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  1. Apatt Apatt says:

    Weaveworld is one of the very few books that I can claim to enjoy from the first page to the last, all 700 pages of it Even the introduction is great, normally I skim through lengthy intros to get to the story, but Clive Barker puts his heart and soul into this one, including this beautiful passage about the genre fictionI have been, I think, altogether disparaging about the escapist elements of the genre, emphasizing its powers to address social, moral and even philosophical issues at th Weaveworld is one of the very few books that I can claim to enjoy from the first page to the last, all 700 pages of it Even the introduction is great, normally I skim through lengthy intros to get to the story, but Clive Barker puts his heart and soul into this one, including this beautiful passage about the genre fictionI have been, I think, altogether disparaging about the escapist elements of the genre, emphasizing its powers to address social, moral and even philosophical issues at the expense of celebrating its dreamier virtues I took this position out of a genuine desire to defend a fictional form I love from accusations of triviality and triteness, but my zeal led me astray Yes, fantastic fiction can be intricately woven into the texture of our daily lives, addressing important issues in fabulist form But it also serves to release us for a time from the definitions that confine our daily selves to unplug us from a world that wounds and disappoints us, allowing us to venture into places of magic and transformation As a lifelong devotee of SF F H fiction, I sometimes have the same doubts about preferring this type of fiction above all others but the above passage really puts it in perspective for me Weaveworld is about another dimension called The Fugue which has been transformed into a carpet in order to hide from an unstoppable creature called The Scourge The residents of the Fugue are called the Seerkind , a race with magical abilities who view mankind with disdain and refer to humans as cuckoos The Fugue in carpet form works a little like suspended animation or dehydrated food in which places, animals and most of the Seerkind are woven in as patterns on the carpet to be reconstituted by an appointed guardian when the world is safe The storyline concerns two human protagonists who become involved with the Fugue and the Seerkind and their struggle against powerful enemies who are trying to destroy both.I first read Weaveworld around fifteen years ago and certain elements and scenes have stuck with me through all these years It is a dark fantasy with several horrifying scenes definitely not for the faint of heart and scenes of surreal beauty The most memorable element of the book for me is the magical jacket worn by Shadwell, the main human antagonist of the book, the lining of the jacket is able to enslave anyone who look at it by showing their heart s desire and allowing them to delve into it and obtain that very thing The central characters are very well written and believable, the antagonists are suitably warped, formidable and devious In spite of its considerable length Weaveworld still manages to move at a fair clip Something bizarre is always happening on almost every page and boredom never sets in There is alsoartistry in his prose than you would find in most genre books The best thing about this book is that it is wonderful escapism, this book can sweep you away from a dull rainy day, or a slow day at the office If you are a fan of Neil Gaiman s American Gods this book is likely to be right up your alley, though it is muchhorrific, packed to the gills with horrible slimy, sticky, drippy not to mention horny monstrosities.With an average rating of 4.13 Weaveworld is generally very well liked However, all books have their share of negative reviews and while I respect opinions contrary to my own, I take exception to one review that says this book is lacking The trouble is the reviewer does not say what it is that the book is lacking Is lacking an adjective now In any case I don t think it lacks anything and I heartily recommend it Cover art for the 25th anniversary edition of Weaveworld by Richard A Kirk click on image for larger size.Note I have to admit Clive Barker s books are generally very hard to review, they tend to be densely plotted and the settings and storylines are always so goddam outrThis is particularly true of Weaveworld, I really struggled to write this review I normally make notes when I read a novel so I will have some material ready to put in my review, but with this book I was so engrossed that I hardly paused to make any notes at all just a sentence or two


