Clive Barker's novella will be better known to the vast majority as 'Hellraiser' as that is the film based on this story. It starts off with Frank Cotton opening a box that is supposed to bring him the ultimate in pleasures, but this doesn't turn out to be what Frank expected. Frank disappears from the house he opened the box in, and next we read that his brother Rory, and his wife are moving in to the home.
As we progress with the story we see that Frank was a hedonist, and after becoming disillusioned with what is on offer he becomes nihilistic. For him he expects orgies and such like from opening the box, but he discovers that after being offered sensory overload in fact pleasure means different things to different people, and thus for him it becomes pain, as he is in the clutches of the Cenobites.
With Rory's and Julia's marriage not going so well Frank thinks he can persuade Julia to help him get back to the normal world, but Rory has a friend, Kirsty, who may be able to put the spanner in the works. This story is only novella length, and thus it doesn't really go into much of the world of the Cenobites, leaving a lot up to the readers' imaginations. What we mainly are given here is the lives of the people in our world, and what happens next. This does on the whole make for a fast and thrilling read, but somehow I have always felt that this could have been fleshed out into a full length novel that would add more suspense and horror. This does make an ideal introduction to Clive Barker's works though, if you have never read one of his books before.