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An authorized, all-original horror anthology set in the world of Clive Barker's cult film masterpiece, NightbreedClive Barker's Nightbreed has been controversial since the moment it was released in a version edited by the studio and roundly condemned by Barker, who wrote and directed the movie. A virtually instant cult film based on Barker's novella Cabal, it was nominatedAn authorized, all-original horror anthology set in the world of Clive Barker's cult film masterpiece, NightbreedClive Barker's Nightbreed has been controversial since the moment it was released in a version edited by the studio and roundly condemned by Barker, who wrote and directed the movie. A virtually instant cult film based on Barker's novella Cabal, it was nominated for three Saturn Awards and won several prizes at European film festivals. Midian Unmade tells the stories of the Nightbreed after the fall of their city, Midian. Driven from their homes, their friends and family members slain before their eyes, the monsters become a mostly-hidden diaspora. Some are hunted; others, hunters. Some seek refuge. Others want revenge.Contributors include: Karl Alexander, author of the classic novel Time After Time; actor, writer, and director Amber Benson (Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer); New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder; Hugo and John W. Campbell Award winner Seanan McGuire; Bram Stoker Award winner Weston Ochse; David J. Schow, winner of the World Fantasy Award and writer of the screenplay for The Crow; New York Times bestselling writer Stephen Woodworth; and many more—23 stories in all.With an introduction by Clive Barker, this is an outstanding collection of original horror short stories in a dazzling variety of styles....

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Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed Reviews

  • David Sharp
    2019-03-18 17:32

    Review from horrorunderground.orgMidian Unmade features 23 short stories from the realm of Nightbreed and Cabal. For those unfamiliar, Cabal is novella written by the horror legend Clive Barker about a legion of monsters living in a realm known as Midian. In this tale, Decker, a human, sets out to destroy the Night Breed and their savior, Boone/Cabal. Probably more popular than the original novella is the film Nightbreed. Written and directed by Clive Barker, the film was a commercial and critical flop. Barker himself decried the film due to the studio’s involvement with the final cut and mishandled marketing. Despite Barker’s disappointment with it, Nightbreed went on to achieve cult status. In 2014, Scream Factory released an official director’s cut of the film offering the chance for fans and diehards to see the highly sought after Cabal Cut of the film.This is just a small sampling of the amazing story behind this beloved film and novella. There is plenty more to explore as well as the film and story themselves. Midian Unmade is a continuation of sorts to the film and novella, therefore it requires a viewing or reading of one or the other. I would highly recommend both, assuming you have not already. The way Nassie and Howison have structured these stories is as if they are bridging the gap between the original film and an upcoming sequel. These vignettes are perfect for any Barker/Nightbreed fan that is wanting more.From the very beginning, Seanan McGuire’s “The Moon Inside” sets the pacing and philosophy for this collection. McGuire’s story is poetic on a level that even Barker himself should be proud of. The tale begins with a survivor of the collapse of Midian, as many of these stories do, trying to find her place in the world without her home. True to the aesthetic of Barker’s work, we quickly learn that the true monsters are humanity and not necessarily the ones living in Midian. McGuire’s story sets a high bar for the rest of this collection as it starts out tremendously. Thankfully, the remaining 22 stories have no problem keeping up.With 23 stories, plus multiple introductions, including one from Barker himself, it is difficult to analyze each and every story in this collection. I was never bored with a single story, which is rare in a collection of this size. Some of my favorite stories, at least the ones that left a deeper impact on me are “Another Little Piece of My Heart” by Nancy Holder, “Pride” by Amber Benson, “Button, Button” by Ernie W. Cooper, “Cell of Curtains” by Timothy Baker, “The Jesuit’s Mask” by Durand Sheng Welsh, and phenomenal closer, “The Farmhouse” by Christopher Monfette. Again, this is a fantastic collection with no down beats in narrative. I absolutely love this collection.There are many references to plot points from the film and novella. Again, having that prior knowledge of them will only add to your level of enjoyment. That being said, this is such a gratifying short collection that you will still enjoy this without prior knowledge. To the avid genre fan, you will also find references to Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson and others.This is a must own for even the most passive fans of Clive Barker and Nightbreed. Translation, if you are a fan of Barker and his Cabal/Nightbreed story, this is about as essential of a read as anything assembled up to this point.Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed releases 7/28/2015 and can be purchased on eBook and physical formats.

