"I think Clive Barker is so good that I am literally tongue-tied."
– Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Institute
"To call Clive Barker a 'horror novelist' would be like calling the Beatles a 'garage band'... He is the great imaginer of our time. He knows not only our greatest fears, but also what delights us, what turns us on, and what is truly holy in the world. Haunting, bizarre, beautiful."
– Quentin Tarantino
"Unhinged and indulgent."
– Entertainment Weekly
"Barker is much more than genre writer."
– The New York Times Book Review
"Diverting and quite inventive."
– Publishers Weekly
"[A] fabulously-rendered world where Barker made everything—even the struggles of microscopic creatures in a Persian carpet—real and convincing and absorbing."
"This new dark fantasy, an epic tale of a magic carpet and the wondrous world within its weave, towers above [Barker's] earlier work... The most ambitious and visionary horror novel of the decade."
– Kirkus Reviews
– Dread Central
“Precise, clearly executed prose that simultaneously repels and spellbinds the reader... Literature in the tradition of Poe, Shelley, and Hawthorne.”
– Elle Magazine
“Barker has an unparalleled talent for envisioning other worlds.”
– The Washington Post
“A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination... an outstanding storyteller.”
– J.G. Ballard, bestselling author of The Drowned World and Empire of the Sun
“[Clive Barker] is a mapmaker of the mind, charting the furthest reaches of the imagination... His ambition and audacity are unparalleled; we know that we are in the presence of a vision that is genuine, unique, and lasting.”
– The Washington Times
“Sexier than King and more inventive than Ann Rice.”
– Dallas Morning Star Telegram
"A writer of stunning imagination."
– Atlanta Journal-Constitution