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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  6,940 ratings  ·  1,101 reviews
The Scarlet Gospels takes listeners back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes, faces off against his formidable and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 21st 2015 by Macmillan (first published May 15th 2015)
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Colin There is no "Hellraiser series" of books. The Hellbound Heart was a standalone story originally published as part of an anthology which Barker himself…moreThere is no "Hellraiser series" of books. The Hellbound Heart was a standalone story originally published as part of an anthology which Barker himself adapted for the screen following earlier 'adaptations' of his work by others. Every film thereafter is the work of others - not Barker - and bear no relation to his work(s).

As per Dustin's comment, Harry D'Amour appears in several of Barker's other stories - The Last Illusion, in Books of Blood Vol. 6 (UK) / Cabal (US); Lost Souls, another short story published in an anthology; and Everville, the second book of the (currently unfinished) Art Trilogy. Norma Paine also appears in at least one of these stories.(less)

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Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many fans, I entered into The Scarlet Gospels with significant expectations. Not only is it Clive Barker's first novel for adults since 2007, it's one he's been teasing since 1993. Over the course of those 20+ years it's grown from just another short story destined for a new Books of Blood collection to a massive 232,000 word epic, before being edited back down to the 100,000 word final book. That means, of course, that more than half the story has been edited out of the final text, ...more
11811 (Eleven)
I was disappointed. Im not sure what I was expecting but this wasnt it. Clive Barker often blends urban fantasy in with his horror but this time the horror was almost completely overshadowed by the urban fantasy aspect. There was blood, and hooks, and hell, but I cant remember any moments that compare to the uncomfortable horror of The Hellbound Heart. My friend, Gregor, called it cartoonish and I think he nailed it.

I had two major complaints. The setting in hell didnt work for me. I thought
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Compare this to the recent attempt by Stephen King to unearth previous cinematographic glories: They both sucked. With "Dr. Sleep" the maestro of the macabre tried to inject some life into the story of "The Shining", which seemed to everyone (me especially) pretty much a closed case. But not so. Also, the Pinhead/Hellraiser resurrection seemed to be a safe bet at the time, & it ALMOST was. The descent into hell is scrumptious, true: the descriptions are as indispensable as anything the ...more
Paul Nelson
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Scarlet Gospels sees the long awaited return and a crusade to the heart of purgatory for two of Clive Barkers most powerful and resolute characters.

The Cenobite Hell priest infamously known as Pinhead, although he's none too fond of that nickname and anyone using it will experience his knowledge of pain and its mechanisms, usually via the odd hook and chain attachment. And occult private investigator Harry D'Amour, a man tattooed to within an inch of life with elaborate warning and
Keith Deininger
Had I never read Clive Barker, and if I was not a huge fan of his work, I might have enjoyed this novel. However, being a huge fan of Barker's, The Scarlet Gospels was a major disappointment.

The Scarlet Gospels lacks passion and depth. The characters are not well-developed and were dependent on prior knowledge to provide any background. It's hollow. It's like a movie sequel, deficient the complexity of the original. It feels as if Barker handed off an outline to a ghostwriter and then signed his
Miikka Mononen
Jul 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bless Clive Barker, but this book is red-hot molten shit.

Alright, so, real talk. Hellbound Heart is a good book. It is an exquisitely intimate description of grand desires. In it, Barker already showcases two things: 1) He does not know when to stop. The opening chapter where Frank winds up masturbating on the floor is so sleazy. It's a shame because 2) Barker is a tight as hell writer. The first half of any given chapter in his books is a solid gold brick. He's as uncompromising a writer as his
Ginger Nuts

Expectations are a funny thing. They leave you all excited and giddy. They have you impatiently waiting for the big day to arrive and when it does it very rarely lives up to the expectation. We all do it, we all big up the one thing we are most looking forward to and then feel empty and disappointed once we have consumed it. The life of a reviewer isn't so much like a box of chocolates, it is more like a box of chocolates where someone has stolen all the coffee creams.

