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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (November 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006103018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061030185
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,501,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Those with the determination to commit to nearly an entire day of listening will be glad they put forth the effort, because this is one impressive production. Barker's 19th book is an epic saga of Hollywood's underbelly, a dazzling commentary on the world of glitz and glamour. With nods to vintage stars and today's hotties, listeners won't have trouble linking the book's characters to their real-life counterparts (e.g., who on earth could Keifer Smutherland be?). The story's darling is one Todd Pickett, an actor who's approaching a certain age and, seeking escape from the limelight, heads to an estate in the remote Coldheart Canyon neighborhood of Hollywood, where he becomes entangled in a fantastical web of ghosts of early movie stars. This mammoth tale is really best for celluloid fanatics and Barker diehards; so-so fans may want to space out the 22 hours of audio over some time. Audiobook veteran Muller rises to the occasion, and his stalwart performance should please Barker. His accents run the gamut, from an old Romanian priest to a pushy film agent. Not for the straitlaced listener, this audiobook hits hard and will stay with listeners for a while. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Forecasts, July 23, 2001).

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Library Journal

Talk about coldhearted. The mansion in Coldheart Canyon where glamorous movie star Todd Pickett has retired to recover from botched plastic surgery has a door leading straight to a dreadful new world called The Devil's Country.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the worldwide bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short story writer he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California.

Customer Reviews

The very detailed and explicit sexual scenes weren't erotic.
Dan Akes
Very poor character development - I did not care about what happened to any of the characters - and ridiculous, over-the-top sex scenes.
Brooke Nichols
This book is really three stories (at least), with an ending that goes on for hundreds of pages, listlessly.
John C. Mucci

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on May 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Clive Barker is a writer who never takes the subtle way out. It's a cliche that sometimes the scariest things are those things which are only hinted it or suggested (shower scene in PSYCHO is often trotted out as an example). Barker seems to believe that he can induce fear by pounding us with graphic details...not for the faint of heart. And he's such an adept writer, that he often succeeds, mostly because his imagination dares to go where no one has gone before.
COLDHEART CANYON deals with the movie business. A '20s era silent-movie siren has a room installed in her house made entirely of tile taken from a monestery in Romania. This tile, some 30,000 pieces, may actually have been built by Lilith, the wife of Satan, and it seems to have...shall we say...remarkable qualities. The '20s era movie star and all her friends and fellow stars are transfixed and transformed by the power of this room, known as "The Devil's Country." Nothing subtle here. Then we skip forward to present day Hollywood, where star Todd Pickett makes the mistake of getting plastic surgery and suffers severe damage. He takes refuge from the press at the long abandoned "pleasure palace" of the '20s era star, Katya, that he has never heard of. No one seems to live in the house, but we soon find out otherwise.
I've only scratched the surface of this wildy imaginative, almost bloated, novel. It's grand to read a book that takes on, with great humor, the foibles of the movie industry, and turns that satire into a horror novel of massive proportions. The house has one mystery after another, and the fates of the people who cross paths with the house, its grounds, its "residents" and especially The Devil's Country are drawn out in exquisite detail.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Loria on November 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Those dreading another limp, mushy delivery from Barker (think Galilee or Sacrament) can release that collectively held breath. Barker is back...sort of. While Coldheart Canyon is no Imajica or Weaveworld in scope of vision or imagination, the suspense, mythology, and characterizations herein certainly make up for the new-age, nice-guy deliveries of late. Here Barker offers Hollywood satire sandwiched between the opposing forces of spirituality. It doesn't have the bloodied edge of Cabal or his short fiction, and there are jaw-dropping discrepencies and flat-out mistakes in the plotting--why is the quality of editing always inversely proportional to the projected revenue? And yet there are scenes painted within that resonate with beauty and dread as only Barker can accomplish, and it's good to feel that chill again. It's also nice to have a decent horror novel releasd this year, with Dan Simmons doing suspense fiction and Dean Koontz doing what I can only describe as evangelical suspense fiction. Along with Black House, Coldheart Canyon has reaffirmed my belief in the genre. Stay tuned.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hippolytos on January 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
SUMMARY: Action movie hero Todd Pickett is losing his foothold on Hollywood and the cinema masses, and undergoes plastic surgery to turn back the hands of time. The surgery is botched, and Todd flees into hiding at an old Hollywood mansion built in the 1920s. Beautiful but bizarre, the mansion lies in Coldheart Canyon, a crater outside Los Angeles that seems to be hidden in plain sight. Todd soon encounters the mysterious owner of the estate, a 1920's silent movie starlet named Katya, who is neither dead nor alive. The rich tapestry of her illustrious life is revealed, and the horrifying magic she controls begins to consume Todd, about whom rumors in the industry are running rampant. Will Todd be consumed by Katya's evil, or can he break free with the help of his chubby fan/stalker?
WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: True Barker fans will love the unfolding saga of Barker's limitless imagination for beauty and evil, and Hollywood gossip mongers will be delighted by the names Barker drops, both of present and past celebrities. The pretentiousness and emotional bankruptcy of Hollywood is clearly on display. As usual, Barker's characterizations and painstaking mastery of detail is unsurpassed.
WHY YOU WON'T: Many people are put off by the length of Barker's epics, but if you hang in there you will ulitmately be rewarded. Some passages do seem superfluous at the time they are read, but are recalled later in the narrative to advance the plot. Prudes won't like Barker's unabashed characterization of sexuality and sensuality.
BOTTOM LINE: Like Anne Rice fans, Barker's fans will celebrate every page, and at the conclusion will be unsatisfied only because the journey is over.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on December 6, 2002
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Clive Barker is often categorized as a horror writer, and while he certainly uses some of the elements of the genre (ghosts, etc.), he is a far different writer from a Stephen King, Peter Straub or Dean Koontz. The worlds Barker creates are far more bizarre than anything you see in a standard horror novel; sometimes this works well, but other times, Barker's works are so strange that their very strangeness weakens his stories.
In this case, however, Barker has done a fine job in creating his own version of a haunted house story. Having recently read King and Straub's Black House, as well as other older classic haunted house stories such as the Shining (by King) or the Haunting (by Shirley Jackson), I am familiar with the conventions, but Barker is successful in twisting these conventions into new directions.
The haunted house in this case is located in an isolated canyon in Los Angeles. A former party house for silent film stars, it has been seeemingly abandoned for years, until a modern movie star retreats there while recovering from plastic surgery. The ghosts of the old stars are still here, drawn to a power within the house; also here is the house's owner, still alive and as young as when she was a silents star herself.
The forces in the house are not so much driven by evil as by lust. This creates a sexual explicitness that may turn off some readers who are caught unaware, but it is essential in the context of this story. The main character is not so much threatened with death (although this is always a possibility) as with being seduced by the powers within the house.
This is one of Barker's better efforts, a well-written work that - despite its length - I was able to finish in just a couple of reasonably idle days.
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