Clive Barker

Auction Of Original Art

Mater Motley’s Grande Aunt

Mater Motley’s Grande Aunt

Just a quick update post: The Archive is hosting an online auction of 18 pieces of original art, each one personally selected by Clive directly from his studio space. Each piece is named and signed by Clive.

Now accepting bids!

Head to the Archive site to view the artwork and place your bid

  • Starts: now!

  • Ends: Saturday, May 11 2019 at 12 Noon PDT

  • All the details are on the auction page, but any questions, just let us know...

Good luck!
Phil & Sarah

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Original art for sale!

Hopefully you’ll have received our recent newsletter which carries the news that Clive has personally selected a number of pieces to be made available for sale through the Archive store.

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The first selection is a collection of 21 studio sketches which are now available. These sketches offer a direct insight into Clive's development of characters for Abarat, Deep Hill and other ongoing projects. Own an original piece for your walls!

All pieces are signed by Clive and come with a certificate of provenance from The Clive Barker Archive.

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The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies

The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies - paperback edition now available!

The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies - paperback edition now available!

35 Years of Clive Barker’s Non-Fiction

We’re delighted to be publishing Clive’s non-fiction collection - The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies - in a new paperback edition.

Originally published in a limited edition in 2011, this newly revised edition is updated to include all of Clive’s more recently published pieces together with a newly discovered and previously unpublished introduction to the Books of Blood from 1982! This edition also features 11 additional pieces of interior artwork, making 46 in total.

First 500 Copies Signed!

With huge thanks to Clive, the first 500 copies of this new paperback edition come with an exclusive hand-numbered signature sheet bound in and signed by Clive.

Looking forward to getting these out and into your hands!

Shipping Update and Black Friday

Imaginer Six

With our US shipment safely delivered to Los Angeles, we're anticipating that US orders of the sixth Imaginer volume will start to be fulfilled over the next week or so! 
Here in London, we're finalising arrangements to receive the second part of the shipment this week and those copies will then ship around the UK and far beyond. All deluxe edition copies also ship from London as they are hand-finished here. Look out for those shipping notification emails heading your way...
As ever, a huge thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered the books and continue to support the Imaginer series!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all our fabulous customers a very Happy Thanksgiving, we’ll be running a Black Friday Weekend Sale.
With reductions right across the  store, the sale will run from Thursday 22 to Monday 26 November.

Imaginer Six

We're delighted to reveal the cover of the sixth volume in the Imaginer series and to open pre-orders today! 

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 6

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 6

There are three options available to pre-order Volume Six now - but one will disappear on 22 July 2018 and these preferential pre-order prices will rise to retail prices on publication...

  • the regular edition (limited to 1,000 copies) at a pre-order price
  • the deluxe edition, signed by Clive (limited to 100 numbered copies) at a pre-order price
  • LIMITED TIME ONLY - until 22 July 2018 - have your name printed in all copies of Imaginer 6 as a special 'thank you' for your support of the Imaginer art archiving project by selecting the 'Deluxe edition With Thanks' option.

Discounted pre-order prices will remain available until publication, when full retail prices will start to apply.

As with previous volumes, all pre-ordered books will come with an exclusive A5 art card  featuring art from the Imaginer series, and all copies will also include an A4 mini-poster.

More Plays..!

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We're delighted that the next two titles in the Clive Barker Playscripts series are now available in the store!

Hunters in the Snow is set in a medieval, Breughel-inspired landscape and features a character called The Dutchman - a dark, undead witchfinder, summoned by mysterious means - with traits that would later feed into Clive's Mamoulian and Pinhead characters.  Staged in the illustrious Everyman Theatre in Liverpool for just two nights in 1973, this text is a must-read for anyone interested in reading an early iteration of themes that would continue to infuse Clive's writing for many years.

Crazyface was written as a piece commissioned by The Cockpit Youth Theatre in London in 1982. The play follows the trials of a family of fools - particularly the path of Tyl Eulenspiegel as he becomes unwittingly embroiled in a frantic Europe-wide scramble for control of a secret for which nations will go to war... 

Hunters in the Snow and Crazyface are available now in the store.

  • Hunters in the Snow: Paperback first edition with cover art by Clive Barker, 118 pages, $7 plus shipping
  • Crazyface: Paperback edition with cover art by Clive Barker, 182 pages, $10 plus shipping

These two join The Magician and The History of the Devil as the first four of Clive's plays to be published by the Archive.  Further titles will become available over coming months!

"These plays are not finished things, they're invitations to collective work... These are blueprints, not houses. I am laying out the ground rules for a circus, and inviting wild beasts, clowns, and strippers on to parade themselves in any and every combination.
"What it comes down to is that these are texts which are meant to be starting places for very particular intellectual and artistic adventures. And they are particular to the group of people who have been gathered there to have the adventure. They are deliberately free-form. They are deliberately overpacked. They are deliberately ragged, unhoned, raw. I make no apology for any of that. They are intended to be, I hope, inspirational rather than repressive.
"They are ways to say to actors and directors and designers, 'Here are some ideas, here are some lines, here are some situations. Make masks, make dance, make music, make mime, make whatever you want to personalise this experience.'"

Clive Barker

Happy New Year!

