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His Books of Blood in the 1980s established him as a premier master of the horror narrative, on an equal level or even surpassing Stephen King, who said of him;

I have seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker.

Stephen King

Like King, Barker’s works of horror have been adopted and adapted for movies, his stories becoming the basis for the Hellraiser and Candyman series and many more. Beyond his stories being used as source material, Barker has worked as screenwriter, producer, actor and director in the film world.

As with Stephen King, many of Clive’s fans have found him through enjoying his horror tales used as source material for films. (Sadly, such is the decline of the “reader” in the internet world.) His “Pinhead” character, a collector of souls, emerged from the pages of The Hellbound Heart to become the iconic focal nemesis of the Hellraiser movie series. His face full of nails has almost become thought of as Clive Barker’s alter ego. Clive has had a love-hate relationship with the movies. He directed the original Hellraiser and his “butchered in studio re-editing” Nightbreed has been recently re-released on Blu-Ray. He had his best luck with Lord of Illusions and Candyman.


Clive’s writing has taken several directions since being born in the most hardcore horror narratives. In 2002,the first of his self-illustrated Books of Abarat series received the Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers.


It was also chosen by the American Library Association as one of its “Best Books for Young Adults.” Inspired by ideas coming to him in dreams, Clive’s 825-page magnum opus Imajica explores the themes of God, sex, love, gender and death through the prism of Barker’s “dark fantasy.” His more recent writings have turned more toward contemplative fantasy than his earlier exercises in relentless horror.

It’s instructive that only his success in powerhouse horror stories eventually gave Clive the creative space to explore the many spiritual and existential themes that his more recent works have continued to develop. His expert blurring of the mental retaining walls separating  the concept of Heaven and Hell, or his recombinant conception of pleasure and pain principles, suffuse his “dark fantasy” works with a societal subversiveness far more profound than the shocks of his “straight horror” earlier works. His early tales can be read for fun. His later work requires some contemplation of the evanescent nature of personal reality.

Never content to rest on his laurels, Clive is also an accomplished visual artist, and has long been a gallery-quality painter in the fine arts world, illustrating more and more of his own books.

Marapozsa Street

As an ‘artist first’ creative, all of Clive’s works, no matter the medium, begin with a painting. His artwork has been exhibited at Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago, at the Bess Cutler Gallery in New York and can regularly be seen at the Century Guild gallery in Los Angeles.

DeviantART is currently running multiple challenges for deviants to turn the table and write a horror or fantasy short story or poem to tell the tale behind any of the several Clive Barker original paintings he has provided from his private collection.

He has, as well, submitted both an unpublished short story and a poem to his gallery that we are spotlighting. Clive’s writings are like nothing that ever came before them. As you study his paintings, you will find that his visual imagination expressed in his brazen brushstrokes is just as unique and forceful as the audacious voice of his literary inventions.

Christopher Carrion

Gan Nug

Deetha Maas

The really exciting news is that Clive Barker’s Books Of Blood, not having been published in 25 years, have been released today as Madefire Motion Books here on DeviantArt. Don’t take our word for it, take a look at the gorgeous preview below of the first installment, Books of Blood adapted into motion by writer Mark Alan Miller (Next Testament, Hellraiser) and artist mister-sam, The Books of Blood pushes the limits of the motion comic platform and the boundaries of terror. The motion book was produced by Clive’s nephew, Gareth Barker.

Paintings and Drawings, Volume One

Clive's art can not only be seen on his DeviantArt page, but also in two gorgeous new books of his art. The first can be purchased from the Century Guild website.

While the most recent, which has already surpassed its Kickstarter goal, has only a few days left in its campaign.

25 Years Later: The Director’s Cut

You had to be there. Watching Clive Barker talk about the restoration of his fantastical vision, the audience sighed as he brushed tears aside to thank everyone who helped complete his picture. The film took on a whole new life as the monsters assumed their true role as the heroes of the tale. Executive Producer Mark Miller led a tireless campaign to find and restore the forgotten footage and quite rightly shared Clive’s standing ovation as the curtains closed.

