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?
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“Splatterpunk” writer Clive Barker doesn’t hold back with The Scarlet Gospels, which starts with a frenzy of gore. But what this horror thriller lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in sardonic humour and page-turning scenes that sizzle with menace and fevered imagination. Barker’s antiheroes Harry D’Amour (a hardened cop who senses supernatural forces) and Norma Paine (a blind old woman who communes with the dead) contend with a demonic foe named Pinhead, who'll be familiar to fans of the Hellraiser movies.
Harry D'Amour, the psychically sensitive detective from Barker's Books of Blood, faces off with Pinhead, the sadistic Cenobite star of the Hellraiser series, in this gory battle royal that takes the reader literally to hell and back. Following a blood-spattered prologue that sets the tone for the rest of the novel, Pinhead here portrayed as a demon residing in hell lures D'Amour and his entourage of mortal sidekicks to the infernal realm to serve as "witness" to what the demon calls "my gospels": a succession of gruesome atrocities whose purpose is revealed in the tale's outrageous climax. Barker's depiction of hell is Dantesque in scope and scale, and his descriptions of its architecture and denizens form an awesomely creative display of imagination. The visceral horrors that clot nearly every page of this novel are not for the squeamish, but the reader who stomachs them to the end will be impressed by the audacity of the author's ambitions.