Barker is the Best!
Clive Barker is by far my favorite. His work is amazing. On the surface, he has excellent plot and characters. The action progresses with an amazing pressing pace; making it impossible to turn the pages fast enough. Beneath the surface, there is so much more. There is an amazing depth to every story if you are willing to look for it. There is so much in the way of social criticism, the exploration of the divine and a delving into the unknown.