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Nordling here.

I've been waiting for Clive Barker to return to filmmaking for many years now.  But I didn't expect to see him helming a project like this.  Amazon Studios has hired Barker to rewrite and direct one of their projects, ZOMBIES VS. GLADIATORS.  It's being produced by Denise DiNovi (who has produced many of Tim Burton's films), Bill Gerber and Edward Saxon.  Says Barker, according to the press release, “I’m excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads. One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – the living dead. My brief to myself on this project is to give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before.”

I love zombie movies as much as anyone, but I can't help but feel that Clive Barker is slumming a little bit here.  Perhaps it's the title, which should probably be changed considering how people reacted to COWBOYS AND ALIENS.  But Barker's too powerful a voice, and has too amazing a vision, not to be making movies.  I'm dying to see his "Cabal Cut" of NIGHTBREED, one of my favorite horror movies and one that got ignored by its studio.  Whatever Barker brings to this is sure to be worth seeing, and I'd bet that the Roman aspects of this will be incredible.  Here's the press release:

(NASDAQ: AMZN)–, Inc. today announced that Hellraiser creator and prolific horror and fantasy writer Clive Barker will rewrite the action horror project, Zombies vs. Gladiators, for Amazon Studios. Based in ancient Rome, the Zombies vs. Gladiators story opens as a shaman who is about to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that unleashes the world’s first zombies. It’s up to a gladiator to stop the spread of the zombie horde and save Rome. From the moment it debuted at Amazon Studios, Zombies vs. Gladiators has been one of the most creatively engaging scripts, spurring tremendous interest within the community and movie fans alike, indicating its mainstream and commercial viability for the studio. As a result of this overwhelming and popular support, Amazon is moving forward to develop the project with Clive Barker at the helm.

“Zombies vs. Gladiators is now in the hands of someone who has written genre-defining material throughout his career,” said Roy Price, director, Amazon Studios. “We are excited to see how Clive will add his unique narrative to capture the essence of this story and propel the project into something unique and original that could one day be enjoyed by all audiences.”

Said Barker, “I’m excited by the opportunity to interweave two very rich narrative threads. One of them concerns itself with the reality of the decadence of Rome and its rise and fall. The other is a fantastical narrative element – the living dead. My brief to myself on this project is to give the audience not only zombies they have never seen before but also a Rome they have never seen before.”

Barker added, “Amazon Studios offered up the dream ticket with this project. In twenty-five years of working in this town, I’ve rarely had people listen to what I had to say as closely and as carefully as they did and then simply give me the freedom to go do it. Amazon Studios is an innovative creative concept. I am looking forward to providing my own perspective to make Zombies vs. Gladiators a highly commercial and entertaining movie.”

A visionary, fantasist, poet and painter, Clive Barker has expanded the reaches of human imagination as a novelist, director, screenwriter and dramatist. An inveterate seeker who traverses between myriad styles with ease, Barker has left his indelible artistic mark on a range of projects that reflect his creative grasp of contemporary media — from familiar literary terrain to the progressive vision of his Seraphim production company.

His 1998 “Gods and Monsters,” which he executive produced, garnered three Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The following year, Barker joined the ranks of such illustrious authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Annie Dillard and Aldous Huxley when his collection of literary works was inducted into the Perennial line at HarperCollins, who then published The Essential Clive Barker, a 700-page anthology with an introduction by Armistead Maupin.

Barker began his odyssey in the London theatre, scripting original plays for his group The Dog Company, including “The History of the Devil,” “Frankenstein in Love” and “Crazyface.” Soon, Barker began publishing his The Books of Blood short fiction collections, but it was his debut novel, The Damnation Game, that widened his already growing international audience.

Barker shifted gears in 1987 when he directed “Hellraiser,” based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, which became a veritable cult classic spawning a slew of sequels, several lines of comic books, and an array of merchandising. In 1990, he adapted and directed “Nightbreed” from his short story Cabal. Two years later, Barker executive produced the housing-project story “Candyman,” as well as the 1995 sequel, “Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh.” Also that year, he directed Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen in the noir-esque detective tale, “Lord of Illusions.”

