->''"I have seen the future of the horror genre, and his name is Clive Barker."''
-->-- '''Creator/StephenKing'''

Clive Barker (born October 5, 1952) is a British horror and dark fantasy author responsible for over a dozen novels, several movies, a few graphic novels, some artwork, and a couple of video games as well. His works almost always feature sexual overtones that are graphic, disturbing, and disgusting in nature. His stories are usually set in a contemporary urban setting, but with AnotherDimension or many dimensions. On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, his stories lie pretty far on the cynical side, with heavily flawed but sympathetic protagonists and an overall dark and gritty tone, although some of his novels have had [[EarnYourHappyEnding happy and magically enchanting endings]], and have featured themes such as love and [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]].

Barker's paintings and illustrations have been featured in galleries in the United States, as well as within his own books. He has also created original characters and series for comic books, and some of his more popular horror stories have been adapted to the medium.
!!Some of Clive Barker's works include:

[[AC: {{Comic Book}}]]
* ''ComicBook/CliveBarkersNextTestament''

[[AC: {{Film}}]]
* ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}''
* ''Film/{{Nightbreed}}''
* ''Film/LordOfIllusions''
* ''Film/{{Candyman}}''
* ''Film/RawheadRex''
* ''Film/TheMidnightMeatTrain''
* ''Film/{{Dread}}''

[[AC: {{Literature}}]]
* ''Books Of Blood: Volumes 1-3 and 4-6''
** ''Literature/TheAgeOfDesire''
** ''Literature/{{Dread}}''
** ''Literature/TheMidnightMeatTrain''
** ''Literature/RawheadRex''
* ''Literature/TheHellboundHeart'' (the novella on which the first ''Film/{{Hellraiser}}'' was based)
* ''Literature/{{Abarat}}''
* ''Cabal'' (the book on which ''Nightbreed'' was based)
* ''Literature/TheDamnationGame''
* ''Literature/{{Imajica}}''
* ''Literature/TheThiefOfAlways''
* The Book of the Art Trilogy (So far consisting of ''The Great And Secret Show'' and ''Everville'')
* ''Literature/ColdheartCanyon''
* ''Literature/{{Weaveworld}}''
* ''Literature/MisterBGone''
* ''Literature/{{Galilee}}''
* ''Literature/TheScarletGospels''

[[AC: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/TheHistoryOfTheDevil''

[[AC: Toys]]
* ''[[Toys/CliveBarkersTorturedSouls Tortured Souls]]''

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* ''Videogame/CliveBarkersUndying''
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho''

!!Tropes featured in Clive Barker's body of work include:

