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The dueling imaginations of horror writers Clive Barker and Stephen King have scared people shitless for decades. King is revered by many for his beloved books and film adaptationsincluding "Carrie," "The Shining" and "Misery." But as a horror writer and director, Barker is no stranger to acclaim for striking fear into others; his novels produced two of the scariest horror movie iconsCandyman and PinheadSo who has the best imagination for horror writing? Read more and vote below.

 
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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.

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Most of King's work has terrorized us in two forms: Outstanding novels then adapted into acclaimed horror movies. 

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Barker's imagination created "The Hellbound Heart," the heart and soul of classic horror film "Hellraiser." The film is led by iconic antagonist Pinhead, who has "such sights to show you."

The Tylt previously wrote about Pinhead's horror legacy:

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.
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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!"
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Barker also wrote "The Forbidden," the short story that "Candyman" is based on. 

The Tylt previously wrote about Candyman's legacy, too:

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.
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But King's first novel "Carrie" was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film—starting a trend between his novels and films.

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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.

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FINAL RESULTS
Who's the best horror writer: Stephen King or Clive Barker?
#CliveBarkerWins
A festive crown for the winner
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