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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.

©2007 Clive Barker Ink, Inc. (P)2013 David N. WIlson

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VIRGIN WHORES

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.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Narration was brought from hell!

You can Google me for the rest of the review! I have a whole review of this book in my Blogger and Wordpress blog:

"Inkish Kingdoms"

Hellbound Heart contains almost all of the mandatory elements for it to be a Horror story: “haunted” houses, magic objects, doors to other dimensions, dark characters, tension, sex, violence, and destruction. This whole story goes around the Lemarchand’s box and its secrets. Twist, click, turn, click, and then: you are doomed for eternity. Most people are scared of dying because nobody knows for sure what is beyond this reality. This novella builds in the reader anxiety, a sense of danger and dread that makes you want to keep reading. At some point, I was yelling (in my head of course) for one of the characters to get the fxck out of that place, and even prayed for that character… (not really, but the book had me on my knees). I want to add that the audiobook had special effects that disturbed me down to my core.

When I say it was brought from hell, I mean it as a complement!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Must listen for any Hellraiser fan!

Great story and slightly different from the movie. Books are always better, especially Clive Barker books.

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Another Gem Hidden Within Lemarchand's Box

The novella from Clive Barker which inspired the Hellraiser series is just as uninhibited and frightful as the movies and then some. I knew Clive Barker was a writer but what I didn't know was that he is a damn good one. The novella gives the reader more insight into the Schism than the first Hellraiser movie, which will enthrall the fans. The narrator performed admirably and made the recording come to life. I will listen again.

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Short and sweet

Considering how short it is, it's definitely worth a read. I'm a fan of Hellraiser but I think I might of actually liked this better. Definitely a cool story and there aren't really any dull moments. The narrator was sufficient, he didn't bother me at all but he didn't blow me away. I would say to buy it because it's cheaper than what you spend on the monthly credit. If you have the kindle app it's probably worth getting on there and upgrading to the audible version. I've noticed all the Clive Barker books I have for kindle are upgradable for $1.99.

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  • David
  • 03-08-17

Hellraiser fans

A great listen for Hellraiser fans, very well read.
As usual Clive Barker does a good job with this story.

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  • Sebastian Greaves
  • 08-20-16

Superb performance

Kafers performance in this book is fantastic. Story is griping and disgusting at the same time.

For those who enjoyed hellraiser, this story won't disappoint, in many ways I preferred it to the movie, with the character of Frank getting more fleshed out and a somewhat extended back story.

Quite short, but doesn't out stay it's welcome

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  • David Isherwood
  • 12-01-15

Clive introduces his infamous creation...

Where does The Hellbound Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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

The opening chapters where Frank realises the gravity of his situation, and the descriptions of his now oversensitive senses.

What does Jeffrey Kafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jeffrey Kafer brings a clear and easily listenable book allowing you to enjoy Clive Barker's descriptive as it should.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-17

amazing

simply amazing Clive Barker truly outdid himself so similar to the film and yet the changes he made for the film are so much better while I prefer the film the book is still amazing

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