While doing research for another article, I unearthed a copy of Fear Magazine No. 7, originally published in July 1989. The issue, it turns out, is a wet-dream for Clive Barker fans. In addition to some tasty original fiction based on Hellraiser II, the periodical includes a report from the set of Nightbreed, and an interview with Hellbound sound editor Richard Marden. There’s more: Also included was the insert A Human’s Guide to Nightbreed (an introduction to the residents of Midian) and Dread (an extensive newsletter/companion piece released in advance of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth); the latter is a treasure trove in and of itself.
In addition to more fan fiction, trivia, behind-the-scenes reveals, and beautiful black and white photos, the companion includes an abundance of Hellraiser-related merch a modern day collector would sell his soul for: Shirts, hats, sweaters, thermoses, windbreakers, sports bags—even satin jackets! All are adorned with Barker’s original Cenobite concept art—and all at those low 1989 prices!
And speaking of prices, the final page offered fans a chance to join “The Breed”, the Official “Authorized” Clive Barker Fan Club. Back then, a lifetime membership would only set you back $19.95 and came with some fantastic perks like an official membership card and a certificate of authenticity signed by Barker himself. These days, an autograph alone could set you back over $50!
I’d be interested to know if any of my fellow 1980s kids joined this club back in the day, primarily because an official “authorized” organization of Barker fans no longer exists. Barker dovetails all of his projects on an official website that doesn’t include any mention of “lifetime members”; plenty of fan sites exist, but these have no official affiliation with Barker, or his production company Seraphim Films.
Of course, these days no one feels the need to join a club to express their fanaticism—that’s what tattoos are for!