The Hellbound Heart: A Novel by Clive BarkerThe Hellbound Heart: A Novel by Clive Barker

The Hellbound Heart: A Novel

byClive Barker

Paperback | October 2, 2007

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Frank Cotton's insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand's box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother's love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back—though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay.

Clive Barker is the bestselling author of twenty-two books, including theNew York TimesbestsellersAbarat;Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War; andThe Thief of Always. He is also an acclaimed painter, film producer, and director. For twelve years Mr. Barker has been working on a vast array of paintings to illuminate the text ofThe Books...
Title:The Hellbound Heart: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.4 inPublished:October 2, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061452882

ISBN - 13:9780061452888

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Quick Read Clive Barker has created an amazing world here. This book is really fantastic and well written. I much prefer it to the movie (the choice for the daughter instead of a friend in the movie was quite weird and gross in my opinion).
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Horror Novel HUGE Clive Barker fan and really enjoy the Hellraiser film series.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic One of my favourite horror novels and my favourite Barker novel. If only he could have truly captured what this book has for big screen!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nailed It Barker'soriginal vision before Hollywood and a legion of Pinhead fans distorted the master's vision of HelL Lyrical, nasty, and a joy.
Date published: 2015-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hellbound Heart In retrospect, both the book and movie adaptation are quite short with very minor differences in the story, but still one of my most favorite horror tales of all time!
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horror with an erotic twist The writing is almost poetically written. A classic that makes you cringe. Buy this if you want to get sucked in to a world unlike ours where creatures called "cenobytes", once summoned upon unlocking a wooden japenes block puzzle, come forth to stretch the bounderies between pain and pleasure. Scary. Unusual. Fun @nd twisted.
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite simply, one of the most perfect horror stories ever written. 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 and The Last Illusion, it's with The Hellbound Heart that Barker became an obsession for me. I actually had the pleasure of reading the novella just days before watching Hellraiser, and I remember how satisfying it was to see the story come alive on the screen, scene-for-scene, in the kind of faithful adaption that Stephen King would have to wait decades to enjoy. To be fair, there are two significant differences between the two adaptations. The cinematic Pinhead has become a horror icon, a figure of fear and fascination alongside the likes of Freddy and Jason, but he only has one brief scene in the novella, and just two short lines. His iconic pins are actually adorned by jewels here, and he has "the voice of an excited girl," rather than the perfect baritone of Doug Bradley. Instead, it's The Engineer who serves as the face and voice of the Cenobites in the novella, although it speaks the same quotable lines, such as "No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering," and iconic pledge to "tear your soul apart."* The other significant difference is in the ending, with the film having more of a heroic sort of climax for Kristy, although I far prefer the creepy, haunting, final shocking scene of the novella. It places Julia in a bit of a different light, not quite redeeming her murderous adultery, but instilling her with a little sympathy and sorrow. Everything just works in this tale, from the characterization, to the plotting, to the themes, to the dialogue, to the visuals. It's a perfect length, as well, capturing the essence of Barker's tale with nary a wasted word or scene. For me, this was also the first work by Barker where the language of the narrative really made an impact, forcing me to slow down, detach myself from the story, and just linger over the word choices and construction of sentences. It's a horribly dark story, of despicable people committing atrocious acts, but so beautifully told, you really do come away with a proper sense of just how close pleasure is to pain, and just how wondrous the intersection of the two can be. There is absolutely no doubt that Hellraiser is one of the finest horror movies ever made, but The Hellbound Heart rarely gets the literary recognition it deserves. It is, quite simply, one of the most perfect horror stories ever written.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old friends revisited A quick and loved reread!
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This IS for your eyes! I enjoyed reading this, being a fan from the movies. The best thing was actually how it was not quite like the movies. A must read.
Date published: 2013-07-19

Editorial Reviews

"[A] dazzling metaphysical astonishing feat of imagination...Barker's best yet." (Kirkus Reviews)