Expresses his feminist and environmental views in his stories
Often writes and directs adaptations of his work himself
Frequently casts Doug Bradley
His stories often feature alternate worlds hidden in our own
After not liking the adaptations of his books Transmutations (1985) and Rawhead Rex (1986), he directed his first film, Hellraiser (1987), based on 'The Hellbound Heart', a film that has become a cult classic.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 64-74. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Author of the successful "Abarat" series of books. There are three books now available: "Abarat", "Days of Magic, Nights of War (Book Two)" and "Absolute Midnight (Book Three). According to his official site, there will eventually be Five books (in total) to complete the series!.
In the Independent on Sunday [UK] 2006 Pink LIst - a list of the most influential gay men and women - Barker came no. 72, down from no. 68.
Also a fine artist, and shows his painting and drawings in Los Angeles at Bert Green Fine Art.
Initially accepted nothing more than a silver dollar for his book "The Thief of Always".
Grew up on Penny Lane, the same street that The Beatles sing about in their song, "Penny Lane".
Lives in Los Angeles with photographer David Emilian Armstrong, his partner of 17 years.
Close friends with Neil Gaiman.
Producing and writing the video game Jericho (2007) with Codemasters, expected to release in Fall 2007 [October 2006]
Working on a remake of the Cult Classic Hellraiser (1987).
His influences include Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, William S. Burroughs, William Blake, and Jean Cocteau, among others.
A longtime comic book fan and has written his own series' for Marvel and Boom! studios.
In "The Great and Secret Show" Tommy Ray and Jo-Beth are described as "two souls, one egg". Monozygotic twins are always the same sex.
Personal Quotes (13)
All I've ever wanted to do is darken the day and brighten the night.
I don't take accusations of selling out lightly.
Some people think that horror films are some sort of second class filmmaking, and the only way to bypass that thinking is being proud of the fact that we do it.
I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.
Most 'Horror' movies nowadays aren't horror movies. They don't strike me as being horrific. That's why I am very careful when using the word 'Horror' to describe something
Pinhead, who doesn't do a decent, nice thing through eight movies still manages to receive fan mail from women who would like to bear his children
I remember when I watched Hellraiser (1987) with my mother. She cried when she saw my name in the opening credits and I had to tell her that that was the happiest she was going to be for the next two hours.
Neil Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix.
'Underworld' was my first filmed book. I think there are about seven of my lines in 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.
I used to think that you'd open the door and there was Narnia. Increasingly, I think it's all around us.
People who've been good at this stuff are often Brits, and I see myself as continuing that tradition.
Something I'm often asked at conventions is "What do you take to see this stuff?" and I don't! I just use my natural abilities.