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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Prism; First Edition edition (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061052469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061052460
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,573,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

Pestilence, floods, war, social upheaval, drug-related crime, wicked leaders, birth defects, conspiracies, corruption, even visions of death-dealing aliens--this superb anthology is a timely reminder that destructive forces and fantasies of destruction are not just a millennial phenomenon; they've been with us all along. Douglas Winter writes in the afterword: "I chose the writers whose words had moved me, surprised me, remained vibrant in a time of repetition and glut. I wanted assurance that the fiction nominally known as 'horror' would survive into the twenty-first century; and I wanted Revelations to offer that reassurance to readers." These 11 long tales--one for each decade, plus a frame story--succeed brilliantly in doing so. The writers are Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, F. Paul Wilson, Poppy Z. Brite, Christa Faust, Charles Grant, Whitley Strieber, Elizabeth Massie, Richard Christian Matheson, David J. Schow, Craig Spector, and Ramsey Campbell.

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An original story anthology and mighty hymn to a coming apocalypse by 14 leading horror writers, gathered here by inspired editor Winter (Prime Evil, 1988, etc). Each decade of the 20th century is assigned to a writer or writers (in two cases they work in tandem) who evoke the particular madness of that decade as it contributes to a prophecy for the next century. Winter tells us that the end of the present millennium, now upon us, is ``a time of revelation,'' as in the apocalyptic revelations of St. John. He has spent seven years assembling this book, looking for genuinely original writing that rises above genre clich‚s, and he has largely achieved his objective. Clive Barker, in top form, offers two works: the introductory ``Chiliad: A Meditation--Men and Sin,'' about the thousand years of guilt leading up to this century; and the anthology's wrap-up short novel, ``Chiliad: A Moment at the River's Heart,'' a parable about guilt that rises magnificently above genre. In Joe R. Lansdale's ``The Big Blow,'' black boxer Jack Johnson fights for his life against the toughest white man he's ever met, while a wave as big as the Great Wall of China hits Galveston. In F. Paul Wilson's ``Aryans and Absinthe,'' a Jewish bookseller in Berlin in 1923 has an absinthe hallucination, foresees the death camps, and attempts to assassinate Hitler. Poppy Z. Brite and Christa Faust offer the immensely stylish, crystalline ``Triads,'' featuring two boys sold to a Peking Opera troupe who later, going go out into life as women, get mixed up with Chinese mafia/revolutionaries and witness the Japanese bombing of Shanghai. Other big names on hand include, among others, Whitley Strieber, Charles Grant, and Ramsey Campbell. Astute, entertaining mainstream fantasy. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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By A Customer on July 20, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Doug Winter has outdone himself. This assemblage of writers and stories is guaranteed to thrill and chill you. The Joe Lansdale story is worth the purchase price alone. It will (allegorically and literally) blow you away. Clive Barker's "bookend" pieces are also fantastic. There are no weak links in the century long chain in this book. This is what an anthology should be like
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Douglas E. Winter waited a long while to return
with an anthology to match his excellent Prime
Evil; so rather than retread old ground he creates
a celebration of the coming Millenium. We are left
with Revelations: a volume which brings together
some of the best contemporary horror talent in a
non-genre experiment to build an anthology novel
covering the final century of our current
Millenium. Its scope reaches even beyond this,
with Clive Barker's tale of openings and closures
which wraps about the tales of our century, taking
up to the stirrings of the Millenia we currently

As an anthology it is surpassed by few, and as
a novel it is a work which renews important events
of the previous century ready for the onset of
the future Millenium. So it prises open a few
graves; airs the woes of some of the centuries
ghosts; takes us into the depths of many of our
recent history's defining moments. Natural disasters
and far more human ones, the full range of human
emotion. Each author makes a decade live in the
present for a while, and history phases past with
the turning of each page. What can the future
hold? Where better to look and draw inspiration
from but the past.

Do the authors matter? In a work like this they
should, but the individual voices merely combine
to create a greater whole. Once Barker's unique
vision of the past has receeded we move into the
twentieth century, and a pair of devestating
natural disasters wrought fresh by Joe Lansdale
and David Morrell; storm and pestilance. Next F.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patti J. Phillips on May 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am So glad that I just got this book from the library and didn't spend any money on it.If this is what horror has come to then I guess that I will have to read older stuff.
This is definitely not in line with The Dark Descent which is my favorite anthology of all time.
These stories just kind of sicken me.They are mostly about mans cruelty to other man(or women).I don't like stories like these at all.I find them very depressing and upsetting.If I want to read about things like the above I would read more nonfiction.This is not my idea of entertainment.It made me want to take a shower after reading just a couple of the stories.There is also very little supernatural elements in the stories which I think makes stories fun.All around a very unpleasant anthology.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry W. Wagner VINE VOICE on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
Apocalypse: 1. a. Apocalypse. Bible, The Book of Revelation. b. Any of various anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century BC containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world. 2. Great or total devastation. 3. A prophetic disclosure; a revelation.

In the United Kingdom, Revelations has an alternate title: Millennium. This 1997 anthology does indeed consider the (then) impending Millennium, in Clive Barker's exquisite fictional discourse on storytelling, "The Chiliad--A Meditation." Composed of two interlocking stories set one thousand years apart, this framing device puts forth the notion that the future influences the past, that the river of time "flows both ways." The true focus of this collection, however, is the twentieth century, perhaps the most turbulent in all of human history. Over the course of ten stories, each dealing with a specific decade, twelve writers focus on the human element involved in cataclysmic events.

The first story, "The Big Blow," by Joe R. Lansdale, is set in 1900. Two hurricanes hit Galveston, Texas, one a natural phenomenon, the other taking the form of big John McBride, a vile, profane man hired by racist members of the Galveston Sporting Club to wrest the club's boxing title from its present owner, a black man named 'Lil' Arthur (Jack) Johnson. Their intense battle is matched only by the ferocity of the hurricane that strikes during the match, leveling the city.

The next story takes place in 1918. "If I Should Die Before I Wake," by David Morrell, tells the story of Dr. Jonas Bingaman, whose heroic efforts do little to assuage the devastating effect of the Spanish Influenza on Elmsdale, the small town where he practices.
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