The long-anticipated new novel from best-selling author 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.
©2015 Clive Barker (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
"Gruesome, madly entertaining, eminently picturesque in all sorts of crazy ways, this is Barker in fifth gear and a set of adventures his fans will relish." (Maxim Jakubowski, lovereading.co.uk)
It's not often that I spend an entire day plugged into my iPhone listening to a book from start to finish but this is one of those rare occasions where I couldn't help but see the story through to the end stopping only for coffee and snacks or when the cat insisted on attention!
If you're familiar with Clive Barkers early works than The Scarlet Gospels are like slipping on an old comfortable robe or meeting a good friend that you haven't seen for a while. The story itself is brilliant and the plot absorbing. Without spoiling the end, just like the Box, a door is now opened for more of the same from one of my favourite authors.
I look forward to reading of the future of a world in which Hell may come calling when you least expect it.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Almost a decade in the making, and butchered to half its original length (presumably by an understandably nervous publisher) this lacklustre tale fails to inspire, excite, inform or satisfy.I’d been following its slow development over the years, and was always intrigued by what I heard from Mr. Barker. Sadly, after hoping for some payoff all the way to the final page, we never learn Pinhead's true demonic name, the Order of the Gash (of which Pinhead is a key member) is present but never mentioned by name, the promised scene with Pinhead at The Crucifixion is missing, and the Hell-shattering confrontation doesn't include Harry D'Amour except as a bystander. To say more would be to give away what few surprises the book contained. All we get in THE SCARLET GOSPELS is a lot of wandering around, some fairly undetailed exploration of Hell, and more characters than were needed to carry the plot. Hugely disappointing after such a long wait.
Yes. The man is an important voice. This simply was a weaker offering.
The presentation was excellent, the narrator terrific. Some of the New York accents were a little overdone, but perhaps those are accurate to the characters.
Yes, there were some good scenes, and it was nice to see Harry D'Amour again.
One for hardcore Clive Barker fans only.
Tell yourself about us!
good book, third act was a bit of a mess, maybe slightly too long and feels like the first in a series. highly recommended
Ophthalmologist and Sci-Fi Geek!
The story is classic Barker, with more than a touch of fan service brining back old favourites, quite literally a romp through the underworld chasing demons!
Bloody, gory and shocking, the story is straightforward and enjoyable, but treads quite solid ground with little risk and missing some of the fantasy of previous titles.
Ultimately though, if you have enjoyed his work, you will not be disappointed, but alas, neither will you be enthralled in wonderment.
Having waited so long with baited breath for a new book from Clive Barker, I confess I set myself up to be underwhelmed. I'm left with a sense of "I don't know what exactly I expected, but I don't think it was that."
I will try the story again in hard copy and properly allow my imagination to run with it.
I'm sorry to say I found the narrator rather hard work. He could well have done better to allow his audience's intelligence to supply the characters' accents, for instance. His interpretation was so completely at odds with my earlier experiences of Harry and Norma that it marred my enjoyment of them, of the new people that were introduced in this story and consequently of the experience as a whole.
the dialogues between characters was repetitive and often repeated, this made the characters feel more like an after thought to any story.
brilliant concept, some stunning word play.
the accents he gave his characters often blurred. and he often (towards the end) confused who was who.
descriptive quality. Clive Barker is always very primal. he is excellent in this, and that has not changed.
a rushed book, made more difficult to accept by a narrator who (for me) was not up to the task. don't get me wrong, he is pleasant to listen to, but not for this style of book.
Tried too hard
I used to really enjoy Clive Barker back in the days of The Damnation Game, Weaveworld and the Books Of Blood, but nowadays? he seems desperate to put camp characters in at every turn... This is just one example of devices he uses that bring nothing to the plot. Rewind please Clive... you used to be good, really good.
Technologist, gamer and connoisseur of the weird and wonderful.
Rambling and frankly boring. Hardly any set-up, then a trip through hell that explained none of the internal logic - assuming there was any!
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