  • Bunny
    2019-03-22 21:38

    originally posted on wearewordnerds.comMy Thoughts:First, let me tell you how I got to read this thing early! So, I had preordered this book a while back and then posted it as my Waiting on Wednesday/Wishlist Wednesday post a few weeks ago. Well, you know how when you do a blog post, you share that post on twitter and facebook? Did. And to my surprise Joseph Nassise, the editor of this book, saw the post! He was so nice and sent me a digital copy so I wouldn’t have to wait for the hardback to get here! I’m still totally floored by that, y’all. No kidding!I was so excited for this. The thing about short stories anthologies/collections, though, is some are usually amazing – and some…not so much. So how do you review the book? Do you look at it as a whole or look at each individual story? That’s what I wanna know. lol.Over all I liked more than I didn’t.For me, a story about the characters of Midian needs to somehow scare you a little with its creepiness and yet still leave you rooting for the “monsters” if its to hold true to the original feel of Clive Barker’s Cabal and NIGHTBREED. I think Amber Benson (yes, the one from BUFFY The VAMPIRE SLAYER) nailed it. C Robert Cargill totally nailed it, too. But, unfortunately, there were a couple that just didn’t work for me. They weren’t horrible! I was just like, “meh. Ok whats next?”I think the stories I didn’t like, I didn’t like because I was just so hyped up for the book. You know what I mean? When you wait wait wait for something, and then you finally get it and you’re just like… man. I thought there’d be more…. Actually, now that I am typing this out, maybe that’s it? Maybe the ones I didn’t care for, was just because they were so short you really don’t have time to build a connection to the characters?Bottom line is, I don’t regret buying this book. Even though I was a little disappointed in a couple of the stories, I *LOVED* revisiting the idea/world/characters of Midian.“What?! No story breakdowns?” Hey, I hear ya, but… no spoilers from me, my friend. If I sat and did an analysis of each SHORT STORY – what would be the point in reading the stories?! You need to experience them blind…just like I did. Then come back and talk to me about it in the comments.In Conclusion:Anyone who is a fan of Barker’s original work CABAL or the film NIGHTBREED should pick it up. Well worth the price of admission.

  • Darlene Harris
    2019-02-21 23:19

    Out of all the Clive Barker books I've ever read, I've always had a secret love for Cabal. The movie was good too, but now that the Blu-Ray version of the director's cut is out, I recently found a new love for it. When I heard there was going to be an anthology where writers were going to explore the dark world of the Nightbreed, I was super excited. When I received my gorgeous hardcover copy of it, I quickly devoured it in less than two days.The book is a perfect companion piece to the book and the movie. The stories move in ways that make each feel connected and cohesive, despite the fact that they written by different people. It's so rare to read an anthology with 22 stories in it where there isn't at least one dud, but there really isn't one in here. I usually like to pick a few favorites, but it was so hard with this one, as I loved each of them in their own way. As a creature of habit though I will say a few of the ones that really spoke to me were Another Little Piece of My Heart by Nancy Holder, Pride by Amber Benson, Button, Button by Ernie Cooper, And Midian Whispered Its Name by Shaun Meeks and Cell of Curtains by Timothy Baker. These ones were, in my humble little opinion, the cream of the crop. A few of those above actually haunted me to the point where I dreamt about them and that is not an easy task. I do feel a bit guilty for leaving other names out of here. This really is the best anthology I've read in years and will be getting re-reads for sure. I also think it would be just as good even if you've never really read Cabal or seen Nightbreed (but seriously, if you haven't what's up with that?).All in all, Joseph Nassise and Del Howison have put together an amazing book and added to the world created by Clive Barker. Get this when you can.

  • Dave Granger
    2019-02-20 18:40

    As soon as I heard this anthology was coming out, I was so excited. Cabal is one of my top three favorite books by Clive Barker. This is not just a great follow up, but it's a great extension of an amazing universe. I would suggest that if you haven't read Cabal or seen Nightbreed, you tackle them before picking this up; it just makes it all come together. These stories don't just capture the feel of loneliness and the need to belong the way the original does, but they're great stories as a whole. The best of the bunch would be The Angel of Isisford by Brian Craddock, And Midian Whispered Its Name by Shaun Meeks, Pride by Amber Benson, The Devil Until the Credits Roll by Weston Ochse, Rook by Rob Salem, A Monster Among Monsters by Stephen Woodworth & Kelly Dunn, and Collector by David Schow. There are few times when I've read an anthology that is so packed with well crafted, truly creepy and interesting stories, but this is that book. Highly recommended.