The newly completed restoration is now available on Blu-Ray.


How did publishers first react to the submission of a “Young Adult” book by Clive Barker? How difficult was it to get The Thief of Always and Abarat published?

I had the greatest difficulty, actually, with all of those books. There is a great reluctance amongst publishers to give successful genre writers the freedom to travel somewhere a little distance from the genre where they’ve been most successful.

The Thief of Always (1992)

I had to beg, steal and borrow; and say please, please, please.”

But eventually I actually sold The Thief of Always, which I had written already, for a dollar to Harper Collins in England. This is a somewhat reduced sum of money by comparison with my usual advances for a book. But, it was the only way I could get them to publish the thing.

Commexo Kid

I said to them, “Alright, you publish this for a dollar and I understand that you’re going to do your best by this book but I also understand that you don’t have much expectation, but I also understand that you purchased it for a dollar and you’re risking very little. But I have faith that if you give it the chance to perform in the marketplace it will do very well for you.”

They put it out there and they packaged it very well. There were some reviews that said “Alright, why is Barker doing this?” But then there were a lot of reviews that were very friendly toward it. And the book ended up very successful. Not immediately, mind you, but it gathered momentum. I think there is a certain sense that I’m not a horror author, and I’m not.

I’m an Imaginer, as I’ve said many times before.”

There are certain books in my oeuvre that preceded The Thief of Always, books like Weaveworld for instance, which are fantasy books. They’re not horror books. I thought, in some ways, Thief of Always fell into the same style as Weaveworld.

Candy Dressed for Abarat (Triptych)

Abarat (2002)

Abarat was a thornier problem, because I had told Harper Collins a long time ago that I wanted to write something that was in the same style as the Narnia books. To add to that idea, I had started to paint oil paintings to illustrate the books, and in fact that’s where the books were coming from narrative-wise. They were originating in my paintings, which is an odd thing for anyone to do, but it sort of worked for me, because it was a way for me to surprise myself.

There are are now many hundreds of oil paintings for Abarat, and not all of them by any matter of means will be published within the five books of Abarat. But, because I have Century Guild looking after my work and representing my work and publishing my work in various forms, I think the world will be able to see everything that I’m painting.


You executive produced Gods and Monsters, the marvelous film about James Whale's last years. How much of an affinity do you feel with Whale?

Interesting question, this. The initial conversation with Ian McKellen, to have him play James Whale, happened in the room I’m sitting in right now. He didn’t want to play the role. He felt that it was a somewhat melancholy depiction of what homosexuals were like, and he felt that as an out homosexual who had been very political in his recent life, he didn’t feel like he wanted to engage in a somewhat melancholy vision. But, I sat with him here and we compared notes on some things. One of the things was how much our lives were similar to each others’ lives, and how similar our lives were to James Whale’s life. We, all three of us, are northern English lads. We were all born within probably 70 miles of one another. We’re all homosexuals, obviously. We all had difficulties with the world around us in many ways, and yet at the same time found power and strength in our homosexuality.

And we found strength in using the ways that the universe says no to us as a way to say yes to art.”

Self Portrait

So, the conversations that Ian and I had here, comparing notes, was what got Ian to say yes to the movie and, finally, got me to feel closer to James Whale.



How do people react when they find out you are also a “fine art” level painter whose artworks are as notoriously audacious as your literary works?

This is a hard one to answer. I do this stuff without really thinking about it too much. People often don’t know that I paint. Recently, though, with Thomas Negovan of Century Guild having taken hold of my work in a major way, and put out the first volume of the Imaginer book, people have begun to understand what I’m doing a lot more. Thomas has become my great apologist and has really made people understand what I’m doing in a way that I never could. I’m really not that great at talking about my own art.

I’m not particularly good at talking about anything I do, generally. Because I do it with my gut, not with my head.”

