"Mankind cares little for creatures other than Himself"

29 Jun

"It is set in Yorkshire in England, in San Francisco, and in Hudson Bay in Canada. It is about a wildlife photographer who devotes his photographs to making accounts of species that are moving towards extinction. We discover as we follow his very troubled life that the reason for his obsession with animals and extinction can be traced back to his childhood in Yorkshire. It's a story about how we become who we are and how we must deal with what we are by facing up to including the things that happened to us in childhood, good and bad. It's also about what's happening to our planet. "
(Clive Barker, interviewed in Lost Souls, Issue 3, March 1996)

“I am a man, and men are animals who tell stories. This is a gift from God, who spoke our species into being, but left the end of our story untold. That mystery is troubling to us. How could it be otherwise? Without the final part, we think, how are we to make sense of all that went before: which is to say, our lives?

So we make stories of our own, in fevered and envious imitation of our Maker, hoping that we'll tell, by chance, what God left untold. And finishing our tale, come to understand why we were born.” 
― Clive Barker, Sacrament

“We made our choice, he said. We hunted for them, we guarded their brats. God knows, we helped them make a civilization, didn't we? And why? 

I said I didn't know; it was beyond me. Because, he said, we thought they knew how to take care of things. How to keep the world full of meat and flowers.” 
― Clive Barker, Sacrament

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  1. Ken Foreman

    Ken ForemanNo Gravatar

    June 29, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Reminded of this, which was one of Clive Barker's finest novels, when reading about yet-another-extinction (+I.M. Iquitoz)