  2. Bradley Bradley says:

    This book probably deserves a full analysis, going into a full and deep review mode that gives a grand majority of the characters, both good and evil, lots of time to explore ambitions and twists and character growths and failures I should also go into a twenty page monologue on how beautiful and strange and wonderful the fantasy elements are, from the sideways twisted tormenting of christian beliefs, the reimagining of so many mythical elements, the fact that good and evil are never what they This book probably deserves a full analysis, going into a full and deep review mode that gives a grand majority of the characters, both good and evil, lots of time to explore ambitions and twists and character growths and failures I should also go into a twenty page monologue on how beautiful and strange and wonderful the fantasy elements are, from the sideways twisted tormenting of christian beliefs, the reimagining of so many mythical elements, the fact that good and evil are never what they seem and they often fly into each other s territories regardless of how the quasi demons, quasi fae, quasi witches, or quasi humans look or feel on the page.It s scary It is a horror And while so many horrific creatures with truly awesome descriptions grace these pages, we re not allowed to go with all our natural assumptions We re supposed to go off the deep end and humanize everyone, not that they particularly deserve it or that the exercise is especially rewarding Non magical humans are Cuckoos The magical races are Seers The magical realm is called the Fugue Do these descriptions raise a LOTquestions than they answer Yes That s because things are really MESSED UP and that s what Clive Barker is really good at We switch between the real world and the magical one many times during this epic tale It starts as a firm grounding in the real world with the baddies on the way to unweave the Fugue which happens to be a magic carpet that contains a magical universe, and so we ve got adventure but that s such a small part of the whole book It goes much farther, into epic battles, ambitious salesmen, ages old revenge, demons from a glass darkly garden of eden, angels who are scourges, and cthulhu like entities everywhere, with heads like wounds and stomachs digesting on the outside This is Clive Barker, after all.The world building is truly amazing, and so is the deep reimagining of all magic Can you get an idea how disturbing it is when the magic is called the Raptures and the Menstruum Or that an old necromancer could be brought back as boneless assassins even though it is implied that he was the one who created the Cenobites from Hellraiser I LOVE these kinds of hints and terrors Not only does it tie so much else together, it just keeps going on and on being inventive and creative and huge And on a side note, I kept thinking about playing one of the Desgaea games again, because I m SOOO sure that they stole the idea of going into items to level them up from the novel It would make so much sense But in this case, it s just a carpet with a WHOLE UNIVERSE inside it Everything in here is basically based on christian good and evil, but is so nicely subverted and wrenched out of place that it nicely serves the purpose of real horror You know, looking at the reflection of a thing and recognize it for what it is, and yet it is so sinisterly off that it dredges up a whole slew of emotional reverberations that keep us off balance Yeah, that s Clive Barker for you My only real complaint is that I sometimes got lost in a little boredom between all the awesome bits I can t honestly say that the book could do without them, tho, because when everything is so intense, I d also lose the thread of letting it settle and get the implications in It s a long book, and placing this up against ANY modern dark fantasy epic will probably impress just about anyone if they turn a critical eye upon it Brilliant is an accurate description Detailed and far reaching and extremely deeply thought out is another.I love most of the characters, but I didn t love the null spots Maybe we needed them for just that extra bit of twisting and fleshing for the characters, but lets face it there were a LOT of characters to get full dimensionalized Hats off I was immensely fascinated for most of the book and creeped out a great deal of the time, too It s my own fault, I think, if I didn t care so much during some of the character s crusades Fortunately, on the whole, this is a truly magical classic


  3. Em Lost In Books Em Lost In Books says:

    Intriguing Will writeonce I gather my thoughts together.


