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.
©2007 Clive Barker Ink, Inc. (P)2013 David N. WIlson
Love his voice!!!
I listened to this book while on my drive home from work, I got so engrossed that I took it to the gym to finish listening while I worked out. It was fast paced and never dull.
Yes. I'm very inspired by Barker's works and the audio for this was beautiful.
120 Days of Sodom and The Story of O. Maybe not in plot, but in meaning. The pushing of boundaries.
No, but I hope to now.
Yes and did.
Kafer's life to the Cenobites was perfection. His voice giving the details of the summoning ritual in the beginning gave it deeper meaning.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
Um... Hellraiser's Origins Story
The fact that I had NO idea that Clive Barker wrote this as a short story before he wrote the screen play for the movie Hellraiser. For someone who grew up in the 80s you would think I would have known that especially since I like that movie. Anyway... The book is better than the movie, because they ran out of money. "So, Barker and a "Greek guy" animated these scenes (the end sequences) by hand over a single weekend. Barker has also commented that he thinks the FX turned out very well considering the amount of alcohol the two consumed that weekend." (Quoted from IMDb)
When the Engineer shows up
No. The whole thing is pretty twisted.
If you are a Barker fan, this is a must. If you liked the movie Hellraiser, this is a must. If you just like a good, weird horror short story I guess you could make this a must. Give it a shot, you might like it.
The tension once Kirsty begins to suspect Julia.
The scene where Frank succeeds in opening LeMarchand's box.
It's hard not to love Kirsty, but Jeffrey Kafer really brought the otherworldly nature of the cenobites to life.
No, but it could definitely give some people nightmares.
I was touched by the sadness of Rory and Julia's loveless marriage.
The Hellraiser movies owe their start to this novella. And I had hoped to revisit this story to find what inspired so much gory insanity.
I was excited when, in focussing on Julia, the story seems to become about marriage. Marriage can seem like a curse, a trap and the "Double Indemnity"-like bargain Julia enters into with Frank functions as a dark nightmare version of marriage. But then the story abandons Julia's perspective and we spend the fifth act in the realm of basic (and uninteresting) horror. The book has the nice Miss Havisham-like death bride image near the very end, but it feels as though, having approached metaphoric engagement and literary depth, Mr. Barker lost inspiration (or nerve) and rapidly concluded with blood and body parts.
Right off, this is not my genre. This book had as much characterization as middling pornography - but wasn't as much fun. Unhappy wives turn into murderous monsters on the basis of a chance encounter with an ex lover turned animated skeleton trying to escape from a hell he chose by mistake... Puh lease!
Not frightening, not imaginatively gory and to top it all, predictable and moralistic.
I am the wrong tree for this Barker.
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