Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England in 1952. Though known primarily for his novels - as well as his work on phenomenally successful Hellraiser series, which was based on Barker's novella The Hellbound Heart - he has also had a significant impact on the world of comic books, having created, written and inspired more than 20 different titles.
Working mostly in the horror/fantasy genres, Barker is the author of numerous best-selling books, and has received great critical acclaim for the complexity of his imagined worlds, as well as his skillful command of written language.
In 1993, Marvel launched the short-lived Razorline imprint, giving Clive Barker an opportunity to create his own set of superheroes. He later stated that his Razorline heroes were a chance for him to imagine what being a superhero might mean in a 90's context. The four titles were inextricably linked, with multiple crossovers between stories and characters from each title.
The four comic book titles were:
Though each title had it's creative team of writers and artists, they were all based on detailed outlines and concepts provided by Barker. Unfortunately, not one of the titles had a run of more than 9 issues and in 1995, Razorline was discontinued. Many reasons have been cited for this, including the 90's slump in the comic market, and the content of the comics frequently violating Marvel's Comics Code.
As well as his collaborative input on numerous other works, several titles have been inspired by the works of - or created by - Clive Barker, including:
Other works include The Great And Secret Show, The Thief Of Always and Seduth.
Clive Barker's novels have been adapted into comic books, video games, films (most notably Hellraiser and Candyman) and art. He has also enjoyed success in costume design and painting, and has illustrated several of his own books. He is often actively involved in the adaptation of his works, having produced, directed or written a number of them himself. Barker has repeatedly publicly stated his disappointment in Marvel for their treatment of the Razorline titles, as well as the sub-standard quality of the later Hellraiser films.
Clive Barker has been involved in the making of the following films, most of which are based to some extent on his written works:
The following video games were inspired by the works of Clive Barker:
- Clive Barker's Undying
- Clive Barker's Demonik (cancelled)
- Clive Barker's Jericho
- Clive Barker's Nightbreed: The Action Game
- Clive Barker's Nightbreed: The Interactive Movie
Clive Barker is openly gay, and in 2003 received the Davidson/Valenti award, which is presented to homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals who have made a profound contribution to the promotion of equal rights for members of the LGBT community. Barker came no. 72 in the Independent on Sunday 2006 Pink List, which lists the most influential gay men and women.
Barker lives with his partner of 17 years, photographer David Emilian Armstrong.