Best Quotes from Clive Barker

I don’t feel there’s any reason to apologise for having a wicked imagination. I think it’s important as a maker of fantasy and of horror.

Clive Barker

All I’ve ever wanted to do is darken the day and brighten the night.

Clive Barker

I love the idea of stories being about great beginnings and terrible endings.

Clive Barker

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.

Clive Barker

We actually say in ‘Nightbreed,’ ‘God is an astronaut, Oz is over the rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters go.’ There’s a lovely sense in which there’s a simple thesis being played out here. These are things you understand as a child out on the play yard.

Clive Barker

I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.

Clive Barker

I don’t take accusations of selling out lightly.

Clive Barker

Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work.

Clive Barker

I used to think that you’d open the door, and there was Narnia. Increasingly, I think it’s all around us.

Clive Barker

I’m a great dog fanatic. My own dog died a little while ago and I take it very personally when things die – it’s a major offence.

Clive Barker

My imagination is my polestar; I steer by that.

Clive Barker

I was always aware of the ticking clock of time, always. I was very aware that I had a lot to do, and I wanted to do those things in the best possible way that I could and probably the biggest way I possibly could.

Clive Barker

You can plan to be brave – it’s even better if you just try to be brave.

Clive Barker

My life is in the art that I make, and I’m very happy with it.

Clive Barker

I don’t like PG-13 horror movies. I think they’re a contradiction in terms.

Clive Barker

Pinhead needed to say goodbye. He had a farewell speech to make. It was truly as simple as that.

Clive Barker

Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or place from which this or any other story springs.

Clive Barker

I want to be able to still surprise myself, even shock myself, whether it be sexual content, whether it be about the theological content, whatever. I want to be able to knock myself sideways. Otherwise, what a waste of a life that would be.

Clive Barker

The thought of making a movie in which the monsters were the good guys was just financial suicide.

Clive Barker

I say ‘spectacle’ rather than ‘story’ because in the end, it isn’t the intricacies of narrative that draw us to horror films. When it’s there, I’m grateful for the director’s skill at telling an exquisitely nuanced tale filled with psychological insight, but it is the spectacles that I take home with me.

Clive Barker

I have the normal complement of anxieties, neuroses, psychoses and whatever else – but I’m absolutely nothing special.

Clive Barker

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.

Clive Barker

It is great good health to believe, as the Hindus do, that there are 33 million gods and goddesses in the world. It is great good health to want to understand one’s dreams. It is great good health to desire the ambiguous and paradoxical.

Clive Barker

What I tried to do is deliver movies that have worked for me more than once.

Clive Barker

I remember when I watched ‘Hellraiser’ 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.

Clive Barker

For a writer, and particularly a writer of my genre, which is the fantastical, I think that it’s to my advantage to feel remote from and disconnected from the world of deal making.

Clive Barker

As for theatre, there’s ups and downs to everything. Theatre is ephemeral. But that is part of its charm because you can always say the production was better than it was.

Clive Barker

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.

Clive Barker

I love meeting people who’ve read my books. The prime reason to be on the planet is to make things I can show to other people: paintings, books, movies.

Clive Barker

I certainly knew from an early age… how to tell stories; how to create pictures in other people’s heads.

Clive Barker

I’ve got deeper journeys to take. Metaphysical journeys. Journeys to see Christ. Shaman journeys. It’s what I’ve been elected by God to do.

Clive Barker

Though I respect hugely the effort and the care and the beauty of games, I want to be working with people who want to create the ‘War & Peace’ of games, the ‘Citizen Kane’ of games, and not just be warming up George Romero.

Clive Barker

I’m not the expert on the great gameplay. I come in for the character design, monsters, atmosphere. I’m not the technician.

Clive Barker

There’s a lot of art and comics and movies being paid homage to by game designers.

Clive Barker

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.

Clive Barker

Hell is reimagined by every generation. We have to reinvent the worst so that we can reinvent the best.

Clive Barker

My grandfather was a ship’s cook, and he came back from the Far East very often with strange little toys. One of the things he brought back was a puzzle box, which obsessed me for a long time.

Clive Barker

There’s a lot of places where the image of a cube as a thing of power is pertinent. I don’t know why that is. I don’t have any mythic explanation for it, but it seems to work for people.

Clive Barker

I’m a gay man, living an out life for a long time, and it’s tiring and anger-making to hear people continue to spit out the same old dreary cliches about the fact that gay men are doing something unnatural, and there’ll be a price to pay when the Rapture happens.

Clive Barker

I have a vision of the world as being a lot darker, perhaps, than I did when I was 31 and wrote the ‘Books of Blood’.

Clive Barker

Interestingly, although the ‘Books of Blood’ were greeted with cries of righteous horror – and smirks – I didn’t think of them as being particularly excessive. God knows what I did think was excessive at the time, but I didn’t think they were.

Clive Barker

The Scarlet Gospels’ does, by general consensus, seem to mark a new high – or low, depending on your point of view – in its excessiveness, in its extremities.

Clive Barker

I’m feeling much better than I have been for many years. You know, I… there have been a couple of days when I thought maybe I wasn’t going to make it to the evening. I don’t feel that anymore.

Clive Barker

I wanted to fold into the ‘Hellraiser’ narrative something about the guy – the Frenchman Lemarchand – who made the mysterious box, which raises Pinhead. I figured, ‘Well, what would have happened to him?’ He might well have been taken to Devil’s Island, and I thought that would be a pretty cool place to start the movie.

Clive Barker

The ‘Hellraiser’ situation was pretty darn wonderful and very unusual. Nor did I understand how radically unusual the thesis of ‘Nightbreed’ was.

Clive Barker

Hellraiser’ was what ‘Hellraiser’ was. It was a $900k movie, and there wasn’t anything I would have done differently. But ‘Nightbreed’ was taken away from me. It was thought that its meaning wasn’t… Its meaning didn’t chime with the producers.

Clive Barker

There was supposedly no point showing ‘Nightbreed’ to critics because the people who see these movies don’t read reviews, in brackets, even if they can read at all! Immediately it was disqualified from serious criticism. Therefore, it had to be sold to the lowest common denominator.

Clive Barker

Nobody cares for the product I, and a host of other horror directors, make.

Clive Barker

When I was looking for financing while making ‘Hellraiser,’ I wish there was a studio like Project Greenlight Digital Studios behind me.

Clive Barker

Teaming up with Adaptive Studios and Shudder is a wonderful opportunity to support emerging filmmakers in finding the new horror icon. This is also a great chance to scare and entertain audiences at the same time.

Clive Barker

‘Underworld’ was my first filmed book. I think there are about seven of my lines in it.

Clive Barker

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