Barker’s literary works include such best-selling fantasies as Weaveworld, Imajica, and Everville, the children’s novel The Thief of Always, Sacrament, Galilee and Coldheart Canyon. The first of his quartet of children’s books, Abarat, was published in October 2002 to resounding critical acclaim, followed by Abarat II: Days of Magic, Nights of War and Arabat III: Absolute Midnight; Barker is currently completing the fourth in the series. As an artist, Barker frequently turns to the canvas to fuel his imagination with hugely successful exhibitions across America. His neo-expressionist paintings have been showcased in two large format books, Clive Barker, Illustrator, volumes I & II.

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  • June 5, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by rosetta the stoned

  • June 5, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Cowboys vs Aliens was atrociious

    by SadTruth

    Absolutely atrocious. You would have to be an utter nitwit to have found even a moment of entertainment from that abomination. That aside, the basic idea of a zombie outbreak in ancient Rome is actually pretty cool. Just keep it scientificy, rather than the gods got pissed or something stupid like that. And after the credits, a scene where a modern day archaeologist digs up a still virus viable corpse...

  • wtf would that have been like??

  • June 5, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Maybe Zombies vs Milk drinking Puppies is when this madness will finally stop

    by rosetta the stoned

    George Washington was a zombie, true story

  • June 5, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Thief of Always

    by Tell_Your_Mom_I_Said_Hi

    I still rank that as one of my favorite books of all time. I'm still surprised nobody has tried to make a film version of that movie. Even an animated one (the book is no more than a PG-13 if they go ballsy with the visuals presented), and would probably make decent bucks as summer kids' fare.

  • June 5, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Rome Wasn't Eaten in a Day

    by Domi'sInnerChild

  • June 5, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Barks gotta eat.

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

  • Mine for one. ;)

  • June 5, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    This will be a straight to Netflix release at best

    by Tank Williams

  • June 5, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I had Barker on my radio show

    by Hipshot

    "Hour 25" in Los Angeles in the late 80's. I'd made jokes prior to that about how "if Clive Barker ever got writer's block, children would start disappearing in London." Realizing (or fantacizing) that a comment like that might be considered slanderous, I decided to defuse it by making a joke about it on the air in front of him. He was a great guest, tremendously interesting, and finally about an hour in I dropped that comment. He paused, looked at me and said very quietly: "I would never have hurt anyone else. But I might have destroyed myself." That was a hugely honest and touching reply. He is a genuine artist, and that is one of the highest complements I can offer.

  • June 5, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Amazon studios?? Seriously??

    by ATARI

    So we're talking direct to streaming video here, right?

  • June 5, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Maybe they'll say that Pompei is a mass grave for a prior outbreak

    by Jaster Mareel

    Still hard to really imagine something called Zombies vs. Gladiators working though. It's like =.........Why?=

  • June 5, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Why not?

    by adeceasedfan

  • June 5, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I've always been curious about Lords of Illusion

    by Chris

    is it worth a watch??

  • June 5, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I've always been curious about Lords of Illusion

    by Chris

    is it worth a watch??

  • But with zombies.

  • June 5, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    It sounds fun, but can easily turn to shit.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 5, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • June 5, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Three great/epic books....

    by Loosejerk

    Imajica, Weaveworld and The Damnation Game. The Great and Secret Show and its sequel didn't do much for me.

  • June 5, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Lord of Illusions is boring as fuck

    by Jaster Mareel

    Hellraiser is really the only film he's done that is good. Rawhead Rex had it's moments I suppose. He started off doing horror and wrote some fucking A-MA-ZING shit. But more and more he got into magic and he hasn't been worth two cow chips since. Hellraiser is fantastic of course, but so are films made by others based on his stuff. Candyman is the biggest, but also Midnight Meat Train. His work has also been in the anthologies Quicksilver Highway and Books of Blood. Quicksilver Highway is ok and I haven't seen Books of Blood but I heard it was shit.

