The Scarlet Gospels
The gates to Hell are open and something beckons...
The last of Earth's magicians are living in fear. A Cenobite Hell Priest known as Pinhead is killing them off, gorging on their knowledge to enhance his own magical powers as part of a quest to takeover Hell. Meanwhile, Private Investigator Harry D'Amour is fulfilling the final wishes of the dead, who communicate with h
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)
I had two major complaints. The setting in hell didn’t work for me. I thought ...more
The Scarlet Gospels lacks passion and depth. The characters are not well-developed and we’re 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 hi ...more
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 protectiv ...more
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 ...more
THE SCARLET GOSPELS
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.
The Sca ...more
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, ...more
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
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 n ...more
I’ve read several reviews on The Scarlet Gospels now and ...more
Twenty years and a few format changes later, these gospels may at last be unsealed, but they may not bring much ...more
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 ...more
So the whole Hellraiser / pinhead saga for me started many years ago with the Hellbound heart which ironically was collected in an anthology of v ...more
A bit like The Magic School Bus Goes to Hell. And by that I mean AWESOME!
Whenever I'm recommended a fun novel I usually hate them. And I hate most fictional things that the majority of men like: Breaking Bad... you know, whatever else men like. I don't know a big enough sample size to accurately represent a population of divs. Because it seems like the ONLY stimulus a meathead wants from fiction is "Whoahhhhh" or "Coooool!" and if that's all a novel has going for it, normal ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 Pinhe ...more
I've re-read Weaveworld, Imajica fairly recently, and The Thief of Always is a spectacular modern-day fairy tale. Yet, while those are more understated and dream-like, this book is far more gripping, due it visceral depictions of atrocities both ...more
|Around the Year i...: The Scarlet Gospels, by Clive Barker||2||23||Jan 24, 2016 10:47PM|
|Gothic Literature: The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker||4||15||Oct 05, 2015 07:59AM|
|Biggest piece of garbage ever...||14||108||Aug 15, 2015 04:57AM|
|The Scarlet Gospels Can't Come Soon Enough!||10||50||Aug 10, 2015 08:39AM|