A Trailer for the Book by DAVE School

A Bit of Background…

The Thief of Always by Clive Barker is a book I first read back in 2006. That first time, I read it in one sitting. It has been my go to book for inspiration and to refill the font of horror goodness. With everything that’s going on these days, I find it’s a great example of how failing to find contentment with what you have leads to worse situations.

The Thief of Always
Clive Barker also illustrated. Check out the mask in the bottom left!

The Story…

The story follows Harvey Swick, a boy who is lost in his hum drum life. When the crafty Rictus blows in, Harvey is lead to the Holiday House, a magical place where every morning is spring and every evening is Christmas. Harvey quickly makes new friends and discovers the powers of Mr. Hood’s magical house can make every dream come true.

Things are not as wonderful as they appear. Harvey soon discovers that there is a price to pay for all these wonders. Can Harvey escape Holiday House or will be fall to the same fate as other child have for untold years?

Classic Clive Barker

The Thief of Always in Review…

The Thief of Always is horror lite. If I had to describe it, I would say, think Alice in Wonderland meets the Twilight Zone. This is a great book to get kids into horror with, too. I would put this up against books like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which I say is a great introduction to the genre.

Get a copy with the illustrations!

The Thief of Always is an inexpensive purchase in e-book or paperback. There is a graphic novel, as well, which has beautiful art work. I encourage you to give it a read in these times because I think we can all relate to Harvey Swick who felt…

…eaten by the great gray beast February.

-The Thief of Always by Clive Barker