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.