I’ve had situations, with both Mark Miller and Ben Meares, in my writing room where I’ve started a conversation and I’ve started with an idea and within 5 or 10 minutes we have an entire script planned out. That’s happened to us a lot. A lot. That’s how I work, really. Ben and Mark have the closest vision, the closest understanding, of what it’s like to be in my head, because they watch me go through that creative process of linking one thought to another, and that to another, and watching it grow exponentially in front of us.

And I do it essentially without having that solid a grasp of what I’m doing, I’m just doing it. So, really, I can’t talk too much about that because while I know when people react to the art, they react pleasurably, but I don’t think I’m very good at being able to explain what I’m doing to them. I can leave Thomas to do that.



The Itch


How are your satisfactions as a writer and as a painter different? And how are they the same? How do you know in the morning whether you must express yourself on the keyboard or the canvas?

Of course they’re different. Utterly different. For one thing, a painting can be finished in a night; a book takes a year, or at very least 6 months to complete. Writing is fucking hard, and very seldom is it pleasurable. Now...

I destroy a lot of paintings. A lot of paintings. But then, I also destroy a lot of text.”

I’m a very self-critical son of a bitch. I work fast, I think, and that allows me to throw out a lot of things. If I don't let things go, they sort of constipate the whole process and then I can’t move forward, so it really is important to me to not get overly besotted with one particular idea, but to instead simply move on to another one and let that happen.


Right now, I’m working on the last two Abarat books and a couple of other things for young audiences. I’ve been working on a lot of paintings.

I’ve done over 400 paintings in the last 6 months. It’s a race now, really.”

I’m a 62 year old man, and I have a lot to do. I’ve been very sick the last few years. I had a period of being in a coma, and that left me sick for a long time afterwards, and I’m only now just coming out of that sickness.

So now, I’ve got a lot of stories to tell and a lot of people to love and a lot of dogs to raise and parrots to adore and all that good stuff. I have life to live, in other words, and that’s important. But, the satisfactions of writing and painting are very, very different. They are not really, in any way, the same. I suppose you could say, “Well, they’re the same because there’s a blank piece of paper or a blank canvas at the beginning and at the end there’s a finished thing.” But, that’s honestly the only similarity. A finished painting is not anything like a finished novel in any way shape or form. How do I know in the morning whether I must express myself on the word processor or the canvas? Well, first of all, it’s a handwritten process so there’s no word processor at all. But, I usually do both in a day. It isn’t ‘either or.’

Mater Motley


How much of a help has it been in having a fan base in online worldwide communities like DeviantArt? Has the support been genuinely palpable and benefiting to your good spirits?

It’s been wonderful! To have the deviantART folks help me touch base with people all over the world, it’s been very affirming. The support has been genuinely palpable and absolutely benefiting to my good spirits. There have been dark times of late and I’ve been so grateful to have people from all over the world who are able to tell me what they like and don’t like.


Is there anyone special project you’re currently working on, or planning, or dreaming about doing, that might eventually become a future reality for your fans to look forward to?

Yes, there is. And I ain’t going to tell anyone what it is. It’s one of the things I’ve learned over time: don’t tell anybody what your sweetest and dearest dreams are creatively, because that’s the way to kill them stone dead. So, yes, I have a couple of things that are very close to my heart, and that’s where they will stay, until such time that they are published or painted.




Poe, Lovecraft, Barker, King. How do you feel being added to the to that exalted honor guard of horror masters?

I can’t answer that. I want to be reasonably humble here.”

I do my thing, they do their thing. It doesn’t sit well with me to elevate myself in that way. It’s hubris, and it’s totally inviting someone to kick the legs out from under you. So, rather than say, yes, I am in the same ranks as Mr. King and Mr. Poe.

I’ll say this: I do my thing. I imagine, and sometimes I do good stuff and sometimes I do shit stuff and I’ll continue to do it. Whether I belong with them or not is up to someone in the future to judge, not me.


