Chiliad: A Meditation

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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,” which takes place in the year 1000 AD, is about a strong relationship between an ugly man and ugly woman, and when this man has his love taken from him, her life ended, he vows revenge against those who have committed this grave sin. “A Moment at the River’s Heart,” taking place a thousand years later, also features a brutal attack against a woman and its repercussions against those who carried out the act and those who care.

Barker apparently wrote these novellas after a period of depression, and while the stories can feel convoluted and overly-philosophical, it’s possible to feel the dark, strong emotion emanating from Chiliad. It is an evil and twisted ride, one you might want to end, but it is also one you shan’t forget.


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Author Clive Barker, Jon Foster, Illustrator
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 96 pages
Publisher Subterranean
Publish Date 2014-Jan-31
ISBN 9781596065956
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Issue February 2014
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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