  • Badseedgirl
    2019-02-28 20:18

    In 1991 I (or more accurately my parents) rented the VHS tape of the movie “Nightbreed” and my obsession with Clive Barker was born. He was one of the first authors I actively searched out at my local library. When I finally read his novella “Cabal” I was immediately drawn to the characters and after finishing the cliff-hanger ending, was utterly dismayed to find out that there was never a sequel. Imagine how excited I was this year when I read on-line that Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed was being released.First let me say that I applaud all the authors in this anthology. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to pick up another authors story and try to make it one’s own while still being true to the image and spirit of the original author’s vision. There are twenty-three short stories in this anthology and this would be one heck of a long piece to review them all, but I think some of the stories for me were standouts.The first one was, ironically the first story in the anthology, “The Moon Inside” by Seanan McGuire, i.e. Mira Grant. Ok. I BLASTED her book Feed as one of the worst novels I had ever read. I mean I really disliked it, almost as much as Twilight, so I was very, very disappointed to see she was one of the authors in the anthology. But to my complete and utter surprise, I truly enjoyed her story. Hers is the story of Babette, a small child in the original novella, she is now a teenager still on the run with her nightbreed family. Ms. McGuire was able to capture the frustration of the teenage years with the difficulties of being a monster in hiding. Although I still think Feed was a complete piece of drivel, this short story has made me question whether I should give some of her other novels a fair shake.The second was “Rook” by Rob Salem. This short story encompassed the almost unbearable heartbreak that is the story of the nightbreed. At just over 10 pages, it’s one of the shorter stories but was so very heartbreaking. I know I have already used that descriptive work, but I just cannot think of a better description for Rook’s story. The third story was the final one in the book, “The Farmhouse” by Christopher Monfette. This story is filled with both the best and the worst of the Breed’s traits. It is the story of a little human boy who has a dying mother, and one of the Breed who lost their children to human monsters. Just like in “Cabal” although tragedy and death strike the characters, ultimately this is a story of hope and a better future.I still have hope that someday Clive Barker will write a sequel to “Cabal.” Although it has been 27 years since he wrote the original novella, I have not given up. After all he wrote “The Hellbound Heart” was written in 1986, and he just released the sequel to it, The Scarlet Gospels this year. So maybe someday……One thing a reader should be aware of, a working knowledge of Cabal the story or Nightbreed the movie, although not necessary, will make the enjoyment of this book increase by a hundred fold. Read “Cabal.” See the movie “Nightbreed.” These are wonderful stories and deserve the acclaim they have from the horror community.5 of 5 stars

  • Deb Bazinet
    2019-03-09 00:33

    Three and a half stars.Midian Unmade is a horror anthology edited by Joseph Nassise and Del Howison, based on the cult classic movie Nightbreed, written and directed by horror legend Clive Barker. While you don't necessarily need to see Nightbreed to enjoy Midian Unmade, you should see it anyway. The director’s cut is available on Netflix, and it is an unforgettable film. You may also want to read the original basis for both the book and the film, Clive Barker’s novella Cabal. Many of the stories in Midian Unmade are self-contained and accessible enough for all fans of short horror fiction, but your experience would be far better served with advance context provided by Barker’s rich source material. I'm not sure what’s considered fair play in spoiling twenty-five year old cult films, but since I’m encouraging you to see Nightbreed if you haven't, I'll share the absolute minimum you'd need to read the book. Midian is a sanctuary for monsters that are referred to in this mythology as the Nightbreed. It’s a place for them to live as a community, governed by their own laws, outside of the judgmental eyes of the Naturals (that'd be you and me to the Nightbreed). Events in the film cause the Breed to flee their home and scatter across the globe, either alone or in small groups. Midian Unmade finds the remnants of their broken tribe at loose ends, and dealing with their forced autonomy in very personal, often deadly ways.These stories put Midian’s children in cities, the suburbs, the desert, at sea, and everywhere in between. One thing that makes this collection so evocative is the implication that the Nightbreed are everywhere, sometimes undetected by the world around them, and at other times hiding in plain sight. They are your trusted friend, your lover, the cat that saw what you did, the lost soul that you reach out to with an open heart and, at worst, they are your undoing. Sometimes you’ll root for the “monster” because the people they encounter seem far more monstrous, and sometimes you’ll be taken aback by the terrible acts committed by both sides. As with any collection of horror tales, there are those stories that speak right to the heart, and those that are more an unsettling glimpse of something in passing. It’s unlikely that all 22 stories with different authors will hit it out of the ballpark for every reader, but there are many brilliantly told tales, loaded with satisfying twists and thought-provoking situations. Here are just a few that stood out for me:See the review in its entirety here:

