Clive Barker

Producer, Novelist, Director
Once hailed by Stephen King as the future of horror, author Clive Barker parlayed his success as a prose writer into a wide range of mediums, including films, visual arts and even video games. Barker was seen in some ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1952 in Liverpool, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (17)

Hellraiser: Revelations 2014 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Dread 2009 (Movie)

(Short Story) (Source Material)

The Midnight Meat Train 2008 (Movie)

(from short story: "Midnight Meat Train") (Source Material)

Masters of Horror 2006 (Tv Show)

Source Material

Hellraiser 5: Inferno 1999 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

Lord of Illusions 1995 (Movie)

from short story("Lord of Illusion") (From Story)

Lord of Illusions 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Candyman 1992 (Movie)

from short story("The Forbidden") (From Story)

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth 1992 (Movie)

(Characters as Source Material)

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

("Cabal: The Night Breed") (Source Material (from novel))

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hellraiser 1987 (Movie)

(from novella: "The Hellbound Heart") (Source Material)

Hellraiser 1987 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Transmutations 1986 (Movie)

(From Story)

Transmutations 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (15)

Plague 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clive Barker's Book of Blood 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Producer

Dread 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Midnight Meat Train 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Clive Barker's Saint Sinner 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

True Rights 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hellraiser: Bloodline 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hellraiser: Bloodline 1996 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lord of Illusions 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Candyman 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hellbound: Hellraiser II 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Born (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (12)

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Others 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters of Fantasy: Clive Barker 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Scary Movie Show 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lord of Illusions: The Magic of Clive Barker 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

Forensic Tech (Actor)

Quicksilver Highway (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Lord of Illusions 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Night Breed 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Hellraiser 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Forbidden 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Salome 1973 (Movie)

(Director)
Executive (1)

The Horror Hall of Fame II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive

Biography

Once hailed by Stephen King as the future of horror, author Clive Barker parlayed his success as a prose writer into a wide range of mediums, including films, visual arts and even video games. Barker was seen in some quarters as a true innovator in the horror genre, thanks in large part to his higher literary ambitions. But perhaps his greatest talent was his ability to cleverly recycle the old formula with liberal helpings of unconventional sexuality and over-the-top violence. By the mid-1990s, with a slew of best-selling novels, short story collections and comic book series bearing his name, the workaholic Barker was also a well-established presence in Hollywood, having written and directed the popular "Hellraiser" (1987), which spawned a long-running cult franchise that saw several theatrical and direct-to-DVD releases over the ensuing decades. Though occasionally stepping behind the camera for the likes of "Nightbreed" (1990) and "Lords of Illusion" (1995), Barker served more as an executive producer on a number of films, most of which were adapted from his novels and short stories. With his name attached to such horror fare as "Candyman" (1992) and "Hellraiser: Bloodlines" (1995), it came as a surprise to some when he executive produced the Oscar-baiting drama, "Gods and Monsters" (1998), which focused on openly gay horror director, James Whale. While delving into young adult novels on "The Books of Aharat" series and producing off-putting titles like "The Midnight Meat Train" (2008), Barker remained a thoughtful and articulate practitioner of the horror genre, even posing a threat to King as the leading producer of brand-name horror/fantasy fiction.

Relationships

Emilian Armstrong

Companion
Together since 1996; exchanged rings in a commitment ceremony; had a daughter from a previous relationship No longer together In June 2012, Armstrong filed a lawsuit against Barker, claiming Barker gave him the HIV virus

Nicole Armstrong

Step-Daughter
Born c. 1988 to Emilian David Armstrong

Len Barker

Father
Worked for an industrial relations firm Died of leukemia on Aug. 20, 1999

Joan Barker

Mother
Also spent much of her time as a painter

EDUCATION

Liverpool University

Liverpool

Quarry Bank School

Liverpool
same high school that John Lennon attended

Liverpool University

Liverpool

Milestones

2010

Executive produced the documentary about Chicago artist "JoJo Baby"

2009

Produced films based on his short stories "Dread" and "Book of Blood"

2002

Wrote and executive produced the Sci Fi Channel movie "Saint Sinner"

2000

Made rare TV acting appearance on an episode of the NBC drama series "The Others"

1998

Served as an executive producer for biographical drama "Gods and Monsters"

1998

Off-Broadway playwriting debut, "Subtle Bodies"

1997

Signed development deal with 20th Centuty Fox Television for primetime and children's programming

1995

First credit as producer, "Lord of Illusions"; also scripted, directed, and provided story

1993

Exhibited work in a NYC Soho art gallery in an exhibition entitled "Clive Barker: Paintings and Drawings 1973-1993"

1992

Horror film "Candyman" adapted from his story "The Forbidden"

1992

Published first children's book The Thief of Always; also illustrated

1992

Film acting debut, a cameo in "Stephen King's Sleepwalkers"

1992

Executive produced and received "from characters" credit on "Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth"

1992

Signed a multi-picture agreement with Propaganda Films

1988

First credit as executive producer, "Hellbound: Hellraiser II"

1987

First TV adaptation of his work, "The Yattering and Jack" on the syndicated anthology series "Tales from the Darkside"

1987

Published first fantasy novel Weaveworld

1987

Made feature writing and directorial debut with "Hellraiser"

1985

Published his first novel The Damnation Game

1985

First feature screenwriter credit (based on his story) on "Underworld/Transmutations"

1984

Published his first volume of short stories Books of Blood; also illustrated cover for English edition

1978

Starred in "Faust," an unfinished 16mm experimental black & white film (date approximate)

"Starved" for eight years writing, directing, and acting in plays for the Dog Company – a fringe theater group he formed – including "Dog" (1978), "The History of the Devil," and "Frankenstein in Love" (c. 1980)

Began working in Liverpool theater

Wrote his first horror short stories after the Dog Company disbanded

Attended the Quarry Bank School, John Lennon's alma mater, where he wrote, directed and performed in plays

Moved to London

Read English literature and philosophy at Liverpool University

Formed Seraphim Films

Born and raised in Liverpool, England

Marvel Comics established the Razorline imprint for a series of Clive Barker comic-books

Bonus Trivia

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He had an official website at www.clivebarker.com.

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Barker was openly gay. Featured in the September 8, 1995 Entertainment Weekly on "The Gay '90s," Barker reported that he had come out that spring in three gay magazines: "It just seems like a good time to stand up and be counted."

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An exhibition of his paintings entitled "The Weird and the Wicked: A Halloween Exhibition of the Erotic and Fantastic" opened in L.A. in October 1998.

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In April 2000, Barker signed a deal with Disney for a series of fantasy/adventure novels collectively known as "The Abaret Quartet."

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Barker's former companion Emilian David Armstrong filed a lawsuit against the filmmaker in June 2012. Armstrong claimed Barker gave him the HIV virus and then kicked him out of his house.

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