For some odd reason, we don't cover a lot of horror fiction here at Horror Squad but occasionally an announcement comes along that's so gigantic that we all have to put down our DVDs and videogames and actually think about picking up a book. Any news concerning Clive Barker's fiction falls well into that category.

If you're not following Barker on Twitter (and trust me, you should be), then you missed out on Barker's under-the-radar announcement of his new collection of short fiction, Black is the Devil's Rainbow. Luckily for us, Uncle Creepy over at Dread Central (who's had some hilarious exchanges with Barker over the past few months) spotted this one.

"Research day for polishes on a novella for the collection of short fiction to be delivered soon:' Black is The Devil's Rainbow.'"

It's been quite some time since we've had a new collection of Barker short fiction, so naturally this is pretty exciting.

Creepy dug deeper and found out what the collection was about courtesy of Revelations, the official Barker website.

Jump past the break for the full synopsis and a potential release date.

Black Is The Devil's Rainbow: Tales Of A Journeyman

...These stories were originally intended to accompany the 'Pinhead vs. Harry' novella which grew into the full-size novel now known as The Scarlet Gospels. Originally planned a decade ago as providing a home for all the previously uncollected short stories together with a whole bunch of new pieces of short fiction, this has recently taken on a more important role in collecting Clive's Meditations, poems and selected shorter pieces. 'The Scarlet Gospels' was a title originally planned for a standalone collection of erotic poetry and prose, then (like other titles before it, including Everville and Saint Sinner) had the title recycled and was planned as the title-piece novella within the collection before it outgrew its place here.

Clive suspects a possible Halloween 2010 publication is now on the cards for Black Is The Devil's Rainbow...

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