Clive Barker: Dark imaginer explores the diverse literary, film and visionary creations of the polymathic and influential British artist Clive Barker. In this necessary and timely collection, innovative essays by leading scholars in the fields of literature, film and popular culture explore Barker's contribution to gothic, fantasy and horror studies, interrogating his creative legacy.
The volume consists of an extensive introduction and twelve groundbreaking essays that critically reevaluate Barker's oeuvre. These include in-depth analyses of his celebrated and lesser known novels, short stories, theme park designs, screen and comic book adaptations, film direction and production, sketches and book illustrations, as well as responses to his material from critics and fan communities. Clive Barker: Dark imaginer reveals the breadth and depth of Barker's distinctive dark vision, which continues to fascinate and flourish. -- .
Sorcha Ni Fhlainn is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and American Literature, and a founding member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University -- .
Introduction: 'To darken the day and brighten the night': Clive Barker, dark imaginer - Sorcha Ni Fhlainn Part I: Origins 1 'Visions of another Albion': the Books of Blood and the horror of 1980s Britain - Darryl Jones 2 'Marks of weakness, marks of woe': the Books of Blood and the transformation of the weird - Kevin Corstorphine 3 When fantasy becomes reality: social commentary of 1980s Britain in Clive Barker's Weaveworld -- Edward Timothy Wallington Part II: Screening Barker 4 The joyless magic of Lord of Illusions - Harvey O'Brien 5 Drawing (to) fear and horror: into the frame of Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train and Dread comic and film adaptations - Bernard Perron 6 Beauty, pain and desire: gothic aesthetics and feminine identification in the filmic adaptations of Clive Barker - Brigid Cherry Part III: Labyrinths of desire 7 Clive Barker's queer monsters: exploring transgression, sexuality and the other - Mark Richard Adams 8 Breaking through the canvas: towards a definition of (meta)cultural blackness in the fantasies of Clive Barker - Tony M. Vinci 9 'A far more physical experience than the cinema affords': Clive Barker's Halloween Horror Nights and brand authorship - Gareth James Part IV: Legacy 10 'What price wonderland?': Clive Barker and the spectre of realism - Daragh Downes 11 Clive Barker's late (anti-)horror fiction: Tortured Souls and Mister B. Gone's new myths of the flesh - Xavier Aldana Reyes 12 The Devil and Clive Barker: Faustian bargains and gothic filigree - Sorcha Ni Fhlainn Index -- .