The Scarlet Gospels (Paperback)

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The new novel Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker tells the twisted horror of Pinhead the Hell Priest. As he attempts to hunt down the most accomplished magicians in the world by force and learn unexplained magical powers, an even more terrifying agenda is slowly revealed. This ongoing task has taken years of intense personal suffering and agony. The plan will involve mastering flesh, mind, and soul together as one. All this will be a high demand of Pinhead in able to succeed in his ultimate strategy... to overthrow Lucifer's Throne and claim Hell for himself.
Barker demonstrates the strength of imaginative descriptions as he allows the reader to visit such places as the home of the Cenobitical Order located in the Monastery High Office, a fortress built seven hundred thousand years ago for the sole purpose of keeping its priests and priestesses from the volatile politics of Hell. Intense confrontations are formed as several strong willed characters are brought to the foreground. One of course is the Hell Priest, a tortured soul who has been accused by the Cenobites of having an undesirable alternate motive for the sub-species of Pyratha. The other is Harry D'Amour, a private investigator who wears special tattoos that sense danger. Once this function happens the body art alarms him internally with erratic behavior. Harry chooses to put aside the comforts of common living in exchange for heroic conflicts with the Cenobites living in Hell.
Barker combines all of these elements to prove once again he is a master of imaginative words that form visual terrors. Clive Barker's first work of fiction, Books of Blood, shot him to instant fame. It soon opened doorways leading to more fiction, screenwriting, and directing his own film Hellraiser. As an established artist, Clive combined this talent to create Abarat, a series of books written and illustrated for all ages to enjoy. Both fiction and film careers remain dominate in the public eye and are consistently a favorite among young and old.

— Mike, Albuquerque


The Scarlet Gospels takes readers back many years to the early days of two of Barker's most iconic characters in a battle of good and evil as old as time: The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell. Barker devotees have been waiting for The Scarlet Gospels with bated breath for years, and it's everything they've begged for and more. Bloody, terrifying, and brilliantly complex, fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed by the epic, visionary tale that is The Scarlet Gospels. Barker's horror will make your worst nightmares seem like bedtime stories. The Gospels are coming. Are you ready?

Readers can get more Pinhead from the direct to video Hellraiser: Judgment movie coming February 2018.

About the Author

Clive Barker is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels and collections of short stories that range from horror to fantasy. He has had much success in film, directing Hellraiser and Nightbreed.

Praise For…

“I think Clive Barker is so good that I am literally tongue-tied. He makes the rest of us look like we've been asleep for the past ten years.” —Stephen King

“A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination… an outstanding storyteller” —JG Ballard

“To call Clive Barker a 'horror novelist' would be like calling the Beatles a 'garage band'… He is the great imaginer of our time. He knows not only our greatest fears, but also what delights us, what turns us on, and what is truly holy in the world. Haunting, bizarre, beautiful.” —Quentin Tarantino

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250056177
ISBN-10: 1250056179
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 17th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English