I just finished reading Abarat Book 1. It is so like you to create worlds that are so far out of the realm of other people's imagination. I sure hope you do not have nightmares of this variety, unless of course you enjoy them!!!
but the funny thing...the funny thing about darkness is that the more you're in it, the nicer it gets, and the more you feel like you gotta have it, because, because when ugly becomes beautiful, well then beautiful becomes ugly and then you've got to carry your own lovely darkness with you, otherwise you might well drown, now that the nice warm darkness has shown you just how grotesque the world really is. Is it a lie? Is it? I don't know, but he seems to like his nightmares, and anyway the darkness has ways of keeping its own.
As evil and cruel as he is, I really feel a great deal of pity for the Dark Prince. His granny is a right nasty bit of work, but Christopher strikes me as being very sad and lonely, with his own evil actions being motivated by pain, grief and rage.
I do despise Mater Motley as well as I see nothing but pure evil in her.
Mr Barker, if you see this comment, please know that I utterly love your work, and would gleefully offer my most of my internal organs and limbs for a smidgen of your skill and talent!
This is one of my all-time favorites, Clive. I'm an artist who works primarily in charcoal; I had a booth at this year's Scarefest in Lexington, KY. and wanted you to sign the page in my copy of your book "Visions of Heaven and Hell" where Mr. Carrion appears. You were missed greatly by all of us---please get well very soon! Your work is an inspiration to me.