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Clive Barker (1)

This page covers the author of Weaveworld.

For other authors named Clive Barker, see the disambiguation page.

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Critics of the horror story have frequently called Clive Barker the "British Stephen King". Born in Liverpool in 1952, Barker attended the University of Liverpool but moved to London in 1977, where he worked as a commercial artist and became involved with the avant-garde theatrical community. Primarily a playwright during this period, he also produced short fiction that he would eventually publish as part of his six-volume collection titled Books of Blood (1984-85). More than any other author of contemporary horror fiction, Barker has had a major impact on the direction of the genre. He has introduced strong elements of sex and graphic violence into his fiction, but these elements are employed with an artistic objective. Barker underscores his work with complex subtextual metaphors and artistic allusions. Preoccupied with the craft of writing and with its effect on the reader, Barker is an innovator of formula and genre, often parodying the former in order to change the philosophical contour of the latter. Barker has achieved commercial success not only with his short fiction but also with his novels, which tend to be epic in scope and to blend elements of horror with those of high fantasy. Barker is one of the more influential voices in horror cinema, having written and directed a number of films. His printed works include The Candle in the Cloud, Absolute Midnight, The Scarlet Gospels, and Black is the Devil's Rainbow: Tales of a Journeyman. His films include Dread, Tortured Souls: Animae Damanatae, and Hellraiser. (Bowker Author Biography) Clive Barker was born in October, 1952, in Liverpool, England, and graduated from Liverpool University. While a student, the resourceful Barker formed a theater company as an outlet for his career as a budding playwright. After minor success with several plays such as "Frankenstein in Love," Barker vaulted onto the horror fiction scene with the publication of his short stories, "The Books of Blood." Later books such as "The Damnation Game," "Imajica," and "Everville" have further established his reputation as a Master of Horror. Barker gained further popularity with several motion picture projects. Unhappy with previous film versions of his works, he chose to direct the successful movie "Hellraiser," which generated a string of sequels. In addition to writing and directing, Barker has produced several of the movies in both the "Hellraiser" and "Candyman" series. Besides his writing and film activities, the multitalented Barker is an actor and illustrator, with several published volumes of his artwork. Barker is a recipient of British Fantasy awards and a World Fantasy award, and resides in Los Angeles. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Weaveworld 3,841 copies, 50 reviews
Abarat 3,618 copies, 84 reviews
The Great and Secret Show 2,931 copies, 9 reviews
The Thief of Always 2,725 copies, 56 reviews
Imajica 2,713 copies, 34 reviews
Books of Blood 1-3 2,212 copies, 29 reviews
The Hellbound Heart 2,185 copies, 57 reviews
Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War 2,142 copies, 35 reviews
The Damnation Game 2,054 copies, 19 reviews
Everville 1,845 copies, 11 reviews
Cabal 1,543 copies, 14 reviews
Mister B. Gone 1,527 copies, 51 reviews
Coldheart Canyon 1,299 copies, 22 reviews
Galilee 1,276 copies, 10 reviews
Sacrament 1,266 copies, 17 reviews
Books of Blood, Vol. 4 1,214 copies, 10 reviews
Books of Blood, Vol. 1 1,130 copies, 21 reviews
Books of Blood, Vol. 5 1,093 copies, 11 reviews
Books of Blood, Vol. 2 767 copies, 9 reviews
Imajica: The Fifth Dominion 695 copies, 2 reviews
Books of Blood, Vol. 3 662 copies, 6 reviews
