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by Clive Barker


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I. Harvey, Half-Devoured. The great gray beast February had eaten Harvey Swick alive. Rictus peered out at the rain. I know a place where the days are always sunny, he said, and the nights are full of wonders.

I. Here he was, buried in the belly of that smothering month, wondering if he would ever find his way out through the cold coils that lay between here and Easter. He didn’t think much of his chances. More than likely he’d become so bored as the hours crawled by that one day he’d simply forget to breathe. Could you take me there? We said no questions, boy.

The Thief of Always is a novel by Clive Barker that was published in 1992. The book is a fable written for children, but intended to be read by adults as well. The book's cover was created by Barker and the book contains several black and white illustrations by the author. The Thief of Always starts out by introducing the main character, Harvey Swick. Harvey Swick is a 10-year-old boy who finds himself bored with school, uninteresting teachers, homework, and his day-to-day life.

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All Illustrations by Clive Barker. More than likely he'd become so bored as the hours crawled by that one day he'd simply forget to breathe.

I remember reading the thief of always first when I was in middle school. It had enthralled me at the time with it's fantasy elements of a realm where kids could get whatever they wanted, at an unknown yet horrible cost. Reading it again as a young adult I must say, it still holds it's own.

The horror story your students have been asking you for! The only children’s story by the master of horror. 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 round of treats and seasons, where every childish 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 discover the consequences.

The Thief of Always book. Master storyteller and bestselling novelist Clive Barker creates an enchanting tale for both children and adults to cherish and retell

The Thief of Always book. Master storyteller and bestselling novelist Clive Barker creates an enchanting tale for both children and adults to cherish and retell. The Thief of Always tells the haunting story of Harvey, a bright 10-year-old who is suffering from the winter doldrums, and of a creature who takes him to a place where every day is filled with fun, and Christmas comes every night.

I guess that's right. And, with that, they went their separate ways. ted, so for Harvey it was a long, lonely trudge home. He was tired, and a little saddened by his farewell to Wendell, but the thought of the welcome he'd get when he reached his own doorstep put a spring in his heels. Several times he wondered if he'd gone astray, because the streets he passed through were unfamiliar


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Skrimpak
This is a well-structured, easy to read book. It kept me WANTING to know what was going to happen next. I later learned that it was written for younger readers, middle school etc. What a pleasant surprise. No gratuitous swearing or sex. Just a good read. I wish other current authors would take a tip from Clive Barker. Oh, yes, I guess they just aren't as talented.
Forcestalker
I just discovered this book quite recently. I only knew Clive Barker from his decidedly more adult horror work, so I was shocked, frankly, to find that he had written a children’s book. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but what I found was a fantastic story that I wish I had discovered when I was in the book’s target age range. I know it would have been a favorite of mine. It has some wonderfully spooky moments, particularly during the Halloween scenes at Holiday House, and Barker’s illustrations are delightfully creepy.

At its core, though, this book is about love and connection; what makes The Thief of Always stay with you is not its spooks or its chills, but its heart. The most effective weapons in Harvey’s battle with the evil vampiric forces in the story are his loyalty, empathy, and selflessness. When I put the book down, I felt that bittersweet wave wash over me that bibliophiles of all ages will recognize: the joy of having finished a beautiful story and the sorrow of having no more of it to read.

Kids will relate to the unbearable boredom Harvey feels at the beginning of the book – adults will too, for that matter – and they will delight in Barker’s imaginative characters. (My personal favorite is Jive, Rictus’s sibling who is a perpetual-motion mass of constant “tics, jigs and jitterings.”) The scares are well-crafted and age-appropriate, and the love and friendship at the heart of the story will resonate with readers long after they’ve finished the last chapter.
Ese
I first read this book a decade ago (or longer), and completely forgot about it until I was scrolling through my Kindle, looking for a different Clive Barker book to recommend to my husband, the name of which I couldn't remember. So I re-bought this book (paper copy has been msising for years) and it is just as good as I remember. I tore through the entire book in two nights. A great, slighly horrific, dark fantasy from Barker, suitable for more than just the young adult crows.
Nalme
My favorite children's book of all-time. A dark adventure that became my favorite children's book--even though I read it as adult. Wonderful.
Pameala
When I was a little boy, the scariest ''thing'' in this world, for me was darkness.
Old houses were also scary and mysterious in my opinion, in my little world of sunshine and nice small park in the front of our building. When I was bored to death I used to play some games with my friends, or with toy cars and robots in my room. Sometimes I've watched Horror movies, but somehow knew that it was all fake ... And I didn't know that there were some other, strange and vicious parallel worlds, co-existing with our funny and sweet dimension. It was until 1992. and the horrible war (I was 13 then) when I understood that I must try and find some place to hide, and to forget the horror and evil in the flesh, that was devouring our city and the sun. I've started to read books and comix under that weak candle light, in my cold and dark room with no toys and old friends. That was the crucial moment in my childhood life, when I've found the key to some other worlds. That key was nothing less than Clive Barker's Books Of Blood. Later during the 90's I've found that small book called The Thief Of Always, and, in it, another confused and bored boy. He also found another dimension, and in it, an old, big and scary house. The house looked OK for him in the first couple of days he spent there. He thought that he found his peace, and new friends. But later he discovered the awe and horror in the flesh. The book was short and illustrated by Mr. Barker himself.
Now, some 16 years later, came this nice and colorful adaptation of that book (that was written for children). If you like graphic novels, stories by Clive Barker, strange and scary adventures, you should buy this book. It's beautifully illustrated and very well adapted. I won't tell anymore and spoil the magic, but instead just say that I've really enjoyed reading it a couple of days ago. I remembered that time of discovering another dimensions back than, during the war, and my childhood. That boy reminds me of myself ...
Perilanim
I remember reading the thief of always first when I was in middle school. It had enthralled me at the time with it's fantasy elements of a realm where kids could get whatever they wanted, at an unknown yet horrible cost.

Reading it again as a young adult I must say, it still holds it's own. It might seem a bit rushed in parts but it's still excellent. The storyline is unique, the characters are interesting, quirky or creepy, and the climax is especially intriguing. It also makes one thinks: If you could have anything you wanted but at personal cost, would you take it? Or would you enjoy the new life so much you'd not care?

Clive Barker is one of the masters of unique, odd, or interesting stories and novels, and the thief of always is no exception to this. I highly recommend it for people of all ages.
Quellik
The book is my favorite childhood book. The graphic novel is basically a Cliff note and skips much of the story line. I thought this would be a good introduction of the story to my young children, but the PRINT IS SO SMALL ITS BEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO READ!!!! Other than that, the pics were good, but truly pales in comparison to the original book.
My daughter is 10, an avid reader, and she is going to absolutely love this book, just in time for Halloween.
The Thief of Always download epub
Author: Clive Barker
ISBN: 0001047183
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Harper & Row; Abridged edition (1993)