Some 25 years ago, in what I call my “dark period,” I was deeply into horror fiction. Of course Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and others lined my shelves, but it was a British author, Ramsey Campbell that truly inspired night chills. Incarnate, his 1983 masterpiece went a long way in defining the genre, and for me, had me sleeping with the light on for a long time.
Ramsey Campbell is considered by most everyone in the horror arena to be one of the best horror writers around. He’s respected and admired by readers and fellow writers alike, with each of his new books eagerly anticipated. Peter Straub considers him to be ‘one of the few real writers in our field. In some ways. . . the best of us all.’ Clive Barker‘s opinion is that ‘Ramsey Campbell writes prose as incisive and elegant as anything the mainstream can offer.,’ His press isn’t bad either, one paper proclaiming him to be ‘generally considered the nearest thing to God’ in horror fiction. (more…)
Clive Barker is widely considered to be a driving force in the world of modern horror. His earliest works, a collection of short stories entitled Books of Blood, drew praise from some of the masters of the genre. Upon reading his work, Stephen King stated, “I have seen the future of horror … and it is named Clive Barker.” Barker’s later works grew in size and scope to encompass epic fantasy and even young adult literature.
A number of Clive Barker’s works have been made into films and television shows including Hellraiser (based on his novella The Hellbound Heart), Rawhead Rex, Nightbreed (based on his novella Cabal), and Candyman (based on his short story The Forbidden).
Many of Barker’s creations continue to influence the world of horror in literature and cinema, spawning countless imitations, spin offs, and sequels. He is also a renowned painter, playwrite, and comic book writer.
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An original Clive Barker book, “The Adventures of Mr. Maxmillian Bacchus and His Traveling Circus” is composed of four interwoven stories penned by Clive 40 years ago that have never seen print in any form! Here for the first time in a beautiful edition, lavishly illustrated by the amazing Richard Kirk with an introduction by Clive. This fantastic tale will be a volume to cherish and read for generations to come!
Maximillian Bacchus is the ringmaster, ruler, guide and owner of what he considers the greatest show in the world. Traveling with a Crocodile named Malachi, a trapeze girl named Ophelia, a strong man they call Hero, which is short for Hieronymus, a clown named Domingo de Ybarrondo who paints in a wagon pulled by a giant “Ibis bird”. The troupe wanders from adventure to adventure with mythic aplomb.
From the first story, in which Indigo Murphy, the best bird handler in the world leaves the show to join in matrimony with the Duke Lorenzo de Medici, to the fabled court of Kubla Khan, the magic never stops. You will meet a young apple thief named Angelo with magic eyes, and an orang-outang named Bathsheba, and a host of other amazing characters with names and personas cut like a patchwork quilt from the mythologies (more…)
(movieweb.com, Nov. 27)
One of the best horror films from the 80’s and destined to remain one of the classics. A groundbreaking horror from the wonderfully imaginative mind of Clive Barker. It is unique and original, something that is lacking in a lot of horror movies today.
If you are a fan of horror movies, this is a must see. The only thing wrong with the film is that you can tell it was filmed in 1987 because of the picture and sound quality. It obviously does not compare to what we are use to today.
Clive Barker is involved in the remake to begin filming in 2009. I think that will make the difference between a good and bad remake. I look forward to it.