  • Matthew Baker
    2019-03-09 01:40

    Clive Barker has always been a huge inspiration to me. In fact, he is one of the primary reasons I started writing. I’ve read many, if not most, of his titles: WEAVEWORLD, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, THE DAMNATION GAME, IMAJICA, just to name a few. Curiously, I waited until I was in my 20s to read CABAL, the novella which was the basis for the film NIGHTBREED. But out of all of Barker’s works, CABAL stuck with me the most. I’m not sure why, but something about it resonated deep within me, as it still does today.Because of this deeply-rooted connection, I was ecstatic to learn an anthology was in the works that showcased the fates of some of CABAL’s residents. I often wonder what happens to characters in single-book stories after the last page is turned, and this collection is an excellent glimpse into the lives of some of the Tribes of the Moon from Barker’s iconic book. MIDIAN UNMADE is the title of this anthology, and it is nothing short of masterful. It’s been over 15 years since I read CABAL, but just writing about is stoking my desire to revisit it. The book was a shining beacon in a dark part of my life, therefore it means a lot to me on several levels.The stories in MIDIAN UNMADE are excellent tributes to Barker and his creation. Each is written with meticulous care, fleshed out perfectly and written in a style that does Barker justice. The diversity of voices help to give a new aspect to the Nightbreed world, as does the originality of each tale. And although the subject matter is a common thread, the stories in this collection are as different as their storytellers. If I were forced to find a favorite tale in this collection, I simply could not pick one. They are all good, and they deserve recognition. I hope Barker himself gives a shout out to the authors in this anthology, as they have helped broaden the scope of his Nightbreed creation. In contrast, I cannot find a flaw with the book, either. The stories are excellent, the characters are epic, and the collection is just about as perfect as a book can be.MIDIAN UNMADE is a major win for me, and I recommend every horror fan out there snag a copy as soon as possible (the book hits store shelves in two weeks). Dark and imaginative, this is one world you will want to immerse yourself in…but just for a little while. If you stay too long, the Nightbreed might look at you as food.

  • Zachary Isaac Tilley
    2019-03-05 19:20

    Ok Clive its time!!!Look let's be honest, with a book like this showcasing ppls love of Nightbrees I think its high time for Mr. Barker too release a new Midian/Cabal/Night breed book. Especially after the epic fail of Scarlet Gospels which I seriously believe had to be written by an impersonator or something....I mean I love Clive Barker but Where the Heck is the third installment of the Great and Secret Show? Or even another book of blood? Or I would even be into a collection of Harry Deamour shorts! But back to Midian Unmade, it was awesome, the writers awesome, theitr takes magnifecient, but if its popularity isn't a sign I don't know what the hell is! Clive? Are you there? Its to!me!

  • Xondra Day
    2019-02-28 19:15

    Some stories were great, others not so much. Still worth the 4 stars.

  • Michelle {Book Hangovers}
    2019-03-04 18:22

    I am all about this!!!!! I'm obsessed with everything Clive Barker and his Nightbreed world! Can't wait to add this to my Barker collection :)

  • Belinda
    2019-03-13 18:41

    What a find for fans of the Nightbreed! I stumbled across this in the very sad, little horror section of my neighborhood library. It's pretty rare I find anything there that I have not read or frankly that I am interested in. I generally have to order my interests from the big library and pick them up (yay, for that service!) When I saw this, I literally did my patented "happy grab" which involves me snatching the book from the shelf and hugging it to me...yes, I am embarrassing and yes, I always go to the library alone. :) I love, love, love the Children of the Moon. I love the film, I love the book Cabal, I love the comics--I am a bit obsessed. I have always felt like the Children of the Moon needed their own film--hell, their own film and book series. I have the most complete version of Nightbreed, the film on Blu-Ray (I ordered it the second it was available) and it is wonderful, but like the book, it's never complete enough. I want to know the stories of nearly every member of the tribe. The snippets you get in the film and the book are just enough to make your mouth water for more. I think it's not much of a stretch or a surprise that I am a big, old misfit myself and I heavily identify with the monsters of Midian. This book is a collection of short stories written by a variety of authors, from David J. Schow (a noted horror fiction and screenplay writer) to Amber Benson (a writer and actress from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The stories were for the most part consistently good and despite being extremely varied (from somewhat charming to just plain ugly) a pleasure to read. I tend to be drawn to the stories that are sympathetic to the Breed--showing their monstrous nature but also showing that they are often much more pleasant than the Naturals they tend to avoid (see, Pride by Amber Benson for a good lesson on that idea!). A few of the stories really stuck with me--Lakrimay by Nerine Dorman, The Night Ray Bradbury Died by Kevin J. Wetmore, The Lighthouse of Midian by Ian Rogers, Rook by Rob Salem and the final story, The Farmhouse by Christopher Monfette. While the book still leaves you wanting more, it is incredibly satisfying in the sense that you get to find more about the beautiful, awful and hunted creatures that make up the Tribe of the Moon. Highly recommend.

  • Shaun
    2019-03-20 00:31

    Overall, not a bad group of stories, although the connection with the original night breed concept can be hard to see. Some of the stories are monster stories with references to Clive Barker's work put in, almost in passing. There are issues of Canon in the book as well, as one character, who apparently dies in the novel, is seen as alive in one story, but is dead in another. Other than that, the writing is pretty good. On their own, these are good stories. But expanded the ideas of the themes of the original source, not really.

  • Thaydra
    2019-03-06 21:35

    I think even those who are not familiar with Nightbreed will enjoy this collection of short stories, but those who are fans will definitely enjoy various stories about what happens after the fall of Midian.

