No, it's not his latest book, and no, I'm not being dramatic. Clive Barker is recovering from a major health scare that put him in a coma. A few weeks ago, the master of the macabre Tweeted that some health issues had him in the hospital for a few days. Yesterday, he posted the entire, harrowing tale on Twitter (you know that Barker can't keep it to a mere 140 characters). Read on for more.
"My friends,Clive here.I'm at home now after a while in hospital,thanks to a nearly fatal case of Toxic Shock brought on by a visit to my dentist. Apparently this is not uncommon. In my case the dental work unloaded such a spillage of poisonous bacteria into my blood that my whole system crashed, putting me into a coma. I spent several days in Intensive Care, with a machine breathing for me. Later, my Doctors said that they had not anticipated a happy ending until I started to fight, repeatedly pulling out the tubes that I was constantly gagging on. After a few days of nightmarish delusions I woke up to my life again, tired, twenty pounds lighter, but happy to be back from a very dark place. And here in the world I intend to stay. I've books to write, films to make and paintings to paint. I seem to have come home with my sight clearer somehow, and my sense of purpose intensified. Thank you all for your messages.your prayers and love.What better reason to wake to life than knowing I have such friends? Again,thank you. My love to you always. Clive."