As one of our campaign's unlocked stretch goals, we promised that the foreword to The Dark North Volume 1 would be written by a distinguished contributor to the fantasy, science-fiction and horror scene.
Well today, we are very proud to give you - Clive Barker!
Clive Barker – writer, artist and filmmaker, perhaps best known for Hellraiser, Nightbreed and Abarat. Clive Barker has been a creative force in Hollywood since the 1980’s, and is one of the most prominent and influential writers and directors in horror and urban fantasy. His signed manuscript for “The Hellbound Heart” is in the top ten most expensive books list, along with signed novels by Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Herman Melville. Barker’s work has been adapted into over 30 films, as well as countless comics and video games. He was executive producer on the Oscar winning film “Gods and Monsters” with Ian McKellen.
– That Clive, with his unique vision, wonderful imagination and life-long experience of fantastic art in all its forms, chooses to collaborate on this book will make The Dark North something much bigger than we could possibly have hoped for, says Magnus Lekberg, creative director. Having spent a considerable part of my life in his worlds, I have a hard time thinking of someone who would be more fitting to join ours.
– In the wake of the so called ”Swedish gaming phenomenon” comes an abundance of creativity, and more so in art than anything else, Magnus continues. In this book, the immensely talented illustrators and concept artists creating all those amazing worlds we live in countless of hours when we play, get a chance to share new, fantastic and often personal stories set in The Dark North. Together with Clive, I’m certain we are about to forge something that will resonate not only with a Scandinavian audience, but with the rest of the world as well.
Clive Barker was born 1952 in Liverpool, England, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Among many other things he’s a filmmaker, painter and the writer of close to 30 books, with ”The Scarlet Gospels” (2015) being the latest.
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/The Dark North team