The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian BacchusThe Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus
by Clive Barker

Illustrated by Richard A. Kirk

Signed Limited Edition - $50.00
Fine in fine dj; new and unread, direct from the publisher

ISBN: 0982154615

Bad Moon Books, 2009; 120 pp.; limited to 1500 signed numbered deluxe cloth-bound copies; First Edition.

The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus is a fantasy novel by best selling author Clive Barker. It is composed of four interwoven stories penned by Clive Barker during his teenage years in the Winter of 1974 that have never seen print in any form.

Maximillian Bacchus is the ringmaster, ruler, guide and owner of what he considers the greatest show in the world. Traveling with a Crocodile named Malachi, a trapeze girl named Ophelia, a strong mane they call Hero, which is short for Hieronymus a clown named Domingo de Ybarrondo, who paints in a wagon pulled by a giant Ibis bird, the troupe wanders from adventure to adventure with mythic aplomb.

From the first story, in which Indigo Murphy, the best bird handler in the world leaves the show to join in matrimony with the Duke Lorenzo de Medici, to the fabled court of Kubla Khan, the magic never stops. You will meet a young apple thief named Angelo with magic eyes, and an orang-outang named Bathsheba, and a host of other amazing characters with names and personas cut like a patchwork quilt from the mythologies and dreams of the world.

Though written forty years ago, these pages are littered with the same magical side steps that have always been woven into Clive Barkers fiction. Worlds not quit our own, and yet so real they ring with truth and leave you wishing you could step from your mundane life into that other place into those caves of ice if only long enough to catch Maximillian's show.

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