Clive Barker is a popular writer and film director best known for penning Books of Blood and directing Hellraiser (1987). Hellraiser as well as the Candyman series were both based on Barker’s written works. Born October 5, 1952 in Liverpool, England.


Barker’s parents were Joan Ruby and Leonard Barker. They originally lived in Liverpool, Merseyside. He went to Dovedale Primary School, Quarry Bank High School, and the University of Liverpool where he took up English and Philosophy.

He had a relationship with John Gregson from 1975 to 1986. His next relationship was with David Armstrong whom he broke up with in 2009.

At present, Barker is with his partner for over six years now, Johnny Ray Raymond, Jr.


Most of Barker’s written works are about horror and fantasy. His short stories were compiled in the Books of Blood which was composed of six books. He also wrote The Damnation Game which came out in 1985 and the more fantastical and scarier Weaveworld in 1987. His previous books were followed by the release of The Great and Secret Show (1989), Imajica (1991), and Sacrament (1996).

Barker also wrote The Hellbound Heart on which his movie, Hellraise, was based.

In addition to his famous book series, Barker also wrote a number of novels which include Cabal (1988), The Thief of Always (1992), Sacrament (1996), Mister B. Gone (2007), and The Scarlet Gospels (2015).

His Book of the Art Series included The Great and Secret Show (1989) and Everville (1994). Meanwhile, the Abarat Quintet currently includes Abarat (2002), Days of Magic, Nights of War (2004), and Absolute Midnight (2011).


Before directing Hellraiser, Barker first wrote some screenplays like the Underworld (1985) and Rawhead Rex (1986). The first films that he made were mostly shorts, including The Forbidden and Salome. He continued directing films like Nightbreed (1990), Lord of Illusions (1995) and Candyman (1992) which was based on his short story entitled The Forbidden.

Barker also established a film production company called Midnight Picture Show. It produced several films like The Plague (2006), The Midnight Meat Train (2008), Book of Blood (2009), and Dread (2009).