Posts tagged clive barker
In every generation a slayer is born.
Oh wait…wrong opening line. In every generation, a plague of writers is visited upon…
Most people assume the act of writing is as simple as sitting in front of a computer and ralphing out page after page of coherent words. If it were that easy, there’d not only be millions of books adorning the virtual shelves of the likes of Amazon (which there are), but those millions of books would all be best sellers (which they are not). The truth of the matter is, writing a novel takes a lot of hard work. And once you’ve sacrificed sweat and soul for your work, you’ll find yourself up against a giant monster called marketing. Thankfully, countless others have gone through this process so we can pass on our worldly advice to those just now stepping their feet onto a very tall and precarious ladder.
From Imaquolatta’s Irreverent Blog, she titles her review for Hell’s Muse “Heavenly Writing on a Hellish Subject” and goes on to say:
“The story is in several layers, a novel within a novel. The characters come at you in snapshots, mostly because this dark carnival ride moves extremely quickly. The story flies. Jack’s writing at times has the hectic frivolity of an old EC Comic, at times the darkly sensual attention to detail we might have seen in Clive Barker’s early work. And, he’s not afraid to gross you out. As the layers of reality within the work begin to melt into each other, the reader will question everything, and I assure you, this is wise. By the end of the novel, I didn’t quite know what to believe. I will not spoiler you, but I will say everything will make a kind of sense when you get there.”
In the first bought of the Monster Mash, Freddy Krueger put a stop to any possible sparkly, shimmery vampire shenanigans. But this time, Freddy is up against a foe with considerably less teen appeal. Can Freddy defend the crown of bone and blood he currently wears atop is ragged and flensed head? Let’s find out.
Can you believe it’s almost the middle of September? And can you believe I am less than two weeks from participating in my first-ever Scarefest! I’ll be right alongside the likes of Malcolm McDowell, Doug Bradly, and (shudder) Clive Barker! My participation in Scarefest will be as a vendor to sell my wares.
Won’t you come buy?
From The Zombie King you have the opportunity to purchase paperback copies of the I Zombie series as well as my new book Screampark. Also present will be my very own booth babe pinup zombie! How could you resist? I mean seriously? AND you can meet some of the cast and company behind Screampark — the haunted attraction that inspired the novel.
When I first read the news, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Let me lay this Prada bag of gory glory down on you so you can raise your hands and your voice in celebration:
Clive Barker is attempting to bring both Hellraiser and Nightbreed to life in the form of two fabulous television series.
Now, how does that feel? In the immortal words of Larry David… “Pretty…pretty…pretty…good!” Let’s examine the possibilities.
You may not know this, but I’m a pretty big Clive Barker fan. His books, his art, his movies. One of my favorite movies of Clive’s is Nightbreed. This particular movie seemed destined for greatness. It was based on the Barker story Cabal — which was incredible fodder for film. But then the studio got their grubby hands on it and laid waste the publicity and the film.
This is a very special Fabulous Friday post, because I wanted to introduce to the world my fab five. These will be a short lists of related things I consider fabulous. Is that not fabtastic? Of course it is!
To introduce this post, I want to start off with my Fab Five Celebrities. Don’t expect the usual list of fashionistas or ab/tit tastic fameboys and girls. This list is truly fabulous and… wait for it… Shero approved. So, without further “shoo”, I give you my Fab Five Celebs.
I love a good scare. And seriously, who doesn’t? Being frightened is a catharsis you don’t find with any other emotional response to an external stimulus. And even better when you’re being scared out of your underpants, nightgown, boxers, or skinsuit, when tucked in safely under mounds of blanket.
And as a writer of horror, I have my own favorite scary books. Naturally it has come time to share the five books I have always regretted reading at night. Are you ready? Are you absolutely sure?
For anyone that knows me, and knows me well, you know that I have this ridiculous infatuation with Clive Barker. He is, as most would say, my idol. And unlike most fans in the Barkerverse, my author-crush is not simply because of his creation of one the finest characters in all of horror-dom — Pinhead. That man-crush is born of the awe the man’s writing inspires within. He is, in a word, genius.
Tomorrow it is officially October and that means one thing — Halloween is fast approaching. And for me, the season of the witch (no relation to the Halloween 3 film) means many things, one of which is a good excuse (not that I need any) to watch horror films.