The most famous wildlife photographer in the world has made his reputation chronicling the fates of endangered species. But, after a terrible accident, he is left in a coma. And in its depths, he revisits the wildernesses of his youth and relives his life with a mysterious couple who have influenced his life as an artist and a man.
When he awakens, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery-- one where he will penetrate the ultimate mystery and finally unlock the secret to his destiny.
A definite 'coming out' story for Clive Barker. The main character is openly gay, and much of the story involves his interaction with the gay community. Parts are slightly homophobic, but, hey, so is life.
The horror content is a little less. He is pursued by murderous, supernatural creatures. But, it felt more like an adventure novel than horror.
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I read this book as a young man coming into my sexuality during a period when my interest in horror was really taking a turn for the literary, so it was a perfect match. Clive Barker changed my life, and this book is part of that experience.
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