With his 12 novels and 13 motion pictures, including Hellraiser, Clive Barker has become one of the best known names in modern horror and science fiction writing.

Now, he’s taken a turn to try to infect a younger audience with the chills and thrills of his writing.

Abarat — Days of Magic, Nights of War, the second in his fantasy adventure series for young readers about Candy Quackenbush’s strange adventures in the world of the Abarat, has now been released.

Barker will do a promotional reading/signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 12th, at Every Picture Tells A Story…, 1311 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. Admission is free.

The new book also includes Barker’s oil paintings as illustrations.

Barker first published a juvenile novel in 1992 with The Thief of Always. But he’s better known for his horror/science fiction/fantasy writing and motion pictures geared towards adults and older teens, including Imajica and the Books of Blood series.

Barker grew up in Liverpool, England, and attended Liverpool University. At age 21, he started a theater company to try to develop the plays he had begun writing.

It was at this stage that his recurring themes of horror, fantasy, eroticism and blood began to be developed.

In his late 20s, Barker began to have his short stories published, with modest success.

His first full-length novel was The Damnation Game, which began to win him fans and critical acclaim.

Some of his short stories were adapted into films. After being displeased with the way they turned out, he decided to make his own attempts at directing a full-length feature.

The result was Hellraiser, released in 1987 and based on Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart, which has become one of the most influential modern horror films.

Barker recently completed a deal with 20th Century Fox to produce a film adaptation of The Thief of Always. Kelly Asbury will direct the film.

Information, (310) 451-2700.

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