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Clive Barker

Clive Barker (born October 5, 1952, Liverpool, England) is a British author, director and visual artist.

Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror/fantasy, starting out with pure horror writing early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories (collected in Books of Blood 1 - 6), and later moving towards epic modern-day fantasy with some horror elements. Barker's distinctive style is characterized by the notion of hidden fantastical worlds existing side by side with our own (an idea he shares with contemporary Neil Gaiman), the role of sexuality in the supernatural and the construction of coherent, complex and detailed mythologies.

About him, popular author Stephen King once said : "I have seen the future of horror and its name is Clive Barker."


Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his movies have received varying acclaim (most successful was 1987's Hellraiser, based on his novella The Hellbound Heart). His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, now rereleased together, to moderate critical acclaim. He is currently working on both a series of movie adaptations to his books The Abarat Quartet, under Disney's management, as well as developing a script based from a real Miami, Florida newspaper article, about the creepily-universal supernatural myths homeless children tell one another.

Visual art

Barker is also a prolific and talented visual artist, working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books, as well as more recently holding independent exhibitions. He worked on the creative side of a horror game, Clive Barker's Undying (Dreamworks Interactive, 2001), to moderate success and acclaim.


Clive Barker has been openly gay since the early 1990s, first mentioning his dating life to US audiences in the pages of Advocate magazine. He lives with his husband, a photographer named David Armstrong, in CA, along with many great pets (dogs, fish, even a bird - named Malingo).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Clive Barker Facts

BirthdayOctober 5, 1952 (69)
BirthplaceLiverpool, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Nightbreed: The Director's Cut
Lord Of Illusions
Clive Barker's Origins: Salome And The Forbidden
Clive Barker's Book Of Blood
The Midnight Meat Train
Horror Two Pack
The Plague
Masters Of Horror: Valerie On The Stairs
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