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on 31 May 2015
The first horror book I’ve read in a long time and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Be warned there are plenty of disturbing scenes involving graphic depictions of violence, but also some engaging storytelling. Clive doesn’t mess around with small fry horror; he brings us instead the return of the evilest of Cenobites in Pinhead, we get to meet the devil himself and we’re treated to a highly descriptive visit to Hell in all its glory. This is a sweeping epic horror story that fascinates and takes you places you are unlikely to forget in a hurry.
The book starts with the prologue in which we find Pinhead seeking the last of Earth’s great magicians after killing the others in order to absorb their knowledge and steal their rare magical items. It’s all part of his quest to take over Hell itself and when he finds the last of them it’s not pretty…
The likeable private investigator Harry D’Amour and his friends are on the side of ‘good’ as they struggle against the dark forces. Harry’s closest associate Norma is blind but has the gift seeing and talking to the recently dead. She provides Harry with their requests and he investigates their final wishes. When she is abducted by Pinhead, Harry and friends go after them into the realms of Hell.
The book is really Pinheads final story where Harry is forced to act as a witness to Pinheads grand plan. There are lots of gruesome scenes, magic, ghosts, demons and monsters to keep the reader amused. The writing is on a grand scale and my favourite moments come in Clive Barkers depiction of Hell, its buildings and inhabitants. If you like horror then I’d suggest this is a must-read and I expect there will be differing views dependant on expectations. I read this book with an open mind and once I got into it found it a highly readable and an utterly fascinating story.