  • José Leitão
    2019-03-22 23:33

    Imagine if you could pick up the story of the Tribes of the Moon right after the Nightbreed movie ended and roll with it to your heart’s desire. Incorporate that idea into a book of stories about the Nightbreed, where 17 invited writers and 6 lucky fans get to share their own stories about the Breed as they imagine them. The result is Midian Unmade, edited by Del Howison (Dark Delicacies) and Joseph Nassise for TOR Books.This project called for submissions long before the Director’s Cut of Nightbreed came out, back in the days of the Occupy Midian campaign. The premise was simple: “MIDIAN UNMADE […] picks up where CABAL left off, chronicling the lives of the ‘Breed as they disperse into the world after the fall of Midian. We’re looking for stories of struggle and despair, of hope and sanctification, as the former inhabitants of Midian try to adapt to the world from which they retreated years before. A world that does not want them. A world that will hound them, hunt them, simply for the crime of being different.“Submissions would be paid and limited up to 5’000 words. (Disclaimer: I did submit a story that didn’t make it. You can read it here.) Opening the book is a preface by Joseph Nassise and an Introduction by Clive Barker. However, the introduction was reprinted from the Titan Books Nightbreed Chronicles photobook from 1990. This book has long since been out of print and it’s a beautiful introduction that always bears re-reading. I think Clive explained his intentions and his vision in this introduction like he never did before— he wrote it while at Pinewood Studios in September of 1989, right as he was committing his vision to celluloid, at the height of his craft, immersed in imagined creatures made flesh. But in the Foreword to CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED: The Making of the Film book (Fontana/Collins) in 1991, you can read through the opening line that opens this Foreword and see the despairing interference this movie was suffering when Clive says: “Movies change; and change; and change.” But that’s a story that’s since been settled by the Nightbreed Director’s Cut release. In “Return to Midian“, Lisa Majewski explains the intention behind the stories we are about to read : “Although Barker engineered Midian’s destruction, he also left among the ruins pieces of hope. For the Nightbreed came together as one, not because they were the same, but because they were different.“This hope is what fueled the creation of this book, featuring writers like Karl Alexander (Time After Time), actor, writer, and director Amber Benson (Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), NYT bestselling author Nancy Holder; Hugo and John W. Campbell Award winner Seanan McGuire; Bram Stoker Award winner Weston Ochse; David J. Schow, winner of the World Fantasy Award (The Crow screenplay), and many others. I’m sure we all have a different view in our dreams about what Midian was like and how it would return to glory. This movie has an enormous cult following, revitalized in 2012 by the efforts started by Russell Cherrington‘s edit of Nightbreed known as the Cabal Cut, and then the fan-fueled movement Occupy Midian that grew into what’s currently the largest Nightbreed active community ever assembled online and was one of the main driving forces that pushed for the release of a restored Director’s Cut of Nightbreed, at one point creating a petition that reached almost 14’000 signatures. This is a testament of how many people have been touched by the themes of this movie and how Midian calls to a lot of people out there— “Shangri-la on dope“. We do love it there. The call for submissions raised an army of stories, the vast majority of which didn’t make it to this anthology. Only about 6 lucky fans got to see their story included here. I strongly urge every other story teller that didn’t make it into Midian Unmade to share it with the community at Occupy Midian on Facebook. The stories in Midian Unmade bring back some old but mostly new characters, and one of the most popular submissions during the selection process were stories about Babette. Seanan McGuire opens the book with one such story, “The Moon Inside“. Kevin J. Wetmore shows us the Drummer’s adventures after the fall of Midian in “The Night Ray Bradbury Died“. Nancy Holder takes us into the secret underground hideout of Corazón in “Another Little Piece of my Heart“, where a young female named Coeur must come to terms with a choice between tribal tradition or following her little monstrous heart; Kurt Fawver writes “The Kindness of Surrender“, where another young female Breed, Asteria clashes with the normal life her “Natural” adoptive mother would like her to surrender to. Next is The Angel of Isisford by Brian Craddock, Upendra, a 4-armed creature and Nhuwi (a young aboriginal) bring a traveling puppet show to Isisford, in an effort to locate fellow Breed, but what they find is very hungry. That’s followed by Pride by Amber Benson, where Abra, another young female Breed turns the tables on some very human predators. Button, Button by Ernie W. Cooper brings the spectre of Ol’Button Face, Dr. Decker and how his face haunts the nights of infant breed; once such orphan, Simon, lives under a house and makes friends with a special boy named Elliot, who is being bullied by an older boy. I Am The Night You Never Speak Of, by C. Robert Cargill, a profanity-laden stream of consciousness from the brain workings of Bacchus, a member of Midian who’s a truly lost soul, a predator. His prey aren’t humans, but he’ll gladly devour his own kind. Weston Ochse’s story “The Devil Until the Credits Roll” was a bit of a head scratcher for me; I couldn’t get into this one at all, and had a very hard time getting through it. It’s a very strange, and very confusing story and I found myself wondering if the author had ever watched the movie or read Cabal at all. Full of military lingo, field reports and barbaric acts of violence, it shows the author’s connection to his military deployments (this story offers as a subtitle the information that it was written while deployed to Afghanistan). The monster in this story is confusing and the story introduces callbacks to previous events we’ve never seen, that make it even harder to understand what’s going on and the motivations of the characters. It’s a testosterone-filled military fantasy that would please the Sons of the Free more than any Nightbreed fan, unfortunately. In my opinion, it misses the point of Clive’s world completely. This is the odd story out. The Lighthouse of Midian (Ian Rogers) is a true original and a palate cleanser after the previous story; again, a young female Breed called Luna becomes the beacon of hope to gather the scattered Breed out in the world, calling to them like a Lighthouse. Nerine Dorman brings us Lakrimay, a story where a girl living in an abusive home makes friends with a motherly green lady who brings her treasures. In Shaun Meeks’s And Midian Whispered Its Name, Kaleb dreams of Midian, but when he goes to see a Carnival and enters a tent called Revelations, following his dreams he gets more than he bargained for when he finds out the caged freaks are real and a man with a mask makes him an offer he can’t refuse. This is followed by Cell of Curtains, from Timothy Baker, a really good story about Ozlet and Manda, two lovers who carry Midian in their heart as members of a company of circus performers, complete with stereotypical Russian strong Man Serge, who says things like “Serge will give you pride of Soviet