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The Hellbound Heart

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  18,691 ratings  ·  613 reviews
Alternate cover version of ISBN 0006470653
Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Published 1997 by Voyager (first published 1986)
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mark monday
Please allow me to introduce myself.

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Actually, let's save the introductions for when I meet up with you later this evening, in the wee hours of the night.

First things first, as an inhabitant of the Dimension of Everlasting Pain I am not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to reviewing this novella. But I do feel I am able to provide a relatively unbiased review of this famous work, despite my intimate knowledge of all of the delightful and inspiring torture tableaux on display.

The Hellbo
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Dan Schwent
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Bark's Book Nonsense
“No tears, please. It’s a waste of good suffering.”

My boyfriend made the mistake of allowing me to pick out the movie on one of our earliest dates way back in the late 80’s. I chose Hellraiser which was based upon this novella. I didn’t know he had never seen a horror movie and couldn’t figure out why he was so pale and quiet when we left the theater. The poor boy married me and his movie going experiences have never been the same and I’ll always have fond feelings for Hellraiser. Recently I re
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Flannery
Oct 27, 2011 Flannery rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Flannery by: Book Club Pick - 10/11
I’m assuming everyone in the world has seen the last Harry Potter movie? This isn’t a spoiler but there is this part in the movie where Voldemort is in some place that looks like a train station and he looks like a cross between some sort of fetus and a seahorse. When I saw it with my friends, we were all wondering what the frak we were looking at…in fact, it is pretty safe to say that I am still wondering a few months later. So I know Clive Barker wrote this novella decades before HP7p1 would c ...more
Edward Lorn
I've now officially read three Clive Barker books to completion. The Great and Secret Show was my first, and though I enjoyed it, I can't remember what happened therein, nor can I recall exactly what I enjoyed about it. I do, however, recall laying it down and saying, "I need to find more from this author." I then went on to read The Thief of Always because I thought the blurb was coolio. I enjoyed it immensely. The rest of my experiences with Barker were not so good. I tried and failed to read ...more
Darth Fierce
Although I enjoyed the book, The Hellbound Heart, the movie version, Hellraiser - with the awesomely cheesy 80's yellow FX - was quite a bit better and mainly because it was more fully realized.

And, as a fun note, John Kozak, the singer of my band, Of The Arcane, had his head sculpted by our friend, Mitch Gonzales, into the likeness of Pinhead, and was presented to Clive at the very first signing we attended of his at The Dark Carnival bookstore, in Berkeley, CA.

Clive liked it so much, Mitch ga
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Kathryn
Jan 15, 2013 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Victor
Shelves: kindle, 2013, horror-read, own
Having seen the Hellraiser movies, and owning the fourth in the series, I was surprised to learn the idea came from a book, The Hellbound Heart . I was immediately intrigued, mainly because I actually like the movies and think they are definitely creative. And of course, who could forget Pinhead?

The Hellbound Heart is a pretty quick read. I believe my Kindle edition is about 176 pages. It follows the story of the first movie, in case you've seen the movies, and you were wondering. Clive Barker
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Becky
3.5 stars.
I've seen 'Hellraiser' of course, and my brother even dressed up as an awesome Pinhead for Halloween 2 years in a row in the late 80s. Mom painstakingly applied about a hundred gray toothpicks all over his head. Some weren't even sharp enough to go in properly, so it took a while, and he just would NOT stop crying... Kidding, kidding! I do wish that we had pictures of that costume though, it was great. My mom is an artistic genius, and my dedicated brother even allowed his head to be
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Randolph Carter
Many people don't realize that this book is actually a parody; a commentary on the ever increasing thrills we post-moderns crave from our lives and even horror fiction, films, etc. Look up Barker's own comments if you don't believe me. In fact, Barker has never written a story more gut wrenching and extreme than Heart; some equal it, but none actually exceed it. The fact that it spawned an entire industry of graphic novels and films all predicated on the the goal of being ever more extreme is an ...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. This novella was the basis of the Hellraiser movies featuring everyone's favorite Cenobite, Pinhead. This was a decent read, but I actually enjoyed the movie more as I thought it did a better job of creating an atmosphere of dread than the story.

Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novella.
Kasia S.
I finally got to read the masterpiece that started it all and well… I was horrified all right to actually admit that I liked the Hellraiser movies better than this book. I have always loved the movies but I value books pillars above any celluloid so for me to enjoy the movie more is abnormal! The writing style is quite Gothic and lyrical, and I was glad to have seen the movies in order to make sure I wasn’t off the wall when it came to understanding the story which was dark, creepy and haunting ...more
Matt Garcia
An absolute gory, grotesque, and masochistic masterpiece. The Hellbound Heart shows the incredible and disturbing imagination of Clive Barker. This book is everything a horror fan could want. Don't let the length fool you, this book more than packs a wallop. The brutality and lack of sympathy shown by the characters is gut-wrenching yet satisfying. Barker is like a literary mad scientist, piecing together all the atrocities and inner desires of the human soul. A horror fan's dream. Highly recomm ...more
Cara
The Hellbound Heart is a novella, and a short one at that, but it packs a lot into it's 128 pages. The synopsis on the back cover sets the scene for a dark exploration of the pursuit of pleasure... and how there is always a price to pay.

The principle players are Frank, his brother Rory, married to Julia, and Kirsty. Frank is a total hedonist, living his life in the pursuit of pleasure, excitement and adventure. On solving the puzzle of the Lemarchand box Frank finds much more than he could ever
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Shawn
Yet another example of a novel with such potential that was all squandered on vapid and empty characters. I read this book hoping it would be a redeeming light from the film Hellraiser but upon finishing it was really no different. The sad thing being I started to think that the film may have somewhat been an improvement over the book.

The main letdown in the book would be the Cenobites, or lack there of. I read the book hoping it would go into further detail about the Order of the Gash. The Ceno
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Tressa
I had been meaning to read this book for years, and recently saw it used at a store and bought it. I read it through in one day since it's a novella and is a gripping story.
Luis
Clive Barker masterpiece, no tears, please.

Ginny
I, well, I kind of hated this.

Horror isn't normally my genre, but I can take a perverse delight in a scare every now and then. This, however, wasn't suspenseful at all. Instead, the horror mostly lies in the grotesque body maiming on display. Resounding meh. At one point, I realized I was reading the climatic scene and noticed that I wasn't feeling any tension at all.

Characterizations were flat, dull, unrealistic.

If there is anything interesting about the theme, it's the connection between liber
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Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Take two people, Frank and Julia:

Now imagine a box that you think if opened you'll find a sexual experience that will blow your mind, kindof like a Genie's lamp and your wishing for pure pleasure. Instead you open the box and get an eternity of torture. That's what Frank did...

Now imagine being so in love it become obsessive. That you'll do anything to bring a loved one back to you, even if that someone is disfigured, mangled and mutilated beyond belief causing a group of extra dimensional being
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Lou
This one is the most goriest of Barker's stories I have read so far I am sure the books of blood will be just as bad. The murderous characters in this story Have the most gruesome ways of killing and are most evilest you will come across. They feed on their prey. I have yet to see Hellraiser movie as I don't like to watch gore movies but after reading this it must be bloodier than I thought. Barker is very creative writer and he likes to dig up characters from the darkest and evilest depths of t ...more
Chris
3.5 stars, really. But I'll give it a bump up just for being the place where Cenobites originated.



A gift, for me?