  • It's part of zombie attacks throughout history. Many of these short accounts would make for good stand alone films. That is if fleshed out. Or flushed out.

  • June 5, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    So in the Moses thread earlier today...

    by FluffyUnbound

    ...I talked about how I'd rather see them do Thomas Brookside's THE LAST DAYS OF JERICHO. Now in this thread I guess I should say that I'd rather see them do Thomas Brookside's DE BELLO LEMURES.

  • June 5, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by Mike Soiseth

    IS A AWESOME PRIVATE EYE/SUPERNATURAL MOVIE. In fact, it may be the best. It is creepy, scary, well acted, disturbing and all around one great horror flick. It tells a great story and its just gets deeper and deeper as it goes on. Classic.

  • June 5, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Clive Barker is one weird dude...

    by Gabe Vuotto

    I kinda got into his stuff in the early/mid 90s. Good stuff back then (although I think I stopped about half way thru Imajica and never looked back). I'm all for seeing what he's got left in the tank...

  • June 5, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Barker's great, but...

    by SA Lavalley

    This needs a different title. How about "We who cannot die, salute you!"

  • June 5, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Give me...

    by vanchimera

    Give me Abarat, script by Barker, directed by Henry Selick. I know Clive's Abarat series is "for younger readers" but I think that would be a fucking phenomenal achievement. At the very least The Thief of Always as an animated short or something.

  • Could be a blast.

  • June 5, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    I had a great time with that movie, multiple times. I trust Barker with a project like this. It could come out really well.

  • June 5, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    It'll be good once they get enough Tatum in it.

    by SkitZo

  • June 5, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Sounds like The Pit episode of SPARTACUS.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Hopefully Clive will bring his A-game back. loved the first two Hellraisers but hated Candyman with a passion.

  • June 5, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Closed for comments is the new First

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Undying and Jericho. I never had the chance to play Undying as I'm not a PC Gamer, but enjoyed the fun but flawed Tactical FPS game Jericho. I consider it to be Clive's Supernatural version of the X-Men.

  • June 5, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Wilford Brimley just cast as the lead Zombie

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Tatum better watch his ass.

  • June 5, 2012, 3:23 p.m. CST

    You know what this is?

    by mukhtabi

    This is Clive stretching his muscles and flexing his filmmaking intellect so he can start fresh on those five Abarat films he's negotiating to make!

  • June 5, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Books of Blood is the shit!!!

    by Tim

  • June 5, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I believe Clive Barker has another Night Breed in him...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...hope this can approach the glory.

  • June 5, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Clive Barker may have faltered a bit in recent years...

    by Jon Forbing

    but a lot of that may come down to who he's worked with (Did anyone play Clive Barker's "Jericho"? Great concepts and everything, but that game was such a turd.). He remains one of the greatest horror writers/creators of all time. I will keep having faith.

  • June 5, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

    by Kyle

    P.S. what was wrong with Cowboys and Aliens...SHEEEEEEEEEEOT!!!!!

  • June 5, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    No way Barker ends up directing this

    by A-COD

    He will take a quick pass at the script and get a producer credit, no way he spends any kind of real time with this project.

  • I always wondered how much King got paid to make that outrageous statement.

  • June 5, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Where is the Hellraiser remake, whar??

    by Mugato5150

    i mean I hate remakes for the most part, especially horror remakes but Barker said that he didn't get to do everything he wanted to with the original Hellraiser and it's such an awesome concept that was never really realized, I think given all the bullshit remakes that are out now, this is in order. And Nightbreed too. Although not as much of a remake because I think it stands on its own but surely some sequels.

  • I don't know, we'll see.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I would use the line "Eat me, Brutus!"

    by thedarklinglord

    Only, this is Clive Barker we're talking about, and I really don't need to see sweaty Romans, zombies or otherwise, chuggin' cock.