Russia“. Their waning powers are being drained by this life of spectacle, and they are sick of it. Tamara, by Paul J. Salamoff is a young female shape-shifting Breed blessed with talons and barbed protrusions, who decides to make ammends for killing one of the Sons of the Free during the storming of Midian, but redemption can’t be faked, only earned as she will discover the hard way. In Karl Alexander’s Raphael’s Shroud, a cat, single witness to a murder is helped back home by an “Angel”. Wretched (Edward Brauer) tells us the story of a family vacationing at sea, and a mysterious fisherman whose parasitic skin condition is more unsettling that it would seem at first. A Monster Among Monsters is the work of a duo, Stephen Woodworth and Kelly Dunn; we are given a glimpse into the history of the Pariah, a creature who denied Baphomet’s offer to be His lover, and paid a high price for it. The Jesuit’s Mask was written by Durand Sheng Welsh and tells us the story of the Mongrel and Button Face hunting the relics of Baphomet. In Rob Salem’s story, Rook saves a woman attacked by a man and finds out she knows where the rest of the Breed are. In David J Schow’s story Collector, Aurora, a monstrous-looking member of the Collector tribe living on the streets from a young age since the destruction of Midian is saved from a group of humans by another Breed who will make her understand who, or what she is. Lilith Saintcrow’s Bait and Switch has two female Breed dreaming of a New Midian, only to find the low points of other Breed’s despair can lead them to tun on their own, and finally Christopher Monfette’s The Farmhouse, is a powerful and beautiful story about a young boy whose mother lays on her death bed, until he finds the strange monsters taking refuge from daylight, stranded in their old barn, bringing with them the possibility of life beyond death. These are the stories of Midian Unmade, a trip through a collective imaginarium, available in hardcover and paperback form. This review took longer than I expected to write. I had to take this book in slowly, and I did enjoy some stories more than others, maybe because I have such a great deal of love for the original novel/movie and Clive Barker’s literary voice, that any other attempts to emulate the Breed in writing sometimes feel like they fall short. But I’ve learned with this book to accept other voices and other ideas about the Nightbreed. This anthology was fully sanctioned by Clive and it was very generous of him to let other fans use these characters or add to the existing ones. Now there are a few things to mention, about the world that these stories take us into; there was some confusion regarding how each author’s idea of the proper ending for the Nightbreed movie was. I think a few authors used the continuity of the theatrical cut of Nightbreed while others used the novella’s continuity. In some, Decker reappears, which means they found him too interesting to stay dead. Of course, the Director’s Cut was put together some time after this book was edited. I was satisfied with a lot of stories in this anthology although in some cases, it seemed that the authors wanted too hard to leave their own mark in the mythology, to expand it, with varying degrees of success. A recurring main character in a lot of stories was the single young, female Breed, apparently vulnerable but fierce and monstrous when pushed. While some used it well, the repetition of that motif was noticeable. The trangressive nature of the Breed on the run was also fairly bathed in human blood and human meals, a fact that seems to celebrate their monstrous nature but in a way that has a price: it’s hard to feel sorry for some of the monsters in this book because they don’t follow their own Laws and often kill their own brothers. I think there’s a missed opportunity here for some stories to really tap into what made the Breed fascinating and easy to relate to, and it’s not their blood lust. The original story and movie had a dream-like quality when Lori descends into Midian; we see the miraculous hiding from the mundane, preserved as the last remnants of the Great Tribes who the Naturals have driven almost to extinction. Despite their eclectic, in some cases unique natures, they are all united under Baphomet, they are brothers and sisters; so in stories where Breed turn on Breed, it feels like there’s a missed opportunity there to steer this into the note of hope that the original story ends on. There was no prophecy being fulfilled here, in almost any of these stories. Most of these creatures are lost, afraid and denied their own dignity. There’s a price to be paid by trying to place these creatures in our human, modern world. It brings them closer to us, and therefore, makes them seem less fantastic. A few stories place the Breed in carnivals and freak shows, acting for the crowds, making a pithy living. While I understand that would be a common setting, I personally didn’t think it was the best choice for these creatures, escaping the Humans in the night while carrying their own God, to end up in a position of being explored by humans again. It takes their dignity and their glory and diminishes it to a mere freak spectacle. I would have liked to see more stories where the Nightbreed carved their own place, their own home and showed us what they were capable of, instead of surviving from scraps in small isolated groups. In that sense, some ambition was lacking from these stories, and we end up with most of them showing us small isolated groups, or complete loners, lost and afraid. While I could see some Breed ending up like this, I think a lot more would have followed their own path and conquered their own home somewhere. A few stories hinted at this, like Rook and The Lighthouse of Midian, but more often than not, the Breed are in mid-transit somewhere, looking, suffering, hoping, eating or being eaten. Reading 23 stories in a row of this, you have to pace them to avoid feeling lost and scared yourself. I wanted to see more of the Breed constructing a new society, finding a new home, actively looking for their brothers and sisters, having the glowing limbs of Baphomet guide them (who’s an absent God in this, mere shards used as artifacts when he is mentioned at all – In Monsters Among Monsters, Baphomet is a Patriarchal vengeful God, striking the Pariah for the offense of refusing to be His mate) and coming to terms with the loss of Midian. They are strong and they have Cabal now. Unfortunately, Cabal was absent from all of these stories; maybe most authors felt intimidated about bringing him back and giving him a voice? In fact, in a few stories Cabal is almost cursed and called a false prophet. An absent prophet that doesn’t agree with the Prophecy we’ve been given in Nightbreed. I fear this may be due to the fact that the ending of the theatrical cut was deeply flawed and incomplete, giving the impression that Boone and a human Lori would go find their own way while the Breed are left to find a new Midian, alone in a barn. However, the new ending of Nightbreed is much more in tone with the novella, and Cabal and Lori become eternal lovers sharing a blood bond with the rest of the surviving Nightbreed, leaving to find a new secure haven for their brothers and sisters, and returning on the next wind, maybe… All in all, this book will expand your ideas about the Breed and not only transport you into new adventures but also, if you’re lucky, push you into making up your own stories about the fate of the Tribes of the Moon as they travel the world in their Diaspora. Give it a try.

