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The Scarlet Gospels
The Scarlet Gospels | Clive Barker
The gates to Hell are open and something beckons... The last of Earth's magicians are living in fear. A Cenobite Hell Priest known as Pinhead is killing them off, gorging on their knowledge to enhance his own magical powers as part of a quest to takeover Hell. Meanwhile, Private Investigator Harry D'Amour is fulfilling the final wishes of the dead, who communicate with his business associate, the blind medium Norma Paine. But while investigating one such case, Harry inadvertently opens up a rift between hell and the real world. When nemesis Pinhead emerges through the portal, a vicious battle ensues. After failing to enlist Harry as one of his Scarlet Gospels, an elite group of indefatigable messengers who will witness his takeover of hell, Pinhead captures Norma and Harry realizes he must go through hell - literally - to save her.
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speljamr
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I'm a fan of the original Hellraiser movie, so it was nice to get another story featuring Pinhead from Clive Barker himself. All the movies after the first two had no involvement from him and it shows.

#horror

Birdsong28 Loved the tagged book it really scared me. 18h
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speljamr
The Scarlet Gospels | Clive Barker
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Time for some evening Halloween reading!

#horror

Reggie Oof the first part with the magicians is crazy!!! 2w
speljamr @Reggie Sure is. Already about 85 pages in. 2w
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llcoolnate
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Mehso-so

I can forgive the overly sexual (tends to come with the horror genre, it seems, although Barker may have been watching porn and writing simultaneously). What I couldn't seem to get past was some of the humor. When a story takes place in hell, constant sexual innuendos and other jokes tend to take away from the horror. Definitely a little disappointed 😔

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EyesOnly34
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Barker‘s masterful prose is in full effect, and although the story suffers a bit with the choices made in regards to the titular “Pinhead,” the addition of “The Last Illusion‘s” Harry D‘Amour and the shear brutality of events make TSG an enjoyable read for anyone who waited for Barker to follow up his masterpiece, The Hellbound Heart.

Reggie So the first 50 pages where all the magicians get it.....BRUTAL!!! Lol. I kinda wanna read more about what Lucifer gets up to in our world. 8mo
EyesOnly34 @Reggie Right?! Bloody and wild! Yeah, me too! Thought the same thing! 8mo
llcoolnate I'm about 7/8 done. One thing I didn't like is the humor. Am I alone in this? I just felt like it made the horror less believable and silly. Sure, someone's head is getting torn off, but they're making a sex joke next paragraph, so no biggie.. 2mo
EyesOnly34 It‘s a very off kilter book in itself, so I do see what you mean. The humor is a bit off in spots, but I could kinda forgive it since weird levity would almost be a necessity for people when dealing with such insane things. 2mo
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danx
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Lazy New Years Day reading of haunted New York in the rain while enjoying a hot Melbourne day from a hammock.

Enjoyable read so far, not amazing but fun and descriptive, haunted and hellish. Enjoying reading of the Cenobites again.

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Reggie
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I‘m giving this a pick for the perverse menagerie of images Barker is able to conjure up and that the first half of the book hooked me. Who knew I would be so tickled that Pinhead creating origami cranes with incantations written on them, used to kill off his whole order, would tickle me so much. Half this book takes place in hell and that is where there was so much potential. I just felt Barker lost a little something for me on this back half.

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Reggie
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I will always love Clive Barker for opening up worlds for a small town teenager who couldn‘t imagine himself out of a paper bag. He‘s always been so sensory but the 34 page prologue is rough. Pinhead shows up and wipes out 6 magicians. Some by pulling them apart with his hooks, one by punching a small hole in his head and inserting a small dead piece of himself that turn into worms who eat him from the inside out. Brutal. Only on pg54/466.

