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Writer and filmmaker Clive Barker is largely considered a master of the horror genre. His Books of Blood and Hellraiser films are among his best-known works.
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The two formed a collaboration and in 1985 released the low-budget movie Underworld. Barker followed the film with another low-budget flick, Rex, which was also based on one of his stories from Books of Blood.
When neither film garnered much attention, Barker decided to start directing his own films. Thus, in 1987, Hellraiser made its way to the screen,
to critics’ praise and box-office success. The film gave rise to two sequels and put Barker on the map as not just a horror writer but also a horror filmmaker.
In 1990, Barker released his first Hollywood-produced, big-budget film, Nightbreed. Afterward he moved to Beverly Hills, where throughout the 1990s and into recent years, he has continued to work on both his screenwriting and his fiction—including an unexpected fantasy book for children published in 2002.
Barker met his partner, fashion photographer David Armstrong, in 1996, and the two have since lived together in Beverly Hills. Although same sex-marriage was not legal in California at the time, the couple held a marriage ceremony in 1997. Barker has a stepdaughter named Nicole, Armstrong’s daughter from a previous marriage.
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