  • Simon
    2019-03-04 01:33

    while I loved reading about the Nightbreed and their continuing adventures, what I really wanted to read was Clive Barber's continuation.As with any short story collections, there are some standouts, some good stories, and some not so much. for the most part it was a fun visit with some entries definitely more on the horrific side - the Breed more monstrous which is not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Wayne
    2019-03-13 01:42

    I was reading this collection on the side, while tackling various manuscripts for illustration projects. Collections are good for that, because I can read a story here and a story there. However, I fear the overall flow is lost doing things that way, and this is a case in point. I read the original novel, Cabal, back in the 80s, and of course, saw the movie Nightbreed back then as well. Nostalgia city, right? When this collection showed up, I knew I wanted to read it, but honestly, I would like to have re-watched the movie as a refresher before starting the book. It never worked out, so I read as I had time. Looking back, I feel it was largely enjoyable, if not repetitious. *Minor spoilers follow, so be warned* Some of that I attribute to the piecemeal reading already mentioned. The rest I attribute to the way the collection was presented, which was to have writers voice their take on the loss of Midian and its aftermath. There was an aim to each story, which was getting over that loss and finding a new home. While noble in concept, the reality was a series of the same basic loss and search formula. Honestly, would like to have had each story build on that theme progressively, and come to fruition in the end. While at it, why not have characters join and coalesce along the way? I kept wanting that to happen, and it never did. Yeah, I am trying to impose order on chaos, which is a fool's game at best, but I felt the collection needed the unity and growth. Ah well. Its not there. The final story was my favorite of the collection, so it was nice to end on an up note at least.