TrishB I enjoyed this revisit with Pinhead. I loved Clive for the same reason too. He was new, exciting and innovative. Ohhh and very handsome, I was definitely a little bit smitten by him 💕 but mainly his brain and imagination 😁 lucky enough to meet him several times. 13mo
Reggie @TrishB I love that story with you and your mom in line for a signing where she says what a looker he is. Lol 13mo
TrishB I was remembering that as I was writing. 😁 Embarrassing at the time but makes me smile now. 13mo
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collegecatlady
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I‘m being naughty and starting one of my picks from my #makemereadit stack. While I know this book isn‘t the winner and I‘m totally reading them out of order, I‘m in a bit of a crisis. This is the only book I have left with me while I‘m out of town. Desperate situation calls for desperate measures!

Reggie Have you read the others that have to do with this book? I think it‘s Everville and the Great and Secret Show. I think he takes Kisson and a detective from them and has them meet up in here. 1y
collegecatlady @Reggie I haven‘t, I‘ve only read The Hellbound Heart 1y
cobwebmoth Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I shipped your FeedAReader box via UPS a couple of days ago, but I forgot to make a post about it. Hope you enjoy! 1y
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collegecatlady @cobwebmoth Thanks for letting me know! 1y
collegecatlady @cobwebmoth My husband tells me it was delivered today so once I get home from being out of town, I will open it! 1y
cobwebmoth Oh good, that was quick!☺ 1y
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JBorne
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So far I am enjoying this. Barker is definitely one of the best horror and fantasy authors that is out. Can‘t wait to finish it!

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ShawnaHunter
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If you're a movie purest the existence of Satan in this might irk you but beyond that its a great Hellraiser story thats equal parts disturbing, exciting and funny!

Origami of doom!

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Li_21
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Jesus what did I just start reading. 😐😷😢

JoeStalksBeck I got half way thru then had to return to library only to find it at a thrift store for 1$ an hour later lol 2y
Li_21 Did you enjoy it? The prologue was intense to say the least. @JoeStalksBeck 2y
JoeStalksBeck What I read I did. I found the characters funny when they bickered 2y
Li_21 I agree they are funny when they bicker. If I (that's a big IF lol) get through it I'll let you know how the book was. @JoeStalksBeck 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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readinginthedark I worked at this bookstore once where a new girl shelved this with the books on Christianity. 😆 It was a good lesson in looking things up before shelving instead of guessing based on titles! 2y
Reggie Lololol @readinginthedark I bet. 2y
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timiddrake
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You don‘t get more goth than cenobites! #gothgalore #hallowreads

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strikingthirteen
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This was actually my first Clive Barker and I loved it. Still enjoyed it on this second go around. Barker's imagination is stellar and I love how real and human everyone is in spite of everything.

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AdaChivers
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Mehso-so

It was ok as a Clive Barker book, but not so good as a Pinhead one... I was expecting more.

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AdaChivers
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I want to read but Tobias desagrees... #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Looks like Tobias is the boss. 😸 3y
AdaChivers @rubyslippersreads he is! Tobias and his sister Leia are King and Queen here! 😻 3y
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AdaChivers
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Someone is asking for attention! can you spot the teeth marks??? 😮
#Ziggy #CatsOfLitsy #readathon

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AdaChivers
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That's my First #readathon and I'm not sure if I'm doing it right... Pinhead is my current company! @DeweysReadathon

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AdaChivers
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I always had trouble reading more than one book at a time, I always favor the one I'm enjoying more and forget the others... But I'm trying to change that for a few months, and so far it's been nice!
#AllHallowsRead @Litsy

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AdaChivers
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The beautiful brazilian hardcover edition, edited by Dark Side.

TrishB That's absolutely gorgeous 😀💗 3y
AdaChivers @TrishB isn't it? I always prefer to read the original but I couldn't resist this beauty! 3y
TrishB @AdaChivers I understand why! I'm loving Pinhead too 😀 3y
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Anton
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The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker's sequel to both The Hellbound Heart and his Harry D'Amour stories, was probably my most anticipated book of the last ten years. Not only would it give an ending to the character known as Pinhead, but it was also Barker's first adult novel since Coldheart Canyon. Gospels delivers on its premise, and with enough budget it would make a great Hellraiser movie. But it's not Barker's finest work so I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2.

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faerychikk
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Clive Barker is amazing

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