Happy Birthday, Clive Barker, born 5 October 1952
- By and large, horror fiction is the most difficult to domesticate because part of the point is that it’s one step ahead – or behind – everybody else’s taste. And I’m not really convinced I’d like it to change. There’s something very healthy about horror fiction being always a little bit on the outside. It’s the wild-dog genre.
- Gather experience… Look at what you should not look at. A feeling of anxiety is the sure and certain evidence that you should do this.
- Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any other story springs.
- All I’ve ever wanted to do is darken the day and brighten the night.
- Books should make somebody look at how they feel, be honest with themselves.
- Movies are much more fascist than books. They tell you what to feel, when to feel it. Popular movies manipulate you. Music tells you when it’s a sad part and when it’s a happy part. You’re obliged to watch them at the speed the filmmaker has created for you. That, I think, is one of the reasons why they’re so popular – because you don’t have to think very hard. The filmmaker has done all the thinking for you.
- I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.
- One of the things I’m trying to do over and over again in my books is create new mythologies, create new ways to understand the complexity of the world. I think what mythology does is impress upon chaotic experience the patterns, hierarchies and shapes which allow us to interpret the chaos and make fresh sense of it.
- [Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.
Clive Barker is an English author, film director, video game designer and visual artist known for his work in both fantasy and horror fiction. He is best-known for his short stories which were adapted for film as the Hellraiser and Candyman series. He has also written 18 novels, including The Hellbound Heart and The Thief of Always.
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