  • Tobin Elliott
    2019-03-01 23:27

    Overall, this is a worthy addition to Clive Barker's Nightbreed novel and film. For the most part, the stories are all solid and very well-written. In fact--and I find this unusual for a multi-author anthology--there was only one real WTF story that I didn't really grok the ending, and only two that failed to hold my attention all the way through to the end. Not bad for an antho with this many authors and stories.If I have one complaint with this collection, it's that, for all the stories, there's a pervading sense of aloneness, of being an outsider to the world. Yes, yes, I get that each story takes place after the fall of Midian, so that's kind of to be expected, and it may very well have been the wish of the editors to find stories all of a certain DNA, but I would have liked a few of the stories to veer from the "I'm alone and outcast from this world of man" plotline. The other minor issue, not so much a complaint as an observation, is that I really didn't need a rehash of the fall of Midian in almost every single story. Midian's fallen. These characters survived. Got it. Move on.But, for all of that, a surprisingly good and entertaining collection.

  • Mike Devine
    2019-03-17 01:40

    Tales of Midian's diasporaCabal was my first Clive Barker book, back around the tender age of 10 or 11, and Nightbreed was one of my favorite 'horror' films as a kid. So naturally I was excited to delve into the stories of the diaspora of Midian's monsters after the destruction of their sanctuary, and this collection didn't disappoint. As with the source material, these stories focus on what it means to be an outsider, and what it means to have a place you can call home. My favorite stories include And Midian Whispered Its Name by Shaun Meeks, A Monster Among Monsters by Stephen Woodworth and Kelly Dunn, the Jesuit's Mask by Durand Sheng Welsh, and The Farmhouse by Christopher Monfette. Any fan of the source material will enjoy this collection, and anyone interested in an (admittedly hyperbolic) exploration of the need to belong that we all share should check this out as well.

  • Brice
    2019-02-20 20:30

    A visit with the Nightbreed is always a welcome event. In this case, numerous writers tackle Midian's monsters with a fairly strong showing. While, in my experience, anthologies tend to have about a 60-40 split in terms of success, MIDIAN UNMADE is closer to an 80-20 division. There were only maybe two tales I didn't find engaging and each story varies in approach to just what happened after the fall of Midian.However, one complaint: no one tackled Peloquin, my personal favourite of the beasts.

  • Jonathan
    2019-03-01 17:13

    Strong series of short stories about monstrosity and belongingWhile the anthology does have its weak points, it is a great continuation of the world set down by Clive Barker. I love the source material that was set down in Cabal and Clive Barker's Nightbreed. And even with the weakest stories, there's a dark beauty within them. Sometimes, much like the Nightbreed, it's just at the margins, so to speak. If you love Clive Barker, give this collection a chance.

  • Matt Finnigan
    2019-02-25 17:27

    I found this pretty disappointing.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-18 20:16

    With tales written by 24 different authors, there's Something for everyone, but also one Thing for everyone: Breed. Would love to see 24 more stories, or even more.

  • Strega
    2019-03-19 20:27

    Mostly melancholy, but that sentiment is true to Cabal / Nightbreed. Multiple authors, short stories, good read, but may make you feel sad....

  • Chip
    2019-03-03 21:19

    I was torn between 4 and 5 stars for this one, so I will settle with a 4.5. I loved the overall selection of stories, and even the ones that could be considered clunkers were still good.

  • Midnight Blue
    2019-03-03 21:22

    And so it would seem that Clive Barker's strange and beautiful genius has given birth to a whole host of like-minded beings......a true Night Breed.

  • Rob Hester
    2019-03-03 21:17

    Amazballs, what an awesome trip with the citizens of Clive Barkers Midian. I couldn't put it down

  • Michael Albanese
    2019-02-23 21:34

    This was not a bad anthology. This was not a great anthology.I read Cabal, MANY, many years ago and was not super-remembering the story. Did that change the enjoyment of the stories? I don't think it affected the stories that much. I mean it helps to have a general knowledge of the story, but the stories stand alone just fine. They do mention characters from Cabal throughout the stories, but as long as you can keep up, it's OK.This anthology suffered from the same problem with all anthologies: comparative quality. There were great stories, stories that I didn't like and stories that I just thought were okay. There was only one story that I felt that I had to trudge through.My other main issue was that I felt that this anthology's stories, or most of them at least, followed the same general formula: Character is sad that Midian fell. Boone destroyed us. We need Baphomet. We are not really monsters. We kill what we love.My favorite story was Rook by Rob Salem. It was tragic and beautiful.It wasn't a quick read for me. It seemed that no matter how far I got into it, it never seemed to get me closer to the end until about fifty pages to the end.

  • Regina
    2019-02-26 01:34

    Being a fan of Clive Barker and his story of the monsters of Midian in *Cabal* I just had to read these stories. Needless to say I wasn't disappointed. There are some hits and some misses but overall I enjoyed this collection of short stories about the survivors of the destruction of Midian.

  • Renato
    2019-02-26 23:39

    Heterogenous assay of talents here (by what else can one expect from an anthology)

  • Strega
    2019-03-21 21:32

    Interesting premise - not really up to Clive Barker standards, but not a bad read if you like anthologies.