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Tortured Souls is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary "first city" known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.

Lurking at the edges of this extravagant tale is the ancient entity known as "Agonistes", who accepts the pleas of selected "Supplicants" - transforming them, through a combination of art, magic, and pain, into avatars of violence and revenge.

The story begins when a freelance assassin named Zarles Krieger commits a routine murder-for-hire. This act will lead him to two life-altering encounters: one with the daughter of his victim, the other with Agonistes himself. This conjunction of the human and the inhuman stands at the center of this instantly absorbing creation.

With great authority and equally great economy, Tortured Souls expands to become a portrait of Primordium itself, with its hierarchies, its hidden mysteries, its shifting power structure, and - most significantly - its indelible cast of characters. A perfectly controlled example of what Barker calls "The Fantastique", Tortured Souls is something truly special, a story whose imaginative reach and sheer narrative power are evident with every word.

©2014 Clive Barker Ink (P)2015 David N. Wilson

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Imaginative Short Story from the Master

Clive Barker is one of the greatest horror writers of all time. While this story is quite short it still has an epic feel in a similar vein to Weaveworld and Imajica.
It was my first time listening to a Peter Bishop narration and I enjoyed it immensely. He has a natural reading style and does a very good job with different character voices.
A quality presentation from Crossroad Press.
Highly recommended.

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It's shortness was it's only failing.

a macabre and mildly disturbing tale. short, but consistent. excellent read if you enjoy hellraiseresque tales.

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  • Jason
  • 28-10-18

Short but sweet.

My only complaint the only last for and hour and half. I would love to find out more about primordia and the dark future of the city and its inhabitants. Most of the terrofying parts art left to the imagination. It is a lovely horror story of with a hint of disturbing love. I would recommended to all lovers of horror.

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  • Skerfrigma
  • 05-03-20

Wish there was more.

A novella comprised of six short stories originally released with six action figures from McFarlane toys telling the story of six monsters in the City of Primordium. The narrator is good and the only issues I have with the story are the lack of descriptors used for the Agonistes, Lucidique, and Kreiger which I cant tell if it was intentional or just overlooked because of the original included figures. This is less of a problem in chapters 3-6. The only other issue is more a wanting for more from these characters and world. Overall a good starting point for people interested in Clive Barkers work that is less graphic then his usual.

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  • Josh Downes
  • 09-10-18

A worthy story from the master of visceral horror

Possibly the most well thought out story ever written for a toy line. Clive Barker's charnal house imagery lends itself wonderfully to this short form story, and Peter Bishop's even and deliberate narration is quite suited to the mythological tone of the writing.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06-03-21

Anachronistic

the anachronisms are driving me nuts. either barker is dumbing down his work or he's becoming delirious. I have read EVERYTHING he's written, and this is the worst if them all. I'm very disappointed.

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  • Jason Begly
  • 03-02-21

Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium

I enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well written and performed. I loved the plot line and the characters. It was a great short story by a great horror writer. There is just something about the way Barker writes.

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  • Chez DeFazio
  • 14-01-21

Incredible

I am so in love with this novelette. So sad Clive is gone and there will never be a movie. Can’t wait to collect all the toys.

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  • michael
  • 27-05-20

Some of Barker’s least inspired work.

Don’t waste your time. Save your money. Seems like a student level creative writing assignment he repurposed to make some extra cash.

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  • Nicholas McCabe
  • 18-02-20

Amazing

I loved it I can just hope for a 2nd book. good read short but sweet

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 26-01-20

Clive Barker takes us into his dark mind

This takes us into the original
City of darkness and pain where beings are transformed into creatures of power and pain. This is the tale of an average assassin become death incarnate, his liver and their anguish of living. Being a fan of the hell raiser movies it’s wonderful to listen to stories of the worlds that could be the birthplace of pinhead and the others. Dark twisted and delicious story.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • SeraphymShock
  • 03-12-19

I loved it!

The details plus how it was read an spoken with such character, you could almost swear the character's were talking lol.