Hidden within a warehouse is a rug. This rug, called the Fugue, is the home of the [[WitchSpecies Seerkind]], which was woven into a rug to keep it safe. However, the Fugue has enemies in the form of the witch Immacolata and her undead sisters the Magdalene and the Hag, as well as her human servant, Shadwell the Salesman. In their search to find and destroy the Fugue, they find a man known as Cal who takes it before they can and opens it up, bringing the land of the Fugue back. At that point, a story full of wonders and terrors begins...

Creator/CliveBarker's second full-length novel, and his first novel that could more easily be classified as UrbanFantasy than {{Horror}}.

!!This novel provides examples of:

* AnotherDimension: The Fugue, the magical places of our world that were hidden in the Weave.
* ArcWords: "That which is imagined need never be lost." It first appears in the book of fairy tales Suzanna's grandmother, Mimi, gave her. It shows up again at least twice after this and at the very end, the exact meaning is made clear.
* BigBad: Immacolata, at least at first. This trope is played with rather interestingly, as [[spoiler:Shadwell]] is actually the instigator of most of the conflict throughout the story, but only briefly holds any genuine power.
* BiggerBad: The Scourge
* BodyHorror: That ol' Barker classic. The Rake comes to mind. The Magdalene's children are horrific mishmashes of bodies twisted into every conceivable form of mutilated, warped wrongness.
* CainAndAbel: Immacolata killed her triplet sisters the Magdalene and the Hag when they were in the womb together.
* ContinuityNod: Immacolata refers to an incident where a man she knew was hunted by [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} the Cenobites]] (not by name).
* CorruptCop: Hobart, who ''might'' have been an InspectorJavert, were it not for the fact that he's stone-cold insane.
* {{Crossover}}: At one point, Immacolata makes reference to mysterious demons she calls "The Surgeons". Better known as [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobites.]]
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler:Immacolata]]
* DragonAscendant: Shadwell, the Salesman. Initially content to aid Immacolata in destroying the Seerkind, his desire for power goes to his head and he seeks to become a god of the Fugue, discarding Immacolata the instant her usefulness is spent.
* GreenEyedMonster: The Seerkind consider envy to be [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humankind's defining trait]].
* TheHecateSisters: Immacolata, the Magdalene and the Hag are a thoroughly evil manifestation.
* ItsPersonal: Pretty much everyone in the story. Immacolata felt rejected, hence the desire to destroy the fugue. Shadwell finds more power in it than what he could ever imagine and drops the professional act. Cal is so emotionaly overthrown when first meeting the fugue that he can't help putting himself in danger to find it again.
* UsefulNotes/{{Lilith}}: Claimed by Immacolata as an ancestor.
* MartyrWithoutACause: This is secretly [[spoiler:Hobart's]] motivation.
* MeaningfulName: Immacolata, who is a virgin.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: While most wouldn't shy away from bloodshed, Immacolata get's the price here. Using a foe as a paw? Turn them against each other? Spread confusion amongst them? Those are things Shadwell could do, but she would be glad massacrating everyone.
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: The Magdalene's children are twisted monstrosities created as dark mirrors of the men whose seed creates them.
* PatchworkMap: The Fugue, quite literally. Justified, since it's made out of whatever odd patches of reality the Seerkind could take without being noticed.
* SpiritAdvisor: The Magdalene and the Hag to Immacolata.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Uriel, except that he's really not the angel Uriel, just a being serving a similar function who went insane and latched onto the story of Uriel guarding the gate to Eden as a means of justifying its existence.
* VillainousBSOD: Immacolata's breakdown in the Fugue.
* VirginPower: Immacolata makes her magic stronger by retaining her virginity.
* WeirdnessCensor: Stated to be the power of the Cuckoos, aka normal humans.
* WitchSpecies: The Seerkind.