Formed in 1990 and based in Los Angeles, California, Seraphim is Clive Barker’s production company. For more than twenty years, Seraphim has brought Clive’s work to global audiences as he explores his imagination through multiple media including film, television, novels, comics, poetry, theatre, photography and painting.
From the Abarat paintings and novels for children, through wild fantasy rides for adults on the page and screen and up to the heights of intense horror, the creative extent of Clive’s fevered imagination has been shepherded by Seraphim’s insights and management.
While Seraphim and Clive always have a number of projects in active development, the Seraphim team remains open to new, provocative and creative opportunities from talented individuals and corporates looking to license or adapt Clive’s existing body of work.
Alongside its role as the public face of Clive Barker’s output, Seraphim has also long been a home for fledgling writers and directors. Clive continues to work in collective endeavours, building on his earliest collaborations in Liverpool and London before his move to Los Angeles. Seraphim has nurtured several talents in the next generation of filmmakers and artists, generating unique opportunities and early responsibility to garner vital experience in Hollywood.
A visionary, fantasist, poet and painter, Clive Barker has expanded the reaches of human imagination as a novelist, director, screenwriter and dramatist. An inveterate seeker who traverses between myriad styles with ease, Barker has left his indelible artistic mark on a range of projects that reflect his creative grasp of contemporary media -- from familiar literary terrain to the progressive vision of his Seraphim production company. His 1998 “Gods and Monsters,” which he executive produced, garnered three Academy Award nominations and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The following year, Barker joined the ranks of such illustrious authors as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Annie Dillard and Aldous Huxley when his collection of literary works was inducted into the Perennial line at HarperCollins, who then published The Essential Clive Barker, a 700-page anthology with an introduction by Armistead Maupin.
Barker began his odyssey in the London theatre, scripting original plays for his group The Dog Company, including “The History of the Devil,” “Frankenstein in Love” and “Crazyface.”. Soon, Barker began publishing his The Books of Blood short fiction collections; but it was his debut novel, The Damnation Game that widened his already growing international audience.
Barker shifted gears in 1987 when he directed “Hellraiser,” based on his novella The Hellbound Heart, which became a veritable cult classic spawning a slew of sequels, several lines of comic books, and an array of merchandising. In 1990, he adapted and directed “Nightbreed” from his short story Cabal. Two years later, Barker executive produced the housing-project story “Candyman,” as well as the 1995 sequel, “Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh.” Also that year, he directed Scott Bakula and Famke Janssen in the noir-esque detective tale, “Lord of Illusions.”
Barker’s literary works include such best-selling fantasies as Weaveworld, Imajica, and Everville, the children’s novel The Thief of Always, Sacrament, Galilee and Coldheart Canyon. The first of his quintet of children’s books, Abarat, was published in October 2002 to resounding critical acclaim, followed by Abarat II: Days of Magic, Nights of War and Arabat III: Absolute Midnight; Barker is currently completing the fourth in the series. As an artist, Barker frequently turns to the canvas to fuel his imagination with hugely successful exhibitions across America. His neo-expressionist paintings have been showcased in two large format books, Clive Barker, Illustrator, volumes I & II.
In 2012 Barker was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer's Association, for his outstanding contribution to the genre.
As the Vice President of Seraphim, Mark Alan Miller writes, produces, and directs original content alongside master of horror Clive Barker.
Mark has been working as a writer since 2005 when he started as a columnist for OCWeekly. It was this that landed him the position of assistant editor on Barker's novel Abarat: Absolute Midnight, for which he also directed the Promotional Trailer.
In 2009, Miller began shepherding the release of the director's cut of Barker's classic film Nightbreed. After 6 years of Miller's campaigning, tracking down the footage, and assembling the film, Barker's long-thought-lost vision was released on Blu-Ray Scream Factory and the film won best vintage release at the 41st annual Saturn Awards. Miller was there to accept the award in person. The project has garnered worldwide interest, and been featured in publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Fangoria,and Empire magazine, and was named Total Film's 14th best extended cut of all time.
Mark's work as a producer is not limited to horror, however, and in early 2014 he produced a series of animated shorts with the comedy troupe Superego for Nerdist Channel. He can also be heard on various Nerdist channel podcasts, including The Nerdist, Bizarre States, The Dork Forest, The Nerdist Writers Panel, and The Todd Glass Show.
Currently, he is adapting the works of Clive Barker as well as Joe R. Lansdale for various projects. His work can also be seen in the bestselling Boom! Studios comic books, Hellraiser, the ongoing Hellraiser: Bestiary, the critically acclaimed Next Testament, as we all the soon to be released Dark Horse Title, The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down.