Gore guru Clive Barker wakes from hell-raising 7-day coma

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

It might be wise to cancel that teeth cleaning today after hearing this horror story. The popular dark artist and author recently tweeted about some medical issues, but nobody could imagine the truth behind a simple trip to the antiseptic dungeons of his local dentist ... until now.

Today, Barker hit Twitter with this shocker about his ordeal. Here's the compiled transcript:

"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."

The netherworld demons were callin' Clive home, and a later tweet revealed how near death he was, telling a friend how he downplayed the event and was in fact very close to dying.

Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxic (TSS) is a rare, life-threatening illness caused by dangerous toxins circulating in the bloodstream, often released by an infected part of the body ... in this case, his mouth! We're happy Barker is back on the mend and anxious to see how these dream horrors may play out in some future writing or film project. Open wide!!