Finally we’d like to ask you to select your top five Deviant Artists from the community.

It's an impossible thing you ask. How can a man choose his favorite artists from such a wellspring of creativity. I can only offer 5 names that have recently inspired me:

  1. Does it please or disappoint you when an artist with Clive Barker’s imagination and superlative talents of expression chooses to explore the darker side of human existence?

  2. Once a writer (or artist in any media) establishes him- or herself in a specific genre (e.g., “Clive Barker: Master of Horror”) do you feel betrayed or intrigued when that artist tacks to a new course (“Clive Barker: Fantasist Imagineer;” “Clive Barker: Young Adults Author”)? Do you welcome or resent joining the artist in this evolution?

  3. Do you think any of the cinematic treatments of Clive’s fiction (e.g., Candyman, Hellraiser” have succeeded in capturing the essence of his original (written) medium? Or are movies and books apples and oranges that defy comparison; each having unique attributes deficient in the other; and each having deficiencies easily resolved in the other.

  4. Would you like Clive to occasionally revisit his full-tilt horror writing in the future, or are you well-satisfied with his current works of his ever-expanding consciousness, like Imajica? (Are you hoping The Scarlet Gospels will be a return to hardcore Barker horror?)

  5. Who are your favorite writers and artists on DeviantArt who explore a darker tone in their works?

  6. What is your favorite Clive Barker book or film and why?

“I have seen the future of horror, his name is Clive Barker.”

Writers: techgnotic 
Designers: marioluevanos

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KarRedRoses Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Professional Artist
This was incredible! I'm sharing it with every fan I know
hmwolf Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this tribute to clive. he is by far my favorite author and my biggest hope is that his best work isnt behind him. i recently purchased all of boom medias hellraiser graphic novels which i cant recommend enough and other than his most famous novels my favorite is coldheart canyon. check it out :-D love yall and stay scared!
GoldenTotem Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
omg abarat was my book as a child
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Redsam6 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought this was a new article. :angry: 
ToriMorningstar Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional Writer
1. It actually pleases me to see an artist like Clive Barker explore the depths that we normally do not explore. It's a whole new world when you think about it, and only few artists deem to explore it.
2. I feel very intrigued by the new genre. I honestly didn't think Clive could write children's books until I read the Theif of Always and found how powerful even a children's story by him can be.
3. I havn't seen Candyman, but I have seen Hellraiser and I suppose I'm a little iffy on it. With the Midnight Meat train, I felt it stuck a little to the works, but Books of Blood or any of the other movies for that matter really didn't seem to stick to the books.
4. The Scarlet Gospels was one of the biggest favorites of mine, and brought back the return of Clive Barker. He wasn't afraid to go to some of the places we often expect to be left out. Instead, reading it brought out the blood, sweat, and tears he shed over this book, and thus return to the horror he has created.
5. CliveBarker and timbo19 are a couple. Although Timbo seems to have deactivated. o3o
6. The Scarlet Gospels hands down. I ended up checking it out of the library every time I was there. And I got it for Christmas and it's still the favorite out of all my books!
RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
6. Well the Hellraiser movies where a big thing in the 90's when a kid, so i have those movies on my favorite list right next to other horror classics like friday the 13, nightmare on elm street, texas chainsaw massacre, etc.
RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
5. Oh my God this is embarrasing, i only add to my list the DeviantArtists that apeared on the deviant art news page or some with interesting illustrations but i really havent had the time to check their works, i barely have time to work my art.
RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
4. Not everybody can write horror, dark fantasy, fantasy; Mister Clive Barker has the gift, a gift is like a superpower, a super power needs to be used.
RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
3. Havent read the books yet sorry, im also still working on my english, im self taught so it can be dificult. I did saw the movies when a kid, scared the shit out of me, but of course the literature serves a more personal purpose (its about the words and the reader) and the film is straight up entertainment (at least the money making movies), but both are entertainment mediums.
RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
2. I dont consider it an evolution, a film maker is a film maker, a writer a writer, if theres a horror story that needs to be told, an artists gives its own vision. I would welcome Hitchcock the Master of Suspense to film a comedy, im sure he would have pulled off.
RSH26oct88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
1. Humans need "Horror Genre". In ancient times humans entertain themselves watching Gladiators slaghter each other, now days we can see the darker side of human beigns without people getting hurt, like in horror movies, literature, comics, etc.
LBAMagic Featured By Owner Edited Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if i was a girl i'll squeal. i love clive barker's books and art. Underswap Sans Icon
1. all sides of human existence should be explored so we can understand ourselves better.
2. i'm happy for any artist that expands their expertise into other fields. it may even enrich their current field by expanding their mind into new ways of seeing and doing things.
3. nightbreed was by far the best treatment of clive's book. hell raiser came close. i haven't seen candy man yet (sorry clive).
4. i'll leave it up to clive to follow his imagination wherever it may take him. revisit or expand, i'm fine with either.
5. can't say as deviantart is vast and i haven't visited all it's categories yet even after a year.
6. nightbreed. both book and film. i like the twist that the real monsters are the humans. also i like imajica and abarat because of the incredible vivid worlds clive has created and populated them with amazing characters. and i like weaveworld a lot  would really really really like to see in as a film. it inspired my image Little Raptures
JoePA-1361 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
WOW!!Bright Idea omgnoes Lucy shocked or suprised  I haven't seen a journal like this on Deviantart before. This is awesome!:bounceforjoy: Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
mamaiyurisama Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Student
  So wonderful journal!!!!I liked a lot!!!!*___________________*!!!!!And congratulations!!!!Love Love Love Love La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la Clap Clap Clap Clap 
PositiveWasabi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only know Clive Barker from the games Jericho and Undying , which me and my sister grew up with, along with American McGees Alice , the story telling was absolutely stunning and the atmospheres really freaked me out, and in Jericho the themes of God and purgatory , even to this day my nightmare is seeing a never ending ocean at sunset !!

