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Clive Barker
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Nerdist Podcast: Clive Barker

A different type of episode, Chris sat down with writer, artist, filmmaker Clive Barker twice, a year apart from each other. In the first half, Clive and Chris sit down together only a couple months after Clive contracted Toxic Shock Syndrome from the a routine visit to the dentist, went into a coma and had several strokes. They talked about what happened, his health and the re-release of his Books of Blood short story collection.

Chris then returns a year later and Clive is doing much better. Chris, Clive, and Mark Miller (Vice President of Seraphim Films) talk about his recovery, his new book featuring a collection of his paintings, and finding the lost footage that allowed them to release the director’s cut of Nightbreed!

Get the Director’s Cut of Nightbreed today!

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  1. Heather McCuistion says:

    This is the first podcast I have listened to- for two reasons.  One- Clive Barker.  Two: Chris Hardwick.  Thanks so much for engaging in this interview and thanks Clive Barker for your candid interview.  It was wonderful.

  2. Top interview with a top fella, keep on getting better Clive Barker – we need you xxx

  3. na_pow says:

    I have no excuses for not writing. This dude had 3 x strokes, was in a comma for 3 x weeks, and still wrote after he got out of the hospital. And he has prehensile dick….Clive Barker’s legit!

  4. Puja says:

    Clive giggling at “Enjoy your Burrito” in the end, just precious!

  5. Tommy says:

    This was an amazing interview. make sure you keep getting back to him and visit him. Incredible stuff. 

  6. Jeckel says:

    No, that doesn’t make any sense. That is just a card game, not an RPG card game. RPG without roleplaying is just G. Having classes and that other bullshit doesn’t make it a roleplaying game if there isn’t any roleplaying.

  7. Tom Conklin says:

    Clive is the best. I absolutely love his writing, and have the deepest respect and admiration for him. He pushes and pulls the limits, and I love that!

  8. CJ says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of Clive’s for over 20 years. IMAJICA is in my top five favourite books.
    I’m so thrilled that THE SCARLET GOSPELS is finally getting released.

  9. Terry says:

    I think Clive sounded better throat wise a year ago and back to being raspy and short breath now which I attinuate to smoking (2nd half he asks for a cigarette).  I wish he would quit smoking. 
    He sounds more energetic now than last year which is good. 
    Thank you for this podcast. 

  10. JE Smith says:

    I met Clive at a convention almost 20 years ago now, and he couldn’t have been sweeter. While it’s unnerving to hear how much this has affected his voice and his speech, I’m glad he’s continuing to improve. Best wishes to a uniquely talented and truly nice guy. 

  11. English Dave says:

    Wonderful interview. Clive’s been an inspiration to me since I first read Books of Blood twenty-five years ago and it blew my mind. It’s upsetting to hear how much his voice has deteriorated since his throat surgery but thank god he’s recovering well from his most recent ill-health. I’d say my favourite of his books is Thief of Always which would make a terrific animated film. Cannot wait to see the new cut of Nightbreed although sadly there’s no UK release date yet and the blu-ray is region-locked.

  12. All of us at Occupy Midian thank Chris for doing such a thoughtful interview.

  13. HereToStay says:

    So great to hear him still working after all he’s been through. Can’t wait to pick up the directors cut of Nightbreed!

  14. Missy says:

    Thank you for this, it was wonderful. Nightbreed was always one of my favorites, I couldn’t get enough of the imagery as a kid, and I cannot wait to see the dc.
    I hope his health only continues to improve.