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Tonight, Again Hardcover – November 30, 2015
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"Tonight, Again" marks Clive Barker's first collection since "The Books of Blood" over 25 years ago. It contains more than thirty primarily erotic short stories and vignettes (most of them previously unpublished), along with explicit illustrations by the author in his signature style. As an exploration of extremes, in lush prose and evocative images, "Tonight, Again" is not to be missed by the author's many fans.
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This isn't, strictly speaking, either a horror work or a fantasy work, though it does occasionally dabble in both. Really, this is Clive's closest foray into pure "literary" writing. I'm not *certain* but it may actually appeal to people outside of the horror and fantasy crowd. But I digress.
The writing here, unlike The Scarlet Gospels, is immaculate. Being that so many entries are so short, it's really about the writing. And those longer pieces pack some punch. Particularly the curiously horrifying "Craw: A Fable" which would have fit in with The Books of Blood, as well as "Martha." We also get to see Clive at his most tender. Some of the stories are poignant or sad (or both) and some even depressing. And at odds with those, you'll find humorously perverted stories. There's quite a lot or range here. In many ways I feel this may be one of Mr. Barker's most personal and illuminating works.
A few favorites: Tonight, Again, The Freaks, Dollie, Unrequited, The Multitude.
All in all, a very strong work from Clive Barker. Another great, recently published book for those unsatisfied with The Scarlet Gospels is Chiliad.
The collection opens on a positive note, with Tonight, Again, a short story that serves as a framing device, similar to The Book of Blood in his first collection. Craw: A Fable was an interesting tale with a classic Barker twist in the end, but some readers may be uncomfortable with the sexual interplay between a thirteen-year-old girl and a talking beast.
Martha was a really well-developed story with something of a Firestarter flavor to it (a coming of age tale with pyrotechnics), while Dollie was a darkly realistic favorite (even if I saw the final transformation coming). A Blessing and An Incident at the Nunnery were two of my favorites, with the deliberate juxtaposition of the sacred and the erotic that Barker has always done so well. Finally, Mr. Fred Coady Professes His Undying Love for His Little Sylvia was weirdly erotic, exploring the love between a 28 inch tall woman and a 6 foot 2 inch tall man, but oddly tender for the master of the erotic macabre.
In the end, Tonight, Again has some good stories and a few pieces of art that are worth more than a glance, but even the e-book edition isn't worth the price of admission