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Clive Barker

UK flag (b.1952)

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

Genres: Horror, Young Adult Fantasy, Fantasy
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Clive Barker
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Short stories
Animal Life
The Book of Blood (1984)
Confession of a (pornographer's) Shroud (1984)
Hell's Event (1984)
Human Remains (1984)
In the Hills, the Cities (1984)
Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament (1984)World Fantasy (nominee)
The Midnight Meat Train (1984)
New Murders in the Rue Morgue (1984)
Pig Blood Blues (1984)
Scape-Goats (1984)
Sex, Death and Starshine (1984)
The Skins of the Fathers (1984)
Son of Celluloid (1984)
The Age of Desire (1985)
Babel's Children (1985)
The Body Politic (1985)
The Book of Blood (a Postscript): On Jerusalem Street (1985)
Down, Satan! (1985)
The Forbidden (1985)
How Spoilers Bleed (1985)
In the Flesh (1985)
The Inhuman Condition (1985)
Life After Death (1985)
Lost Souls (1985)
The Madonna (1985)
Twilight at the Towers (1985)
The Hellbound Heart [short story] (1986)World Fantasy (nominee)
Coming to Grief (1988)
The Rhapsodist (1988)
The Departed (1992)
On Amen's Shore (1992)
Hermione and the Moon (1993)
Chiliad: A Meditation: Men and Sin (1997)
Chiliad: A Meditation: A Moment at the River's Heart (1997)

World Fantasy Best Collection winner (1985) : Books of Blood Volume 1
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1985) : Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament
World Fantasy Best Collection nominee (1986) : Books of Blood Volume 4
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1986) : The Damnation Game
World Fantasy Best Novella nominee (1987) : The Hellbound Heart [short story]
Bram Stoker Best First Novel nominee (1988) : The Damnation Game
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1988) : Weaveworld
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (1996) : Sacrament
British Fantasy Society Best Novel nominee (2005) : Abarat: The First Book of Hours
Bram Stoker Best Novel nominee (2015) : The Scarlet Gospels

Books about Clive Barker
Clive Barker recommends
The Influence (1988)
Ramsey Campbell
"A subtle, intricate and beautifully constructed book...Campbell writes prose as incisive and elegant as anything in the mainstream can offer, while providing the reader with insight and chills only a master of dark fantasy could achieve."
Death Spore (1990)
Harry Adam Knight (John Brosnan)
"I had a damned good time with this book."
The Bridge (1991)
John M Skipp and Craig Spector
"This is the New Horror at work; fast-paced and passionate, breaking new ground as it uncovers the faces that fear wears in the century's final decade."
Wet Work (1993)
Philip Nutman
"A vital and original talent."
The List of Seven (1993)
(Arthur Conan Doyle, book 1)
Mark Frost
"An irresistible page-turner."
Only Forward (1994)
Michael Marshall Smith
"A dark labyrinth of a book: shocking, moving and surreal. Violent, outrageous and witty - sometimes simultaneously - it offers us a journey from which we return both shaken and exhilarated. An extaordinary debut."
Longbarrow (1997)
Mark Morris
"One of the finest horror writers at work today."
Big Thunder (1997)
Peter Atkins
"Atkins is a brilliant supplier of shudders and splendours."
Pork Pie Hat (1999)
Peter Straub
"In any genre, a world class author."
Demons (2000)
John Shirley
"John Shirley is an adventurer, returning from dark and troubled regions with visionary tales to tell. I heartily recommend a journey with John Shirley at your side."
The Ferryman (2002)
Christopher Golden
"A powerful and haunting tale."
The Arcanum (2004)
Thomas Wheeler
"THE ARCANUM is a first-class thriller; superbly crafted, it moves like lightning, creating a world where historical fact and wild invention are interwoven. Marvellous stuff!"
Anima (2005)
M John Harrison
"An extraordinary writer."
Rust and Bone (2005)
Craig Davidson
"There is a strikingly original tone to Mr Davidson's stories. The prose is spare yet elegant, the insights are fresh and real, and best of all there is a boundless humanity in Mr. Davidson's writing: a love of life that is beautifully woven with an acute sense of its darkness. This is in every way an extraordinary book."
The Wicked Haze (2005)
Nicholas Randers (Nicholas Grabowsky)
"Nicholas, I salute you!"
The Poisoned Crown (2006)
(Sangreal Trilogy, book 3)
Amanda Hemingway
"A Piece of Pure Magic."
Unikirja (2009)
K A Laity
"K. A. Laity's writing is full of fluent style and poetic dialogue."
The Gemini Factor (2010)
Paul Kane
"Paul Kane's writing has a style and elegance. He's a first rate storyteller, never failing to marry his insights into the world and its anguish with the pleasures of phrases eloquently turned."
The Rainbow Man (2013)
P B Kane (Paul Kane)
"Kane's writing has a style and elegance, he's a first-rate storyteller."
Glimpse (2018)
Jonathan Maberry
"A waking dream, at once powerful and subtly sinister."
Jinxed (2018)
(Jinxed Trilogy, book 1)
Thommy Hutson
"Thommy Hutson is the ultimate authority in nostalgia-driven storytelling."
Clown in a Cornfield (2020)
(Clown in a Cornfield, book 1)
Adam Cesare
"An author who knows how to make us afraid."
Hawk Mountain (2022)
Conner Habib
"Habib's debut novel is a bleak, dark adrenaline rush."

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