* {{Antihero}}: Most of his protagonists are flawed.
* AnyoneCanDie: Indeed, in the second novel of ''Abarat,'' it seems that Barker can only keep a certain number of characters alive at any given point, so for every new character introduced, another is cleanly hacked away.
* AuthorAppeal: A few of his stories feature men getting raped by other men, and then realizing that they like it.
* AuthorTract: Some of Clive Barker's works serve as this for his feminist and environmentalist views, respectively. ''Imajica'' and ''Sacrament'' are this in particular.
* BadassBookworm: Clive himself. Creator/ChuckPalahniuk related a story where a teenage fan of Clive's waited in line at a book signing, then when he reached the front of the line, immediately cried "Clive, this is for you!" and slashed his own wrists with a razor blade. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Barker grabbed the kids' wrists and slammed them down against the books he'd left on the table, keeping the pressure on the wound long enough for paramedics to arrive and save the kid's life, then dutifully signed his autograph in the blood and delivered the book to the kid in the hospital.]]
* BedsheetGhost: The protagonist of the short story "Confessions of a (Pornographer's) Shroud" is a straight-laced Catholic man framed as a porn kingpin and murdered, who possesses the shroud covering him in the morgue to take his revenge. The story is a BlackComedy based on the ridiculous visual gag of a bedsheet ghost murdering people in increasingly graphic fashion.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Barbarossas and The Gearys in ''Galilee''
* TheBlank: The Engineer in ''The Hellbound Heart''.
* BloodBath: Mister B. Gone, the demonic VillainProtagonist from the story of the same name, bathes in a tub full of blood from dead babies. He complains of how difficult it is to keep them alive long enough so the bath would be warm when he empties their blood into the tub.
* BodyHorror: So, so much BodyHorror.
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* {{Doorstopper}}: ''Weaveworld'', ''Imajica'', ''The Great and Secret Show'', and ''Everville''.
* FantasticNoir: His films ''Film/{{Candyman}}'' (which was based off Barker's short story "The Forbidden") and ''Film/LordOfIllusions'' qualify, however, the latter really falls into the FilmNoir territory in comparison to the former.
* GenderBender: Happens to the protagonist of [[spoiler:"The Madonna"]].
* GenreDeconstruction: ''The Midnight Meat Train'', at least in its film incarnation, is a huge deconstruction of {{slasher movie}}s. Every single slasher movie trope used or referenced in it is either subverted or justified; the protagonists are responsible adults instead of rowdy teens, the authorities are useless because [[spoiler: they're working with the killer]], and the supernatural slasher turns out to be [[spoiler: upholding an AncientConspiracy to keep an EldritchAbomination out of our world]].
* GoodIsBoring: Jack Polo in ''The Yattering And Jack''. So much so that the Yattering is nearly driven insane trying to corrupt him. It's one of his funnier stories.
* HellSeeker: In the short story "Down Satan!", a wealthy businessman becomes convinced God doesn't exist, and decides to find out whether the devil does by building a literal Hell on Earth.
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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Stories combine fantastic and supernatural evil with the evil and cruelties that humans perpetrate against each other. Consider, for example, that the true villains of the novella ''The Hellbound Heart'' (basis for the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies) are [[spoiler: Frank and Julia, wretched excuses for human beings (Frank even moreso than Julia)]], not the Cenobites.
** Made [[{{Anvilicious}} much more explicit]] in ''Film/{{Nightbreed}}'', where humans are the monsters who have hunted the monstrous "tribes of the moon" to near-extinction.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: (''[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Clive Barker's]] VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho, [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation by Clive Barker]]'', ''Clive Barker's Razorline'' (a short-lived imprint of Creator/MarvelComics))
* MagicalLand: Most of his novels deal with an alternate reality or more than one realm, which maybe be accessible through paintings, rugs, [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} complex toy boxes]] or the like.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He may write horrifying stories of cruelty and despair but Barker is known to be extremely nice and friendly in real life, especially to his fans.
* NoAccountingForTaste: A lot of marriages have long since gone sour after the couple has been together for many years, whereas romantic relationships where the man and woman have just met will be full of love and the two will struggle against all odds to come together. This isn't always the case, but it's common enough in his stories to be worth mentioning.
** Also worth mentioning is that an old couple doesn't even need to be officially married to fall apart. In ''Mister B Gone'', the two [[spoiler: demons]] who are described as having a relationship ''similar'' to an old married couple end up separating.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Both ''The Thief of Always'' and ''Abarat'' open with the child or pre-teen protagonists in towns like these. ''Abarat'' begins in a town called ''[[CrapsackWorld Chickentown]]'', for Christ's Sake, where the place's entire purpose seems to be to [[ButtMonkey make Candy Quakenbush miserable.]]
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* OlderThanTheyLook: He's sixty years old and looks about ten years younger. Of course, if you go back and look at photos when he was younger, he always looked older than he was, so it's starting to even out.
* PurpleProse
* SealedEvilInACan: In the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies, as well as the novella that they are based upon, ''The Hellbound Heart'' the only way the Cenobites will come after you is if you open the puzzle box known as Lemarchand's Box.
** So much so, in fact, that, at least in the novella, the Cenobites [[spoiler: make and honor a deal with the protagonist (who has accidentally opened the box, and has no idea what it is or does) to spare her if she can lead them to the novella's REAL villain, who has escaped their clutches]].
* SelfAdaptation: Clive Barker was exclusively a horror writer before becoming a film director. He has based several of his films on his earlier stories, such as ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' (based on his novella ''The Hellbound Heart'') and ''Film/LordOfIllusions'' (based on his short story "The Last Illusion").
* SomethingBlues: Short story "Pig Blood Blues".
* StraightGay: Barker has identified himself as gay since his late teens. One wouldn't really know that unless they read up on his biography.
* SummoningArtifact: The Lemarchand's Boxes, and especially the Lament Configuration.
* ThatPoorCat: Barker really dislikes cats, and it shows. If a cat appears in a story (e.g. ''The Yattering and Jack''), it ''will'' meet a horribly gruesome demise.
* TooDumbToLive: Frank in ''The Hellbound Heart''. He tracks down the Lemarchand Box because he thinks the Cenobites will teach him new methods of attaining pleasure. However, he's disgusted to see that they're all heavily pierced and mutilated, and even at ''this point'' it doesn't occur to him that their offering of "sensual experiences" may not fit the classic English definition of the word. But he learns. [[ToThePain Quickly.]]
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