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The UK First Edition of Imajica by Clive Barker
AuthorClive Barker
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherHarperCollins (UK)
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)

Imajica is a 1991 fantasy novel by English writer Clive Barker. The narrative unfolds within a multiverse of parallel dimensions, exploring the interplay between reality, magic, and the cosmic forces that shape existence. It is known for its intricate world-building, complex characters, and a blend of fantasy, horror, and philosophical elements.[citation needed] The story revolves around the protagonist, John Furie Zacharias, also known as Gentle, as he becomes entangled in a multidimensional conflict involving parallel universes, powerful beings, and the mysteries of creation.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Kirkus Reviews considered that Imajica had surpassed his previous work like The Great and Secret Show (1989) and said that it was "an astonishing feat of the imagination, immensely engrossing despite its demanding—at times indulgent—length, running riot with ideas, fantastical inventions, graphic sex and violence, soul- terrors, and emotional and intellectual resonances."[2] And overall considered it Barker's best work yet.[2]


  1. ^ Dziemianowicz, Stefan (27 October 1991). "Other Voices, Other Realms". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 December 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Imajica". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Reviews. 1 August 1991. Retrieved 21 December 2023.

External links[edit]

Clive on Imajica - Clive Barker's opinions on Imajica