Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Friday, August 23, 2013


Monsters are nothing new to cinema but when writer/director Clive Barker concocted his twisted fantasy about the creatures and monsters of Midian in his second feature Nightbreed  audiences would experience a whole new world of the fantastic like never before seen.  In the book Clive Barker’s Nightbreed Chronicles Barker and co-authors Murray Close (photographer) and Stephen Jones (editor) have brought the monsters from the film into the pages of this book where the reader gets to know a little bit about all the characters of the film many of which were only glimpsed at in the theatrical version (as it has become public knowledge that there was much of the film left on the cutting room floor). 

A brief look at the film Nightbreed in which a race of monsters, known as the Breed, who have lived in secret for centuries find their lives uprooted when a stranger by the name of Boone (played by Craig Sheffer) finds his way to their sanctuary called Midian.  His presence in Midian disrupts the lives of the Breed and threatens their very existence when the local police catch wind of them hiding out and decide to destroy each and every one of them.  Now Boone must decide how he can help The Breed whose lives he has put in jeopardy while also trying to maintain a life with his girlfriend who is not part of The Breed.

There are many art books out there from Clive Barker showcasing his artwork and paintings but this is one of the few showcasing his work in film especially in terms of the creatures that populate the film and give a purpose to the background of the characters which is either lacking in the film or unnecessary (especially in terms of all the background characters in the film that are touched upon in this book).    Barker gives a brief Introduction to the book before getting into what the fans or the film and the readers of the book really want which is more info on the monsters.

Barker gives a brief background to the creatures of Midian in many cases explaining how they came to find themselves in this world.  This is the most interesting part of the book since Barker is known for populating the worlds of his books with many characters from many different backgrounds and this film is no different.  Close provides a plethora of photos of each of the monsters in the book both production stills from the film and photos crafted specifically for the book so there is plenty here that has not been seen in other books or publication.  Overall, fans of Barker’s will want to add this book to their collection like so many of his other great books.

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