As promised in our last post, we’re going to celebrate this Pride month focusing our posts around people in the LGBTQA+ community who’ve impacted the three genres we love: Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy. When we began to ponder on an author to choose for our horror-themed we both agreed that the first name to come to mind was none other than Clive Barker. With iconic and morbidly twisted classics of the genre in his arsenal, Barker was an obvious and well-deserved choice.
If titles like The Hellbound Heart or The Forbidden don’t ring any bells, their film adaptations probably will: Hellraiser and Candyman.
Author, playwright, artist, and film director, there is no arguing that Barker is a man of many talents. Upon the initial release of Books of Blood in the mid-eighties, genre heavyweight Stephen King was quoted as saying, “I have seen the future of horror and his name is Clive Barker.”
Barker, who explains that his sexual orientation was never something he kept a secret, officially came out as gay to the public in the 90’s around the time he was publishing his first novel featuring a gay protagonist, Sacrament.
Have you read any works of Clive Barker’s or watched any of the adaptations of his work? Which is your favorite?