Cabal {collection} 627 copies, 4 reviews
Abarat: Absolute Midnight 561 copies, 16 reviews
The Scarlet Gospels 548 copies, 28 reviews
Books of Blood 4-6 522 copies, 2 reviews
Imajica: The Reconciliation 475 copies, 3 reviews
Clive Barker's The Thief Of Always (Graphic Novel) (Original author) 336 copies, 8 reviews
Books of Blood, Vol. 6 253 copies, 4 reviews
Incarnations 243 copies
Clive Barker's The Great And Secret Show, Vol. 1 (Original author) 192 copies, 1 review
Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror 176 copies, 2 reviews
Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Collected Best, Vol. 1 (Concept creator) 130 copies, 1 review
Books of Blood 1-6 110 copies, 1 review
Hellraiser (Director) 109 copies, 2 reviews
Candyman [1992 film] (executive producer) 98 copies
Clive Barker's Tapping the Vein 77 copies, 4 reviews
Night Screams 72 copies, 4 reviews
The Yattering and Jack [Graphic Novel] (Original author) 70 copies, 1 review
The Complete Clive Barker's Great and Secret Show (Original author) 61 copies, 2 reviews
Masters of Darkness III 48 copies, 2 reviews
Clive Barkers Age of Desire 47 copies, 2 reviews
Hellbound: Hellraiser II [1988 film] (executive producer) 47 copies
Lord of Illusion 44 copies, 1 review
Clive Barker Illustrator (Illustrator) 43 copies
Weaveworld / Cabal (Author) 40 copies
Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed (Introduction) 40 copies, 1 review
Tapping the Vein 1 38 copies, 2 reviews
Son of Celluloid (Original author) 37 copies, 1 review
Dread 37 copies
Infernal Parade 36 copies, 2 reviews
Tonight, Again (Author) 33 copies, 1 review
Rawhead Rex 33 copies
Revelations 31 copies, 1 review
Lord of Illusions [1995 film] (Director) 31 copies
Tapping the Vein 3 30 copies, 1 review
Tapping the Vein 2 30 copies, 1 review
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth [1992 film] (executive producer) 30 copies
Clive Barker's The Thief of Always, Book 1 (Original author) 27 copies, 1 review
Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition (Author (short story); Cover artist) 27 copies
Tapping the Vein 4 24 copies, 1 review
Nightbreed [Theatrical Cut] (Director) 24 copies
Hellraiser: The Toll (Story) 20 copies, 1 review
The Midnight Meat Train {2008 film} (Producer/Story) 19 copies, 1 review
Nightbreed: The Director's Cut (Director) 15 copies
Hellraiser / Nightbreed: Jihad, Book 2 (Concept creator) 14 copies
Clive Barker's The Thief of Always, Book 3 (Original author) 13 copies
Hellraiser / Nightbreed: Jihad, Book 1 (Concept creator) 13 copies
Clive Barker's The Thief of Always, Book 2 (Original author) 13 copies
Clive Barker's Nightbreed Archive Vol. 1 (Screenplay writer) 11 copies
Hellraiser 1-3 11 copies
The Forbidden 11 copies
Sangre II 10 copies
The Body Book 10 copies
Apocalypse 9 copies
Night Fears 9 copies
Clive Barker Omnibus 8 copies, 2 reviews
Lost Souls 8 copies, 1 review
Crazyface 6 copies
Haeckel's Tale 6 copies, 1 review
Imaginer III 5 copies
Abarat Map 4 copies
Sangre 4 copies
Animal Life 4 copies
Human Remains 3 copies
Messenger 3 copies
Creature 3 copies
Down Satan! 2 copies
Final Act 2 copies
Imajica: Annotated Edition (Author) 2 copies
Sacrament 1 copy
Primal #1 1 copy
Rare flesh 1 copy
Imaginer 5 1 copy
The Sandman: The Doll's House (Introduction) 7,555 copies, 126 reviews
King Rat (Introduction, some editions) 1,894 copies, 56 reviews
The Sandman: Book of Dreams (Illustrator) 1,876 copies, 20 reviews
The Living Dead (Contributor) 846 copies, 20 reviews
30 Days of Night (Introduction, some editions) 830 copies, 36 reviews
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (Contributor) 690 copies, 19 reviews
The Dark Descent (Contributor) 600 copies, 13 reviews
The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror (Contributor, some editions) 505 copies, 2 reviews
I Shudder at Your Touch (Contributor) 493 copies, 6 reviews
