On the heels of the news that legendary British horror man Clive Barker was tapped to rewrite the script of "Zombies v. Gladiators" (though a title like that sounds like it writes itself) is the story that he's being sued by an ex who claims the writer and director gave him HIV.
Suddenly, Clive Barker is everywhere. But who is he? You'd be surprised.
He's a writer
Clive Barker got his early attention in the 1980s from his writing, and not simply screenplays. Barker wrote an extensive list of short stories and novels apart from anything he did in Hollywood.
And he's still writing, with "Abarat: Absolute Midnight" published in September 2011. Barker not only put horror worlds on the screen but conjured them from nothing and put them on paper, giving us images of evil we're not likely to forget.
He invented Hellraiser
One of the most iconic horror movie villains, Pinhead of "Hellraiser," was something different when he made his first onscreen appearance in 1987. Based on the novella written by Barker called "The Hellbound Heart," "Hellraiser" is routinely included in the top horror films of all time lists.
The whole thing, from the concept to the story to the translation of the story from printed word to film, came from Clive Barker himself. He may have a twisted imagination, but he has an impressively twisted imagination.
Candyman? That's him too
While Barker didn't helm the "Candyman" movie, the horror tale of a monster with a hook hand came from his short story "The Forbidden." The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and spawned a film franchise of three installments thus far.
The Candyman himself is acknowledged as one creepy bad guy, occupying Bloody Disgusting's number 8 spot on its list of the top 13 horror movie slashers.
He had a near-death experience of his own
The horror master actually had his own brush with death earlier this year, when he reported that he was recovering from a near-fatal case of toxic shock syndrome. He described his experience for his fans via Twitter, saying that he had had delusion, and was informed that he'd fought the tubing saving his life, an experience which will, no doubt, form fodder for a creative thinker like Barker.
Though Barker said he lapsed into a coma, luckily he recovered. In the months since, he's recovered strongly enough to be back at work, writing -- even if it's about ancient Roman zombies.
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