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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; abridged edition edition (1 Oct. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671663925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671663926
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,181,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

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Clive Barker is widely acknowledged as the master of nerve-shattering horror. The Hellbound Heart is one of his best, one of the most frightening stories you are ever likely to read, a story of the human heart and all the great terrors and ecstasies within. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Clive Barker:

'Passionate and ingenious… A ride with remarkable views'
Times Literary Supplement

'A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination… Clive Barker is an outstanding storyteller'
J G Ballard

'Barker's fecundity of invention is beyond praise. In a world of hard-bitten horror and originality, Clive Barker dislocates your mind'
Mail on Sunday

'Barker is much more than genre writer'
New York Times Book Review

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2014
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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.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2002
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This fast-paced, action-packed novella served as the basis for Clive Barker's extreme horror movie masterpiece Hellraiser, but it is well worth reading on its own merits. The human heart and its vulnerability to perverse pleasures of a sensuous nature is a compelling theme at the heart of Barker's writing. Those familiar with the movie will find that this original story matches up fairly closely with what they have seen, but there are some important differences. For one, a little more information about the infamous puzzle box is revealed. The characters are fleshed out a little better, yet Julia remains a cold person whose motives are not completely understandable. The Cenobites are actually featured much less here than in the movie, and the physical descriptions of them are far less developed--Pinhead himself reportedly speaks with a girlish voice in the novella. The blood and gore are certainly here, but their full magnitude is determined by the imagination of the reader. Interestingly, Kirsty's relationship with Rory (who was called Larry in the movie) is ambiguous at best. While one assumes Rory is her father, Kirsty always refers to him by name, and her relationship with him, if he is her father, is not a normal one for she seems to relate to him as some sort of potential lover.
The depth of Barker's vision is much better developed in print than on the movie screen, and that is what makes this novella a must-read for fans of extreme horror. The dark side of the human soul is a source tapped deeply by Barker's imagination, and he is unafraid of revealing the depravity of any given individual. As such, his writing betrays a complexity and ingenious subtlety which critics of horror will never identify or understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Emma H. Mitchell on 25 Jan. 2012
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I saw a South Bank Show dedicated to Clive Barker some twenty-odd years ago and before that I thought CB was a bit of an egotistical maniac. But once I had seen that,I understood where he was coming from and what ingterested him and why he wrote the way he did. My first book was "The Hellbound Heart" and I was hooked. From the first moment I felt I was Frank, opening the box, seeing the Cenobites and trying to get out of their clutches. Pity he had to be helped by the awful Julia. And the last few pages with the whole scenario with Frank/Rory, Julia and Kirsty made my head spin. The film is pretty close to the book, but for me the book will always be my first journey into the world of Clive Barker.
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First published back in November of 1986 by Dark Harvest Publications within their third volume of the 'Night Visions' series of anthologies; Clive Barker's classic tale 'The Hellbound Heart' sets in motion one of Barker's most successful franchises, creating a truly iconic addition to the horror genre. The tale was later re-released as a stand alone novella by HarperCollins in 1988, after the outstanding success of the 1987 film adaptation directed by Barker himself, simply entitled 'Hellraiser'.

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The tale begins by introducing Frank, a self confessed moral degenerate, whose life is spent in an endless search of the greatest pleasures known to mankind; no matter how despicable or taboo they may be. Frank's constant quest brings him to a mysterious cubic box known as the 'Lemarchand Configuration' that was created by the master craftsman Philip Lemarchand. Frank successfully tracks down the box in Dusseldorf, and returns to the UK to the home of his recently deceased grandparents. Whilst squatting in the confines of the attic, Frank solves the box's puzzle which opens a gateway to hell.

Coming forth from this gateway are the Cenobites. Angels to some, demons to others; these tormentors from hell exist to deliver endless torture to their victims, merging the extremities of pain with the farthest reaches of pleasure. Frank is dragged to hell by the Cenobites to spend eternity in endless torment.

The house in which Frank was taken from is subsequently inherited by Frank's brother Rory. During the move, Rory accidently cuts himself and blood is spilled directly upon the area where Frank's ritual was performed. The connection with this life blood causes Frank to be able to gradually tear himself back into our world.
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