The Thief of Always
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The Thief of Always

by Clive Barker
Release date: 1992
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult

Note! The Thief of Always is a fable written for children and young adults, but it's intended for adults as well.

Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful rounds of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the House shows it's darker face – when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows – that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.

The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitious for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...

(updated 2010-09-07)

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