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Clive Barker’s known Books

  • Books of Blood
  • Faustian
  • The Damnation Game
  • Weaveworld
  • The Great and Secret Show
  • Imajica
  • Sacrament
  • Mister B. Gone.
  • The Hellbound Heart

Clive Barker’s known Movies

  • Underworld, Rawhead Rex
  • Hellraiser
  • The Forbidden
  • Salome
  • Nightbreed
  • Lord of Illusions
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Tortured Souls


“I have the normal complement of anxieties, neuroses, psychoses and whatever else - but I'm absolutely nothing special.”

“To you who have never died, may I say: Welcome to the world!”

“I've never worked where it was hard to be gay. Besides, being gay is a spectacular irrelevance to getting on with your life.”

“Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.”

“You cut up a thing that's alive and beautiful to find out how it's alive and why it's beautiful, and before you know it, it's neither of those things, and you're standing there with blood on your face and tears in your sight and only the terrible ache of guilt to show for it.”

“You can plan to be brave - it's even better if you just try to be brave.”

“On the crassest level, the lady gets into the box, the lady is sawn in half, the lady is in two pieces, the box is put back together again and the lady is whole. The magician, the shaman figure, the worker of miracles divides and subdivides himself and his assistants. He's drowned, is bound, is filled with swords, and comes out whole.”

“I wrote none of these books. I made none of these films. Nor drew the drawings, nor opined at such length on death, sex and the human condition.”

“Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any other story springs.”

“But I think humans are innately religious as a species, so you don't need a specific excuse for examining the perversely unholy.”

“At best you can hold death at bay, you can pretend it isn't there; but to deny it totally is a sickness. And I think that horror fiction is one of the ways to approach these problems, and, perversely perhaps, to enjoy a vicarious confrontation with them. ”

“I'm a great dog fanatic. My own dog died a little while ago and I take it very personally when things die - it's a major offence.”

"Gather experience. . . Look at what you should not look at. A feeling of anxiety is the sure and certain evidence that you should do this." Barker performed a disection at a funeral home, for the sake of understanding death at close hand.”

“It's irritating, because I would like to make movies that were as unrelenting and as explicit in their metaphysical, sexual and violent imagery as the stories. But with the way censorship is at present, there's no way you can do that.”

“The loss only shows how far backwards we have gone in , ... But all we can do now is to roll back our sleeves and make changes and look forward to the future.”

“I've never felt so good in my life,”

“Whale was gay, I'm gay; Whale was English, I'm English. Whale made some horror movies, and I've made some horror movies. It seemed as if I should be helping to tell this story.”

“I do love these events. It is a chance to interact in a direct and personal way. So when I do agree to attend such an event, I wholeheartedly throw myself headlong into it.”

“What I tried to do is deliver movies that have worked for me more than once.”

“The threads can always be traced back to some earlier tale, and to the tales that preceded that; though as the narrator's voice recedes the connections will seem to grow more tenuous, for each age will want the tale told as if it were of its own making.”

“Nothing is fixed. In and out the shuttle goes, fact and fiction, mind and matter, woven into patterns that may have only this in common: that hidden amongst them is a filigree which will with time become a world.”

“I've always thought that the most extraordinary special effect you could do is to buy a child at the moment of its birth, sit it on a little chair and say, "You'll have three score years and ten," and take a photograph every minute.”

“It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do, that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one's dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical.”


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