Who's the best horror writer: Stephen King or Clive Barker? | The Tylt
Who's the best horror writer: Stephen King or Clive Barker?
Barker rose to gory horror glory in the '80s with a series of short stories. Now, he's revered as one of the greatest horror writers. But let's settle this now: two of the scariest and goriest horror franchises are based on his work—and his ability to intermix fantasy with horror.
While horror films had grown stale with derivative slashers in the late '80s, Pinhead was exactly the fresh and reinvigorating invention the genre desperately needed. It was a difficult feat to pull off, and with practically no budget to boot. ... Led by the terrifying Pinhead, Barker's sadomasochistic group of Cenobites terrified audiences with a surreal mix of horror and fantasy—along with professional make-up work that still makes us cringe. Like most of Barker's characters, Pinhead often blurs the line between sensuality and pain, and the uncomfortable pairing can make you squirm. And while Candyman might have all the charm, Pinhead has all the good lines: "Your suffering will be legendary, even in hell!"
Barker also wrote "The Forbidden," the short story that "Candyman" is based on.
Not only does it have a terrifying and charismatic villain brilliantly portrayed by Tony Todd, but surreal imagery and romantic music haunts both the film and moviegoers—like a beautiful fever dream. The movie made audiences confront racial tensions when people were looking for escapism. And it turned the horror genre on its head. You can't deny how awesome Candyman is.
But King's first novel "Carrie" was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film—starting a trend between his novels and films.
Not to mention, Kathy Bates won an Oscar for starring in an adaption of King's "Misery." He's mastered the novel-to-film adaptation.