What’s your pleasure, sir?

Although known widely only for his horror movies, Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Nightbreed) is actually a very accomplished visual artist as well as author.

In honor of his 62nd birthday today, I came across these lovely quotes from him which are not horrific but instead romantic, beautiful, and true.

from Vaught's Practical Character Reader (1902) on The Public Domain Review

from Vaught’s Practical Character Reader (1902) on The Public Domain Review

I dreamed I spoke in another’s language,
I dreamed I lived in another’s skin,
I dreamed I was my own beloved,
I dreamed I was a tiger’s kin.

I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
And when I breathed a garden came,
I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
I dreamed I knew the Creator’s name.

I dreamed–and this dream was the finest–
That all I dreamed was real and true,
And we would live in joy forever,
You in me, and me in you.

Clive Barker, “Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War” on Weird Tales Magazine

We are all our own graveyards, I believe; we squat amongst the tombs of the people we were. If we’re healthy, every day is a celebration, a Day of the Dead, in which we give thanks for the lives that we lived, and if we are neurotic we brood and mourn and wish that the past was still present.

Clive Barker on Good Reads

Witch, do this for me,
Find me a moon
made of longing.
Then cut it sliver thin,
and having cut it,
hang it high
above my beloved’s house,
so that she may look up
tonight
and see it,
and seeing it, sigh for me
as I sigh for her,
moon or no moon.

Clive Barker from The Second Book of Abarat on The Writer in The Dark

from Vaught's Practical Character Reader (1902) on The Public Domain Review

from Vaught’s Practical Character Reader (1902) on The Public Domain Review

Then, of course, are the movies that made Clive Barker famous for generations. Starting first with the masterful, Hellraiser (1987), based upon his even better novel, “The Hellbound Heart“, and which spawned a still existing franchise – for better or worse.

And his second feature film actually included more more mythology and even a love story – Nightbreed (1990). The much anticipated director cut – sometimes referred to as The Cabal Cut after the novella it is based on – is only now available for order.

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