Clive Barker's Hellraiser: Collected Best III, Volume 3

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Checker Pub., 2004 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 320 pages
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Comics' greatest talent unleashed on Barker's horrifying world of warring order and chaos. The third Hellraiser collection features over 320 pages (14 stories) in jaw-dropping full color, including the complete poster art galleries from the original publications. Stories include: "In These Blue Depths Lie Hell" by Lurene Haines & Ray Lago; "The Sweet Science" by Erik Saltzgaber, Mike Zeck, and Phil Zimelman; "Later" by C.J. Henderson, Vincent Cecolini, and Colleen Doran; "Lingerings" by James Robert Smith & Jamie Tolagson, "Firetrap" by James Robert Smith & Mike Hoffman; "Birth Rite"; "Angels to Some, Demons to Others" by John Bolton; "Closets" by Matrix co-creator Larry Wachowski and Miran Kim; "Under the Knife"; "I in the Pyramid"; "Glitter and Go" by Ron Wolfe & Dan Spiegle; "The Tontine" by Scott Hampton & John Van Fleet; and "To Prepare a Face" by Jan Strnad & Mark Chiarello.

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Critics of the horror story have frequently called Clive Barker the "British Stephen King". Born in Liverpool in 1952, Barker attended the University of Liverpool but moved to London in 1977, where he worked as a commercial artist and became involved with the avant-garde theatrical community. Primarily a playwright during this period, he also produced short fiction that he would eventually publish as part of his six-volume collection titled Books of Blood (1984-85). More than any other author of contemporary horror fiction, Barker has had a major impact on the direction of the genre. He has introduced strong elements of sex and graphic violence into his fiction, but these elements are employed with an artistic objective. Barker underscores his work with complex subtextual metaphors and artistic allusions. Preoccupied with the craft of writing and with its effect on the reader, Barker is an innovator of formula and genre, often parodying the former in order to change the philosophical contour of the latter. Barker has achieved commercial success not only with his short fiction but also with his novels, which tend to be epic in scope and to blend elements of horror with those of high fantasy. Barker is one of the more influential voices in horror cinema, having written and directed a number of films. His printed works include The Candle in the Cloud, Absolute Midnight, The Scarlet Gospels, and Black is the Devil's Rainbow: Tales of a Journeyman. His films include Dread, Tortured Souls: Animae Damanatae, and Hellraiser.

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