I'm very disappointed that the games weren't even mentioned, I wasn't going to write anything at first because if he doesn't want to mention the games, why should I...but then I thought back to my childhood playing and experiencing these stories and I had to comeback and mention them !

Kudos to clivebarker , awesome stories awesome games 
Dunadan-from-Bag-End Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
5. Chet Zar - his work is amazing. You can clearly see an inspiration from Barker in his works but they are just amazing. He also did a great job for Hellboy movies.
suicideinlove Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
amazing works!
EnterNewUsername Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
you know there are six books of blood
Delta-waves22 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Clive Barker. The man the myth the legend. I love CB. Despite Clive Barker's Jericho he is a horror mastermind. I might go on my other account and post picture if I have the time for CB.
Darkdragonwolf52 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student Writer
If this is the  Clive Barker I know, it wasn't a film/book. It was his game Unyding 
SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done, Tech!
Hatter10-7 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been a huge fan of his artwork for years.
Rainbowdoodler209 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Really aweome art, I applaud you great artist. Clap 
zeldaeeveefan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is some of the best art I've ever seen!
marioperron Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
RoxRio Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RedViscountess Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Absolutely amazing. I have no other words for Clive Baker than - FORMIDABLE!
Wonderful design and writing. Bravo!
sandrabauser Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
One of my all time favorite books is WEAVEWORLD!  I've read it so many times that I wore the cover off!  It would make a fantastic movie!!!…
arthascf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
ojala se anime a continuar Undiying,excelente videojuego,me llego hasta los huesos el suspenso
DougQ Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist
If the future of horror is clive barker, sign me up for the fucking past.
DougQ Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Christ I am tired of over-rated writers.
Redsam6 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What have you read of Barkers work?
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
1. What?  Why?  Why would that be disappointing?  Disappointment would be Clive becoming a heroin-addicted porn star or something.

