Clive Barker

Clive Barker

Clive Barker
Barker at the Science Fiction Museum in 2007
Born (1952-10-05) 5 October 1952
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Occupation Author, film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playwright, painter, illustrator and visual artist
Nationality British
Genre Horror, fantasy
Website
.info.clivebarkerwww

Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English author, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories known as the Books of Blood which established him as a leading young horror writer. He has since written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into films, notably the Hellraiser and Candyman series. He was the Executive Producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Barker's paintings and illustrations have been featured in galleries in the United States, as well as within his own books. He has also created original characters and series for comic books, and some of his more popular horror stories have been adapted to the medium.

His archives have been a source of material for biographies and non-fiction books containing his personal essays, discussions of his fringe theater work, interviews, and other content.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Personal life 2
    • Relationships 2.1
  • Early life 3
  • Personal life 4
    • Relationships 4.1
  • Writing career 5
  • Film work 6
  • Visual art 7
  • Vernacular names 8
  • Name 9
  • References 10

Early life

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, the son of Joan Ruby (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm.[1][2] He was educated at Dovedale Primary School, Quarry Bank High School and the University of Liverpool, where he studied English and Philosophy.

When he was four years old, Barker witnessed the French skydiver Léo Valentin plummet to his death during a performance at an air show in Liverpool. Barker would later allude to Valentin in many of his stories.[3]

Personal life

In 2003, Barker received the Davidson/Valentini Award at the Bible influences his work and spirituality.[5] In 2003, Barker remarked "I am, [a Christian]" during an episode of Real Time With Bill Maher when Ann Coulter implied he was not a Christian.[6]

Barker said in a December 2008 online interview (published in March 2009) that he had polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting. He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries. He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars.[7] On 27 August 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat.

In early February 2012, Barker fell into a coma after a visit to a dentist led to blood poisoning. Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it. Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but was left with many strange visions.

Relationships

In a 20 August 1996 appearance on the radio call-in show Loveline, Barker stated that during his teens he had several relationships with older women, and came to identify himself as homosexual by 18 or 19 years old.[8] Barker has been openly gay since the early 1990s.{{citation
Clive Barker
Barker at the Science Fiction Museum in 2007
Born (1952-10-05) 5 October 1952
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Occupation Author, film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, playwright, painter, illustrator and visual artist
Nationality British
Genre Horror, fantasy
Website
.info.clivebarkerwww

Clive Barker (born 5 October 1952) is an English author, film director, and visual artist best known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with a series of short stories known as the Books of Blood which established him as a leading young horror writer. He has since written many novels and other works, and his fiction has been adapted into films, notably the Hellraiser and Candyman series. He was the Executive Producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Barker's paintings and illustrations have been featured in galleries in the United States, as well as within his own books. He has also created original characters and series for comic books, and some of his more popular horror stories have been adapted to the medium.

His archives have been a source of material for biographies and non-fiction books containing his personal essays, discussions of his fringe theater work, interviews, and other content.

Early life

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, the son of Joan Ruby (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm.[9][10] He was educated at Dovedale Primary School, Quarry Bank High School and the University of Liverpool, where he studied English and Philosophy.

When he was four years old, Barker witnessed the French skydiver Léo Valentin plummet to his death during a performance at an air show in Liverpool. Barker would later allude to Valentin in many of his stories.[11]

Personal life

In 2003, Barker received the Davidson/Valentini Award at the Bible influences his work and spirituality.[13] In 2003, Barker remarked "I am, [a Christian]" during an episode of Real Time With Bill Maher when Ann Coulter implied he was not a Christian.[6]

Barker said in a December 2008 online interview (published in March 2009) that he had polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting. He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries. He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars.[14] On 27 August 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat.

In early February 2012, Barker fell into a coma after a visit to a dentist led to blood poisoning. Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it. Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but was left with many strange visions.

Relationships

In a 20 August 1996 appearance on the radio call-in show Loveline, Barker stated that during his teens he had several relationships with older women, and came to identify himself as homosexual by 18 or 19 years old.[15] Barker has been openly gay since the early 1990s. His relationship with John Gregson lasted from 1975 until 1986. It was during this period, with the support that John provided, that Clive was able to write the Books of Blood series and The Damnation Game. He later spent fourteen years with David Armstrong; they separated in 2009.

Writing career

Barker is an author of contemporary horror/fantasy. He began writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories (collected in Books of Blood 1 – 6) and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game (1985). Later he moved towards modern-day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld (1987), The Great and Secret Show (1989), the world-spanning Imajica (1991), and Sacrament (1996), bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.

Barker's distinctive style is characterised by the notion of hidden fantastical worlds coexisting with our own, the role of sexuality in the supernatural, and the construction of coherent, complex and detailed universes. Barker has referred to this style as "dark fantasy" or the "fantastique". His stories are notable for a deliberate blurring of the distinction between binary opposites such as Hell and Heaven, or pleasure and pain (the latter particularly so in The Hellbound Heart).

When the Books of Blood were first published in the United States in paperback, Stephen King was quoted on the book covers: "I have seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker."[16] As influences on his writing, Barker lists Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, William S. Burroughs, William Blake and Jean Cocteau, among others.[17]

He is also the writer of the best-selling Abarat series, and plans on producing two more novels in the series.

Barker's basic philosophy and approach are revealed in his foreword to H.R. Giger's illustrated work, Necronomicon (1993 edition).

Film work

Barker has a keen interest in film production, although his films have received mixed receptions. He wrote the screenplays for

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References

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Etymology: From Greek konis, dust and philos, lover, in reference to this species' characteristic preference for trees impregnated with calcareous dust.

Type locality: CANADA. British Columbia: Fraser River Drainage, Bowron Lake Road, km 20, ca. 53o59'30"N, 121o48'30"W, on Picea, 680 m, 29 Aug 2006, Goward 06-666 (holotype UBC, isotypes BM, CANL, H).


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Vernacular names

He worked on the creative side of a horror video game, Clive Barker's Undying, providing the voice for the character Ambrose. Undying was developed by DreamWorks Interactive and released in 2001. He also worked on Clive Barker's Jericho for [[CodemaTaxo.aspx?Link=T&Rec=511752 MycoBank]

Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books. His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early '90s; on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations (1995) and Forms of Heaven (1996); and on the second printing of the original British publications of his Books of Blood series. Barker also provided the artwork for his young adult novel The Thief of Always and for the Abarat series. His artwork has been exhibited at Bert Green Fine Art in Los Angeles and Chicago, at the Bess Cutler Gallery in New York and La Luz De Jesus in Los Angeles. Many of his sketches and paintings can be found in the collection Clive Barker, Illustrator, published in 1990 by Arcane/Eclipse Books, and in Visions of Heaven and Hell, published in 2005 by Rizzoli Books. The most complete selection of Clive Barker's paintings and drawings are available to view in a gallery setting on the website.

Visual art

In October 2006, Barker announced through his official website that he will be writing the script to a forthcoming remake of the original Hellraiser film.[21][22] He is also developing a film based on his Tortured Souls line of toys from McFarlane Toys.

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