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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Angelino who creates theater and loves reading.
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.
Clive Barker is an author that’s been on my to-read list for a number of years, ever since I first saw the movie Lord of Illusions (jesus, twenty years ago now? yeesh…) and heard Stephen King sing his praises as “the future of horror” way back when. So yeah, Barker’s been in the game for quite a long time, has established himself as an icon within the genre, and I am a woefully massive latecomer to his work. I figured it’s high-time I corrected that by giving The Hellbound Heart a listen.
I went into this book mostly blind. I had a fairly superficial knowledge of Pinhead and the Cenobites (think demonic, leather-clad, freaky, mutilated S&M goth types) thanks to the Hellraiser flicks and their place in pop culture. I knew this was the book that inspired the first Hellraiser movie, which I haven’t seen, and had little idea what to expect story-wise. I guess I had expected a lot of Pinhead and his Cenobites, and was surprised to find them mostly absent save for brief appearances at the beginning and end of this book.
In their absence, though, we get a pretty cool and mysterious gothic-tinged story. Frank Cotton has come to possess an old artifact, Lemarchand’s puzzle box. When opened, it serves as a key between realities, opening the door separating the real from the more realer still. This is, in short, a dimension of nightmares.
Following Frank’s disappearance, his brother Rory and Rory’s wife, Julia, move into the house that Frank had briefly inhabited. Julia finds herself becoming drawn to an empty, drafty room, in which the drapes have been nailed to the window sills to keep the light out. The room seems to ‘speak’ to her, and she finds herself growing emboldened, bringing lovers to this room in order to spill their blood. Blood that Frank needs to return.
Narrated by Jeffry Kaver, Barker’s elegant prose is brought to life in a style somewhat reminiscent of the golden age of radio plays and a touch of Rod Serling. This is a terrific match for the fantastical, metaphysical horrors Barker describes. And, oh boy, describe it he does. We get some pretty brilliant depictions of sex and violence, from the gory-looking Cenobites and Frank’s initial encounter with them, right on up to chaotic finale. Barker goes for the guts, sometimes literally (I suspect “the carpet of her bowels” is a phrase that will stick with me for too damn long), but there is a rather strange beauty to the madness.
The audio production is superb, and I really liked the bit of sound engineering that went into the delivery of dialogue from the Cenobites. Kaver’s narration suddenly takes on an ethereal, otherworldly echo to drive home the fact that these things are not human and most definitely not of this Earth. It was a bit startling to hear at first, but jeez is it ever a cool and welcome addition, and a nice demonstration of the elasticity in design that audiobooks are capable of. Kudos to Crossroads Press for that extra bit of effort!
Ultimately, I felt The Hellbound Heart was a satisfying introduction to Barker’s work, and I’ll be checking out his works in the future as time allows.
Simply beautiful. The description of feelings and sheer level of genius involved in this story is well, Clive Barker nearly at his best.
I can't decide, his voice acting was on point.
Probably all of them.
JUST BUY IT. Don't let your dreams be dreams, JUST DO IT!
I have never read this story before but am a Barker fan. I picked this up for a Halloween drive. Like other Barker titles its full of creepy grotesque-ness. Not for the young or faint of heart. Sex and blood contained within. 😀
yes and no, the fact that anytime " The Hell Priest" ( Lead Cenobite, Pinhead) speaks, all I can hear is Doug Bradley's voice from the films. but the audiobook does make it easier to listen to while working, where as the book I feel puts you on a more intimate level with the story.
how the true evil lies in Frank and Julia and not the Cenobites of The Order of The Gash, to me the Cenobites sit more as a form of escape from a mundane existence.
no I haven't, but I felt this was done very well. like he put his soul into these words to give them life
The Lead Cenobite, because I would want him to tell me the ways of the Order of the Gash
one of my favorite stories from Clive Barker, I suggest after reading/listening to The Hellbound Heart, read/listen to the direct sequel The Scarlet Gospels to see what happens to the Lead Cenobite himself.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THE SEASONS LONG FOR EACH OTHER
An interesting look at pain and pleasure. What is one man's pain, may be another man's pleasure and vice versa. A man calls up demons, believing he is going to spend eternity in orgies, but what he gets is the opposite.
SOMEWHERE A BELL WAS RINGING
This is bloody and gory, but do not dismiss it as gore for gore's sake. Some thought went into the writing of this story. It is not a masterpiece, but it is entertaining and you will not sleep through it.
COME TO DADDY
Narrator does a great job.
"Clive introduces his infamous creation..."
This particular audiobook ranks as one of the better experiences out there with a clarity of voice that allows you to move beyond the page into the world Clive Barker has crafted.
The opening chapters where Frank realises the gravity of his situation, and the descriptions of his now oversensitive senses.
Jeffrey Kafer brings a clear and easily listenable book allowing you to enjoy Clive Barker's descriptive as it should.
This book is not a book intended to make you laugh or cry, but it easily achieves its goals of horror, disgust, repellance and abandonment.
If you have heard of Pinhead or indeed seen the movie Hellraiser be sure to get this, as this will tear your soul appart harder than the movies will ever do.
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