Clive Barker


i am absolutely fascinated with clive barker! he has more imagination in his pinkie than most people have in their entire being! his writing is so alarming! sexual! engaging! i could never say enough about him! i am truly addicted!

>>By mrs. rosewater   (Wednesday, 14 Apr 2004 19:34)

I've been a fan of his for over a decade. It always bothers me when people refer to him as the "British Stephen King". No comparison. Barker has so much more talent. King cannot end a book to save his life. Barker's books are very complex and thought provoking. Not just scary or gross... They're far more than that.

One of the most enjoyable books I've ever read was "Weaveworld". I highly recommend it. :)

>>By nkiblue   (Friday, 25 Jun 2004 04:14)

i like the thef of always. it grips u right from the start.could hardly put it down. there are some twists that u would never expect,such a weird and wonderfull book.

>>By peas   (Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 02:48)

I've read "The Thief of Always" and it was very entertaining. I have attempted to read "The Great and Secret Show" but each time i pick it up it seems to grow boring. The begining is awesome were Jaffe is in the mailroom and he discover all the secrets but after the two main charaters 'become' and start the war it just goes downhill. Oh and by the way King is much better than Barker. No one can touch King describing power or his ability to make his charaters genuine.

>>By slowmac   (Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 09:02)

I was a lot into the Hellraiser-movies a few years back, and through that I got introduced to Clive Barker.
It surprises me though that:

a) He's "able" to write a children's book, considering his rather gory resume from previous books/movies.
b) That there hasn't been any controversy (reactions from alarmed parents and such) from the public, in relation to the corrolation of Barker writing gory, bloody Hellraiser-books (and working together with Todd McFarlane in making those Hellraiser-"toys") and children's books......

Also, in my humble opinion - he shouldn't have allowed for the sequels to Hellraiser to have been made. The "Barker-feel" didn't shine through, although Hellraiser II wasn't too bad actually.

>>By ortlieb   (Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 17:30)

i believe that clive barker is extraordinarily talented. . .and multifaceted. . .

he writes comic books and plays. . .is a fantastic visual artist. . .writes stories of horror, mystery, fantasy. . .and also combines these elements. . .to make incredible novels unmatched by anyone. . .including stephen king. . .who he himself has been quoted saying clive barker is the new face of horror. . .

so why shouldn't he write children stories. . .i started reading his stories when i was a child. . .and i don't feel that because you primarily write stories for adults that you should be limited to reach only that particular audience. . .

there are other examples of writers who write stories for older and younger audiences. . .such as judy blume and neil gaiman. . .

maybe we should try to be a little more open minded. . .and realize that children are not as fragile as one might think. . .

>>By drowninginflame   (Tuesday, 14 Sep 2004 21:54)

Not sure if you're aiming your critique directly at me, drowninginflame, but I was merely "stating a case of affairs", not airing my own subjective opinions (for the most part) in my previous post.

I do agree with you, although I can only speak from watching some of his movies.

>>By ortlieb   (Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 02:07)

no. . .i wasn't aiming any critique at you. . .i was speaking of people in general. . .

people fail to realize that children are far better equipped for handling the world around them than we give them credit for. . .

and his books are immensely better than the movies made from his books. . .i strongly suggest giving them a chance. . .

>>By drowninginflame   (Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 16:55)

wonderful writer! his artwork is fantasic aswell

>>By MorbidSadist666   (Saturday, 10 Dec 2005 21:25)

Clive Barker puts in to words , every acid trip I ever did in my youth (minus any of the scary stuff)

>>By ruffledfeathers   (Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 14:55)

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