  4. Nat K Nat K says:

    You won t believe it , he warned Tell me anyway He nodded, and took up the story that he d come so near to spilling the previous year, after his first visit to Rue Street I saw Wonderland There s a saying about never meeting your idols That way, your illusions can remain intact Can the same be said for books you re visit I guess that all depends on the book, and how well it stands the test of time.For me, Weaveworld remains a winner, up there on a pedestal It blew me away the firstYou won t believe it , he warned Tell me anyway He nodded, and took up the story that he d come so near to spilling the previous year, after his first visit to Rue Street I saw Wonderland There s a saying about never meeting your idols That way, your illusions can remain intact Can the same be said for books you re visit I guess that all depends on the book, and how well it stands the test of time.For me, Weaveworld remains a winner, up there on a pedestal It blew me away the first time I read it, and did the same on my second journey between its pages.Masterful storytelling at its best My words alone cannot do it justice You have to read it yourself, so that you can feel the story, to taste it and smell it Clive Barker s imagination was clearly on high octane to have produced such an epic.I can t even begin to attempt to explain what this book is about, as there are so many stories interwoven together Just trust me, one you start, you ll be utterly lost between its pages like I was.Cal Mooney is a twenty six year old insurance worker, living an uneventful life That is until by chance, serendipity or whatever you want to call it, he accidentally stumbles upon Weaveworld A carpet containing an entire world of peoples and wonders woven into its threads Sleeping, waiting to come to life when the time is right.There are goodies and baddies Enchantments, raptures, magic and all manner of incredible and inexplicable events abound It was so good to read this again, after first having devoured it back in 1992 gasp It was something I always knew I d re visit, I just didn t think it would take me that long Did the book have the same effect on me Yes it did Snippets of the story were trapped in my memory The bits I d forgotten, it was wonderful to discover again And yes, I had forgotten the ending But I still wanted to turn around and start reading it again straight away, which is just crazy.This is a mammoth read Coming in at around 700 pages, it s quite the tome But do it Once you enter Weaveworld , you ll be utterly engrossed If you haven t read it, what are you waiting for If you have, perhaps it s time to take another trip down memory lane You ll be so glad that you didFor nothing ever begins And this story, having no beginning, will have no endingShout out to Dawn Ron who buddy read this with me Quite a task with so many pages, but they rose to the challenge magnificently Thanks so much for joining me you two Please make sure your read their reviews to get abalanced overview of Weaveworld as I m clearly biased in its favour 1992 My first reading of Weaveworld It was so unlike anything I d read before, and I was so involved with what was happening, that I missed my bus stop on the way to work Such fun After reading Weaveworld , I spent the remainder of that year reading other fantasy sci fi novels


  5. Leo . Leo . says:

    Another great book Fantastic fantasy novel A story of Good versus Evil Inner space Extra dimensional fantasy A universe embedded in the fabric of a magical carpet Supremely composed by one of the great horror writers, Clive Barker.


  6. Ted Ted says:

    No way can I will I rate this book.Yesterdayquite some time ago nowI noticed that one of my friends here had added this book to her to read stack The author s name hit me like a brick, the title less so I looked Barker up on Wiki, scanned the list of novels, and decided that yes Weaveworld must be the Barker that I read.Pretty sure I Liked the post, ironic really and left the comment below, that resulted in the rest of the exchange Me I think I read this many years ag No way can I will I rate this book.Yesterdayquite some time ago nowI noticed that one of my friends here had added this book to her to read stack The author s name hit me like a brick, the title less so I looked Barker up on Wiki, scanned the list of novels, and decided that yes Weaveworld must be the Barker that I read.Pretty sure I Liked the post, ironic really and left the comment below, that resulted in the rest of the exchange Me I think I read this many years ago It horrified and frightened me so much that I resolved to never read another book by Barker Don t really remember how or why it made such a strong impression I no longer have the book, so I can t pick it up again and browse.But maybe I should give him another try An author from Liverpool is not to be scorned, and I see that he has become a very famous artist in different media Ch Ted, I am a stranger to Clive Barker, but your comment which I respect, caused me to read some reviews of this book on GR They may still appear on my home page You may not be surprised to see that the opinions are extremely variedfrom extraordinary 5 stars to 1 star, abandoned I m not sure what to think I read the author s page and a list of his books which is prolific I ll be looking for other opinions, as you have gratefully caused me to pause before reading buying Thanks, Ted.Me Well, I wasn t really trying to warn you away, but as long as you look at several reviews and make a decision I don t think I stopped reading the book until I got to the end, but it was harrowing Now that I think about it, I believe there are still some vague images and narrative like things that occasionally wander through my head, not nightmares really just discomforting feelings, that originated in this story I seem to recall some things that happen in a dimly lit street This is not, by the way, fiction about evil or horrible human beings, the frightening things are completely dark fantasy creatures iirc , which for most readers would be protection against getting too involved with the story on a personal level.Now you ve really got me reminiscing about this, I m curious And you know what I m beginning to feel a little bit uneasy.Good grief 8 I ll tell you what, this would be quite a recommendation of the book for a lot of readers, wouldn t it Ch That s just what I was thinking while reading your comment, Ted There are so many readers who thrive on fantasy and an equal number who read horror thrillers Good thinking, I d say So glad you felt uncomfortable and wanting to tell me Well that s not the end of it.First, why do I no longer have the book I never get rid of books.But I did get rid of this one At some point I saw it sitting on a book shelf and realized that I never wanted to open it again, that I was afraid I would somehow be sucked into Barker s dual world masterpiece maybe, a fantastic world of evil incarnate, woven with a horrifying skein of darkness and sheer fright into our own world Am I imagining that this is the structure of the novel Perhaps, you d have to check other reviews This is what it is for me, and I ll probably not read it again to find out.One other thing I didn t go to bed until about 5 am this morning Once I did I couldn t sleep for at least an hour The vague memories of the book referred to above were slowly washing over me, in slowly emerging detail as a rising tide slowly submerges a man buried in the sand with only his head sticking out I finally had to resort to drastic measures.Now the sun is shining, I m okay, and hoping for a better night tonight.If you re a fan of horror fantasy, give it a try Hope you won t be disappointed .Previous review 1000 Ways to Win MonopolyRandom review Children of DuneNext review In a Dark Wood WanderingPrevious library review Doctor Copernicus BanvilleNext library review Regeneration Pat Barker


