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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  22,514 ratings  ·  829 reviews
Hellraiser es una novela desgarradora sobre el corazón humano y todos los grandes terrores y éxtasis que alberga en su reino infinito. Habla de la codicia y el amor, de la falta de amor y la desesperación, del deseo y la muerte, de la vida y el cautiverio, de campanas y sangre.

Clive Barker es el maestro indiscutible del terror actual. Desde sus Libros de Sangre, El Juego
Paperback, Primera, 224 pages
Published May 10th 2008 by La Factoria De Ideas (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
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
Dan Schwent
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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
Clive Barker is the man.

Let me just tell you. This is only the second book of his I have ever read but I already know he and I are going to be best friends for life. He may even work his way into my heart the way that Stephen King and JK Rowling have. Who knows?

Look out, Clive Barker; I might just be hiding in the bushes. :D

The first book of his that I ever read was The Thief of Always and I could not believe I had waited as long as I had to read his work. If you haven’t read that one, you real
♍ichael Ƒierce
Although I enjoyed the book, The Hellbound Heart, the movie version, Hellraiser - with the awesomely cheesy blue and yellow 80's 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,
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
Paul Nelson
The Hellbound Heart starts with Lemarchand’s box and Frank's desire to solve the intricate puzzle and in turn find the promised new world, a province infinitely far from the room in which he sat, toying as the music rings. He had meticulously prepared, every part of the invocation ritual observed and now he was to finally set eyes on the Cenobites, theologians of the Order of the Gash. Summoned from their experiments in the higher reaches of pleasure and that is what he asks for, pleasure.

Not as
I don't do well with audiobooks. Because I am an ADD-ridden manchild, I find the link between the writer's imagination and mine to be much more palpable and accessible when I'm looking at the words and holding the book in my hands. I also don't like that I have to basically take in the story at the reader's pace, when my brain likes to cram as many words into it as possible with regular books. It sucks, because I really love the idea of audiobooks! It really mixes written word with the oral trad ...more
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
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
Jan 15, 2013 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Victor
Shelves: own, horror-read, kindle, 2013
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 Bark
Bob Milne
As I prepare to settle down and immerse myself in the long-awaited literary spectacle that is The Scarlet Gospels, I am going back and revisiting the original appearances of Pinhead and Harry D'Amour. As brilliant as Doug Bradley and Scott Bakula were in their respective screen roles, I want to recapture the essence of Clive Barker's vision, the magic of his words, and the subtle nuances that remained on the page.

Although The Books of Blood is technically where it all began, with Harry D'Amour a
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
Thomas Strömquist
And suddenly it becomes totally logical that Barker was considered (not least by S King himself) "the future of horror" in the mid to late 80's and that the movie based on this was a success.

In other words, I simply loved this story, the characters are brilliant (hardly any of them likeable though). The prose - passive, matter-of-fact and a bit dreamlike - which I was not 100 % comfortable with starting out - I got to think fit the storyline perfectly.

The fantasy world (or rather fantasy being
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
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.
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
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
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
I read it. A bit too much for me. Scared me so bad I'm just now admitting I read it. Read it back in March I think. I have to go. Someone, something...tapping on my wall...I sense hunger. An anemic voice cries for blood. It horrifies me and fills me with pity.
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
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.
Clive's Barker masterpiece!
And no tears please... it's a waste of good suffering.
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
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
Not many minds can come up with the twisted worlds Clive Barker does. The plot for the Hellbound Heart is a creative, freaky version of Hell. The underlying theme is the fine lines between pleasure and pain, the greed and desperation of mankind to always seek what is beyond its reach and out of this world. But, besides all that, it is in a way a demented, twisted, dark, fairy-tale like love story. It focuses on a woman who believes she is in love with her husband’s brother, and would do anything ...more
I guess my real complaint, which really isn't a complaint at all, is that I wished it was longer. 164 pages wasn't enough. I suppose I'm to add The Scarlet Gospels to my to-read list now.
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.
"Não havia prazer no ar; ou pelo menos, não como a humanidade o entenda."
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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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