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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines Clive Barker's earlier fiction and its place within British horror fiction and socio-cultural contexts. It explores Barker's particular manifestations of 1980s British cultural anxieties, examining how selected tales from the Books of Blood are exemplary in their response to the frustrations and political radicalism of the period. The book also explores Barker's transition from author to filmmaker, and how his vision has been translated, captured, and occasionally compromised in its adaptation from page to the screen. It also examines Barker's works through the critical lenses of queer culture, desire, and brand recognition. The book presents Barker's contributions to positive queer representations in the horror film and the evident symbolic coding for monsters and otherness in Barker's films.

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