6.  I will say that The Thief of Always is my favorite book, in the top ten of my favorite fictions.
I have special affection for that book... reading it is like having a nightmare in the daylight.  A lot of my nightmares feel like that story.
SinnerDom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Since when is Imagine a verb?
Can't DA hire someone who knows how to use proper grammar?
Clive....f'n Barker....people. 
Not some dumb ass little bimbo who only knows how to type on a cell phone. 
I'm sure he is appalled to see such a non word applied to his august name. 
DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Well, given it's the title of a Clive Barker art book, and also shows the English language is wonderfully pliable and adaptable (Given how many words Shakespeare created which are now accepted parts of the English Language - this technique clearly works rather effectively?).

Clive describes himself as an "Imaginer", a title (hence the capital letter?) and therefore a noun used to describe someone who imagines (things). Therefore, I'd say you're getting aggrieved for no reason.……
ArynChris Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
On a professional level, I can only answer question 2.  And on a professional level, I am THRILLED to see his success across genres, because it'll be that much easier to publish books in multiple genres myself. :)  Typecasting (and the literary equivalent) is a great tragedy for artists of all mediums.

But as a consumer, I've got to say, the audience misses out when artists get niched like that, too!  I can't watch horror, and I have a lot of trouble reading horror; I had no exposure to any of Mr. Barker's works until Abarat.  But I love Abarat, and a friend of mine was a huge Hellraiser fan, and this gave us something to talk about, a mutual appreciation for this artist who, if he had been restricted to just horror or just young adult, would have been forever unknown to one of us.  But we could both see and appreciate his paintings, his writing, his surreal ideas.  Completely aside from how that impacted our friendship... who really wants to live in a world in which the greatest artists are inaccessible to huge chunks of the population?
copicatart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
to you sir, Salute!
RyckRudd Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
Wonderful. Clive is such a beautiful man. The first hero I ever had.
Sadranus-The-SAP Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first Clive Barker book i read was The Thief of Always. Then I got into Abarat. I am anxiously awaiting the next two books! :)
Hopelessly-Dead Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I originally became a fan of Clive Barker reading Abarat, and was super excited when I learned that he wrote horror books too! 
It's really great when authors are allowed to step outside of the genre they get trapped in and share more of their stories with the world.
baileyswartz Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
Excellent web design.
jzmurdock Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I first read about Clive in the 80s. I remember the day, where I was. Seattle, Greek restaurant, couple of blocks from Tower Book one direction, a couple of blocks to Tower Records and Video where I worked in the other. I was reading a Time or Newsweek about this new Brit writer and Stephen King''s famous comment about him. it burned into my mind. I sought him out after that. 

I have a university degree in psychology. I grew up with a mother who loved vampire movies in the 50s and 60s. So, I love exploring the dark side. I grew up in it. I was going into that kind of a career with a dark side. But in the end I've come through a lot to find a lighter version of life. Still, I do love a good roller coaster ride in film and fiction. And, it's what I do myself as a writer. If I could one day write like Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Edgar Allen Poe, Clive Barker... very different writers all, yet those are my icons. Those are the writers sitting in the back of my mind who tell me, no, write this, yes that, no not that. It gives me great joy when I hear from people that I remind them of any one of those writers. 

When the Books of Blood came out, they were a kind of revelation in their freshness. I waited for each book and always got them signed. When Weaveworld came out, I was quite aware it wasn't a horror book, yet I found that it was imagined in a way that was beautiful to behold. I quickly lost any concern over it not being what I had really wanted and found I started to want what I had found.

When I recently told my editor that I was about to write a very bloody scene in a story that had been building up to one, she said she was never concerned because my scenes like that are very sensual and at times, something even more. It's nice to think you can have that effect on people, especially in scenes like that. 

