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The Hellbound Heart: A Novel | [Clive Barker]

The Hellbound Heart: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kenna Brentwood, CA, United States 01-28-14
    Kenna Brentwood, CA, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not what I expected"
    What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

    Love his voice!!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Toad 05-25-14
    Toad 05-25-14
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    "Beautifully done"
    Would you listen to The Hellbound Heart again? Why?

    Yes. I'm very inspired by Barker's works and the audio for this was beautiful.


    What other book might you compare The Hellbound Heart to and why?

    120 Days of Sodom and The Story of O. Maybe not in plot, but in meaning. The pushing of boundaries.


    Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I hope to now.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and did.


    Any additional comments?

    Kafer's life to the Cenobites was perfection. His voice giving the details of the summoning ritual in the beginning gave it deeper meaning.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    vxdvxn 05-24-14
    vxdvxn 05-24-14 Member Since 2015

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "Duh, Hellraiser Anybody?"
    If you could sum up The Hellbound Heart in three words, what would they be?

    Um... Hellraiser's Origins Story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hellbound Heart?

    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)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Engineer shows up


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. The whole thing is pretty twisted.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shieldslinger Greensboro, NC, United States 01-23-14
    Shieldslinger Greensboro, NC, United States 01-23-14
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    "Some things are best left unknown"
    What did you love best about The Hellbound Heart?

    The tension once Kirsty begins to suspect Julia.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scene where Frank succeeds in opening LeMarchand's box.


    Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

    It's hard not to love Kirsty, but Jeffrey Kafer really brought the otherworldly nature of the cenobites to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it could definitely give some people nightmares.


    Any additional comments?

    I was touched by the sadness of Rory and Julia's loveless marriage.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ronnie Richardson 05-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, Great performance"

    I highly recommend this version and book. Currently one of my favorites out of the many I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Richmond Richmond, IN 04-14-15
    J. Richmond Richmond, IN 04-14-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Not what I expected."

    A strange tale, and not quite what I expected. But not bad for that. I was expecting a cover to cover gore fest, but the story of the hellbound heart only hints at the horrors offered by its demons. It is a quieter, more subtle story and much more reserved story than you might guess with characters like its villainous Frank and his pursuing Cenobites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn 03-13-15
    Shawn 03-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but short"

    If this had been just a few more hours it would have been a great buy.

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    David LM McIntyre Hollywood, CA USA 02-11-15
    David LM McIntyre Hollywood, CA USA 02-11-15 Member Since 2003

    Los Angelino who creates theater and loves reading.

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    "Almost good"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence San Francisco, USA 06-18-14
    Lawrence San Francisco, USA 06-18-14 Member Since 2012

    master-chef

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    "Well written rubbish"

    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.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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