  • June 5, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Dread & Midnight Meat Train

    by trevoasisr

    In recent years, there have been two absolutely wonderful Barker adaptations: Midnight Meat Train and Dread. Midnight Meat Train is visually stunning, bloody, brutal, creepy and intelligent. Dread is the only non-supernatural story Barker ever published and it is possibly his best. In fact it's one of my favorite psychological terror films I've ever seen. It didn't make very much money so you probably haven't heard of it. Well, now you have. Go watch it. It's awesome!

  • June 5, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    nooooo! don't do it, Clive!

    by virgin_eyeballs

    Instead, publish one of the 198 books we've been waiting on for years. Pretty please?

  • June 5, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I thought Amazon Studios was looking for fresh new talent!

    by blackmantis

    They were going to revolutionize the industry and allow any shmo off the street to get a movie made!...Talk about an epic failure.

  • June 5, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by GravyAkira

    which sadly went nowhere. WALLYWORLD - "An action/thriller set inside a large department store on Christmas Eve" Check out the full synopsis on the site if you get a chance. I feel the movie has a lot of potential myself, but i'm sure most other nobody writers feel the same way. Its going to be a good movie one day guys! Plus more to come... MUST SEE PROMETHEUS!!!!!! and The Dark Knight Rises

  • June 5, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Sorry for the shameless self-promotion as well...

    by GravyAkira

    and the bold print. I really think this one has potential though. I'll keep working.

  • It could be both an Alien prequel and a Gladiator sequel.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    This property will be neutered, no way is Amazon going to put their name on a product as kinky and dark as what Clive Barker will probably produce. And yes, bring on the extended NIGHTBREED cut, assuming the footage still even exists. I remember hearing that it had been destroyed.

  • And don't take offense, as I am just getting a general idea from your logline, so I could be way off. Anyways, you should soldier on and be proud that your script isn't a cheesy gimmick relying on the whole *Something versus Something* or *Famous Historical Person: Monster Hunter* bullshit. Now leave me alone. I have to get back to writing my genius epic sci-fi/historical/kung-fu/based on a true story I saw on an episode of Ancient Aliens masterpiece that I like to call STONEHENGE vs SHANGRI-LA. Poster Tagline: Whoever wins, there will be naked blue Celtic warrios and magical egg rolls.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    I talked to King about that comment. He was referring to Barker's short stories. Trust me, you can't come up with enough money to make the guy say anything. However, he considered Barker's novels unreadable.

  • June 5, 2012, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Thanks lv_426!

    by GravyAkira

    Die Hard is in my top 10 movies of all-time so that influence is no mistake. Me being a huge fan of Historical, Sci-Fi, and Kung-Fu movies, as well as being a regular viewer of Ancient Aliens, I must I am greatly anticipating your future masterpiece!

  • June 5, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    All the direct to video Hellraiser movies make me sad

    by Matthew

    Such a great concept turned into another slasher movie. Clive Barker reminds me of the Horror version of Stan Lee, maybe when he is older they will adapt his works right like with Avengers. Clive will be 80 when they finally get Hellraiser right

  • June 5, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by Robusto

    was pure magic to my 12 year old eyes... I refuse to die until the lost footage is found and a directors cut is made. I consider it a flawed masterpiece.. definitely a product of its time. Lord Of illusions directors cut is probably the most I've ever seen a movie improve by a director's cut.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    If Lucas Wasn't Such an Asshole...

    by topaz4206

    we'd get a good horror director making "Death Troopers" or "Red Harvest" - two fun zombie books set in the SW universe.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by CodeName

    THAT I could see: Stormtroopers fighting zombies.

  • June 5, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Didn't Barker just get sued for giving ex boyfriend AIDS

    by Crosby Brito

    Or is it a different Barker ? TMZ Reported he is being accused Of knowingly giving his BF AIDS.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    The original HELLRAISER was awesome.

    by DementedCaver

    Barker has written alot of seriously messed up and disturbing shit as well...and I mean that in a good way. I just feel like he has it in him, but Gladiators vs Zombies probably isn't it. It will be low on my expectation list...which could possibly be a good thing.

