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.
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.
A former globetrotting surf punk turned homeowner with ecclectic tastes. Classics, horror, crime, biographies or lectures? Yes please!
I recently watched the movie version of this again after many years and found it to be incredibly dated, so I wondered how the story itself held up. I was glad that the book, although definitely set during the 80's, held up well. The reader's voice set the right tone, and the subject matter was more disturbing than I would have thought. The characters and the scope of the story transcend the time of their setting and remain deliciously disturbing.
This is definitely only for fans of horror and Clive Barker's style. It's a fair introduction to his work. It's not my favorite narration either, but solid enough. A good way to pass 3 hours.
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.
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