee stains. This is a clear attempt to capitalize on a legend. Quite d-grade drivel that an auteur should be at least minimally ashamed f [...]


  • Sadly, this isn't a new piece by Barker, but it's one many might not have read before, myself included. It was originally published in Douglas E. Winter's Millennium anthology in 1997 (Revelations in the US).This is written in a more dense literary--almost poetical--style than much of Barker's work. It also has meta-fictional elements that worked here, more or less. I usually strongly dislike works of meta-fiction. They always strike me as cutesy and too clever by half. One of the 'surprises' re [...]


  • Delighted to see this new publication of the two Chiliad stories in a single volume. Previously published as the bookend entries to Douglas E. Winter's Millennium anthology in 1997 (Revelations in the US), this is a strikingly personal piece of work by Clive that we'd wholeheartedly recommend. As Clive has commented, "it was an immense challenge to write, and is easily one of the darkest pieces of fiction I've ever written."


  • Chiliad: A Meditation is a quick, but absolutely worthwhile read. I won't ruin the plot, except to say that it involves two symmetrical incidents a thousand years apart. It's all brought together by some excellent prose by Barker. If you like Barker's work (and I do!) then be sure to read this one.



  • The reason why I read Clive Barker is because he has an imagination like no one else. "Chiliad" was originally written in two parts to bookend a collection of stories that centered around the turn of the Millennium. The story, like I said, is in two parts: the first part takes place a thousand years in the past; the second takes place a thousand years ahead of that. It centers on a river that flows backwards and forwards through time. Along this river two murders occur and we find two men trying [...]



  • This book surprised me. I have read and enjoyed many of Clive Barker's other works, but this one is of a very different stripe. The thread, travelling within a tale woven (or indeed, is it?) by a writer who in perpetuity, observes a river that flows backwards and forwards in time. The interconnection of violence, of violent acts begetting other violence, other violent acts, passed forward and backward, consequences seemingly unstoppable. I won't spoil anything with specifics here, but the multip [...]


  • Bestselling author Clive Barker has an innate ability to find an unusual and compelling word, story or book that grabs a reader’s interest; and he does just this with Chiliad. A chiliad is a measurement of a length of time, exactly one thousand years; this book features two novellas that stretch across the span of a millennium.“Men and Sin” takes place in the year 1000 AD about a strong relationship between an ugly man and ugly woman, and when this man has his love taken from him, her life [...]


  • Easily, I've discovered, this to be among my favorite Clive Barker stories. If you delve into his style of fiction this book should well please. It covers new ground, brandishes a usual form, and is still unique. It could be labeled as Sci/Fi or Fantasy, but I think of it as a philosophical murder mystery. Story contains a lot of rich emotion, and becomes for me an intense journey. Soul searching; this story reaches, and has lots of depth. Thought provoking, and very beautiful as well. I've read [...]


  • CHILIAD is a novella consisting of two short stories that dovetail together at the end. PART 1 of the book is literary perfection: Barker's prose is pure poetry, and the story itself is gripping and unsettling. Unfortunately, PART 2 isn't quite as strong. The identity of the murderer is both predictable and unconvincing, and, personally speaking, I found the story's themes a touch too fatalistic.


  • Several interconnected stories, anchored by the tales of two men in similar situations at either end of a chiliad (a thousand years). It's very philosophical. I'm not sure that the storyteller's part really worked for me, but it was an interesting read.



  • An astonishingly good first part, with Barker's prose at its most finely crafted, gives way to an utterly pedestrian conclusion that negates what came before.



  • Amazing book! I would suggest that only true fans of Clive Barker read this. It is more poetic than most of his stories, and also quite philosophical.




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