Clive Barker is my favorite modern horror author. One of the many things I love about his stories is how he blends dark fantasy and horror together to create wildly imaginative worlds. The Thief of Always is Barker’s version of a fairytale, a story that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, but also is dark enough for mature horror readers. If you liked Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, or Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, I think you’ll love The Thief of Always.
Mr. Hood’s Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful rounds of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied…
There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood’s wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows it’s darker face — when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows — that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood’s philanthropy.
The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitious for his new guest, for Harvey’s soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years…
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