As we get back to work this week after the Christmas break, we've got plenty to look forward to in 2018...

We're delighted to be continuing to release titles in the new series of Clive's play scripts as affordable paperbacks.  It's been great to hear all the positive comments about The Magician and The History of the Devil - a huge thank you to everyone who has ordered them (and we hope to see productions springing up worldwide!).

Our next two titles are Crazyface and Hunters in the Snow, set for publication in a few weeks' time.

Crazyface was written by Clive in 1982 for the Cockpit Youth Theatre in London and centres around the fool Tyl Eulenspiegel as he stumbles across a secret that nations are prepared to kill for.

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Hunters in the Snow has never before been published and is a play from 1973 inspired by the works of Breugel. It includes a character called The Dutchman, originally played by Doug Bradley, that Clive would later see echoes of in the dialogue and bearing of Hellraiser's lead cenobite, Pinhead.

And... we'll be adding many more images from the Archive to the gallery here, with a programme to add at least one new image each and every day this month! Leading off today is a double with an FX storyboard from Hellraiser: Bloodline and the cover of a US presskit for Galilee.

In the meantime, we continue to work with Clive on the Imaginer art books - we'll have a shipping update for Imaginer 5 later this month...

Here's to a great 2018!

Clive Barker Playscripts

For a long time we've wanted to share the texts of Clive's plays which are held here in the archive - so we're delighted to announce that as of November 2017 we'll be publishing a series of full scripts.

The first two titles - The Magician and The History of the Devil - are available now through the Archive store.

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This is the first edition of The Magician - a one-act play in the Commedia dell' Arte tradition. Originally performed by The Dog Company in 1978, this first publication of the full script includes 14 photos of the original production, poster art and manuscript pages from the archive.

The History of the Devil is one of Clive's most successful plays, with productions continuing around the world long after it was first performed by The Dog Company in 1980. This new publication of the full script includes 7 photos of the original production, poster art and manuscript pages from the archive.

  • The Magician: Paperback first edition with cover art by Clive Barker, 92 pages, $6 plus shipping

  • The History of the Devil: Paperback edition with cover art by Clive Barker, 188 pages, $9 plus shipping

Further titles will become available over coming months!

"These plays are not finished things, they're invitations to collective work... These are blueprints, not houses. I am laying out the ground rules for a circus, and inviting wild beasts, clowns, and strippers on to parade themselves in any and every combination.
"What it comes down to is that these are texts which are meant to be starting places for very particular intellectual and artistic adventures. And they are particular to the group of people who have been gathered there to have the adventure. They are deliberately free-form. They are deliberately overpacked. They are deliberately ragged, unhoned, raw. I make no apology for any of that. They are intended to be, I hope, inspirational rather than repressive.
"They are ways to say to actors and directors and designers, 'Here are some ideas, here are some lines, here are some situations. Make masks, make dance, make music, make mime, make whatever you want to personalise this experience.'"

Clive Barker

Pre-order Imaginer 5!

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 5

Clive Barker: Imaginer Volume 5

We're delighted to reveal the latest Imaginer cover image and to announce that pre-orders will open later today!
There are three options available to pre-order Volume 5 :
•    the regular edition (limited to 1,000 copies) at a discounted pre-order price
•    the deluxe edition, signed by Clive (limited to 100 numbered copies) at a discounted pre-order price
•    LIMITED TIME ONLY - until 8 October 2017 - have your name printed in all copies as a special 'thank you' for your support of the Imaginer art archiving project by selecting the 'Deluxe edition With Thanks' option. 
These pre-order prices will remain available until publication, when full retail prices will start to apply.
As with previous volumes, all pre-ordered books will come with an exclusive A5 art card featuring art from the Imaginer series, and all copies will also include an A4 mini-poster.

Bookplate for deluxe copies of Imaginer 5, signed by Clive 

Bookplate for deluxe copies of Imaginer 5, signed by Clive 

Thanks again for all the wonderful feedback on previous volumes - we can't wait to get the next Imaginer out to you!

This time around, Clive wanted to share some of his thoughts on Imaginer 5 - so do please head over to Revelations where you can read the full conversation with him as we look through some of the art selected for this latest volume.

Clive: "I'm seldom lost for words but I am sort of lost for words! It's gorgeous. It's gorgeous - it's the best so far.  
"I know I said at the beginning of Imaginer, 'This is probably the best Clive Barker between covers' or whatever it was, you know, about Tom's first book? I feel I need to re-state, because of this, a whole new level of achievement by you guys.
"And I very much feel - I feel so passionate about it - that I want to make sure the world knows that this is not the Imaginer you think you knew!"

Summer in London

It's been a super-busy spring and summer here at the Archive and some things are piling up in front of us - case in point, these recent arrivals!

The books are waiting to be logged on the Revelations site and shelved in the archive alongside the Dorbz Pinhead, which is quite the cutest model we've seen in a while! We had no idea that this fabulous fold-out 3D Imajica promo was made by HarperCollins UK back in 1991 so we're delighted with that find - it promised a special mechanised 'Giant Interactive Box Book' for booksellers to display but we're pretty sure that idea didn't quite materialise... 

Right - back to work - we'll have news on new projects shortly once everyone's back from holidays - enjoy the rest of the summer!

P&S