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The Scarlet Gospels par Clive Barker
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The Scarlet Gospels (édition 2015)

par Clive Barker (Auteur)

Séries: Hellraiser (book 2)

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Long-beleaguered supernatural private investigator Harry D'Amour and his entourage of mortal sidekicks are lured to the infernal realm to serve as "witness" to what the demon Pinhead calls "my gospels": a succession of gruesome atrocities. 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.--amazon.com… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The Scarlet Gospels
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Info:St. Martin's Press (2015), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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Barker's back baby, and damn, he's in good form! This book brings back two of his iconic characters--Pinhead and Harry D'Amour--in one epic story that reinvents the world Barker has built.

Pinhead is the star of the show here. It's his story through and through. The book chronicles his rise through the ranks and takes us on a tour of Hell (or Pyratha as it's called), painting a grim picture not of a wasteland, but a city thriving on pain and misery of its denizens. Pinhead is exactly as you'd imagine him to be: elegant, calculating, powerful, yet brash, impulsive, and pitiful at the same time.

Harry, meanwhile, is the second star of the show. I remember reading that the story would pit Pinhead against Harry, but that was not the case here. Yes, they do have confrontations, but they are secondary to Pinhead's quest for power. The greater villain is one who shall not be named, but you can obviously guess who it may be.

The story itself, as I wrote earlier, is epic. There's copious amounts of blood, gore, cruelty, and various forms of ultraviolence. But more than that, it's Barker's depiction of sex, or at least the sexual undertones, that is quite prominent here. I've always found it fascinating how he paints it in such a casual yet so erotic way, and it shows quite well here.

There's a lot more to write about the book. But I'll let you go ahead and enjoy the book for yourself. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
So, this wasn't quite the wow novel I was hoping for, yet it wasn't anywhere near a disappointment either. It's somewhere in between, like a quantum molecule, existing at both places at the same time.

On the one hand, we got all the Clive Barker trademarks: the sex, the violence, the body horror, the demonic, the evil, and, above all else, the majesty that only Barker can do. What I wouldn't give to spend an hour in his imagination. It is, quite simply, stunning to behold on the printed page. I can't imagine what it's like before it's forced through the limiting structure of language.

On the other hand, however, there was more of Harry D'Amour than I would have liked. D'Amour has never been a favourite of mine. I was really hoping for more insight into the Hell Priest (Pinhead, for the uninitiated). I wanted to get inside his head, but for the most part, Barker locked us out.

Still, what he did give us was Barker's Hell, and Barker's Lucifer, both worth the price of admission. But overall, for the final moments of Barker's arguably greatest creation, I expected a bit more explosiveness, a bit more Wagnerian bombast, a bit more Shakespearian tragedy, that I didn't see.

I may change my mind, as I'm writing this mere minutes after completing the novel, but still, while I appreciated the lean narrative of this story, and the story as a whole, overall it felt, to me at least, more of a last D'Amour novel than a last Hell Priest novel.

But hey, it's Barker. So, doesn't matter what it is. You read it and thank God the man wrote it. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Pinhead is back and on a rampage. A team of demon hunters and metaphysical misfits go to Hell to bring back a friend. Sexually explicit, verbally profane, fantastical horror as no one but Clive Barker can do. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
Gross and disturbing, full of 'oh shit' moments, and that's what I love about Clive Barker. ( )
  LynnK. | Aug 4, 2020 |
This is a panacea for my horror-starved heart.
You know these two movies? I still continue to love Lord of Illusions and Hellraiser. I gushed blood over these two gems for many years. So what could make my day complete? You got it; a pale scarlet horse comes riding up to my doorstep to hand me this gorgeous little tome featuring Harry D'Amour and Pinhead performing an intricate dance around one another; filling me up with a horrid rooting fascination for anything that Pinhead tries to accomplish, or clean up; and sick pity for the genuinely good man in Harry that is always eventually drawn to hell.

First of all, let me say that Harry is well and truly out of his league for almost the entire novel. He is so hopelessly outclassed that I'm forced into a situation where I, the reader, am left as a victim of irresistible bondange to the novel as I, like Harry, get to witness Pinhead's ascension in hell.

Sure, this novel mostly takes place in the bowels of hell, but instead of Mr. Barker trying to goad our increased tolerance of blood and gore, he successfully introduces a kingdom of wonder and awe. That's really hard when it comes to novels about hell, in my experience. There was acknowledgement of an infinity of suffering, and some truly inspiring sights, creatures, and events, but underneath it all was the deep sense of magic and learning and discovery.

Yes. I'm talking about Hell as a place to learn and grow, and never once did I feel like I was being punked.

It continued the same kinds of themes that Pinhead has always been known for. "I will show you exquisite suffering." *shiver* And then it blew my mind with his ultimate scope and ambition. And then there were a few scenes in the book where I had to put it down and jabber excitedly at my poor uninterested family members about how damn cool the scene was. I am not going to ruin it for anyone, but yeah, they were fucking cool.

As for Harry, I learned more about him and his past in a really excellent urban fantasy setting, got to know his good friends, and learned that the lot of them are all damn crazy. If a really good friend gets dragged off to hell by a cenobite, I'm sorry, but I'm just going to have to beg off the question about going after them. First of all, it's PINHEAD. Second of all, it's Hell. I know that they were all going to do the same for Harry after he stupidly played with the box, and how he got out of that was freaking funny, but still! Barker pulls it off. He pulls it all off. It runs cinematically. It's never boring. I kept thinking that this might-might-might make a good miniseries. Maybe. I don't know. I just want to see all the love and detail brought to my tv the same way that I've enjoyed these guys all my life.

As for Mr. Barker, I just want to say Thank you! You've been out of circulation for a bit, but what an awesome way to jump back in. Thank You! Fanboy is very pleased!

If you do continue the adventures of L****** and choose to incorporate Harry, then I'm already drooling. I want to revisit everywhere. It doesn't matter. I want anything you've got, Mr. Barker!

Warning to the wise. The horror market has unfortunately fallen to the wayside to make room for an endless supply of snark and rehashed vamp/were/magic that is reaching a nearly intolerably glut in the market. This is not one of those newfangled novels, although it has some elements of the new breeds.

This novel is epic in scope and quick in execution. As I was reading it, I kept saying to myself, "This is how it's done."

Sure, I have a few issues with the characters, in that they have a bit of a lack of interpersonal conflict, but that's easily ignored because they are, after all, in Hell. As I was reading, I kept thinking about another tidbit I'd heard from another reviewer that said that Barker had written this as a straight-up showdown between Harry and Pinhead, and it was well over twice the final length. What we got was a mute witness, and it worked very well, but I can't help but wish that I could see that other version.

If Harry was a fly, he'd be picking a fight with a nuclear explosion. It's definitely not fair, and I swear it could never turn out well, but I can't help but want to read it anyway.

Here's for hoping that another version gets released someday for those diehard fans.

I could spend the next week trying to devise a plot and resolution, myself, but I fear that I'd probably go mad.

The novel is going to keep me up and wondering for some time. I love it for that. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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Long-beleaguered supernatural private investigator Harry D'Amour and his entourage of mortal sidekicks are lured to the infernal realm to serve as "witness" to what the demon Pinhead calls "my gospels": a succession of gruesome atrocities. 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.--amazon.com

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