No, thank you. I had a Rubik's Cube in high school. That was bad enough.
Amber
I have read this book and have seen the film. This is the book that çlive barker wrote that inspired the movie hellraiser. This book is creepy as all get out but a pretty good read.
Elizabeth
Morally bankrupt and nihilistic Frank Cotton has found this world and the pleasures it has to offer lacking, boring, and predictable. After hearing about Lemarchand’s Configuration, a puzzle box that if solved opened up a realm of unimaginable pleasure, he finds it and spends hours trying to solve. He succeeds, but instead of hoards of nude women, like he was expecting, the Cenobites emerge instead. They are horribly scarred and mutilated beings that perceive extreme pain as not different from e ...more
Annie Weeder
When this was recommended to me by a certain individual, I was dubious. I'd never read or watched anything of the horror genre before - unless Sweeney Todd counts, which I'm 83% sure it doesn't - so I was a bit nervous about how I would find it.

However, it kind of blew my mind. I'm quite a morbid person, and I spend an uncomfortable amount of time thinking about morbid things, so reading this was like... oh, wow, someone else thinks about stuff like this too. Could it be that I'm not alone?!

Anyw
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Elizabeth
I just wanted to read something that was as far away from Anna Karenina as possible. And this is it. What a blessed relief. Short, sweet and to the point. A central theme, Spartan cast of character, brevity is its watchword, and there's not an extraneous scene, word or action. Blissful.

The Hellbound Heart centres on sensuality versus morality. The main character Frank is a hedonist whose pursuit for every possible experience lead him to open a portal to a hell-like dimension. He thinks he's goin
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christa
Where was my head. I spent the Halloween season searching for the ghostly and gruesome without ever once considering the work of Clive Barker. Then, one night, we landed on the Sy/Fy Channel in time to catch a deliciously gross movie based on one of his short stories. Eyeballs popped out of heads. A meat hook blow was delivered to a crotch. Bodies were hung and bled like sides of beef. I cackled and gagged. Sometimes simultaneously. And then cracked into Barker's "The Hellbound Heart," the novel ...more
Cathie
I saw Hellraiser back in the 80s, and have seen it several times since.

So...I would have to say I liked the movie just a bit more - I don't feel too bad since the author was involved in the making of the film as he wrote the screenplay and directed it.

It was a bit difficult not to picture the film version while I was reading this story. They both pretty much following the story line. The novel though added more depth to the characters I had been introduced to through the film.

I feel the relati
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Victor
I saw the movie before I even knew there was a book and I prefer to movie over the book. I don't know why, but I remember the Cenobites not being described like they were in the movie or at all.
Michael Benavidez
This is my first review on anything ever, so it's nothing too in depth.

When i first stumbled onto Barker it was through Candyman, then Hellraiser one and two. Then i read the novella, and to be honest i don't know what i expected from the book. While the sexual and graphic nature is more present in tone and description (such as the beginning) is much more present in the book than movie. However, what really disconnected me from all of it was the characters. Where in the movie it was easy to car
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Palindrome Mordnilap
I've been a fan of the Hellraiser films for years, and decided it was about time I got around to reading the book to which the grisly franchise owed its origin.

First off, this is a novella, so the development of characters - including the chilling Cenobites - is minimal. Saying that, Barker's use of electrifying prose really propels the story forward. The pages where he describes Frank Cotton's initial experience of the Cenobites' world, for example, are so lucid and visceral that I found it dif
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Joseph Rodgers
I love this book, I am sure that many people are familiar with the fantastic film "Hellraiser" that was based off of this novella. For those who have not read the book, but have seen "Hellraiser" you will find that "the Hellbound Heart" performs the seemingly impossible task of being scarier than the movie. For those of you who are not familiar with the cenobites or Clive Barker at all, I would still highly recommend this book.


"The Hellbound Heart" does something that very few violent and sini

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool, England, the son of Joan Rubie (née Revill), a painter and school welfare officer, and Leonard Barker, a personnel director for an industrial relations firm. Educated at Dovedale Primary School and Quarry Bank High School, he studied English and Philosophy at Liverpool University and his picture now hangs in the entrance hallway to the Philosophy Department. It ...more
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