3.31.16-I was so excited when I saw this audiobook ready to download from my local library's catalog. Then I was so disappointed when I started listening to it. I'm not sure if it was the narrator, if Clive Barker is no longer my thing, or if it's just not the right time for me to be listening to this book. I guess it doesn't matter because the end result is the same-DNF with no rating.
This is a panacea for my horror-starved heart.
You know these two movies? I still continue to love Lord of Illusions and Hellraiser. I gushed blood over these two gems for many years. So what could make my day complete? You got it; a pale scarlet horse comes riding up to my doorstep to hand me this gorgeous little tome featuring Harry D'Amour and Pinhead performing an intricate dance around one another; filling me up with a horrid rooting fascination for anything that Pinhead tries to accomplish,
Ashley Daviau
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy hell does Clive Barker ever know how to write one hell of a sequel. If you thought The Hellbound Heart was good, prepare yourself to be utterly and totally floored and amazed. Because The Scarlet Gospels is everything that book is and MORE. It is absolutely flawless, I couldnt find anything wrong with it even if I tried my very hardest. Its gruesome and gory and sexual, everything you expect from Barker and more. I could go on and on but Ill leave it there and just do yourself a favour, ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic visceral and terrifying Clive Barker. I made the mistake (and I'm NOT EVEN A BEGINNER HERE) of reading the opening sequence just before bed.

Very entertaining (if you like murderous pin-headed Cenobites with penchants for disembowelment), fast-paced, and definitely not for the faint of heart. A must for hardcore horror fans or passionate Barker readers, but the dripping amount of gore makes it a difficult sell to a general readership. I loved it though! Then again, I'm dead inside :D
It's been a long time since I read anything by Clive Barker and after reading The Scarlet Gospels, I cannot help but wonder if my memories of what I read as a teenager are largely rendered through rose coloured glasses.

To be fair, I thoroughly enjoyed the first quarter of this book. Having "Pinhead"/High Priest hit a gaggle of magicians like a freight train was delightfully gory and over-the-top. I thought, at that stage, I was in for something special - other reviews be (heh) damned! Even the
Santino J. Rivera
Aug 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I recently finished reading The Scarlet Gospels, by famed horror author Clive Barker. I usually like Barkers work and have been a fan of his for a long time but this book was a huge let down. I havent always liked everything hes done but usually the darker stuff he creates is great. The last Barker book I read was Mister B. Gone and I loved it. His descriptions of demons and Hell in that book are a world above what he penned in Gospels.

Ive read several reviews on The Scarlet Gospels now and they
Leo Robertson
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forgot to add that I'd reread this recently! I am on FIRE with reading at the moment :) And it feels great!

I enjoyed this well enough. I learned that people seem to think Barker didn't write this one--maybe that's why I like it more than Barker's other work, haha...

Ultimately kinda pointless but good fun. Takes more time to describe things than Barker typically does, but still not enough? IDK. When it comes to minimising description to maintain pace, I'm rarely in favour of it. It's most
Jordan West
3.75; I've never been a Barker fanatic; I've yet to read the majority of his novels, and while I enjoyed the Books of Blood, for me it doesn't come close to other horror collections from the same period - Campbell's Dark Companions, Wagner's In a Lonely Place, Schow's Seeing Red or Klein's Dark Gods - that I hold in far greater esteem. However, I also believe The Hellbound Heart to be an undisputed masterpiece, and so a sequel to that work has been something I have eagerly awaiting ever since it ...more
J Edward Tremlett
A number of years ago, we received confirmation that Clive Barker was working on a continuation, and ending, of the story hed started with The Hellbound Heart and his directorial debut, Hellraiser. The Scarlet Gospels would be a final showdown between the most infamous Cenobite of all, Pinhead, and Barkers demon-fighting PI, Harry DAmour, whos appeared in a few of his other works.

Twenty years and a few format changes later, these gospels may at last be unsealed, but they may not bring much joy
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating tour of Hell featuring two of Barker's iconic figures: the Cenobite and Hell Priest Pinhead and paranormal detective Harry D'Amour. Grotesque, bizarre, violent, perverse, sophisticated and at times beautiful, the novel that finishes the story line of Pinhead and continues that of D'Amour is a missed opportunity for Barker. This could have been his masterpiece.

I have to admit, I haven't read much of Barker (Weaveworld, The Thief of Always, Abarat and a few short stories), but what I
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been intrigued by this book ever since I heard about it and like many of Clive Barkers books they seem to take forever to come out. I am not sure if he keeps working on them till the very last moment or if his publishers are a little over eager in releasing details - either way it feels like a very long time till I finally got my hands on a copy.

