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Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium - Clive Barker, Bob Eggleton
Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium
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''Tortured Souls'' is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary ''first city'' known as Primordium, the site of political... show more
''Tortured Souls'' is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary ''first city'' known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.Lurking at the edges of this extravagant tale is the ancient entity known as ''Agonistes,'' who accepts the pleas of selected ''Supplicants,'' transforming them, through a combination of art, magic, and pain, into avatars of violence and revenge.The story begins when a freelance assassin named Zarles Krieger commits a routine murder-for-hire. This act will lead him to two life-altering encounters, one with the daughter of his victim, the other with Agonistes himself. This conjunction of the human and the inhuman stands at the center of this instantly absorbing creation.With great authority and equally great economy, ''Tortured Souls'' expands to become a portrait of Primordium itself, with its hierarchies, its hidden mysteries, its shifting power structure, and--most significantly--its indelible cast of characters. A perfectly controlled example of what Barker calls ''the fantastique,'' ''Tortured Souls'' is something truly special, a story whose imaginative reach and sheer narrative power are evident on every page.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781596066366 (1596066369)
ASIN: 1596066369
Publisher: Subterranean
Pages no: 88
Edition language: English
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From Dark Places
From Dark Places rated it
4.0 Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium by Clive Barker
Tortured Souls is set in the 'first city' of Primordium, a city of degradation, corruption and violence. On the periphery of this story is the ancient being known as Agonistes, for two thousand years he has walked the earth, making God's art from flesh or so he proclaims. A transformer of human fles...
Grimlock ♥ Vision
Grimlock ♥ Vision rated it
4.5 How Do I Describe This?
Horrific. Grotesque. Beautiful. These, and other single words come to mind when I think of this short, so simple, so elegant, so crushing all within such a short span of time. Clive Barker is at his best here, using few words, and razor sharp imagery, to draw a world full of love and corr...
Gregor Xane
Gregor Xane rated it
2.5 Toyetic Horror
This novelette was originally written to help sell the Todd McFarlane-designed figurines shown below. It was sliced up into six pieces and each figurine came with a part of the larger story. Both the collectibles and the story seem like attempts to out Clive Barker Clive Barker. I was entertaine...
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