That's how I felt in reading Weaveworld. With the books that followed it, though still I had been looking for more Books of Blood type stories, I found instead that they were these explosions into an otherness unlike I had found before. Clarity, prose, feeling, imagination, quality. I didn't really care where I was being taken, as long as I could keep reading that prose. It was such a...relief. A joy to read (yeah, this may sound maudlin but honestly, it was so nice to read someone who could really WRITE).

We're told it's the journey, not just the destination, remember? And yet, so many books are about the destination. Weaveworld built within me a fascination and curiosity as a reader to see where I would be lead next. Yes, it's like that in any book, or should be, but this was an entirely different category of interest. I can only remember Tolkein having had that effect on me. Perhaps Bradbury. Poe at times but his prose was something, not as fluid for me as Clive's. I don't know, just now. 

As for genre jumping, writers write. I've tried to write everything I can, stretch myself, screenplays, whatever. I love to see another writer do that. It's fascinating to see where a favorite author will take you outside of their usual haunts. Don't you think? And writer to artist? Brilliant. I was surprised to discover that, when years ago I saw somewhere that Clive was painting. My brother is also an incredible artist since childhood and does my I'm very lucky to have him doing my book covers. So it was exciting to find that not only does Clive do art, but he does incredible art. I don't know, the more talented I find someone to be, the more exciting I find it in knowing about them. 

Well, I just dried up on things to say.  Thanks for being here. Being on here has been fun and quite rewarding. 
koibitoryu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Can't remember how I got into his written works but do remember being drawn in by the title standing out on the shelf.

1) Does it disappoint me? No because I do the same thing. If anything its a pleasant jolt that encourages me to keep at trying new things.

2) No betrayal is present. Its good to be balanced.

3) They're like apples and oranges. They can hold their own as individuals even when told differently. A good example would be Midnight Meat Train. Read the story then years later came across the movie. Even though the approach is different the essence of the tale is still present.

4) That's completely up to him. If he wishes to revisit the Horror Writing Realm then so be it. 

5) Can't really name names because everyone has their own take on the subject.

6) Can't really pick a single favorite though the works I've read to this point all standout.
LeChaoss Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
    1. Does it please or disappoint you when an artist with Clive Barker’s imagination and superlative talents of expression chooses to explore the darker side of human existence? Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Nope

    2. Once a writer (or artist in any media) establishes him- or herself in a specific genre (e.g., “Clive Barker: Master of Horror”) do you feel betrayed or intrigued when that artist tacks to a new course (“Clive Barker: Fantasist Imagineer;” “Clive Barker: Young Adults Author”)? Do you welcome or resent joining the artist in this evolution? Rose Red Bullet - F2U!  Nope, yes welcome,

    3. Do you think any of the cinematic treatments of Clive’s fiction (e.g.,Candyman, Hellraiser” have succeeded in capturing the essence of his original (written) medium? Or are movies and books apples and oranges that defy comparison; each having unique attributes deficient in the other; and each having deficiencies easily resolved in the other. Rose Red Bullet - F2U! I've never read it, or seen it, so i don't know.

    4. Would you like Clive to occasionally revisit his full-tilt horror writing in the future, or are you well-satisfied with his current works of his ever-expanding consciousness, like Imajica? (Are you hoping The Scarlet Gospels will be a return to hardcore Barker horror?) Rose Red Bullet - F2U!  I've never read it, or seen it, so i don't know.

    5. Who are your favorite writers and artists on DeviantArt who explore a darker tone in their works? Rose Red Bullet - F2U! Well, no one to name it now

    6. What is your favorite Clive Barker book or film and why? Rose Red Bullet - F2U! None

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mylittlebronyman94 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nice. Disappointed with the lack of JERICHO though.
Byzwa-Dher Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much, really appreciate it !!! :hug: :hug: :hug: 
chicara17 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
not even a week ago I had been talking with my sister about buying and re-reading the abarat books, they were an absolute favorite of ours growing up! (we were probably younger than the intended audience but whatever!) Logging in to see this lovely tribute reminded me of this and reaffirmed that I must do so!
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