Time for some evening Halloween reading!
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 😔
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Jesus what did I just start reading. 😐😷😢
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.