  • dude with the gold pants is creepy awesome. Love the way he directs; he gets a mood that is just different than other horror films. And ONLY Hellraiser is on Blu-Ray! They should all be (and the directors cut of Nightbreed for sure). Oh and CANDYMAN needs to be on Blu-ray too (I know he didn't direct it, but it's a damn good horror flick).

  • June 5, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Star Wars zombies?

    by lv_426

    Yoda: Living dead, of the night it is.

  • June 5, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    gravyakira -- I hear you on Die Hard

    by lv_426

    Great flick. Probably the best pure action film in terms of blending character, story, and thrills. I also know what you mean in terms of writing stuff that is similar to your favorites. If anything, that is less of a problem these days cause Hollywood really just wants the same stuff with a new twist on it. That is why we have those two Die Hard in the White House scripts selling recently. Or how about the millions of vampire and zombie scripts that sell?

  • June 5, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    LORD OF ILLUSIONS is in my top 10 movies

    by Gregg Vossler

  • June 5, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    of all time.

    by Gregg Vossler

  • June 5, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    i love that shit

    by Gregg Vossler

  • June 5, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    because it is awesome.

    by Gregg Vossler

  • June 5, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    and it scratches me RIGHT THERE.

    by Gregg Vossler

  • From TMZ: <p> Legendary horror maven Clive Barker -- who's responsible for the "Candyman" and "Hellraiser" franchises -- gave his ex-boyfriend HIV ... and then kicked him out on the street ... this according to claims in a new lawsuit. <p> Emilian David Armstrong says in the suit ... he met Barker in early 1996, and they quickly moved in together. Armstrong had a daughter from a previous heterosexual relationship. She also moved in. <p> Armstrong says in November, 1996, he was diagnosed with HIV. The suit claims Barker had tested positive and had urged Armstrong to get tested. Armstrong is convinced -- Barker gave him HIV. <p> Armstrong says Barker confessed he had previously engaged in a sexual relationship with his own cousin, who had AIDS -- and also engaged in sadomasochism in prior relationships that involved syringes. <p> As for why Armstrong waited 16 years to file a lawsuit -- Armstrong says he and Barker tried to work out their relationship and battle the virus together ... but things started to go south in 2003. <p> According to the lawsuit, that's when Barker became addicted to prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol, and Oxycodone. Armstrong claims Barker would mix these drugs with alcohol, cocaine, and/or crystal meth and use them for recreation. <p> But Armstrong says he still didn't give up on the relationship -- and tried to help Barker through his drug problems ... but they only got worse. Armstrong says Barker started throwing drug-fueled parties with young men ranging in age from 19 to early 20's. <p> The suit claims in 2009, Barker kicked Armstrong out of his house -- along with Armstrong's daughter -- and left them destitute. <p> Armstrong claims he was a partner in Barker's business ventures and is entitled to a cut of the profits. He also says he was promised support for life. We contacted Barker -- so far, no word back. <p> ----------- <p> When I first read this AICN article earlier today, I thought to myself... "Hmmm...This project seems beneath the great Clive Barker". <p> After reading this TMZ article... I'm thinking Clive is desperate to work on ANYTHING if someone will pay him to do it. <p> The timing of this lawsuit sounds like a jilted ex trying to cash in while the cashings good...or a jilted ex trying to derail Barker's involvement in this project before it even begins out of spite. Either way...It'll be interesting to see if this juvenile project ever gets off the ground with Barker's involvement. <p> I think Roger Corman's available.

  • June 5, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    "So Billy, do you like films about gladiators?"

    by replica

  • June 5, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Spoiler: Nightbreed was s'posed to be a trilogy!

    by deelzbub

    With the Nightbreed reuniting in the 3rd movie. And New Midian being founded in . . .

  • June 5, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Woah woah woah....they made a movie out of DREAD!?

    by Jaster Mareel

    I fucking love that story! Man now I gotta seek that shit out!