  7. Ron Ron says:

    Weaveworld A world within our world, but set apart sewn into a rug by magic It s a world created by a people called the Seerkind, made to make a place of their own as a refuge, then hidden away because they are different and hunted When Cal stumbles on, and set eyes upon a rug named The Fugue, he was enraptured Why though Just a carpet, although it be a beautifully intricate one, is to anyone else in our world an ordinary rug much like many others The other men here, hired to clean out Weaveworld A world within our world, but set apart sewn into a rug by magic It s a world created by a people called the Seerkind, made to make a place of their own as a refuge, then hidden away because they are different and hunted When Cal stumbles on, and set eyes upon a rug named The Fugue, he was enraptured Why though Just a carpet, although it be a beautifully intricate one, is to anyone else in our world an ordinary rug much like many others The other men here, hired to clean out the old lady s house, where the carpet and many other things reside, don t see it like Cal So off to storage it goes And lost to Cal in the process But that s just the beginning of the story If he did not meet the rug again, then there wouldn t be a story, so he will Because it needs him, as it also needs at least one other Her name is Suzanne, whom Cal may also become enraptured with.I go into some depth with Cal in the intro there for good reason It s not because Suzanne isn t as important to this tale as Cal She is completely necessary, and I appreciate her part These two are connected by fate But, Cal is the heart of this tale I would even hazard a guess that it was the same for Barker Maybe it s just me, but Weaveworld was farinteresting when told from Cal s point of view, than when is wasn t There were other sections, like when the Fugue unfolds, that felt unfocused By the end they were necessary It just could have been a little tighter That said, if a big story is to work in the end, you often need the long build up to create a worthy climax Well, the climax of Weaveworld is wholly worthy I wouldn t remove a single word from the final 150 pages Most of those pages are told from Cal s point of view, but what really sets it apart from the rest was the intensity brought by the chase In the end, its good versus bad the weak running from Goliath just plain good stuff Got to add a thank you to friends Dawn and Nat for inviting me into this for a buddy read Always good experiencing a book with friends.


  8. Chris Chris says:

    Once, there was magic There were sacred places and secret spots, and beings that held magnificent raptures They were the Seerkind, and they were the magical children of the world.Then the Scourge came A being of magnificent power and mad obsession with a singular purpose to utterly destroy the Seerkind Its reasons, its motivations were completely unknown and brooked no argument or negotiation And so, with their numbers being burned down, the Seerkind hid They used their best magics and t Once, there was magic There were sacred places and secret spots, and beings that held magnificent raptures They were the Seerkind, and they were the magical children of the world.Then the Scourge came A being of magnificent power and mad obsession with a singular purpose to utterly destroy the Seerkind Its reasons, its motivations were completely unknown and brooked no argument or negotiation And so, with their numbers being burned down, the Seerkind hid They used their best magics and their most exquisite raptures to weave their most precious places and people into a haven that no one would ever find, a place that no one would ever look A carpet.They hoped to wake up once the Scourge had passed, after a few short years.Eighty years later, the final custodian of the Weaveworld dies, leaving her estranged granddaughter, Suzanna to take over her duties Whether she wanted to or not Fortunately, she is not alone Young Calhoun Mooney, the grandson of a poet, stumbled across the enchanted carpet and was ensnared by its intricate beauty Together, they set off to save the Weaveworld from those who would rule it or destroy it Shadwell, an amoral salesman with an enraptured jacket that can produce any item his mark wants with all their heart, leads the hunt With him, and supporting him is the Incantrantrix Immaculata, who hates the Seerkind with all her cold, dead heart.And somewhere, in a dry, empty place, the Scourge sleeps.I ve read this book countless times, and it never gets old I know Clive Barker is best known for his horror, but, much like Stephen King, he excels at writing fantasy He has a gift for making his world both magical and believable, describing its magics and its dangers in wonderful detail What I really enjoy, both in this and his other fantasy masterpiece Imagica, is his ability to name things Like any true magician, he excels in the art of names, and they re truly exquisite The Incantantrix Immaculata Apolline Dubois Balm DeBono Lemuel Lo and his Orchard The names themselves are magical, and it makes it so muchwonderful.I cannot recommend this book enough Have fun


