Clive Barker has carved out his own niche in the horror world, with tales that were seen as extreme at the time of their release, and still cause controversy since they often incorporate Christian canon.
His stories have a raw edge that comes not from a life read about in books but rather from a life filled with unique experiences and pain.
His art is a reflection of his life in many ways, transforming over the last four decades from hard, seedy and utterly fringe to softened, more accessible, and (dare I say) kid friendly.
But if you've ever wondered about the man behind the dark tales, and how a Cenobite named Pinhead came to be horror royalty, then this interview he granted to Grantland is a must read.
Read Hellraiser Author Clive Barker On Almost Dying, Hustling and Killing Pinhead here (contains NSFW elements)