Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Review Tuesday: "The Hellbound Heart" by Clive Barker

After reading a massive book like Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (reviewed HERE) I needed some much "lighter" reading...

The Hellbound Heart
by Clive Barker
A man obsessed with pleasure, and the woman obsessed with him learn the error of their ways the HARD WAY.
If you weren't aware, the HELLRAISER movies were based on a book. The Hellbound Heart is a slightly longer short story, but it's quick to read nonetheless. 

Frank is a thrill seeker. His goal was to find some new level of pleasure previously unknown to him. That was when he came across the puzzle of the Lemarchand's box. Upon solving it, he was drawn into the world of the Cenobites and experiences that he never previously knew. NOT in a good way. 

A year later his brother Rory and his beautiful wife Julia moved into the same house. Apparently Julia had an affair with Frank before she married Rory and had something of a quiet obsession with the scoundrel. 

If anything this is a cautionary tale about being careful what you ask for. You might just get it. The story is cleverly written and keeps your interest. Barker's attention to the finer details paints a pretty horrendous picture in your mind. Plus, one of the more interesting characters in the book would be the most infamous Cenobite, Pinhead. Instead of being a central male character, Pinhead had a fairly minor role, and is described as a sixteen year old girl, or at least sounded like one. 

A fairly quick read and particularly interesting if you have any interest in the HELLRAISER series.  

ON AMAZON - The Hellbound Heart: A Novel