  9. Schmacko Schmacko says:

    Ever since I read it in the late 80s, I have loved this rambling, indefinable book, which may make me a hypocrite But I ve learned human beings are nothing if not contrary in taste I tell people I dislike science fiction and fantasy books, and that I have very little taste for gory horror as opposed to psychological horror, which I love Weaveworld wanders around a LOT in its 700 Odysseus like pages, but there s something phantasmal and strange about this mystical world Clive Barker has cre Ever since I read it in the late 80s, I have loved this rambling, indefinable book, which may make me a hypocrite But I ve learned human beings are nothing if not contrary in taste I tell people I dislike science fiction and fantasy books, and that I have very little taste for gory horror as opposed to psychological horror, which I love Weaveworld wanders around a LOT in its 700 Odysseus like pages, but there s something phantasmal and strange about this mystical world Clive Barker has created that just sucks me in.That being said, the long and complex Weaveworld isn t pure science fiction or fantasy It has moments of horror and moments of pure human drama The story also has a sense of the mythological about it, borrowing from and twisting old Celtic and Druid stories into an entirely new invention In the Old World tales, witches and wizards could sew up their corners or portions of the earth, making them invisible to others.In Weaveworld, a whole magical landscape has been sewn into a rug to guard it from humans and supernatural creatures that would destroy it Two people find out about this rug just as forces are coming together to unweave and undo it One is a woman with buried witch like powers her grandma has been guarding the rug for decades Another is a man the grandson of a poet who finds in the threads an escape from his dreary, aimless life Together they wander our own world and the undiscovered world of the rug several times, trying to save the creation from its apocalypse.Clive Barker yes, he of Hellraiser and Books of Blood creates a whole planet with mythical creatures, epic battles, political and social themes, and plenty of the gory horror he s known for That being said, each element is held in decent perspective even the grisly parts seem less cruel andfascinating and magical than he s rendered in his other books In many ways, Weaveworld is a horror writer s nod to Tolkien and C.S Lewis, as well as to mythologist Joseph Campbell Because Barker is such a good writer, his book is an elaborate weaving from many other sources and styles, yet Weaveworld still maintains the author s signature style


  10. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    That which is imagined can never be lost You know when you haven t read a favourite author in a while, and you kinda forget how amazing they are And then you read 10 pages of a book and very quickly you re reminded why you fangirl over said author that was my experience with Weaveworld The Fugue is a magical land inhabited by descendants of supernatural beings who once shared the earth with humans, but it has been woven into a carpet for protection against those who would destroy it The de That which is imagined can never be lost You know when you haven t read a favourite author in a while, and you kinda forget how amazing they are And then you read 10 pages of a book and very quickly you re reminded why you fangirl over said author that was my experience with Weaveworld The Fugue is a magical land inhabited by descendants of supernatural beings who once shared the earth with humans, but it has been woven into a carpet for protection against those who would destroy it The death of its guardian leads to a battle between good and evil for control of the Fugue.This was my first foray into one of Barker s epic length fantasy books, as so far I ve mostly stuck to his horror But it turns out Barker really can do it all, as he beautifully weaves pun intended together dark fantasy and horror This would be a fab Barker recommendation for fantasy fans Weaveworld encompasses a magnificent cast of heroes and villains Immacolata has now became one of my favourite villains any time she appeared on the page, I was OBSESSED This badass bitch is eerily followed around by her ghostly sisters, Magdalene and the Hag, who she strangled in the womb before birth How mental is that I loved that it was mostly set in one of my favourite cities, Liverpool, and I absolutely adored the commentary on imagination and how magical it truly can be My only minor qualm would be that sometimes the pace would slow down a little and I was just waiting for it pick back up again Weaveworld is bizarre, intense, imaginative, magical and messed up But I would expect nothing less from Clive Barker 4 stars