  • June 6, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    by Russell

  • But if what TMZ says is factual, then he is one twisted motherfucker.

  • June 6, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Wrath of Fett, temper your expectations.

    by TheLastCleric

    Dread is a brilliant short story but the film takes some serious liberties with the material, the biggest of which is the ending. Personally the film felt like a SAW rip-off to me but it’s not a horrible film by any means.

  • June 6, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah, it does sound like Clive is slumming.

    by Rob Jenson

    I love the guy, but I'd rather see him pursue his own projects. that said, he's been stuck on the damned Abarat books for years, and they're really not that good. A cool world, but the storytelling is awful, really not his best work at all. I force myself to read it because it's Clive, but it feels more like an excuse to showcase his artwork than a real narrative.

  • Yes I know Jackson Rathbone, barely. He WAS in a band with my brother, but he recently knocked up some chick and had to quit.

  • June 6, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST


    by jemagee

    was an awful movie the book was much better

  • June 6, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by Rob Jenson

    was a pretty awesome movie. Would love to see the Cabal Cut. I signed the petition, anyone else?

  • June 6, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Yeah stalkeye

    by Russell

    I have thought something was seriously wrong with Barker for years now. He looks and sounds like refried shit. His voice has sounded like he has lung cancer or a collapsed lung or something. He had claimed that the issue with his voice was caused by throat polyps because he was an avid cigar smoker. He apparently had surgery about a year or so ago to remove some of the polyps and I found a recent interview on youtube where he was talking about Tony Todd wanting to do another Candyman movie and Barker was saying how stupid that would be. Anyways he sounded somewhat better but still seems like his breathing is heavily compromised. He is only 59 but looks awful. He does look like he is/was a heavy drug user and/or HIV positive. If this story is true then it is absolutely deplorable what he did to David Armstrong and the details are extremely disturbing. I love Barker's work until Sacrament but everything after that has been shit. I hope he releases The Scarlet Gospels before he dies, which if he is very ill could be sadly sooner rather than later.

  • "In early February 2012 Barker fell into a coma after a dentist visit led to blood poisoning. Barker remained in a coma for seven 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. "My friends, Clive here. I'm at home now after a while in hospital, thanks to a nearly fatal case of Toxic Shock brought on by a visit to my dentist. Apparently this is not uncommon. In my case the dental work unloaded such a spillage of poisonous bacteria into my blood that my whole system crashed, putting me into a coma. I spent several days in Intensive Care, with a machine breathing for me. Later, my Doctors said that they had not anticipated a happy ending until I started to fight, repeatedly pulling out the tubes that I was constantly gagging on. After a few days of nightmarish delusions I woke up to my life again, tired, twenty pounds lighter but happy to be back from a very dark place. And here in the world I intend to stay. I've books to write, films to make and paintings to paint. I seem to have come home with my sight clearer somehow, and my sense of purpose intensified. Thank you all for your messages your prayers and love. What better reason to wake to life than knowing I have such friends? Again, thank you. " Either getting Toxic Shock from a Dental Visit is more common that one may think, or.....his Immune system is somewhat comprimised. (Hint, Hint.) But, he did awake from his Coma after all. fucker has more lives than a Cat.

  • June 6, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    For God's sake - please just do Weaveworld or Imagica

    by 2for2true an 8 part miniseries. These are some of the greatest horror/fantasy novels ever written. C'mon, Clive. Quit fuckin' around.

  • June 6, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by Russell

    Yeah I read about that toxic shock adventure that Barker had from a google news link when it happened. I didnt think much of it at the time because the inside flap of the dreadful Mister B. Gone said he was still living with David Armstrong. Now that Armstrong is saying Barker gave him HIV that toxic shock incident makes a lot more sense since Barker may have just developed AIDS now and that was a bullshit cover story.

  • Stupid and Lame.

  • June 6, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by chris p. bacon

    Books Of Blood, The Great And Secret Show, Gallilee....numerous plays....The mans why is he relegated to this crap? Hey...Barker gotta eat too i guess