The New Weird (Contributor) 487 copies, 13 reviews
Death: The Deluxe Edition (Illustrator) 451 copies, 6 reviews
Now We Are Sick: An Anthology of Nasty Verse (Cover artist, some editions) 331 copies, 4 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (Contributor) 314 copies, 5 reviews
Dark Delicacies (Contributor) 251 copies, 5 reviews
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Sixth Annual Collection (Contributor; Contributor) 197 copies, 1 review
Revelations (Contributor; Cover artist, some editions) 188 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Zombies (Contributor) 176 copies, 2 reviews
Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror (Contributor) 151 copies, 1 review
Hellbound Hearts (Foreword) 141 copies, 6 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men (Contributor) 136 copies, 3 reviews
Little Deaths (Contributor) 116 copies, 1 review
Splatterpunks II: Over the Edge (Contributor) 113 copies, 2 reviews
Cutting Edge (Contributor) 113 copies
Night Visions: The Hellbound Heart (Contributor) 111 copies, 4 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Monsters (Contributor) 111 copies, 4 reviews
Silver Scream (Contributor) 99 copies, 2 reviews
A Taste for Blood (Contributor) 98 copies, 1 review
Foundations of Fear (Contributor) 91 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Terror (Contributor) 87 copies, 1 review
The Reel Stuff (Contributor) 80 copies
Night Visions Hardshell (Introduction) 72 copies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 17 (Contributor) 72 copies, 2 reviews
Between Time and Terror (Contributor) 71 copies
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted (Contributor) 69 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New Horror (Contributor) 65 copies, 1 review
The Medusa In The Shield (Dark Descent) (Contributor) 62 copies, 1 review
Creatures: Thirty Years of Monsters (Contributor) 61 copies
Cut! Horror Writers on Horror Film (Contributor) 57 copies
The Dead That Walk: Flesh-Eating Stories (Contributor) 52 copies, 1 review
Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories (Anthology) (Contributor) 51 copies, 3 reviews
Shivers VII (Contributor) 50 copies, 2 reviews
The Best Horror from Fantasy Tales (Contributor) 50 copies, 1 review
Classic Science Fiction (Contributor) 47 copies
Dancing With the Dark (Contributor) 46 copies, 1 review
Best New Horror 4 (Contributor) 45 copies
The Mists from Beyond (Contributor) 45 copies
Horror: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (Contributor) 44 copies, 1 review
Sleepwalkers [1992 film] (Actor) 43 copies
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror (Mammoth Books) (Contributor) 39 copies, 1 review
A Death Gallery #1 (Illustrator) 34 copies, 1 review
Turn Down the Lights (Contributor) 34 copies, 4 reviews
Dark Screams: Volume Four (Contributor) 33 copies, 12 reviews
Dark Dreamers: Facing the Masters of Fear (some editions) 29 copies, 1 review
The Complete Masters of Darkness (Contributor) 29 copies, 1 review
Dark Terrors 2 (Contributor) 23 copies
Nursery Crimes (Contributor) 22 copies, 1 review
Mirror Mirror 2 (Contributor) 21 copies
Reading Stephen King (Author) 19 copies, 2 reviews
Masques V (Cover artist, some editions) 19 copies, 1 review
The Giant Book of Terror (Contributor) 18 copies
By Horror Haunted (Contributor) 18 copies
Summer Chills (Contributor) 17 copies, 1 review
Horrorology (Contributor) 16 copies, 1 review
Detours (Author) 14 copies
Dark Screams: Volume Ten 11 copies, 1 review
Gaslight and Ghosts (Contributor) 9 copies
Legacies (Contributor) 8 copies
Dread [2009 Movie] (Producer) 6 copies
The Plague [2006 Film] (Producer) 5 copies
Escalofríos (Contributor) 5 copies
Scales and Tales: Finding Forever Homes (Author, some editions) 5 copies

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