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Клайв Баркер

Дата рождения: 5. Октябрь 1952

Клайв Ба́ркер — британский писатель-фантаст. Режиссёр и сценарист, автор многих бестселлеров. На литературном поприще он впервые выступил в качестве драматурга; в то время он и сам играл в театре и ставил спектакли. Создатель фильмов «Восставший из ада», «Кэндимен», а также «Ночной народ», «Повелитель иллюзий» и «Святой грешник». Кроме того, Баркер известен как живописец и фотограф: его работы выставлялись в Нью-Йорке и Лос-Анджелесе. Живёт в Беверли-Хиллз вместе со своим партнёром Дэвидом Армстронгом и его дочерью от первого брака Николь.

„Только то, что создано нашим воображением, остается с нами навеки.“

„Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.“ Days of Magic, Nights of War

„I dreamed I spoke in another's language,
I dreamed I lived in another's skin,
I dreamed I was my own beloved,
I dreamed I was a tiger's kin.

I dreamed that Eden lived inside me,
And when I breathed a garden came,
I dreamed I knew all of Creation,
I dreamed I knew the Creator's name.

I dreamed--and this dream was the finest--
That all I dreamed was real and true,
And we would live in joy forever,
You in me, and me in you.“
Days of Magic, Nights of War

„Everybody is a book of blood; wherever we're opened, we're red.“ Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three

„[Horror fiction] shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.“

„Nothing else wounds so deeply and irreparably. Nothing else robs us of hope so much as being unloved by one we love“

„The paintings of Francis Bacon to my eye are very beautiful. The paintings of Bosch or Goya are to my eye very beautiful. I've also stood in front of those same paintings with people who've said, 'let's get on to the Botticellis as soon as possible.' I have lingered, of course.“

„We’re too much ourselves. Afraid of letting go of what we are, in case we are nothing, and holding on so tight, we lose everything else.“ Imajica

„I think that God that we have created and allowed to shape our culture through, essentially Christian theology is a pretty villainous creature. I think that one of the things that male patriarchal figure has done is, allowed under it's, his church, his wing, all kinds of corruptions and villainies to grow and fester. In the name of that God terrible wars have been waged, in the name of that God terrible sexism has been allowed to spread. There are children being born all across this world that don't have enough food to eat because that God, at least his church, tells the mothers and fathers that they must procreate at all costs, and to prevent procreation with a condom is in contravention with his laws. Now, I don't believe that God exists. I think that God is creation of men, by men, and for men. What has happened over the many centuries now, the better part of two thousand in fact, is that that God has been slowly and steadily accruing power. His church has been accruing power, and the men who run that church, and they are all men, are not about to give it up. If they give it up, they give up luxury, they give up comfort.“

„That which is imagined can never be lost.“ Weaveworld

„No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering.“ The Hellbound Heart

„Did I say that she was beautiful? I was wrong. Beauty is too tame a notion; it evokes only faces in magazines. A lovely eloquence, a calming symmetry; none of that describes this woman’s face. So perhaps I should assume I cannot do it justice with words. Suffice it to say that it would break your heart to see her; and it would mend what was broken in the same moment; and you would be twice what you’d been before.“ Galilee

„It’s only when you’ve lost someone that you realize the nonsense of that
phrase “It’s a small world”. It isn’t. It’s a vast, devouring world, especially if you’re alone.“
Books of Blood: Volume Two

„You cut up a thing that's alive and beautiful to find out how it's alive and why it's beautiful, and before you know it, it's neither of those things, and you're standing there with blood on your face and tears in your sight and only the terrible ache of guilt to show for it.“

„Here is a list of terrible things,
The jaws of sharks, a vultures wings
The rabid bite of the dogs of war,
The voice of one who went before,
But most of all the mirror's gaze,
Which counts us out our numbered days.“
Days of Magic, Nights of War

„Wherever I go, I will speak of you with love.“ The Thief of Always

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