From an interview with Clive Barker by Stephen Jones in the first Shock Xpress book:
"There are areas of the theological and metaphysical underpinning of the fantastique which manifest themselves in very different ways. Yet I very strongly believe that the underlying necessity to address metaphysics in fictional form is the thing that brings people to this area as opposed to other areas of fiction."
Clive Barker's remarks echo Georges Bataille, who wrote in L'Erotisme: "Following upon religion, literature is in fact religion's heir. A sacrifice is a novel, illustrated in a bloody fashion."
Hellraiser (Clive Barker, 1987)
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (Tony Randel, 1988)
Nightbreed (Clive Barker, 1990)