So the whole Hellraiser / pinhead saga for me started many years ago with the Hellbound heart which ironically was collected in an anthology of
Seth Skorkowsky
May 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is, in a word, ridiculous.

I was a fan of Barker back in the day. In the early nineties, I couldn't get enough of the new, darker wave of horror, and Barker was the poster boy for this particular brand. I still remember the terrible covers of the Books of Blood, gummy worms on plastic masks... but the stories haunted. In the Hills, the Cities remains in my subconscious.

So I was quite pleased to hear that he was returning to the horror world with this long -awaited book. So imagine my
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have seen several of the HellRaiser movies, however this is the first book that I have actually read about the famed Pinhead. I can remember watching some of the movies and being scared but fascinated at the same time. So I was looking forward to reading this book. Well it did have the horror and gore that I was expecting from this book. I was fascinated by everything happening in this story. I would be lost in the moment reading and have to tear myself away to attend to real life. I could ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hellraiser fans and those who like gorey horror

I've also been having a Hellraiser marathon.

The book was a gore-fest. A gore-filled perverse LOTR-esque journey through Hell.

I don't want to give any spoilers away, but this book changed everything in the Hellraiser universe.

A treat to read for fans, I think. At least for me.

Rich Rosell
Clive Barker's return is sure full of gore, Cenobites, and violence, but at times it seems like it was written by someone trying to sound like Clive Barker.

Nicholas Kaufmann
Barker's long-anticipated novel features occult detective Harry D'Amour, last seen in the stories "The Last Illusion" and "Lost Souls" and the novel EVERVILLE, coming up against the Cenobite known as Pinhead, last seen in the novella "The Hellbound Heart" and of course the HELLRAISER films. It's the crossover event of the year and, being most definitely a horror novel and not a fantasy, a much awaited return to form for the author. For the most part, it lives up to my heightened expectations. ...more
James Parsons
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a book that author/artist/filmmaker Clive Barker has been hinting at writing for over a decade at least. While he has continued on moving away with his unique style of fantasy and in recent years, children's series Abarat, he said he would return to the horror genre which started his career all those years ago.
Given that this is an author who totally changed what we could expect from horror fiction in the 80's with his Books of Blood series, and the man who created the film monster
Maya Panika
I'm an enthusiastic lover of Clive Barker's fantasy - Weaveworld will be forever in my all-time top 10 books - so I was excited to read The Scarlet Gospels and ... I probably should have read the blurb before I did and would have known this was a change in direction, a re-visiting of old characters, a return to horror, etc. etc. In short, this was not what I was hoping for. Compared to the novels I love, this lacked all depth and beauty of language. All the characters lacked depth - it was all ...more
Jarek "the Mistborn" Dąbrowski
The long awaited sequel to the blood bound heart. I have to say that although it wasnt as good as the first, still it was interesting. We get the ussual Barker gore fest especially in the beginning. The picture of hell that barker paints was, at least to me, really cool. I wont talk about it as to not spoil it for anyone. Overall it was a great book on its own. I'd give it 3 stars but i am putting one additional star just for my man pinhead;) gotta love him. 4 stars
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
Harry D'Amour who is a detective to the Supernatural and the hero from the Clive Barker film Lord of Illusions has been called on a case after a man who passes away wants to get rid of the things in a house he left abandoned in New Orleans. When Harry gets there and discovers the puzzle box that sends others into clutches of the Cenobite Hell Priest Pinhead's clutches, he is captured and must fight for his life against the Hell Priest's evil plans. Will he and his friends survive against the ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Harry D'Amour, paranormal detective, is summoned to New Orleans for a new client who had recently passed, but what he stumbles into is something he wasn't prepared for. While Harry is used to dealing with demonic forces, nothing in his past has prepared him fully to go to war with the Hell Priest, otherwise known as Pinhead. After Harry refuses an unholy offer by the Cenobite, he knows his life, and of those he loves, is in mortal danger. And Harry may have to go to Hell to stop Pinhead, whose ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is simultaneously a terrifying trip into Hell, an awesome kind-of-follow-up to The Hellbound Heart and a truly satisfying adventure with a gang of likable characters. We join our hero Harry D'Amour (who apparently is in other Barker shit that I haven't read yet) who, along with his blind medium partner Norma is operating a kind of Ghost Closure service--helping the dead tie up their loose ends and unfinished business. The dude they're currently helping would like Harry to go to his ...more
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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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