Each should be fascinating in its own way, because the stories of movies that never see the light of day can sometimes be even more interesting than the stories of those that do. There have been dozens of attempts to get things like Weaveworld, The Great and Secret Show and even the hugely ambitious Imajica off the ground, but none of the attempts ever succeeded. This is frustrating for fans, but the lack of progress does make sense on one level. His many fantasy novels, as dark as they often get, could alienate people who have only ever watched the adaptations of his other work. The Midnight Meat Train is pretty inexpensive to pull off as a movie, but Imajica is a completely different story.
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Barker would later allude to Valentin in many of his stories. Doug Bradley would take on the iconic role of Pinhead in the Hellraiser series while Peter Atkins would write the scripts for the first three Hellraiser sequels. He began writing horror early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories collected in Books of Blood 1—6 and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game Later he moved toward modern-day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld , The Great and Secret Show , the world-spanning Imajica , and Sacrament When Books of Blood were first published in the United States in paperback, Stephen King was quoted on the book covers: "I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker.
Burroughs , William Blake , and Jean Cocteau , among others. He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries.
He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars. He later spent 13 years with photographer David Armstrong, described as his husband in the introduction to Coldheart Canyon ; they separated in Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser , based on his novella The Hellbound Heart. After his film Nightbreed flopped, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters , which received major critical acclaim.
In , Barker and horror film producer Jorge Saralegui created the film production company Midnight Picture Show with the intent of producing two horror films per year. Visual art[ edit ] Barker is a prolific visual artist, often illustrating his own books.
Barker also provided the artwork for his young adult novel The Thief of Always and for the Abarat series. Undying was developed by DreamWorks Interactive and released in Barker created Halloween costume designs for Disguise Costumes. Barker served as a consultant and wrote issues of the Hellraiser anthology comic book. The work was released with three variant covers. Studios began publishing an original Hellraiser comic book series.
In , Boom! Studios announced Next Testament, the first original story by Barker to be published in comic book format.
The Damnation Game
Synopsis[ edit ] Marty Strauss is a gambler recently released from prison. He is hired as the personal bodyguard of Joseph Whitehead, one of the wealthiest men in the world. The job is more complicated and dangerous than first he thought. He gets caught up in a series of supernatural events involving Whitehead, and a devilish man, Mamoulian, with whom Whitehead made a deal with the Devil during World War II. Whitehead decides to escape after several encounters with Mamoulian and after having his wife, his former bodyguard, and his daughter, Carys, taken away from him. With hope left to save Carys, Marty Strauss believes that Whitehead deserved his punishment after all and also decides to save the heroin addict from being another victim to the damnation game. Characters[ edit ] Marty Strauss: A man addicted to gambling and released from prison works and lives on Mr.
Script to Pieces: Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game