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A Very Barker Alphabet

A Very Barker Alphabet

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Clive Barker By CliveBarker Completed

Who but modern master of outrage Clive Barker could create a poetic homage to the transgressive popular art of past master of scandalous effrontery Edward Gorey, as exemplified in his 1963 "children's alphabet book," The Gashlycrumb Tinies?  Barker continues to carry aloft Gorey's deliciously dark banner of contrarian delights with his own Alphabet, which records the unfortunate happenstances befalling a motley collection of unfortunate souls.

  • alphabet
  • clivebarker
  • poem
  • poetry
dcompbooks dcompbooks Aug 18, 2016
Love this. So creepy. Like Alvin Schwartz and Shel Silverstein had a baby.
CindyDoty CindyDoty Feb 19, 2016
Brilliant! Gruesome, alive, wicked, and fantastic! LOVED it, thank you! lol
WilloStars WilloStars Apr 20, 2016
I couuld imagine this being amongst Victorian literature. :D
k1pper k1pper Jan 28, 2016
The illustrations for the letters are equally lush...(and eerie!)
Meelae Meelae Jan 29, 2016
Lets take a moment to pray for Claus because he never had a chance to live in the first place.