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Clive Barker

Writer, film director, and visual artist.

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952 and attended Dovedale Primary School, Quarry Bank High School and the University of Liverpool, where he studied English and Philosophy. He had a number of affairs with older women before finally identifying as gay aged around 18/19.
Barker wrote his first screenplays in 1985 and 1986, but was unsatisfied with how they had been interpreted. He directed Hellraiser in 1987, which he had adapted from his novella, The Hellbound Heart.
Barker was predominantly a horror author until 1987 when his work took on a more fantastical element, drawing on richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.
During the 1990s Barker began to publically show his visual artwork, first in the fan magazine Dread, later illustrating the covers of his books.
He continues to write, produce artwork and films and as of 2015 was on the board of the Hollywood Horror Museum.
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    Artist/maker, Associated Person
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  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
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