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Weaveworld Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror a tour de force from one of today s most forceful and imaginative artistsBarker turns from his usual horror to epic length fantasy for this account of the Fugue, a magical land inhabited by descendants of supernatural beings who once shared the earth with humans The Fugue has been woven into a carpet for protection against those who would destroy it the death of its guardian occasions a battle between good and particularly repulsive evil forces for control of the Fugue Weaveworld is rich with memorable characters, exciting situations, and pockets of Barker s trademark horror ❮EPUB❯ ✻ Poltergeist (Greywalker, ✶ Author Kat Richardson – 9facts.co.uk the everyday and the otherworldly [BOOKS] ✬ OBaby Author Geoffrey Johnson – 9facts.co.uk Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror a tour de force from one of today s most forceful and imaginative artistsBarker turns from his usual horror to epic length fantasy for this account of the Fugue [Epub] ➟ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, By Pamela Clare – 9facts.co.uk a magical land inhabited by descendants of supernatural beings who once shared the earth with humans The Fugue has been woven into a carpet for protection against those who would destroy it the death of its guardian occasions a battle between good and particularly repulsive evil forces for control of the Fugue Weaveworld is rich with memorable characters ✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada ⚣ – 9facts.co.uk exciting situations ➨ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Ebook ➮ Author Ellen Connor – 9facts.co.uk and pockets of Barker s trademark horror


About the Author: Clive Barker

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie n e Revill , a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department It was in Liverpool in 1975 that he met his first partner, John Gregson, with whom he lived until 1986 Barker s second long term relationship, with photographer David Armstrong, ended in 2009.In 2003, Clive Barker received The Davidson Valentini Award at the 15th GLAAD Media Awards This award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individual who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for any of those communities While Barker is critical of organized religion, he has stated that he is a believer in both God and the afterlife, and that the Bible influences his work.Fans have noticed of late that Barker s voice has become gravelly and coarse He says in a December 2008 online interview that this is due to polyps in his throat which were so severe that a doctor told him he was taking in ten percent of the air he was supposed to have been getting He has had two surgeries to remove them and believes his resultant voice is an improvement over how it was prior to the surgeries He said he did not have cancer and has given up cigars On August 27, 2010, Barker underwent surgery yet again to remove new polyp growths from his throat In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning Barker remained in a coma for eleven days but eventually came out of it Fans were notified on his Twitter page about some of the experience and that Barker was recovering after the ordeal, but left with many strange visions.Barker is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror fantasy, writing in the horror genre early in his career, mostly in the form of short stories collected in Books of Blood 1 6 , and the Faustian novel The Damnation Game 1985 Later he moved towards modern day fantasy and urban fantasy with horror elements in Weaveworld 1987 , The Great and Secret Show 1989 , the world spanning Imajica 1991 and Sacrament 1996 , bringing in the deeper, richer concepts of reality, the nature of the mind and dreams, and the power of words and memories.Barker has a keen interest in movie production, although his films have received mixed receptions He wrote the screenplays for Underworld aka Transmutations 1985 and Rawhead Rex 1986 , both directed by George Pavlou Displeased by how his material was handled, he moved to directing with Hellraiser 1987 , based on his novella The Hellbound Heart His early movies, the shorts The Forbidden and Salome, are experimental art movies with surrealist elements, which have been re released together to moderate critical acclaim After his film Nightbreed Cabal , which was widely considered to be a flop, Barker returned to write and direct Lord of Illusions Barker was an executive producer of the film Gods and Monsters, which received major critical acclaim.Barker is a prolific visual artist working in a variety of media, often illustrating his own books His paintings have been seen first on the covers of his official fan club magazine, Dread, published by Fantaco in the early Nineties, as well on the covers of the collections of his plays, Incarnations 1995 and Forms of Heaven 1996 , as well as on the second printing of the original UK publications of his Books of Blood series.A longtime comics fan, Barker achieved his dream of publishing his own superhero books when Marvel Comics launched the Razorline imprint in 1993 Based on detailed premises, titles and lead characters he created specifically for this, the four interrelated titles set outside the Marvel universe were Ectokid,