By Phil and Sarah Stokes, 4 January 2019 (note - full text here)
"Clive Barker is alive and well and living in the fantastic lands he's always lived in, from which there will come
novels and short stories and eventually films. So this is a great moment to thank everybody who's had the
common sense and the faith in me to stay in contact with me, to stay in faith with me, to believe in me. And
it's also a great thanks to the thousands of people who turned out in Dallas and in Chicago to say, 'Hey - it's
been too long!' and I will not be invisible again unless I'm for a certain period making a movie or whatever, but
my intention is to make sure that people know that Clive Barker is not only alive and well but piled high with ideas!
"As you know, because you've seen me here, I've been busily working away at lots of stuff for a while and, even though it's been a long and frankly painful process to get well, the alternative was wretched. And I am well-er literally by the day - and so, my love and gratitude and thanks - and a promise that the Clive Barker that perhaps they thought had, if not passed from the world permanently, had certainly moved into retirement, is neither retired nor dead! And those people who unfortunately decided to exploit my sickness are the truly sad characters in all of this. My fans, my readers, my viewers of my paintings have a lot to look forward to and I have a lot to look forward to in providing entertainments which I've always loved providing. And some very dark stuff: two more Abarats, one of which is almost finished, a third book of the Art, which is started, a second Galilee book, a lot more short stories to come - yeah there's a lot, there's a lot to come!"